Well, here we are. Just one week left in the regular season for high school football.
The stakes get higher, and the First and Ten “Honor Roll” mentions carry all that much more. Okay, maybe not, but here they are for week nine.
Pickerington North clinched a share of the OCC Ohio title with a 42-0 pasting of Gahanna, but it meant more than that to the Panthers. They lost last season to the Lions, keeping them out of the playoffs. Now, with a week still to play, Pick North has already made a reservation for the post-season.
Granville tied up the Mid-State League Ohio Division with a 14-7 win at Newark Catholic, the fifth straight win in the series for the Blue Aces.
West Jefferson lost last week to Licking Heights in a huge Mid-State Cardinal battle, and the Rough Riders had another rough go of things out East, falling 47-12 at Liberty Union. Jacob Basso ran for 311 yards and four touchdowns, on long runs of 71, 52, 37 and 68 yards on just 22 carries in the victory.
Beechcroft ran its winning streak over rival Brookhaven to three with a 20-0 shutout, wrapping up a share of the City League North crown. Maurice Hale, a possible Division II offensive player in the year in Ohio, wowed ‘em again, rushing for 243 yards and three touchdowns.
Dublin Coffman clinched the OCC Central Division with 36-28 win over Olentangy Liberty. The Shamrocks are now 9-0 on the year.
Watterson completed the sweep of the Central Catholic League’s Silver Division with a 21-17 win over St. Charles.
In the Mid-State Buckeye, Canal Winchester earned a division title with a 24-0 shutout of Teays Valley. That was made possible by Logan Elm’s 31-0 bagel over rival Circleville.
Hartley continued to run roughshod over the opposition, netting well over 400 yards against Coshocton. Ja’Wuan Woodley (212) and Marcellus Calhoun (211) each went over the 200 yard mark in the 41-6 triumph.
Georgia Tech commit Donovan Wilson is already a rambling wreck at Dublin Jerome, racking up 424 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-20 heartbreaking loss to Westerville South in overtime. The loss was heartbreaking because the Wildcats scored a touchdown and two-point conversion in the extra session for the one-point win. South’s Nick Renzetti was slinging it again, throwing for 300 yards and two touchdowns.
One the most underrated players in Central Ohio has to be Dublin Scioto’s Tim Shadoan. He caught 12 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-27 win over Hilliard Bradley.
Gus Ackley knows something about real estate, having run for 202 yards of it in Upper Arlington’s 54-7 win over Westland.
You can’t spell Delaware without starting with a “D”, which also happens to be the side of the ball which paces the Pacers. Hayes only allowed 5 yards total to Franklin Heights in a 25-0 victory.
On offense, Independence continues to pile up points, with a 61-0 blanking of West. Vincent Rambo rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns, while Naijee Manning added 185 and four scores.
Olentangy Orange knocked off Delaware County rival Big Walnut with a 10-0 shutout.
Just one more week left in the regular season, and then you know what comes next. Some games to watch for this week include: Mifflin at Brookhaven, Ready at Hartley, Jonathan Alder at Watterson, Dublin Scioto at Worthington Kilbourne, Hilliard Darby at Hilliard Bradley, Dublin Coffman at Upper Arlington and Pickerington Central at Gahanna.