Doylestown Chippewa had lost its last 29 games. Head coach Kevin Wolf was 0-26 as the Chipps’ head coach.
On top of all that, Chippewa trailed 16-7 late in the second quarter of Friday’s game against Apple Creek Waynedale.
But then, something happened. The Chipps scored the game’s next four touchdowns on the way to a 38-22 win. Their last win was in Week 7 of the 2009 season.
“When we lost to Rittman in Week 5, it was devastating,” Wolf said. “But instead of sulking and letting it tear us apart, the kids pulled together tighter. There were no motivational speeches needed. They believed in themselves, believed in each other, believed in the coaching staff — they stayed a team and made a night like tonight possible.”
Freshman QB Bailey Breitenstine threw for two TDs, ran for two more, and added one of the Chipps’ two defensive TDs. The 5-foot-6, 135-pound Breitenstine, who transferred to Chippewa from Barberton at the beginning of this school year, was making his first start under center.
ONE OF MANY: There were 106,102 fans at Ohio Stadium on Saturday night for eighth-ranked Ohio State’s 63-38 win over Nebraska. Franklin sophomore Luke Kennard was one of them.
One of the state’s top-ranked basketball players in the class of 2015, Kennard worked out in front of an OSU assistant after football practice last week. On Saturday, he was a guest at the Buckeyes’ game. Both Thad Matta and Urban Meyer are intrigued by the 6-foot-5 Kennard.
A night earlier, Kennard completed 13 of 18 passes for 178 yards and two TDs in a 42-13 defeat of Germantown Valley View, improving the Wildcats to 6-1. Connor Stickelman had nine catches for 132 yards and both scores. Stickelman switched from QB last season when Kennard took over.
NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS: In the game between Nelsonville-York and Wellston, which N-Y won 33-6, there were 25 combined penalties (11 personal fouls) for 258 yards — not including those that were declined; Josh Huber’s 56-yard TD reception late in the first half held up as Coldwater picked up its 500th win in program history with a 7-0 win over Anna (and is now 500-262-21); Ivan Gadson had punt returns for TDs of 42 and 67 yards in the second half to lead Cambridge past East Liverpool 35-7; Jacob Dingus had four interceptions to lead Haviland Wayne Trace to a 22-7 win over Hicksville; in Sherwood Fairview’s 40-10 win over Holgate, Jeffrey Timbrook returned an interception 98 yards for a score, Andy Guilford had a 95-yard kickoff return for a TD and Andy Robinson completed an 82-yard TD pass to Matt Tobin; Westlake beat Avon Lake for the first time since 1984; and Glouster Trimble has shut out its last four opponents while outscoring them 176-0.
RUSH STREET: Mansfield Madison’s Kale Huss broke his own record of 312 yards set in Week 5 when he ran for 343 yards and three TDs on 25 carries in the Rams’ 41-20 win over Bellville Clear Fork; Rockford Parkway QB Austin Dennison rushed for 217 yards while Brandon Moorman ran for 162 yards, but it wasn’t enough as Minster defeated the Panthers 43-16 behind Korey Schultz’s 188 yards and three touchdowns; Lexington’s Andrew Hunt rushed for 235 yards and four TDs — and returned an interception 51 yards for another score — in a 44-28 win over Wooster; Ryan Jordan ran for five TDs in New Lebanon Dixie’s 54-6 defeat of Dayton Northridge; Tre Owens rushed for 280 yards and two scores but Carlisle still beat Middletown Madison, 20-12; Toledo Whitmer’s Nick Holley rushed for 324 yards on 24 carries and scored four TDs, threw for another score and intercepted a pass in a 56-25 win over Findlay; Matt Taylor had five TD runs to lead Metamora Evergreen to a 44-0 win over Swanton; Connor Hug had five rushing TDs in the first half to lead Edon past Hilltop 50-7; in separate games, Clearview’s Chad Anderson ran for 238 yards and four TDs and Elyria Catholic’s Justin Taylor ran nine times for 223 yards and three scores; Carey rushed 47 times for 419 yards in a 59-0 win over Kansas Lakota; and Genoa’s Kyle Nutter now has 5,142 career rushing yards.
AIR FOILS: Wauseon’s Ty Suntken accounted for six touchdowns in a victory over Montpelier, throwing for four, and running for two; North Robinson Colonel Crawford’s Nate Klingenberger completed 18 of 24 passes for 388 yards and six TDs in a 47-10 win over Bucyrus; Tom West led Kettering Fairmont to a 38-13 win over Springfield, running for a score, passing for one, returning an interception 60 yards for another and, in an idle moment, kicking an 18-yard field goal; North Lima South Range’s Ross Stoffer passed for four TDs and ran for another in a 55-20 win over Mineral Ridge; despite a steady rain, Leipsic’s Zack Kuhlman completed 14 of 27 passes for 285 yards and five TDs in a 41-0 win over Arcadia; and QB Tom Tupa hit WR brother Tim Tupa — sons of former NFL and Ohio State QB and P Tom Tupa — for three TDs in Brecksville’s win over Amherst.
NEVER TOO LATE: Hamilton Badin’s Tyler Williams kicked a 39-yard field goal with 28 seconds left to stun Dayton Chaminade Julienne, 17-14; in its fifth and final season in the All-American Conference, Lisbon Beaver finally picked up its first league win, ending a 19-game AAC losing streak as running back Phillip Beohm threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Justin Osborne with 56 seconds remaining for a 21-14 win over Struthers; Bryan trailed Patrick Henry 28-13 with 7 minutes left in a battle of unbeatens, but the Bears recovered two onside kicks and scored the final 19 points in a 32-28 win; Caleb Siefker completed a 16-yard TD pass to Alex Westrick with 42 seconds left, then hit Josh Buckland, who made a juggling catch, for the 2-point conversion as Ottawa-Glandorf overcame a 13-0 deficit to beat Elida 14-13; Tyler Harris carried 42 times for 228 yards, rushed for one TD and caught a 24-yard pass for another as Cory-Rawson recovered two fumbles and scored 14 points in the final 7 minutes for a 21-14 win Vanlue; and Napoleon drove 55 yards in 56 seconds to score with 15 seconds left and the two-point conversion sent the game into overtime, eventually beating Anthony Wayne 34-31 in 2OT.
SMASHING RECORDS: Mike McKenzie ran for a school-record 315 yards and four TDs on 28 carries, Steve Treadway kicked a school-record 52-yard field goal and J.J. Napierkowski set school marks for most yards receiving in a season (749) and career in Salineville Southern’s 40-9 win over Wellsville; Columbiana Crestview’s Nick Blower set the school’s career rushing record with 3,376 yards during a 63-14 win over Hanoverton United; and Oak Harbor’s Mark Konieczny established a school record for career rushing yards at 2,951. Konieczny set the game rushing mark at 307 yards the previous week while AJ Cecil’s 165 yards established a new Rockets mark for receiving yards in a game.
Finally, Williamsport Westfall is 6-1 despite losing its coach. Former Westfall and Circleville coach Keith Downing replaced the previous coach who lost his teacher’s license after admitting to an addiction to painkillers early in the summer. Downing has guided the team in the past four games.