From nailbiters to outright domination, Week 5 of high school football has come and gone.
Dover got a much-needed tune-up prior to New Philadelphia week, while the Quakers are still steamrolling opponents.
Elsewhere, the stars have aligned for an all-out, all-time classic in the IVC, with Ridgewood and Garaway in a battle of undefeated teams.
Plenty more is in store from all your favorite teams from the Tuscarawas Valley.
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Ridgewood 62, Claymont 8
The Generals have shown no rust in their armor through five weeks of action, setting themselves up in prime position for the IVC crown. That is, of course, with the Pirates straight ahead.
All exaggeration aside, this was easily the best offensive performance of the season for quarterback Gabe Tingle and all aspects of Ridgewood.
On just 32 plays, they produced 547 yards, while holding the ball for just 17:38. Tingle connected on 12 of his 14 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns, adding two carries for 25 yards.
Josiah Cahill ended up with a game-best 76 yards on just three carries, finding the end zone once. Plus, he completed his lone pass attempt in relief of Tingle who sat before halftime, hooking up with Scrock Kaleb for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Xavier Lamneck added five carries for 49 yards and a score, with Deontae Brandon finding paydirt twice on three carries for 35 yards.
Kurtis Varian totted the rock once for 21 yards and a score as well.
Javan Belt grabbed a pair of touchdowns, while Dalton Patterson linked up with Tingle three times for a score and 65 yards. Ethan Stroup led all receivers with 80 yards.
Defensively, the Generals picked off two passes between Zander Stroup and Aden Troyer.
Claymont lone touchdown came from sophomore Kirtas Anthony, who carries the ball nine times for 48 yards. Quarterback Graydon Mooneyham completed half his passes for around 100 yards but was picked off twice.
All told, the Mustangs turned the ball over three times, mustering just 139 yards on 49 plays. This game was won in the trenches, with Ridgewood flexing their muscle all night, calling off the dogs by halftime.
Likely their biggest test to date, Ridgewood now faces Garaway on The Hill in Sugarcreek Friday. Claymont returns to Uhrichsville against Indian Valley.
Garaway 33, Sandy Valley 13
In what was likely their best performance to date, the Pirates are riding high following their win over the Cardinals.
Played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium due to an unfortunate fire that damaged Sandy Valley’s turf, the momentum of Friday’s contest quickly shifted in favor of Garaway, who hopped out to a 13-0 lead at the end of the first.
Garaway quarterback Garrett Newsome was knocked out early after having his throwing hand stepped on inadvertently, leading to backup Logan Yoder connecting with Zach Bickford for the first score. It was the lone pass for Yoder, but it set the tone early.
Ethan Miller busted through the line with around five minutes left in the first and went 23 yards for the touchdown.
Newsome, apparently unphased by his sore hand, went 16-for-20 for 218 yards and a touchdown, along with 15 carries for 41 yards. Although he did not find Bickford for the early score, he still connected with his senior wide receiver three times for nearly 100 yards. Jaydon Miller hauled in Newsome’s lone touchdown, accounting for 79 yards on five receptions.
Miller could not be stopped on his 11 carries, going for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Ethan Miller carried the ball 13 times for 72 yards.
The Pirates befuddled quarterback Cam Blair, as highlighted by a Yoder interception before halftime in which the Sandy Valley senior threw into triple coverage. It was just that kind of night for the Cardinals.
Blair was still an efficient 25-for-42, but accounted for just 164 yards. He still managed a pair of passing touchdowns, both of which went to Demetrius Evans, who finished with six catches for 59 yards.
Blair was also the leading rusher for Sandy Valley with 65 yards on 14 carries, but coughed up an ill-timed fumble, setting up another Garaway score. Running back Ben Petro totted the rock 13 times for 45 yards.
A stingy Pirate defense held the normally potent Cardinal offense to an average of four yards on 72 plays.
Garaway enters Week 6 with a perfect record but will need to play their best game of the year when they take on Ridgewood. Sandy Valley will hope to end the regular season on a high note against Tusky Valley.
New Philadelphia 37, West Holmes 15
Even with a relatively different offensive scheme to try and stop for the Quakers than they’ve been used to, New Philadelphia was up to the challenge.
Head coach Matt Dennison alluded to the difficulty in preparing for West Holmes and their air-it-out offense, but it was the Quaker offense that spread things out more efficiently.
