Centerville defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, Walsh Jesuit kicker Ross Martin and Colerain linebacker Joe Bolden will suit up for Team Highlight. Odenigbo is still uncommitted but will announce his decision on Jan. 7. His top seven includes Cal, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Northwestern, UCLA and USC. Martin plans to kick at Duke next season, while Bolden has pledged to Michigan.
No big surprise that Kenton QB Maty Mauk was selected to the team. The Missouri commit broke several national records during his career and led the Wildcats to the Division IV title game. The second-teamer was named Mr. Ohio and Gatorade State Player of the Year. Taft DE Adolphus Washington joined Mauk on the second team. The Ohio State commit helped the Senators go 7-3 in the fall. Centerville DE Ifeadi Odenigbo and Walsh Jesuit kicker Ross Martin were picked for the third team. Odenigbo is the No. 50 player in the ESPNU 150 and has offers from a host of BCS programs. He guided the Elks to seven wins before falling to Middletown in the playoffs. Martin is rated the nation's No. 2 kicker and will play in January's Under Armour All-American Game. He has committed to Duke.
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Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.
The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Ohio next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.
5. Ja'Wuan Woodley (JR), Bishop Hartley, LB/WR
Credentials: Posted 85 tackles, forced four fumbles and two sacks on defense; rushed for 1,546 yards and tallied 20 total touchdowns on offense
4. Mitch Trubisky (JR), Mentor, QB
Credentials: All-Ohio first-teamer, accounted for more than 4,000 yards of offense and 53 total touchdowns this fall, has interest from Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State
3. Dymonte Thomas (JR), Marlington, DB/RB
Credentials: Michigan recruit recorded 102 stops and a pick on defense and added 837 rushing yards and 13 TDs on offense
2. Jalin Marshall (JR), Middletown, QB
Credentials: GMC co-Offensive Player of the Year, accounted for more than 2,00o total yards, holds offers from Notre Dame, Pitt and Ohio State
1. Cam Burrows (JR), Trotwood-Madison, DB
Credentials: Leader of Rams' secondary, All-Ohio first-teamer, holds nearly 20 offers
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St. Ignatius began the year at No. 8 in our preseason rankings, fell out of the top 10 twice before regrouping and routing Pickerington Central in the finals for its state-best 11th title. Their topsy-turvy season ends with the No. 1 slot in our final rankings. Trotwood Madison went undefeated and claimed the Division II crown to place second. State semifinalist St. X and Whitmer also made the top 5, along with runner-up Pickerington Central. Also in the final rankings are state champs Cardinal Mooney (III), Norwayne (IV) and Kirtland (V).
Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. St. Ignatius — defeated Pickerington Central, 34-13 (final regular-season ranking: NR)
2. Trotwood-Madison — defeated Avon, 42-28 (final regular season ranking: No. 6)
3. St. Xavier — lost to Pickerington Central, 14-7 (final regular season ranking: No. 7)
NOTE: With the playoffs having ended, this will be the last Ohio weekly ranking of the season.
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St. Ignatius vs. Pickerington Central — 7 p.m.
It looks like the schedule makers saved the best matchup for last. Both of these teams fell out of our weekly rankings after slow starts but few teams were hotter than this pair coming down the stretch Defense has led the resurgence for Pickerington Central, as the Tigers have held foes to under 200 yards a game and 9.6 points a contest. They put the clamps on a formidable Hilliard Davidson team in the quarterfinals and kept St. X star Conor Hundley in check to reach the finals. On offense, look for Nick Jensen-Clagg and Bill Eakins to get things rolling on offense.
Ignatius has been a rock on defense as well but has really rallied behind first-year QB Eric Williams. The transfer from Oregon has been hot as of late and has tallied 1,835 yards and 21 scores this season. RB Tim McVey has solidified things in the backfield with 1,197 yards and 13 scores. On defense, LBs Zack Ryan and Rustom Khouri can get after the quarterback and Mike Svetina is a playmaker in the secondary.
Creston Norwayne vs. Kenton — 3 p.m.
QB Adam Wallace is having an outstanding season under center for Norwayne with nearly 3,000 yards passing and 36 touchdowns against eight picks, but all the talk in this game centers around Gatorade State Player of the Year Maty Mauk. The senior has fired 63 scoring passes this fall and has a ridiculous 4,992 passing yards and 1,718 rushing yards. He 's accounted for 86 total scores for unbeaten Kenton. Justin Sawmiller and Kieran Fetter are his main targets and each has topped the 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown mark. Gabe King and Bryce Fackler are impact players on defense.
