A lot of players and teams are scoring a lot of points and piling up a lot of yards around Ohio high schools.
So let’s get out of the way and get right to the numbers …
BIG HALF: Athens piled up points and yards in an 83-14 win over Albany Alexander. Athens ran just 30 plays in the first half, building a 77-7 lead before the break. The Bulldogs scored 11 TDs on 11 possessions — averaging a TD less than every three plays — and posted 655 yards in the first two quarters. Athens finished with 785 total yards. Joe Burrow completed all 11 of his pass attempts for 285 yards and five TDs. Trae Williams had 253 yards rushing and three TDs on just eight carries.
CATCHING A RECORD: Justin Sawmiller broke the national reception record in Kenton’s 48-2 win over Elida. Sawmiller now has 363 catches, breaking the mark of 358 set by Davis Howell of Christian Howell Academy in Knoxville, Tenn. Grant Sherman finished with 534 yards passing and six TDs in the game, with Colyn Blackford totaling 201 yards receiving and Sawmiller 163.
NOTEWORTHY: Ashtabula Lakeside earned its first Premier Athletic Conference win since 2009 with a 33-7 triumph at Eastlake North, giving the Dragons three wins — more than the last three years combined; St. Marys Memorial led 23-6 with less than 2 minutes left in the third quarter but lost to Defiance 27-23, extending its losing streak to 18 games; in a battle of unbeatens, Dar Stanford caught 10 passes for 200 yards and Thomas Wibbeler passed for 300 in Zanesville’s 28-14 win against New Philadelphia; Zak Sheridan accounted for all four of his team’s TDs in Duncan Falls Philo’s 28-7 win over Thornville Sheridan; Brock Fargus passed for 224 yards, ran for 168 and accounted for four TDs in Dresden Tri-Valley’s 33-14 win against New Concord John Glenn; Norwalk’s Breck Turner broke several program records in a single night at Bellevue, rushing 19 times for 284 yards and 5 TDs in a 51-39 win; unbeaten Sandusky Perkins scored on the first play against winless Port Clinton en route to a program-record point total in a 73-16 win; Norwalk St. Paul scored 68 points in a 35-minute span in a 68-20 win against Plymouth; and Milan Edison’s Austin Utter ran for 228 yards and 6 TDs in a 62-26 win at Sandusky St. Mary as the Chargers piled up 530 yards rushing on 52 attempts.
EARLY ZEROES: In a 60-12 win over Reedsville Eastern, Glouster Trimble allowed a first-half TD — the first time it had allowed a point in the first half of a regular season game since Aug. 31, 2012, a string of 14 games in a row with a shutout at halftime; Lucasville Valley has allowed 20 first-half points this season, 13 in the regular season opener at Portsmouth and seven points in a Week 2 game against Van Buren. Since then, the Indians defense has pitched a first half shutout in the last five games.
BIG NIGHT: Orwell Grand Valley’s Jake Vormelker led the way in a 56-40 win at Windham. He rushed 33 times for 280 yards — the third-highest total in school history and the eighth-highest in Ashtabula County — and ran for five TDs. He also threw a 24-yard TD pass and added a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Other one-man bands: Keaton Metz had four receptions for 103 yards and a TD, 37 yards rushing and a TD and a 93-yard kick return for a score in Wapakoneta’s 45-13 win over Ottawa-Glandorf; and Clear Fork’s Kadin Chrastina ran 36 times for 253 yards, completed 9 of 14 passes for 95 more yards, scored three TDs, ran in a 2-point conversion and kicked a PAT, punted, returned punts and kicks, played DB, booted a 35-yard field goal and never left the field in a 24-22 win over Mansfield Madison.
ONE IF BY LAND: Loudonville’s Kolton Edmondson rushed for 274 yards on 14 carries and scored three TDs, plus threw for another, in a 62-22 win over East Knox; Andover Pymatuning Valley’s Quintin Ratliff ran for 234 yards on 15 attempts and scored three TDs in a 52-27 win against Vienna Mathews; Chillicothe Unioto’s Dillon Binegar had 18 carries for 227 yards and three TDs in a 53-22 win over Chillicothe Huntington; Fredericktown’s Austin Hathaway ran 29 times for 215 yards and two TDs and threw for 177 yards in a 54-40 loss to Richwood North Union; and Painesville Riverside’s Marcus Jones had 200 yards rushing on 18 carries and scored twice in a 40-35 win over University School.
NICE AVERAGE PER CARRY: Joel Bell is the No. 2 back behind Austin Combs (844 yards, 20 TDs in 6 games) in Liberty-Benton’s offense. But the senior wingback made the most of his two carries in a 54-7 win over Pandora-Gilboa when he broke loose for 56- and 58-yard TDs.
GOOD CALL ON 3RD AND LONG: Facing third and 33 from his own 37-yard line, Columbiana Crestview’s Collin Gilbert raced 63 yards and the Rebels scored two plays later for a 14-7 lead they never relinquished in a 37-27 win over New Middletown Springfield. Gilbert ran for 249 yards on 26 carries and passed for 101 yards and another touchdown.
AIRING IT OUT: Cole Murtiff was 24 of 36 for 380 yards with two TDs in Bucyrus’ 37-36 upset of previously unbeaten Upper Sandusky; Kaden Sapp had 359 yards passing for five TDs in leading Edon to a 54-7 win over West Unity Hilltop; and hotly-pursued prep basketball star Luke Kennard was 26 of 32 for 229 yards and four TDs in Franklin’s 42-39 victory over Germantown Valley View.
PLACEMENT TEST: Findlay’s Grant McKinniss set a school record by kicking four field goals in a 59-40 loss to Lima Senior, connecting from 25, 33, 40 and 37 yards. McKinniss has converted nine field goals through seven games, two shy of the school’s season record.
FINALLY: Canton McKinley defeated Canton GlenOak 13-10 for its seventh straight win to remain undefeated, but it never led until the final play.
Faking a field-goal attempt, holder Chris Prowell-White connected with Nick Faulkner on a 16-yard TD pass as time expired. GlenOak is now 3-4 and its losses came by a combined eight points, including overtime decisions to Massillon and Canton Central Catholic.