New Philadelphia passed for 210 yards with quarterback Caden O’Neill under center, most of which went to receiver Caden Richmond, who hauled in six passes for 174 yards and both of his quarterback’s touchdowns.
Not to be outdone, running back Reise Meechan carried the ball 15 times for 165 yards, while senior Logan Ortt had 62 yards on 12 attempts. Meechan finished his night with two touchdowns.
Kicker Elliott Warner deserves praise, going 3-for-3 on his kicks of 30, 22, and 42 yards.
The Quakers held a 24-0 halftime lead, thanks to a 93-yard reception Richmond, later followed by a 44-yard reception.
It wasn’t that West Holmes didn’t move the ball with quarterback Peyton McKinney going 16-for-31 for 200 yards, but six sacks and four interceptions are near impossible to overcome.
The glaring elephant in the room is the 24 yards the Knights edged out on 12 carries. With their ground game stifled, the Quaker ballhawks were ready to attack the passing game.
New Philadelphia moves to 4-1 this season before their matchup with Dover next Friday in one of the greatest rivalries in all of high school sports, while West Holmes falls to 3-2 before their showdown with undefeated Ashland.
Dover 40, Western Reserve 24
Left scrambling to find an opponent after Linsly from West Virginia was barred from traveling out of state, Dover is likely fairly happy they selected Western Reserve Academy from northern Ohio.
Tornado head coach Dan Ifft was not overly pleased with his team’s win, even though the Dover offense came to life for the first time in weeks. Quarterback Ayden Hall got back in his groove, going 26-for-32 for 295 yards and two touchdowns, along with a rare 58-yard rushing performance. Those totals came even with his All-Ohio wide receiver Nathan Ravine still on the sideline due to injury.
Hall distributed the ball efficiently, with Evan Klar leading the Tornadoes with 109 yards on seven catches, T.C. Molk grabbing five for 67 and Jacob Hostetler grabbing nine catches from the backfield for 58 yards.
Junior Joseph Farthing and senior Derron Rothacher each had touchdowns receptions. The senior also found the end zone on the ground once, with Hostetler adding two scores.
Major props to the Division VII Western Reserve squad, who took the game on a week’s notice and touts a roster of just 24 players.
Pioneers quarterback Blake Eiland rushed 13 times for 118 yards and a touchdown and passed for 124 yards at a 14-of-27 completion rate. Charles Johnson punched his ticket to the end zone twice on 10 carries for 117 yards.
Dover has shifted all focus towards their arch-nemesis New Philadelphia, in the 117th meeting between the two sides.
Indian Valley 42, Tusky Valley 13
Another team finally back in the win column, the Indian Valley Braves went old school in their pursuit of victory against the Tusky Valley Trojans.
Head coach Matt Lancaster made a roster change, handing the ball to freshman Sam Carter over senior Mason Love at quarterback, even though both eventually attempted passes. Love went 2-for-5 for 83 yards and a touchdown, with Carter hanging his hat on an efficient 5-for-7 night with a score and 80 yards.
But it was the rushing attack for the Braves that became the engine once again, with 12 different ballcarriers churning out 258 yards. Kent Schupbach led the way on five carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Gavin Henry has his own solid evening with 62 yards and a touchdown, while senior Andrix Bowersoc went for 28 yards and a touchdown.
Tight end Evan Broome, who had yet to be featured often in the Indian Valley offense, hauled in one catch, in which he converted an 80-yard touchdown. Trevor Myers pulled in the other Braves’ passing score.
Tusky Valley showed glimpses of positivity on offense, with Tanner Phillips linking up with John Leffler for a score. The senior quarterback also added a rushing touchdown on 13 carries.
Tristan Tesch was held in check with 14 carries for 42 yards.
Broome’s long touchdown was an obvious highlight, but the rejuvenated Braves defense which finally found success with two turnovers got the limited-capacity crowd excited when Caleb Wells tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage into the hands of defensive lineman Cameron Anderson for his first career interception.
Indian Valley faces their rival Claymont away next, with Tusky Valley shifting focus to Sandy Valley.
Strasburg 28, Newcomerstown 10
Strasburg responded well in the face of adversity, with quarterback Kape Schupbach getting knocked out with an arm injury in Friday night’s game.
