COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the conclusion of Week 8, the 2022 high school football playoff picture is starting to take shape.
Many teams cliched playoff spots and it is because of many of these individual performances.
Here is this week’s Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association High School Football Notebook.
} The Mansfield Senior Tygers forced four turnovers on four consecutive Wooster possessions and ran for more than 200 yards in the first half in back-to-back game to improved to 6-2 on the season. Amarr Davis had two interceptions including a Pick-6 as the defense continues to set the tone for the Tygers in 2022.
} The Ashland Crestview Cougars improved their regular-season winning streak to 19 games with a 39-13 win over Plymouth where the Cougars scored six rushing touchdowns including three from Owen Barker, two from Adison Reymer and one from Michael Mays. The Cougars can clinch at least a share of their fourth consecutive Firelands Conference championship at St. Paul this week.
} Clear Fork’s Pawie Ault returned the second-half kickoff 90 yards for the score in a 35-0 win over Marion Harding. The Colts clinched a playoff berth and remained atop the standings in the MOAC with the business-like victory.
} The Lucas Cubs ran 0 pass plays in a 49-14 win over Linden McKinley as they piled up 416 rushing yards on 41 plays headlined by Logan Toms who had 183 yards on nine carries and four touchdowns to help the Cubs end a three-game losing streak.
} In a 37-20 victory over River Valley, the Shelby Whippets ran for 300 yards and piled up 536 yards of total offense headlined by freshman quarterback Bryden DeVito who went 16-for-27 passing for 236 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 125 yards and a score on 12 carries to account for 361 yards of total offense.
} The Madison Rams ended a 15-game losing streak by knocking off Ohio Cardinal Conference rival Mount Vernon 35-0 in Week 8. It was Scott Valentines first win as a Ram which was headlined by Hunter Hutcheson’s two rushing touchdowns and a 30-yard pick-6 by Zach Glasgo.
} On a night a significant milestone was reached, it took a record performance at Norwalk St. Paul.
With a 60-52 shootout win at Edon on Oct. 7, St. Paul head coach John Livengood unofficially became the 17th coach in Ohio high school football history to reach the 300-win milestone. Of the 17 coaches, Livengood has the third best winning percentage (.789), and is only the sixth among that list to win 300 games at the same school. Now in his 32nd season, through 31 years, Livengood’s St. Paul teams have won 21 Firelands Conference championships, eight regional championships, been to five state championship games and won the 2009 state title (Division VI).
However, the victory took an incredible offensive night by the Flyers to outlast the Bombers. Senior running back Quincey Crabbs — an honorable mention All-Ohioan in 2021 — ran for a St. Paul single-game record of 408 yards and five touchdowns on 38 attempts. That broke the old program mark that had stood for a decade (Michael Griffin, 335 yards) by 73 yards. Crabbs also became unofficially the 60th reported instance of a 400-yard game according to the OHSAA football record book. It is also the 36th-highest total in state history for a single game.
All told, the Flyers (6-2) totaled 698 yards of total offense, including 635 with all eight TDs on the ground. Not to be outdone, the Bombers (4-4) netted 642 yards of offense, as quarterback Kyler Sapp was 38-of-53 passing for 556 yards and 5 TDs. Receiver Caden Nester caught 11 passes for 157 yards and 2 TDs, while Max Radabaugh had 10 catches for 234 yards and a score — and Carter Kiess had nine catches for 110 yards and 2 TDs.
} Cleveland Glenville beat Cleveland East Tech 39-0 Friday for its fifth straight shutout. The Tarblooders have six shutouts and have allowed 35 points all season.
} Mitch Bolden completed 17-of-25 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 91 yards and four touchdowns in leading Lakota West, the state’s second-ranked team in Division I, to a 38-31 double overtime win over Fairfield on Friday. The win also kept the Firebirds undefeated at 8-0 (7-0 Greater Miami Conference) and put them in position to win their third straight league title with two weeks to go in the season. They play Middletown and Colerain to close out regular season action.
} Fairfield quarterback Talon Fisher threw for 139 yards and a touchdown and ran for 137 yards and two scores in a 38-31 double overtime loss to Lakota West on Friday.
} Ansonia had 10 different players with at least one rush led by Exzaviar Moody who carried the ball 18 times for 213 yards and a touchdown as the Tigers knocked off Trick-Or-Treat-County North 44-6.
} Brayden Doran totaled 224 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 21 carries as Preble Shawnee shutout Arcanum 33-0 on Friday.
} The Wheelersburg Pirates had not one but two running backs outrush the entire Waverly Tigers team in the Pirates’ 49-14 victory on Friday night. The Tigers totaled 72 rushing yards, while Wheelersburg’s Creed Warren rushed for an even 100 yards and three touchdowns on only seven carries, and Eric Lattimore added 88 yards on only five attempts.