Wallace and a three-headed rushing attack will look to silence Mauk and the offense by moving the chains on the ground and not engaging in a shootout, although they can do that as well. Jon Zimmerly has rushed for 1,038 yards and Adam Wallace has found the end zone 18 times for the one-loss Bobcats.
New Washington Bickeye Central vs. Marion Local — 11 a.m.
Both teams have matching 12-2 records and similar offensive and defensive stats, so we could see an extremely tight contest that comes down to the wire. The Flyers balanced attack is led by QB Adam Bertke (21 passing TDs) and RB Jake Heitkamp (1,763 rushing yards, 28 TDs), while Buckeye Central takes its cues from prolific passer Tyler Erwin (2,608 passing yards, 36 TDs) complemented by a strong running game powered by Michael Adkins (nearly 2,000 yards, 22 scores).
The first title game of the weekend pits undefeated Kirtland against 11-3 Coldwater. QB Austin Bruns has been lethal using both his arm (2,652 yards, 25 TDs) and his legs (699 yards, 6 TDs) for a balanced Coldwater offense that is putting up just over 300 yards a game. The defense, led by pass-rushing specialist Mark Brunet (10 sacks), tackling machine Zach Dickman and ballhawking DB Caleb Siefring (seven INTs), is allowing just 11.5 points to opponents.
Kirtland has been a defensive juggernaut all season, allowing the Hornets to outscore opponents by a staggering 470 points this season. Kirtland has yet to allow a double-digit scorer in the playoffs and recorded a shutout in last week’s 42-0 rout of Wynford. On offense, Damon Washington and Christian Hauber have fueled a rushing attack that averages 300 yards a game and produced 56 touchdowns in 13 games.
The Hornets are in pursuit of the program’s first state crown, while Coldwater is making its third straight appearance in the finals and seventh overall. The Cavs were victorious in 2005 and 2007.
This state finals thing is becoming old hat for Cardinal Mooney. The Cardinals will play in the championship game for the 11th time in the school's storied history. This year’s squad could be dubbed the cardiac kids as six of their contest have been decided by one score, including a 24-22 playoff win over previously undefeated Steubenville. They look to knock off another unbeaten squad in Shawnee. To do so, they will need to continue to run the ball with the three-headed attack of Roosevelt Griffin (1,387 yards, 16 TDs), Justus Ellis-Moore and QB P.J. Quinn.
Shawnee lacks title experience but the squad features a stellar rushing attack and a pair of 1,000-yard backs in QB Brad Jarzab and RB Alex McCoy. The duo combined for more than 3,000 yards and 35 scores on the ground. Jarzab has also forged a strong connection with receiver Nick Hines, who has hauled in nine touchdowns. Look for Ryan Mayfield and Lucas Sparks to try and disrupt Mooney’s offense by penetrating into the Cards’ backfield.
Expect a lot of fireworks in this one as both teams are averaging more than 35 points a game.
Trotwood Madison (14-0) is the favorite in this matchup but don’t expect Avon (13-1) to go down quietly. The Eagle faithful are sure to be boisterous in trying to help the squad capture its first state crown. Justin O’ Rourke is nearing the 3,00-yard passing mark and has fired 37 touchdowns against six picks for Avon. His leading receiver is Matt Eckhardt (17 TDs) while Jacob Mullins (10 TDs) has also been a target in the red zone. Ross Douglas’ running between the tackles could be big as Avon will look to stymie the Rams’ powerful attack. Cory Furnas has been a nightmare for QBs with seven sacks while Mark Holkenborg racks up tackles in bunches.
Trotwood-Madison was a top 10 squad all fall and has hammered opponents with a dominant offensive line and a hard-hitting defense. The secondary has been nearly impenetrable with DBs Bam Bradley and Cameron Burrows leaving no room for QBs to throw and Michael McCrary has been solid in the front seven. RBs Israel Green (1,758, 21 TDs) and Ashton Jackson (17 scores) have the ability to tire out a defense on the ground while Trai Mobley and Dalin Byrd are frequent targets of QB Michael Simpson.
Good luck to everyone playing today and check back with us later for a look at Saturday’s title games.
Mauk, a senior, put up staggering offensive numbers throughout the fall and will guide the Wildcats' high-octane attack in this weekend's Division IV title game. Earlier in the season, the Missouri commit set national records for career touchdowns and career passing yards.
For a breakdown on Mauk's award, click here.
