Want to know the longest streaks, good and bad, in Ohio? How many teams are unbeaten?
Then Dick Stevens is your man. The retired teacher and coach in Marion, Ohio, keeps detailed notes on small slips of paper that serve as a record of what goes on in almost every facet of Ohio high school football.
Here are a few of Stevens’ gems this week:
— Bucyrus Wynford has the longest regular-season winning streak at 63 games. Kirtland is second at 29 games, Covington next with 26 in a row.
— Toledo Woodward has lost its last 47 games, the longest current skid in Ohio. Westerville North (39), Millersport (32) and Doylestown Chippewa (27) follow.
— In the 28 years that Stevens has kept records, this is the second fewest number of unbeatens through four games. The 100 this year is undercut only by the 91 in 1991. There were 116 at this stage a year ago, 108 the year before, 121 in 2007 and 115 the year before that.
YEOMAN WORK: Perry QB Cale Burdyshaw carried the ball 46 times for 276 yards in a 38-33 win vs. Cleveland Orange; Riis Smith of Ashtabula Edgewood ran for 204 yards on 18 carries and scored 5 TDs in a 53-23 victory against Pymatuning Valley; Ottawa-Glandorf dominated Defiance to the tune of 70-21, rolling up 570 yards with Tristan Parker running for 226 yards and three TDs on 14 carries; Oberlin’s Kalif Townsel carried 40 times for 268 yards as the Phoenix defeated Brookside 41-28; Lees Creek East Clinton’s Max Morrow ran for 227 yards and four TDs last week against Washington Court House, a week after going for a school-record 296 yards and six TDs against Chillicothe Southeastern; Ironton’s Patrick Lewis ran 15 times for a career-high 261 yards and three TDs in a 27-17 win over Ashland (Ky.); and Symmes Valley rushed for 568 yards in a 62-6 win over Manchester.
PASS THE YARDS, PLEASE: Grant Sherman passed for 684 yards and nine TDs in Kenton’s 66-42 victory over Lima Shawnee; Doug Sanders threw for 269 yards and four TDs and ran for 192 yards and one score in leading Lima Bath past St. Marys Memorial, 50-28; Braden Billger threw for 289 yards and fired an 8-yard pass to Braelen Bader — is it the BB to BB connection? — late as Celina beat Wapakoneta 24-21; Avon’s Ralph Smith caught five passes for 206 yards and three TDs in a 35-3 win over Lakewood; and Greenford South Range’s Robby Seman had five receptions for 189 yards in a 49-18 win over East Palestine, including first-half scores from Ross Stoffer covering 67, 33 and 71 yards.
STREAKY: Patrick Henry stunned Liberty Center 54-14 in a battle of unbeatens — the winner of the rivalry has gone on to capture the league title as well as make the playoffs in 15 of the past 16 seasons; New Bremen, 0-10 last season, snapped a 15-game losing streak and an 11-game home losing streak in beating Parkway 13-6; and Huron stopped a seven-game losing streak to Sandusky Bay Conference rival Clyde while ending the Fliers’ streak at 20 straight SBC home wins with a 14-7 decision.
BLACKBOARD MATERIAL: Black River’s 31-30 victory over Lutheran West in overtime — on a two-point conversion while trailing 30-29 — gave coach Al Young a Medina County all-time best 153 wins; Elyria’s Shawn Masterson had three interceptions in a 41-14 win over Strongsville; Columbiana Crestview’s Nick Blower had 250 all-purpose yards in 1 quarters in a 57-12 win over Lisbon, including 84 yards for a score on the opening kickoff; Beloit West Branch’s Brandon Woolf returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD and Brenden Wells returned two more covering 90 and 70 yards in a 51-34 win over Alliance; Norwalk St. Paul held off a furious rally from Ashland Mapleton in a 61-40 win as the teams combined for 15 touchdowns, 50 first downs and 866 yards; and Findlay’s Vance Settlemire set career rushing records for career rushing TDs (29) and total TDs (32) in a 68-14 win over Lima Senior;
NEVER TOO LATE: Versailles scored 27 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Anna 41-27, thanks to Jacob Paulus’s four TDs in the final 12 minutes; and in a see-saw battle, Fremont St. Joseph led 26-0, watched Attica Seneca East take a 27-26 lead with 8:30 left and then the Crimson Streaks countered on Zack Yeckley’s 12-yard TD pass to Marcus Kerr with 1:03 left for a 34-27 win.
BIG NIGHT: On his 16th birthday, Genoa’s Cody Pickard set a state record with six field goals in a 58-7 win over Fostoria. As if that weren’t enough, the Comets had two 200-yard rushers: Kyle Nutter going for 210 yards on 11 carries and Jake Wojciechowski for 210 yards on 14. Genoa had 607 yards rushing as a team. Overall, the Comets attempted eight field goals — only three on fourth down.
FINALLY: Newark Catholic safety Kevin Bourne had an amazing 5 minutes Friday evening. He intercepted a Hail Mary pass in the end zone on the last play of the first half and returned it 107 yards for a TD. Then he proceeded to join the homecoming court — and was chosen king.