Published September 7, 2008
First and Ten - Columbus Area High School Football
Saturday Night Specials -- (9/6) -- Newark Catholic 42, Fisher Catholic 7 -- The Green Wave (3-0) is at it again, following up their small school (VI) state title from last year with another string of victories. Last night it was over rival Fisher Catholic (1-2) on the road in Lancaster. Newark Catholic amassed 374 yards on the ground with Aaron Shook pounding in 5 touchdowns, four in the first half accounting for the 28-0 lead at the break, and the last one mid-way through the third. Devin Moore had 162 yards rushing for the Green Wave. Fisher avoided the shutout with a long TD run by Nick Orlando in the fourth quarter. Cle. Glenville 31, Gahanna 0 -- Coach Ted Ginn's Tarblooders came down state Saturday night and came away as expected with a nice victory over the Gahanna Lions (1-2). Despite the score, Gahanna played tough, and the 14-0 halftime margin was due to blocked punt and INT return touchdowns. Glenville then added an 80 yard TD pass in the third followed by a long run score. Gahanna managed to avoid long Tarblooder drives but could not avoid the ultimate outcome. Still, kudos to the Lions for scheduling this one and giving us a unique matchup.
It's Raining Football!! -- (games of 9/5) -- A full inch of rain fell Friday evening in Central Ohio, but unlike the lightning of a week before nothing could deter the weekly march of heroes and heartaches this time. Here's what I saw as the biggest and/or most intriguing finals: DeSales 28, New Albany 7 -- The DeSales Stallions (3-0) are undoubtedly the class of Division II in Columbus, and they put on a great show in what has become a strange, growing rivalry. New Albany (1-2) is stronger than its record, and the Eagles' success the last several years has given some lustre to this non-conference matchup of late. This time it was all DeSales, though, as New Albany did not punch in its TD pass until the fourth quarter when down by 28 already. Josh Kusan had two TD runs, one going for 56 yards. He had 148 yards on only 9 carries out of the option formation. QB Thomas Gentile added 82 ground yards and 2 TD passes. DeSales now must focus on a colossal game next week down by the river at Cincinnati Anderson, which in all likelihood will garner the initial #1 Division II state ranking when released shortly. DeSales spent much of last year in the #1 spot but Anderson won the state championship. We'll definitely be reporting on this big upcoming matchup, so stay tuned. Clayton Northmont 42, Westerville South 12 -- We previewed this one, so here's the unfortunate follow-up. Westerville South (0-3) just could not get things going after holding the first quarter to 7-0 and drawing to 14-6 in the second quarter on Cortez Fleming's TD run. Fleming added a TD pass late but it was futile as Northmont and QB Chase Belton dominated. I mention this game to lament the apparent and hopefully temporary demise of a great South program -- but let me congratulate them on being willing to travel out of the area to play an unknown tough foe. Worthington Kilbourne 30, Dublin Scioto 0 -- Well, this one answered some questions, didn't it? Kilbourne controlled every aspect and avoided being relegated to an afterthought entering into the "murderer's row" of the new OCC Central, which includes Hilliard Davidson (3-0), Hilliard Darby (3-0, 148 points scored), Dublin Coffman (3-0) and Upper Arlington. What a new division, and Kilbourne seems up to the coming task. Once again, the Wolves' leader was Aaron Kingcade, whom we wrote about last week. Kingcade had a running TD, a passing TD, three extra points and a field goal. Scioto (1-2) could only muster 84 yards on offense. Kilbourne now must play Darby, in a game we'll feature this coming week.
Noteworthy News -- Upper Arlington 41, Findlay 34 -- The long trip north at least got the Golden Bears (2-1) out of the rain, but also into the fire of Findlay's offensive attack. Findlay showed up ready to pass and run as needed, and UA showed little ability to stop the hosts. A late boost, however, came from a deep territory blocked punt TD that broke a 27-27 tie in the fourth quarter. Senior UA back Isaac Wildermuth then added his third TD and ended with 222 yards on the ground. Senior runners Alex Drake and Tommy Farwick once again added touchdowns as well for UA, whose only loss was to dominant Pickerington Central, whose result was . . . Pickerington Central 41, Westerville North 0 -- I mention this lopsided final to emphasize the level of play game in and out by the purple PC Tigers. Central (3-0) held Westerville North (1-2) to just 33 offensive yards and appears ready to march through the OCC and shoot off its players to major college programs. Beechcroft 30, St. Charles 13 -- Beechcroft (3-0) looks to be the main City League North contender to Brookhaven (3-0) and showed it against CCL host St. Charles (1-2) Friday night, relying on the big play for the victory. Dalron Glover busted an 85 yard TD run but was outshadowed by a game changing 99 yard interception and return before halftime by Larez Harper, without which St. Charles likely would have then taken the lead. Olentangy 17, Big Walnut 14 -- Tough breaks continue for the reigning Division III state champion Big Walnut Eagles (1-2), as the trophy defenders fell to Delaware County rival Olentangy (3-0) in Lewis Center. Big Walnut squandered several late chances deep in Braves' territory, including a missed short FG attempt as the fourth quarter clock ticked on, which would have tied the game. Joseph Carlson was the man for Olentangy breaking open a 72 yard punt return early and then catching a 10 yard TD pass to tie things at the half. Unfortunately, it's going to take some great playfor Big Walnut to get itself into playoff postion to even have a chance to defend their crown. Eagle fans will remember fondly that great December victory last year over Licking Valley in the state championship game. Licking Valley is presently disappointed at 2-1 but still sports OSU bound RB/LB Storm Klein, who had two TDs in a 49-7 stomping of Cambridge.
Other Results -- Dublin Coffman 49, Westerville Central 0; West Jefferson 26, Ready 18; Canal Winchester 42, Whitehall 0; Granville 49, Grandview 7; Heath 33, Utica 0; Johnstown 34, Licking Heights 15; Columbus Academy 23, Centerburg 13, Westfall 27, Circleville 7; Pleasant 35, Buckeye Valleye 22; Watkins Memorial 28, Fairfield Union 20; Hartley 38, Bexley 21; Groveport 27, Dublin Jerome 7; Pickerington North 30, Mifflin 12; Marion-Franklin 34, Northland 6; Whetstone 60, South 6; Olentangy Liberty 28, Delaware 22; Hilliard Darby 48, Briggs 0; Hilliard Davidson 15, Grove City 0; Newark 19, Thomas Worthington 13; Watterson 24, Reynoldsburg 7; Lancaster 37, Independence 6; Walnut Ridge 42, Westland 18; Eastmoor Academy 40, Harvest Prep 7; Brookhaven 37, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 9; Marysville 35, Bellefontaine 7.