Finally, a Division I team was able to solve Toledo Whitmer’s defense. St. Ignatius punched its ticket to the state finals after grabbing a 17-6 win Saturday. QB Eric Williams passed for just 76 yards but connected with Tim McCoy and Connor Hennessey for scores to fuel the offense, while the defense held the Panthers' potent attack to 234 yards and six points. With a win against Pickerington Central, the Wildcats would capture their state-best 11th championship... Pickerington Central also lives to play another week after besting St. Xavier, 14-7. St. X defeated the Tigers in Week 2 but PC was better prepared for RB Connor Hundley in the rematch. The defense held Hundley to 51 yards on the ground and limited St. X to less than 200 total offensive yards. Pickerington RB Devone Penick clinched the victory with a 10-yard plunge with less than six minutes to play.
After finishing as runner-up at last year's state final, Trotwood-Madison was labeled a favorite for the Division II crown this season. They will get a chance to live up to the hype this weekend. The Rams advanced to the finals after surviving a 47-44 shootout against Marion Franklin. Thanks in large part to five forced turnovers, TR jumped out to a 40-16 lead at the half before the defense held off a furious rally to put the game on ice. Cameron Burrows picked off a pass and returned it 80 yards for a score in the win... Avon's aerial attack was too much for Aurora to overcome in the Eagles' 43-20 win Friday. QB Justin O Rourke went 19-of-28 for 278 yards and five touchdowns to land Avon to the finals.
Elida and Shawnee put on the highest scoring game of the weekend, combining for 98 points in their semifinal contest. In the end, Shawnee, led by QB Brad Jarzab's five touchdowns, will move on to play for the championship hardware after a 56-42 win. Jarzab amassed 338 yards to offense, while his Elida counterpart Reggie McAdams passed for 322 yards and a matching five scores. Austin Etzler had three td grabs for Elida and Andrew Young had two picks and found the end zone twice for Shawnee... Cardinal Mooney outlasted Chagrin Falls 24-14 to deny the Tigers' bid for three straight finals appearances. Mooney's defense sealed the deal by forcing four turnovers and blocking a punt to send Chagrin Falls to its first loss of the fall. QB P.J. Quinn got the scoring started with a 30-yard gallop then found Ryan Farragher on a 55-yard strike to pull ahead 14-7. Marcus Caisson also had a pick-six for the 10-3 Cardinals.
All eyes will be on Norwayne this weekend to see if the Bobcats’ defense can silence Kenton and record-breaking signal-caller Maty Mauk. Norwayne rocked Johnstown-Monroe, 59-28, fueled by the offense of QB Adam Wallace (257 yards, 2 TDs) and RB Jon Zimmerly (4 TDs). Kenton grabbed its 14th win of the year after toppling Clinton-Massie, 36-6. Mauk was 24-of-39 passing for 422 yards and four scores to fuel the Wildcats' quick-strike attack.
Kirtland dominated on both sides of the ball in a 42-0 rout of Wynford, while Coldwater blasted Hicksville, 41-21.
Buckeye Central upset top-seed Berlin Center Reserve to move on to the state finals for the first time since 1995. Michael Adkins controlled the contest on the ground with 126 yards and a pair of scores… Adam Bertke engineered a six-play, 77-yard drive that culminated in a 29-yard pass to Lee Pierron as Marion Local shocked Delphos St. John's late, 21-14.
Toledo Whitmer (13-0) vs. St. Ignatius (11-2)
Whitmer's defense usually gets all the ink, but it was Ignatius' unit that drew rave reviews after stifling Mentor's powerful attack. The Wildcats held Mentor to 35 first-half yards en route to a 23-17 win. Workhorse back Tim McVey had 160 yards on a gaudy 38 carries. Whitmer's D-line of Chris Wormley and Joenathan Mays has frustrated opponents all season, while RB Jody Webb has controlled the clock on the ground.
Aurora (12-1) vs. Avon (12-1)
Top-seeded Avon hopes to survive a matchup with an Aurora squad that ousted No. 1 seed Walsh Jesuit last week. Few teams in Division II can match Aurora's offensive output and Blake Calcei has kept the chains moving all year for the Greenmen. Avon has won three in a row since its loss to Lake Catholic last month and the Eagles have won all three playoff games by double digits.
Chagrin Falls (13-0) vs. Cardinal Mooney (9-3)
The Tigers' potent offense (33.4 ppg) has paved the way to its 13-0 season. The Tigers hope to keep their undefeated streak intact against a Mooney defense that has struggled at times in the playoffs. Mooney can also put points on the board in a hurry, evidenced by its 34 points a contest.
Kenton (13-0) vs. Clinton-Massie (11-2)
You thought we could go a week without mentioning Maty Mauk? Wrong. The Missouri commit has kept the Wildcats undefeated this season with his prolific passing, but in recent weeks his legs have been the difference. Clinton-Massie's defense will be up to the task. The squad has allowed only 13.3 points a game in the postseason.
