High school football is big in Ohio.
Mother Nature is even bigger.
With Sandusky Perkins leading Clyde 19-14 with 7:03 left in the third quarter, a lightning strike sent both teams scurrying into the locker room for a 30-minute delay.
The officiating crew let the teams back on the field around 9:05 p.m. with kickoff scheduled for 9:15, but as the Fliers and Pirates were nearing the end of the warmup period, the stadium went completely dark and all power was lost for the surrounding neighborhoods.
It took another 30 minutes to get back up and running, but once it did, Perkins left no doubt, and scored two more touchdowns to top Clyde, 34-14.
Then, in a game suspended at halftime because of bad weather and concluded on Saturday, Patrick Henry’s Derek Kolpen tied a school record with five TD passes, the last a 16-yard strike to Derek Hoops that gave the Patriots a 40-35 win over Delta and head coach Bill Inselmann his 199th career win.
KIMU BELIEVE THIS? Canfield QB Kimu Kim rushed 52 times for 497 yards (fifth highest in the state according to OHSAA records) and a state-record nine TDs in a 70-62 double-OT win over Niles McKinley. The 52 carries are believed to be a state record and his 56 points (he also had a two-point conversion) are tied for seventh in Ohio history. Canfield was 0-5 coming in.
Kim’s performance overshadowed the play of Niles’ Kyle Paden, who completed 27 of 43 passes for a school-record 505 yards, adding to his school record for yards passing in a season. He also threw for a school-record six TDs and ran for three more. And WR Chris Parry pulled in 15 receptions for a school-best 274 yards.
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: Trotwood-Madison’s season-opening game has been ruled a forfeit win for Springfield because of an academically ineligible Trotwood player. Rams AD Guy Fogle said Trotwood self-reported a possible rules violation to the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The Rams, who have played in three straight D-II state title games, are 3-2 and will be hard-pressed to make the D-III postseason. Trotwood was No. 12 in last week’s Region 10 computer rankings. It’s the first victory for Springfield (1-5), which lost the game on the scoreboard, 49-6.
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE II: When Doylestown Chippewa hosted Creston Norwayne, it was a matchup of the haves vs. the have-nots.
The Chipps went 1-29 from 2010-12, while Norwayne was 36-5 highlighted by a state title in 2011 and state semifinals trip last year.
Yet, Chippewa pulled off a stunning 48-38 victory, thanks to 5-foot-8, 155-pound sophomore Bailey Breitenstine. He threw four TD passes, ran for two more scores and even came up with the game-clinching interception in the end zone with 1:16 left.
“Bailey’s special and he’s a baby,” said first-year Chipps coach Mike Bohley. “He’s an athletic kid who’s a sophomore and we’re blessed every day to have him.”
WELL GROUNDED: Joe Alessi ran for a school-record 343 yards and six TDs on only 12 carries in Canfield South Range’s 62-36 win over Hanoverton United; one week after rushing for 323 yards and five TDs in a 73-15 win over North Baltimore, Sycamore Mohawk’s Gunnar Johnson carried 21 times for 332 yards and three TDs in a 39-20 win over Bascom Hopewell-Loudon; Liberty Center ran for 573 yards in a 69-27 win over Swanton as five players had 65 yards or more apiece; Rocky River Lutheran West’s Adam Felton ran for 267 yards and three TDs in 34-8 win over Oberlin; and Sullivan Black River has rushed for 970 yards and thrown two passes — one incompletion each game — in the last two weeks, a 64-60 win over Lorain Clearview and a 37-21 win over Wellington.
DOING IT ALL: North Baltimore’s Lane Bishop completed 22 of 41 passes for 260 yards, rushed 31 times for 218 yards and scored three TDs — and still was on the losing end of a 49-34 score with Seneca East; and Grafton Midview’s Cody Callaway, a Bowling Green commit, passed for 288 yards and 2 TDs and ran for 112 yards and a TD in 30-14 win over North Ridgeville.
HANGING ON: McComb’s Clay Grubb carried 33 times for 317 yards and two TDs and threw for 171 yards and another score in a 40-35 win over Division VII No. 6 Arlington its first loss, 40-35. McComb built a 40-17 lead with 3:45 left in the game, but had to survive a rally as Arlington’s Andrew Hunter ran for one TD and threw for two more in a 3-minute span. Arlington recovered two on-sides kicks but failed to recover a third with 56 seconds left.
MORE HANGING ON: Chillicothe Unioto trailed Williamsport Westfall 26-7 late in the second quarter, but the Shermans rallied to win 34-32 on the strength of a 22-carry, 200-yard, one-touchdown performance by Dillon Binegar. Collin Hutchison intercepted a pass on the final play to seal it. Meanwhile, Bryan converted two fourth-down plays on the final drive, fumbled the ball on the way into the end zone with 5.3 seconds to go only to have lineman Jason Hug recover the ball for a TD and fumbled the PAT snap only to convert the play into a two-point conversion pass for a 28-27 win over Wauseon in a battle of state-ranked unbeatens.
AIR APPARENT: Grant Sherman completed 41 fo 55 passes for 468 yards and five TDs, Justin Sawmiller had 12 catches for 177 yards and three TDs and Colyn Blackford 15 receptions for 149 yards as Division IV No. 1 Kenton defeated Ottawa-Glandorf 34-10; crowned homecoming king before the game, Genoa’s Logan Scott went out and threw for a school-record 336 yards, completing 12 of 21 passes with three TDs in a 70-30 win over Fostoria; Derek Kolpien tossed five touchdown passes, including the game winner with 4:50 left, to lead Hamler Patrick Henry past Delta 40-35; and Minster’s Eli Wolf set school records with 10 receptions for 250 yards, including a game-winning 85-yard TD catch with 1:46 to go in a 41-34 win over Anna.
NO SHUTDOWN HERE: Findlay and Lima Senior combined for over 800 yards passing and 1,162 yards total offense in a soggy shootout. Justice Graham, Lima Senior’s 6-foot-8 senior quarterback, completed 24 of-40 passes for 348 yards and five TDs in a 59-40 win, with Juneil Liles carrying 24 times for 210 yards and three TDs, the second a 72-yard dash on the end of an 84-yard hook-and-ladder play. Findlay quarterback Brandon Muehl completed 31 of 52 passes for 462 yards and four TDs, but also had five passes picked off. Grant Niswander caught 15 passes for 186 yards in the loss.
NOTE THIS: Columbus St. Charles snapped what is believed to be the longest losing streak against one opponent in Ohio with a 36-0 victory over Columbus DeSales — DeSales had won 36 straight in the series dating to 1976; Fairfield is 6-0 for the first time since 1985; Coldwater won its 18th straight game over St. Henry in The Backyard Battle; Division VII No. 1 Maria Stein Marion Local lost starting RB Jacy Goettemoeller and Pittsburgh-bound QB Adam Bertke to injuries, but Aaron Nietfeld rushed for three scores and QB Dustin Rethman also ran for a TD in a 28-14 win over Delphos St. John’s; and Tiffin Calvert picked up the program’s 500th win with a 44-14 win over Carey.