The Tigers were actually outgained 314-299, but forced four turnovers and provided a near-perfect split between their passing and rushing yards, setting up a balanced offense that averaged around six yards per play.
Schupbach was a perfect 5-for-5 for 69 yards and a touchdown, adding a rushing touchdown before getting injured. His replacement, last year’s starting quarterback Tayshaun Curtis, rushed 17 times for 80 yards, adding 78 through the air with a touchdown to Javier Pryor. He also caught Schupbach’s touchdown pass. Oh, and he picked off a pass on defense.
Pryor went off for 110 yards and a score, scampering around the Newcomerstown defense in the second quarter to push the Trojans’ lead to 26-2 before halftime.
Newcomerstown got a touchdown on the board on a 15-yard run in the fourth from Hunter Bishop.
Trojans’ quarterback Logan Hursey struggled, completing less than 50 percent of his passes for 24 yards and an interception, but added 50 yards on 11 carries. Hursey got his interception back by picking off a pass.
Trenton Newkirk enjoyed a solid evening, rushing 14 times for 90 yards, while Bladon Garland had 64 yards on 16 carries.
Strasburg could wind up at 3-3 this season when they take on TCC to round out the regular season, while Newcomerstown hopes to salvage their season against a tough Buckeye Trail team.
Carrollton 40, Alliance 34
Like the Kardiac Kids in the 1980’s, the Carrollton Warriors love to pick up wins in tight ones.
Sophomore running back Chase Oehlstrom was asked to carry the ball 39 times, turning that into 226 yards and three touchdowns. That was a part of a 459-yard night on the ground for Carrollton.
Did we mention the Warriors also got 187 yards through the air from quarterback Luke Warner?
It was a shootout from the start, even though head coach Jim Tsilimos went with a gritty power formation throughout the night. Both sides traded scores for a 21-14 halftime lead by the Aviators, before things reached a boiling point with less than two minutes to play.
A 64-yard drive was completed with a Warner 1-yard touchdown plunge before the Warrior defense locked down to force a four-and-out and a turnover to wrap up their third win, guaranteeing at least a .500 season.
Tsimilos gave credit to Alliance, noting his team adopted a bend but don’t break defensive stance once again. But, it’s hard to complain about the result.
Next week should be interesting with a non-conference opponent in Cambridge to round out the year.
Malvern 28, TCC 0
Derk Hutchinson is a real problem for opponents, and he proved it once again against Tuscarawas Central Catholic.
The senior quarterback went 11-for-16 through the air with 131 yards and two touchdowns, carrying the ball 22 times for 140 yards and a touchdown.
His counterpart in the backfield Adam Moser went 74 yards on 18 carries and a score.
It’s all too easy to forget just how good the Malvern offensive line can be, but their domination showed Friday. Harassing TCC quarterback Tobi Grossi all night defensive and averaging 4.7 yards per carry offensively is a surefire formula to pick up wins.
The Hornets held the Saints to just 124 yards of offense, with Grossi going 7-for-28 with less than 100 yards and two picks. He averaged less than 1.5 yards per tote on the ground to boot.
The defense got going early, capitalizing on an errant pitch to Ben Martin and causing a safety for a lead they never surrendered.
Hornets’ wideout Noah Ball led all receivers with 89 yards and two touchdowns.
TCC rounds out their year against Strasburg, with their eyes set on finishing at least .500.
Conotton Valley 50, Bridgeport 0
Little more can be said about running back Maddox Walter that hasn’t already been put out there, but we will give it a shot.
Walter was the easy choice for Player of the Week, with a 25 carry, 276 yard, and four touchdown night capping off the Rockets shutout victory. Conotton Valley is a monster of an offense when he’s clicking.
Quarterback Ben Mauge went 2-for-2 for 49 yards and a score, with Evan Rice chipping in 29 yards through the air. That lone touchdown went to Brett Putnam, who caught a curl route and promptly cut around the Bridgeport defender before dishing out a nasty stiff arm on his way to paydirt.
The Bulldogs had little going offensively, struggling to string together consecutive plus-plays.
Head coach Don Hertler Jr. is only in his first year at the helm, but his coaching experience from Stark County is working wonders in Bowerstown, with Conotton Valley at 4-1, looking to cap off the year with another win against the ever-tough Caldwell Redskins.
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