We want to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and hope you have an enjoyable holiday season. Check back for highlights from this weekend's action on Monday.
David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.
Toledo Whitmer’s defense continues to frustrate opponents. This time it was Wadsworth that fell victim to the Panthers’ suffocating unit. Whitmer shut down Wadsworth star Jack Snowball and returned a pick for a score in a 37-0 rout… St. Xavier avenged an earlier to loss to Moeller and captured its sixth region crown with a 35-21 defeat of Moeller… St. Ignatius was able to dominate the time of possession with its ground game and kept Mentor’s high-powered attack off the field to claim a 23-17 victory. Eric Williams tossed a pair of TDs and RB Tim McVey carried 38 times for 167 hard-fought yards on the ground. Pickerington Central’s defense shut down Hilliard Davidson’s attack to reach the semis with a 24-0 win.
After falling behind by three scores, Trotwood-Madison rolled up 35 unanswered points to secure a berth in the semifinals. The Rams will play Marion-Franklin, which topped Tri-Valley, 48-42, in OT. Aurora and Avon also advanced to the final four with wins over Walsh Jesuit and Tiffin, respectively.
Top-seeded Chagrin Falls and Shawnee made it through to the semis and will be joined by four-seed Cardinal Mooney and five-seed Elida. Mooney withstood 44 points by Dover to grab a 70-44 victory over Dover, Shawnee outlasted Alder by 11, Elida dropped another higher seed in Eastmoor, while Chagrin Falls toppled SVSM, 30-12.
Maty Mauk and Kenton had an uncharacteristic performance Friday night, but still managed to advance with a 30-28 win over Bishop Hartley. Mauk passed for a career-worst 97 yards and was picked off twice in a 13-for-21 performance. He offset his poor passing day by rushing for 163 yards and three scores… A date with Clinton-Massie awaits Kenton, after the Falcons punched their ticket to the Division IV semifinals by virtue of a 21-20 win over Chaminade-Julienne. Norwayne and Johnstown-Monroe will face off on the other side of the bracket.
The final four is set as Kirtland will face Bucyrus Wynford and Coldwater will battle Hicksville. Wynford is the lone No. 1 seed to survive and remains in the mix for a state crown.
A pair of one seeds and two seeds advanced to the semis. Top-seed Berlin Center Western will take on New Washington Buckeye Central, while fellow one-seed Maria Stein Marion plays Delphos St. John’s.
Several football pundits believe that Maple Heights' first round exit has cleared the path for the Rams to coast to the Division II crown. The players on Kings don't buy into that talk. The Knights have been every bit as good as Trotwood this season, sporting a matching 11-0 mark while beating up on opponents by a combined score of 390-104. The defense has been impenetrable and has limited eight opponents to single digits. However, the Trotwood backers have plenty of ammunition in their case that the Rams are the favorites for the title. The Rams have embarked on a tour de force on offense, scoring 500 points in 11 contests for an insane 45.4 points a contest. RB Israel Green and QB Mike Simpson lead the explosive attack.
Cardinal Mooney (8-3) vs. Dover (11-1)
Both Mooney and Dover notched upset over previously unbeaten squads to reach the Division III quarterfinals. Cardinal Mooney kicker Conor Durina booted a 30-yard field goal with less than 10 seconds to play to power the Cardinals to a 27-24 upset of Steubenville. Dover took to the air and produced more than 400 passing yards to halt Minerva's unbeaten campaign. Junior QB Derik Swinderman amassed 431 yards and five TDs to lead the way.
Kenton (12-0) vs. Bishop Hartley (11-0)
Did Genoa devise the blueprint for shutting down Kenton's aerial attack? Defending state champ Hartley likely has pored over the game tape of Genoa's 32-22 loss to Kenton last week, which marked the first time since September that Maty Mauk and Co. were held under 50 points. Hartley has the weapons, specifically workhorse back Ja'Wuan Woodley (17 TDs) to keep pace with Kenton and a defense which hasn't allowed a 20-point scorer over the past five weeks. Mauk was held to 239 passing yards but made Genoa pay on the ground by rushing for 209 yards and three scores.
Moeller (9-3) vs. St. Xavier (9-3)
Moeller took down top-seeded Middletown to set up a rematch with the Bombers, who they defeated 27-24 in Week 5. St. X is seeking its sixth regional crown and first since its 2007 championship season. Moeller has won both previous postseason matchups in the series, including a 10-7 defeat in 2004.