} Portsmouth senior quarterback Tyler Duncan completed 18-of-26 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, and added 30 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries, in the Trojans’ 34-0 Ohio Valley Conference shutout of Proctorville Fairland.
} McDermott Northwest senior running back Wyatt Brackman rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries in the Mohawks’ 28-19 Southern Ohio Conference Division I win over Franklin Furnace Green.
} Portsmouth Sciotoville scored the game’s only points with 10 seconds remaining for a 6-0 victory over Willow Wood Symmes Valley on Friday night. Austin Baughman, who paced the Tartans with 87 yards on 11 carries, scored the touchdown on a 10-yard run.
} Division I No. 5 Springfield continued to reassert itself in the Greater Western Ohio Conference with a second straight blowout of another top 10 team. The Wildcats got 345 passing yards from Bryce Schondelmyer and continued its improvement in the running game with 152 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-10 win at No. 4 Centerville. Anthony Brown caught six passes for 162 yards and an 80-yard touchdown.
} Kettering Fairmont, which stunned Springfield in Week 6, won 26-21 at Wayne for their first win over the Warriors since 2008. Drew Baker rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 71 yards to set up a third-quarter field goal. Kaeden Partenach’s sack, forced fumble and recovery set the Firebirds up for the winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Fairmont did not attempt a pass.
} Evan Ruzzo passed for 157 yards and rushed for 128 yards to lead Springboro to a 41-17 win over Clayton Northmont. Willizhaun Yates added 193 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Dalin Wilkins caught nine passes, two for touchdowns, for 180 yards to lead Northmont.
} Jackson McGohan caught four touchdown passes and Brock Vaughn and Preston Barr threw three touchdowns apiece to lead Miamisburg past Beavercreek.
} Jackson Kleather kicked field goals of 34, 47 and 41 yards to help lead Division III No. 4 Tippecanoe past Piqua 23-20. Tipp trailed 20-13 entering the fourth quarter.
} Brock Short rushed for 349 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries to lead Greenville to a 35-21 win over Vandalia Butler.
} Jahari Ward rushed for 319 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to lead Troy past West Carrollton 55-6.
} Cade Houseman passed for 177 yards and rushed for 181 to lead Division V No. 10 Springfield Northeastern to a 33-10 win over West Liberty-Salem.
} Lucas Berner rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown on 43 carries to lead New Carlisle Tecumseh past Springfield Shawnee 21-17.
} Piketon freshman quarterback Luke Gullion completed 16-of-18 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns and had six carries for 45 yards and another TD in Friday’s 52-19 win at Adena High School over the hosting Warriors.
} Rashid Sesay had 144 yards, including 44-yard TD, and Slater Sampsel caught three TDs as West Muskingum topped Morgan 26-20.
} Max Lyall tossed three TDs and finished with 276 yards through the air and Ashton Sensibaugh had five catches for 114 yards with a score in Tri-Valley’s 28-6 win over Philo.
} Blandon Baker, a 315-pound defensive tackle, made the game-winning interception to help John Glenn edge River View 20-14 in overtime.
} New Lexington’s Tatem Toth became the Muskingum Valley League’s all-time leader in career receiving yards after catching four passes for 112 yards in a 59-27 rout of Meadowbrook. He has 2,076 yards, passing Tri-Valley’s Wade Warner, who had 2,021. Hunter Rose had a pair of 83-yard TDs and finished with 209 yards on nine carries and Lukas Ratliff threw for 205 yards as the Panthers had more than 600 yards of total offense.
} Caden Sheridan had 166 total yards and two TDs and Reid Packer accounted for 152 total yards and two TDs to lead Sheridan in a 50-13 rout of Maysville.
} Jackson McGohan had six catches for 115 yards and four scores – including a one-handed grab in the corner of the end zone – for Miamisburg in their win over Beavercreek.
} Beloit West Branch and Alliance were both on six-game winning streaks and averaging more than 40 points per game. Their Eastern Buckeye Conference showdown lived up to the hype. West Branch quarterback Dru DeShields (Eastern Illinois commit) was 17-for-32 for 283 yards and three touchdowns, though he did throw his first interception of the season in 217 attempts. Alliance junior Brendan Zurbrugg was 14-of-22 for 206 yards and one score, and senior Kayden Davis (Youngstown State) rushed for 163 yards and two scores. The game was decided with 14 seconds remaining, as West Branch sophomore running back Boston Mulinix ran in from 9 yards out to give his team a 42-35 victory.
