Some guys do it all. Let’s meet three of them.
— Chillicothe Unioto’s John Vanderpool has 660 yards rushing and has thrown a pair of touchdown passes on offense, plus has 21 tackles, six interceptions and two sacks on defense. He’s also averaging 35.4 yards per kickoff return, 19.4 yards on punts and has scored nine times (four rushing, one receiving, one punt return, one kickoff return and two defensive returns).
— Old Washington Buckeye Trail’s CJ Beaver had TD catches of 15, 19 and 30 yards, a 78-yard interception return and a 63-yard punt return for a score in a 47-7 win over Bridgeport.
— Columbiana’s Britton Steiginga scored on a 15-yard run, a 47-yard interception return, a 48-yard punt return and a 75-yard reception in a 47-20 win over Sebring McKinley.
GET THIS: There are 74 remaining undefeated teams, down from 90 a year ago. Among those falling from the ranks of the unbeaten are Steubenville, which lost to Middletown after winning its last 16 regular-season games, and Chagrin Falls, which had won 20 in a row before losing to Chagrin Falls Kenston.
HEAVY STUFF ISN’T COMING DOWN FOR A WHILE: Mansfield Madison’s Kale Huss rushed for 309 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries as the Rams beat Wooster 49-42 on Saturday. The game was tied 42-42 with 2:17 remaining in the fourth quarter when it was postponed by lightning on Friday night. Madison piled up 546 yards of total offense without attempting a pass.
RUSH WEEK: Ada’s Kellen Decker scored five TDs (42, 71, 62, 5, 39 yards) and rushed for a school-record 325 yards in a 53-29 win over Bluffton in a game that had to be started in Bluffton and was completed in Ada because of a storm; Ottawa-Glandorf’s Tristin Parker ran for 201 yards and three TDs in a 52-16 rain-delayed win over Kenton; McComb’s Jerry Brown rushed for 293 yards on just 10 carries, scoring on runs of 53, 65, 74 and 52 yards in a 62-6 win over Vanlue; Ashtabula Edgewood’s Dylan McCaleb ran for 268 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 34-13 win at Thompson Ledgemont; Zanesville Rosecrans’ Luke Lloyd and Chase Lanning combined for 353 yards rushing in a 50-29 win against Byesville Meadowbrook; Defiance Tinora’s Kevin McCann had 28 carries for 297 yards and three TDs in a 34-13 win over Hicksville; Justin Flory ran for 210 yards and two scores in Defiance Ayersville’s 37-16 loss to Sherwood Fairview; Sean Westhoven rushed for 245 yards and three TDs for Liberty Center in a 19-14 victory over Wauseon; Heath Harding of Dayton Christian surpassed 1,000 rushing yards halfway through the regular season by running for 213 yards on just nine carries in a 47-0 win over Fairfield Christian; Antwan Persons of Dayton Chaminade Julienne lit up host Cincinnati Roger Bacon for 217 yards rushing and three TDs; Dayton Jefferson’s T’monte Watson torched Portsmouth Sciotoville with 15 carries for 305 yards rushing and four TDs in a 34-18 win; and Zak Leko ran for 234 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries as Lisbon David Anderson beat North Jackson Jackson-Milton 48-34 to snap a 42-game losing streak in the Inter-Tri County League upper tier.
GROUND CONTROL: Three Toledo Central Catholic backs rushed for over 100 yards each and the Irish (No. 1 in Division II) ground out 517 yards rushing in a 56-27 win over Findlay (No. 8 in Division I). Amir Edwards carried 30 times for 220 yards and four scores; Paul Moses had 146 yards and two TDs on 10 carries; and Cedric Gray carried 17 times for 113 yards and a score.
DEFEND THIS HOUSE: Leipsic’s Derek Steffan returned an interception 100 yards for a score in a 34-3 win over Arlington; Vanlue managed only one touchdown in a 54-7 loss to Liberty-Benton — but it came on Kevin Duffman’s 99-yard fumble return late in the game, tying seven other players for the second-longest fumble return for a touchdown in the state.
STREAKING: Madison’s 7-0 loss to Chardon marked the first time the Blue Streaks were shut out in 110 games and almost 11 years and the first time Chardon has done it against them since 1967; and Painesville Riverside’s 28-10 win at Eastlake North gave the Beavers their first 4-1 start since 2000.
AIR RAID: Zanesville’s Thomas Wibbeler hit 23 of 25 passes for 399 yards and five TDs in a 42-0 win against Jonathan Alder, while J.T. McFarland swelled his season totals to 12 receiving touchdowns, three rushing and one on defense; converted QB Andy Guilford had 11 catches for 264 yards and three TDs leading Sherwood Fairview to a 37-16 win over Defiance Ayersville; Evan Wyse threw for 370 yards and five TDs while adding a scoring run in Archbold’s 56-29 win over Swanton; Braden Billger tied his own school record with six TD passes and broke the school record for career touchdown passes as Celina beat rival St. Marys 49-7 in the annual Battle of Grand Lake — the most points ever by the Bulldogs in the series and the widest margin ever; also, Braelen Bader had 10 catches for 233 yards and tied the school record with four touchdown receptions for Celina; Fremont St. Joseph’s Zach Yeckley broke the school record for TD passes in a career with a 34-yard scoring toss to Jordan Sessler in a 27-19 win over Carey, giving him 32 career TD passes; and Salineville Southern’s Luke Griffith threw for a school-record 353 yards and three touchdowns on 21 of 25 passing in a 35-17 win over McDonald.
NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS: Ironton’s Patrick Lewis ran just six times but gained 165 yards and scored on runs of 66, 15, and 66 yards in a 61-34 win over Portsmouth; Genoa established a single-game school record for points in a 79-0 victory over Lake; after scoring 39 points in the first quarter a week earlier, Haviland Wayne Trace put up 34 points in the opening period of a 61-21 victory over Holgate; Beloit West Branch’s Brendon Wells ran for 129 yards and the game-winning touchdown in a 13-7 win over Carrollton while becoming the school’s career rushing leader wtih 2,687 yards; Columbiana Crestview, averaging 51.8 points in a 5-0 start, set school records for most points in a game and longest pass play with a 99-yard strike from Collin Gilbert to Dimitri Gregory in a 71-7 win over Mineral Ridge; Versailles knocked off top-ranked Division VI team Maria Stein Marion Local 24-14 as the teams renewed their longtime rivalry (56 games) after a two-year absence due to an unbalanced conference schedule in the Midwest Athletic Conference; and with Norwalk St. Paul’s 31-6 win at Greenwich South Central, coach John Livengood improved to 22-0 all-time against the Trojans.
Finally, in 2010 Sycamore Mohawk’s Kyle Parker threw for 701 yards and six touchdowns the entire season as the Warriors advanced to the second round of the playoffs. In a win over North Baltimore, current QB Drew Loose threw for 239 yards — 216 in the first half — for five touchdowns.