Lots and lots of action this weekend so lets get to it.
Every high school in the state waded into action this weekend, but we will start in the south western corner of the state. Marcus Foster and the Troy Trojans headed on the road to Dayton Chaminade-Juilenne. Foster, a two way starter, rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries on offense and picked off a pass on defense for the Trojans 30-0 win.
Shifting to Cincinnati LaSalle and Ryan Lehay routed Oak Hills to the tune of 42-21. As ever with defensive players it is impossible to find stats, particularly with defensive linemen. All I can say though is that they won despite giving up three TD's. And that the Highlanders starting running duo rushed for 176 yards.
In smaller school action Ryan Williamson and the Maderia Mustangs romped to 35-0 shutout win over Batavia. Williamson paved the way for Issac Rupe and his 105 yards and 3 TD's
Moving on to Cleveland Jeremy Graves and the Maple Heights Mustangs opened up their State Championship defense in emphatic style crushing Macedonia Nordonia 41-7. Graves wound up with close to 80 yards of total offense and a rushing TD.
Lastly on Sunday Andre Jones and the Colerain Cardinals snapped Cocoa (FL)'s 38 game winning streak 17-7. Jones had perhaps the biggest single play of the day. A 37 yard reception from Joe Bolden on a fake punt attempt that put the Cardinals in position to notch the first TD of the afternoon. Defensively Colerain was very stout, conceding just under 200 yards of offense. Cocoa managed to pop an 85 yard screen play for their only score of the game. But for the 32 plays before that the Tigers managed all of 100 yards. The score was close, but Colerain was always in firm control.
Kevin Brown and the Lawrence Central Bears fell Friday night at home against North Central 34-27. The Bears allowed 334 yards of offense but actually out gained NC on the night by 40 yards but could not overcome special team errors.
Elsewhere Warren Central defeated Cathedral by the score of 27-24 in a match up between arguably the two most successful Football schools in Indiana with a combined 17 state titles between them. Deionte Buckley was his usual dominant self rushing for over 180 yards again and accounting for all four Warrior TD's. Deyshawn Bond had a good game at Right Guard. Defensively the Warriors front lived up to the hype. WC gave up four scores yes, but all of those scoring drives started in Warrior territory and they surrendered just 163 yards of offense. Among the Bearcats on D Jonathan Burt had an OK game but Josh Posley was the standout in my eyes.
Lester Liston and the Grand Blanc Bobcats opened the season Friday with a 21-14 win. Liston was tasked with keeping dual threat QB Shane Barron under wraps, and he was up to the task. Through 2 and a half quarters Barron had just 41 yards on 14 attempts. When Liston left the game with what appeared to be a concussion Barron had 77 yards on 9 carries the rest of the day. No word on Listons status as of today.
If there is a question about Dennis Norfleet it is what does he do outside of 7 on 7. What does he do when the pads go on and the lights come up? Well as it turns out what Norfleet does is rather alot. Saturday afternoon Norfleet rushed for 230 yards and 2 TD's on 34 carries. Unfortunately it wasn't quite enough and King went down to Birmingham Brother Rice 28-21. Between Norfleet and Buckley, not to mention Poteat, Teague and Abernathy UC is going to be pretty well stocked for the next 5 to six years.
Leviticus Payne and the Southfield Bluejays romped to a 54-0 victory.
Alex Dale and the Memphis University School Owls rebounded from last weeks defeat to rolled Memphis Kingsbury 49-0. The Owl defense allowed just 3 first downs and 7 yards rushing on the night.
Highlands and Drake Bruns were on their bye week for this weekends action.
Lexington Henry Clay was once again without the services of Vincent Miller and they went down, hard, against Bowling Green 35-14. The Blue Devils were out gained 550 yards to 89 without their offensive talisman.
The official start to the season has yet to come around. This weekend the last preseason contests of the year took place.
Bennie Coney passed for 228 yards and rushed for an additional 56 in a 19-14 pre season loss.