} In a game that saw both teams put up gaudy statistics, Edon QB Kyler Sapp racked up 552 passing yards and five touchdowns on 37-of-53 passing while rushing for two more TDs in a 60-52 loss to Norwalk St. Paul. Max Radabaugh caught 10 passes for 234 yards, Caden Nester 11 passes for 157 yards and Carter Kiess nine catches for 110 yards.
} To counter Edon’s aerial assault, St. Paul rolled up 618 yards rushing against the Bombers, led by a school-record 391 yards and five touchdowns on 38 carries by senior Quincey Crabbs. Teammate Ben Burger had 148 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the first quarter alone before leaving with an injury.
} Edgerton quarterback Corey Everetts had a hand in six of the Bulldogs’ seven touchdowns in a 49-13 win over Hicksville. Everetts was 10-of-13 passing for 115 yards and four TDs while rushing for 213 yards and two more scores.
} Liberty Center senior Matthew Orr rushed for 146 of the No. 4 Tigers’ 359 rush yards in LC’s 43-6 win over rival Patrick Henry.
} Antwerp quarterback Carson Altimus had two TD passes and a pair of TD runs, finishing with 234 pass yards and 116 rush yards in the Archers’ 35-24 win over Ayersville in a battle of Green Meadows Conference unbeatens. The win puts Antwerp one win away from clinching the first conference title in program history.
} No. 3-ranked Carey (Div. VI) ran its winning streak top 23 straight games with a 54-0 Northern 10 Conference victory over Bucyrus. The Blue Devils lost their 2021 season opener to Hopewell-Loudon (30-15), then rattled of 15 straight wins in winning the Division VI state title, and eight straight to open the 2022 season.
} Hardin Northern had three backs rush for over 100 yards in the Polar Bears’ 49-8 win over Crestline. Carter Curtis led the way with 185 yards on nine carries, Xander Wilson had 141 on seven attempts and Cody Spearman added 111 yards on just three carries.
} Mason running back Nick Sailers ran for 138 yards and four touchdowns and had a 41-yard scoring reception as the Comets defeated Sycamore 38-13.
} Lakota West quarterback Mitch Bolden was 17-for 25 passing for 246 yards and a touchdown in addition to running for 91 yards and four touchdowns as the Firebirds beat Fairfield 38-31 in double overtime.
} Wyoming running back C.J. Hester had 322 yards rushing and six touchdowns in their 49-14 win over Mariemont.
} Winton Woods receiver Tra’mar Harris caught seven passes for 92 yards with two touchdowns in their 28-14 win over Milford.
} Loveland running back Colton Endicott had 250 yards rushing with two touchdowns as the Tigers beat Little Miami 29-7.
} Anderson receiver Santos Alvarez had 15 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown in a 35-21 loss to West Clermont.
} Roger Bacon’s Beamer Walker had 80 yards rushing and a touchdowns, an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, an interception, a sack and two tackles for loss as the Spartans beat Purcell Marian 34-7.
} Western Brown quarterback Drew Novak was 23-for-33 passing for 301 yards and three touchdowns plus ran for 39 yards and a score as the Broncos blew out Goshen 52-7.
} Blanchester quarterback Michael Mulvihill had 100 yards passing and two touchdowns and 139 rushing with four more scores as the Wildcats beat Bethel-Tate 45-20.
} Edgewood running back Tavionne Crosby had 181 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Cougars beat Talawanda 48-10.
} Xenia’s Tremell Wright scored both a receiving and rushing touchdown on offense, and made three interceptions during the third quarter on defense in a 42-7 win for the Buccaneers against Stebbins. Trei’Shaun Sanders had four rushing scores. Xenia is 8-0 for the first time in school history.
} Sidney’s Myles Vordemark was credited with 24 tackles in a 28-21 win at Fairborn.
} Joe Caswell of Whitehouse Anthony Wayne ran for 256 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries in a 28-0 win at Napoleon.
} Quarterback Alex Williams of Rossford completed 33 of 57 passes for 502 yards and five touchdowns in a 58-41 shootout loss against Pemberville Eastwood. Rossford’s top receivers were Jake Morrison (13 catches, 255 yards, 2 TD) and Kaden Kirkman (15 catches, 207 yards, 2 TD).
} Quarterback Case Boos of Eastwood carried 14 times for 213 yards and scored four touchdowns to offset Rossford’s aerial attack. A week earlier, Williams had seven TD passes in a 63-7 win at Elmore Woodmore.
} Filling in for 2021 Division II first team All-Ohio quarterback Kaden Holmes, sophomore Karson Kayden completed 19 of 35 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-6 victory over Lima Senior.