Ridgewood is on a rampage, and proved they are well on their way to the OHSAA Playoffs again [if they can keep pace.]

A handful of area teams remain dominant, while others still search for the right answers. The IVC race has a much more interesting outlook following Week 6, but will that forecast last?

Join us on another wild ride.


Ridgewood 31, Indian Valley 9

Sure, the end score is not exactly one that makes you think this was a heated contest that it was promised to be. But numbers sometimes lie.

Indian Valley hung tough early, even after trailing 15-6 at halftime. But the Ridgewood offense, commanded by Gabe Tingle, is just too forboding. Tingle hammered in a 1-yard touchdown run, along with an 11-yard strike before the dagger sequence of a fake punt that resulted in a 4th-and-20 conversion and a 47-yard strike to Kolten Smith. That was with a little controversy, as the Braves sideline pleaded with referees about linemen down the field.

Regardless, the entire Generals offensive and defensive lines were the difference-maker, consistently keeping the pressure on their opponent and giving Tingle time, along with opening running lanes. Ridgewood now has to set their sights on another high-tension environment, returning home against another powerhouse in undefeated Garaway. Indian Valley, meanwhile, needs to rebound against a sneaky tough Newcomerstown squad who’s 4-2 this season.


Garaway 45, Claymont 6

Speaking of Garaway, the Pirates are looking to play spoiler for a second-straight year. 

Topping Ridgewood last season, Jason Wallick and company are one of the best around. Led by quarterback Garrett Newsome, who had 286 total yards and three scores, the Pirates made quick work of the Claymont Mustangs Friday.

Powered by a healthy dose of run and pass, Garaway played [nearly] mistake-free and converted four of their six third-down attempts. 

Believe it or not, Claymont had the early lead after a poor snap resulted in a turnover deep in Pirate turnover, which was converted by Mustangs’ quarterback Kaedin Prusetti on a 1-yard touchdown pass. From there, Newsome and Matthew Mullin took over, sealing the deal with a Logan Yoder 38-rush for the final tally.

Prusetti threw for over 200 yards once again, but a rushing attack that had its top-earner, Brody Rauch, earning 20 yards on 10 carries, is simply not enough to supplement the pass. 

Garaway is poised to give Ridgewood their best run for their money all year, while Claymont is home against a 1-5 Tusky Valley team.


Steubenville 42, Dover 20

Dover needed this one for their playoff hopes, and they needed it badly. 

But the desire to repeat New Philadelphia’s victorious performance was not enough. The Tornadoes turned the ball over four times and were bull-rushed by running back Tayveon Crawford to the tune of 301 yards and three touchdowns. It was not a typical Dover performance.

Quarterback Ayden Hall was shaky, throwing four picks including two in the fourth quarter that helped lend Steubenville 14 points in the closing frame.

All told, the Big Red outgained the Tornadoes 488 to 252. Dover is not a run-oriented team, but their three designed runs resulted in zero net yards, although there was a touchdown thrown in there. Funny how football works sometimes, right?

Receivers Nathan Ravine and Tyler Sweitzer each had solid nights, each accounting for over 100 yards and a score apiece.

Dover still has plenty to play for this season but will need a litany of moving parts to mesh together to make it into the playoffs. They look to regroup against New York school St. Francis next week.


New Philadelphia 31, West Toronto Prep 0

The Quakers were supposed to win this one and did so easily. That’s about as simple as it can be put.

Quarterback Baron May was on the money again, but it was running back Reise Meechan who was the star, toting the ball 15 times for 179 yards and three touchdowns. For a team trying to replace the injured John Sciaretti, it’s safe to say they’ve done just fine for themselves.

Truthfully, the highlight of the night was Elliot Warner’s 47-yard field goal. He nailed it with about eight yards to spare.

May connected with receiver Austin Kohl from 10 yards out for his lone score on a beautifully run route. 

Head coach Matt Dennison has been happy with the drive and intensity his team has put forth to this point, but that success will be put to the test against Ellet, who is on a hot streak.


Buckeye Trail 37, Strasburg 0 

Fans knew about the physical nature of Buckeye Trail football and got another taste of that Friday.

Strasburg allowed 240 yards on the ground and never seemed to click offensively. Three separate Warrior runners earned touchdowns. The Tigers have now dropped three straight in rough fashion, being outscored 120-13 over that span. Ouch.

Running back Lucas Lindsay was quiet in this one earning just 13 yards on seven carries, along with quarterback Tayshaun Curtis, who went 2-for-8 for 43 yards and throwing two picks. The Tigers were stymied in the run game last week, but things were even worse this time around, as the team lost a yard on 19 carries when factoring in sacks on Curtis. 