Whitmer (12-1) vs. Wadsworth (11-1)
Whitmer is one of three remaining No. 1 seeds in the Division I playoffs but will face a tough test in No. 7 Wadsworth, which features a high-octane attack. Whitmer's D has been dominant, though, allowing a paltry six points through the first two rounds.
Division I — Hilliard Davidson vs. Upper Arlington
Davidson has had the upper hand in this series (10-6) and claimed a win over the Golden Bears less than a month ago. UA is coming off a tight win over Troy behind a strong performance on the ground by Gus Ackley (118 yards, three TDs). Ackley and Co. will face a stingy Davidson defense that limited Orange to less than 50 rushing yards and posted its sixth shutout of the fall. RB Alex Mickley will shoulder the load on offense and has rushed for 1,267 yards and 19 scores for the Wildcats.
St. Edward vs. St. Ignatius
St. Edward isn’t your regular six seed. The Eagles struggled down the stretch but appear to have regained their championship form in recent weeks. Ignatius should be prepared for a heavy dose of Dwayne Aaron after the junior torched Cleveland Heights for 205 yards and two scores last week. Ignatius will look to sweep the Eagles after capitalizing on St. Ed miscues to grab a 20-17 win in Week 10. QB Eric Williams and RB TIm McVey hope to lead a more balanced attack to help Ignatius move on to the region finals.
Dymonte: St. Edward will win. They got my boy Kyle Kalis on there, and he’s a stud. Also, their O-line is huge and their back (Aaron) is really good.
Division III — Minerva vs. Dover
Dymonte: This is going to be another good playoff game. Minerva is on a roll right now, but I think they should’ve lost to Poland last week. Zach Wade is a stud for Minerva in the backfield, and if he has a good game like last week, they could win again. Don’t forget about Dover QB Derik Swinderman, who’s also a stud.
Division II — Tallmadge vs. Aurora
The Blue Devils have held their last four opponents to less than 15 points. The unit will have its work cut out trying to stop an Aurora offense that averages 41 points a game and is coming off a 45-point effort against Madison.
Division III — St. Francis De Sales vs. Elida
Led by senior WR Reggie McAdams (353 yards and eight total TDs), Elida scored on every possession in routing Bellevue, 54-20, last week. DeSales also made quick work of first round opponent River Valley, 35-0, as senior RB Warren Ball racked up 163 yards and three scores.
Division IV — Kenton vs. Genoa
Easy week for the Genova defense — all it has to do is try to corral Kenton and record-breaking QB Maty Mauk. The senior set the national mark for career passing yards last week and has piloted an offense that hasn’t scored less than 50 points since October.
At least for one week, defending champ St. Edward regained its dominance in the trenches. Junior Dwayne Aaron set the tone in the first half, churning out tough yards on the ground to power the Eagles to a 28-14 win against Cleveland Heights. Aaron finished the day with 205 yards on 33 rushes, while Kenny Butler added 108. Ed advances to face St. Ignatius for the second time in three weeks... GlenOak entered the playoffs as a title contender; thanks in large part to an offense anchored by OSU commit Bri'Onte Dunn. That mattered little to Wadsworth, which used a stifling effort on defense to limit Ball to 52 second-half yards and earn a 35-28 comeback victory. Jack Snowball amassed 157 yards and three scores and Nick Tavanello's late sack secured the victory. Ball concluded his career with a 169-yard, three-TD performance... Mentor racked up yards with ease in a 48-16 rout of JFK. Junior QB Mitch Trubisky passed for 292 yards and five scores to pace the offense. Top-ranked Colerain amassed more than 400 yards of offense and picked off six passes on D to crush Walnut Hills, 60-6... Pickerington Central will meet Gahanna Lincoln after crushing Dublin Coffman, 55-14. The Tigers got two scores apiece from Roger Lewis, Devone Penick and Billy Elkins.
Maple Heights' title reign is over. The Mustangs can blame a suffocating Shaw defense for that. Deondre Westfield returned a pick for a score to lead the Cardinals to a 22-12 victory. Trotwood-Madison might be the new favorites in D-II after drilling Ross, 53-7… King’s will face Turpin this week after both teams claimed three-point wins in round one. King’s held off Harrison, 10-7, while Turpin outlasted Tippecanoe, 24-21.
Kevin Besser connected with junior Franshon Bickley four times for 109 yards to help St. Vincent-St. Mary drop University, 27-14.
Kenton QB Maty Mauk had a performance for the ages, connecting on his first 19 passes and eclipsing the national career passing mark in a 74-22 win over Wellington. Mauk finished the contest 24-of-26 for 507 yards and a state record nine touchdowns. He also added 95 yards rushing in the victory.