The Warriors Swiss Army Knife on Friday was easily Jack Parry, who carried the ball seven times for 116 yards with two touchdowns. Oh, and he had seven tackles, two for loss and a pick-6. Not bad, eh? 

Strasburg’s biggest pluses were committing just one penalty for five yards and a fairly solid kick return night from Javier Pryor.

A brutal test against Sandy Valley, who rinsed through TCC 49-0 on Friday, awaits. Buckeye Trail has an interesting one in Malvern next.


Newcomerstown 35, Tusky Valley 28

It was drama-filled down to the last minute. 

A Cinderella story still being written, Newcomerstown is now 4-2 this season and picking up steam, earning their second win at home, thanks to a late touchdown pass from Gavin Weaver to Coltin Meek. Wyatt Conner did his best Marshawn Lynch impression, handling 34 carries for 210 yards and two touchdowns, while also hauling in a touchdown reception. Weaver finished with a cool 121 yards and a touchdown through the air.

However, Tusky Valley deserves a boatload of credit as well. Quarterback Tanner Phillips had 347 yards passing and three touchdowns. Receiver Tristan Tesch had eight catches for 226 yards and all three of Phillips’ touchdowns.

Oh, and broke the school single-game receiving mark. Those are some serious talking points for the rest of the week. 

Coach Greg Dickerhoff would prefer if those gaudy totals came in a win naturally, but it wasn’t’ meant to be.

Newcomerstown converted 11-of-15 third-down attempts and were a perfect 3-for-3 on fourth downs. Those are totals that show a team hungry to churn out the extra yards.

Don’t look now Trojan fans [the ones wearing orange and black,] but Indian Valley is next, coming off a harsh loss at home. Smell a season spoiler yet?

Tusky Valley fell to 1-5 and will now travel to for a third-straight week, this time to Claymont.


Sandy Valley 49, TCC 0

Want to talk about flying high? That’s just what the Cardinals did.

Quarterback Cameron Blair was near perfect, going 14-for-16 for 181 yards and three touchdowns, pairing perfectly with Brendan O’Bradovich, who churned out 106 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

Those are not the most impressive numbers, though. Tuscarawas Central Catholic was limited to 135 yards … total. Saints’ quarterback Alex Price had an extremely rough night, going 7-for-22 for just 64 yards and three picks. Backup Drew Lakota fared no better, going 2-for-5 for 22 and a pick of his own. The first drive, which resulted in an interception by Pacey Baum pretty much set the tone for the entire evening.

The level of domination the Cardinals have shown in the last two weeks has wiped away the memory of a 42-21 loss to Indian Valley.

Sandy Valley is for real, ladies and gentlemen. 


West Branch 28, Carrollton 0

The Carrollton offense had the ball within the West Branch 20-yard line on four occasions and could not score. That’s painful.

Another even match in yardage would fool you into thinking this was a close one, but that’s simply not the case. The chances were there for Jim Tsilimos’ team, but they never came to fruition. Quarterback Austin Colletti is still on the upward trend, going 14-for-22 for 137 yards. But a defense that stays on the field for extended periods of time and a rushing attack still struggling to pop big plays makes this tough. The Carrollton Warriors failed to register a third-down conversion in 10 attempts and fumbled twice. No amount of improved passing attack can make up for that.

West Branch quarterback Brock Hillyer went 8-for-12 for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

The Warriors out-gained the … er, Warriors, 278-273. It was that tight offensively. But the score shows a different story. 

The Warriors now face a very tough Canton Central Catholic team away from home in a week.


Wooster 33, West Holmes 21

West Holmes continues to scrap throughout this tumultuous season, but even the most plucky teams are bound for hiccups. 

Even after taking the opening kickoff back for 95 yards and a touchdown, thanks to Brady Taylor, some poorly-timed turnovers and an inability to get the Generals off the field at key moments put the Knights behind the 8-ball, so to speak.  Sophomore quarterback Noah Clark found success early, connecting on a 44-yard pass to Braden Myers.

But West Holmes would not score against until halfway through the fourth, with Hayden Baker running one in from 29 yards away. But, at that point, the Generals were out to a 12-point lead, thanks to quarterback Owen Roach’s connection with Micah and Ezra McKee.

The Knights are home again on Friday, against 1-5 Lexington.


Caldwell 27, Conotton Valley 6

Caldwell hopped out to a 14-0 lead early and never looked back.

Even with a solid night from Braden Caldwell rushing [193 yards and a touchdown], the Rockets could not string together offensive series to put a crooked number on the scoreboard. Four Redskins’ rushing touchdowns paced the way.

Conotton Valley has some positive vibes in Bowerston with two wins in 2019 and a handful of winnable games coming up. 

Look for some more wins in the last few weeks of 2019 for the Rockets.

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