Friday, September 30, 2011
Mauk leads Kenton into battle at defensive-minded Elida
By David Auguste
Maty Mauk of Kenton (Ohio) keeps it in the family and now claims two significant national records.
We move away from Division I action for a moment to highlight a huge contest in D-IV play. Also Division V champ Ursuline looks to resuscitate its season with an upset of Ohio's top team. Are you ready for some Week 6 Football?
Game of the Week: Kenton (5-0) at Elida (4-1)
No visiting team has cracked double digits at Elida this season but that could all change when the high-octane Kenton offense rolls into town tonight. Led by Missouri-bound QB Maty Mauk, the Wildcats have rolled up 40 points a game highlighted by a 66-point outburst in Week 3. In last year's game at Kenton, Mauk threw for 496 yards and seven TDs to pilot the offense to 70 points. RB Colin Blymyer and QB Reggie McAdams helped Elida's offense generate 364 yards in last week’s 35-7 defeat of Lima Shawnee.
Dave’s pick: Kenton 56, Elida 21
Hilliard Darby (5-0) at Upper Arlington (4-1)
Upper Arlington has remained a dangerous squad in Division I despite being without Ohio State recruit Frank Epitropoulos (thumb). The Golden Bears own big wins over Tri-Valley and Gahanna Lincoln — teams with a combined 8-2 mark — and would love to avenge last year’s 21-6 loss to Darby. A win would also be the 600th in the program’s 86-year history. Darby’s defense limited Central Crossing to 61 yards in last week’s 42-0 victory. The Panthers have owned their foes, outscoring opponents by a 198-39 margin. RB Dante Talley is coming off a 100-yard, two-TD effort last week and Hayden Van Kirk is another punishing runner in the backfield.
No. 1 St. Edward (5-0) at Ursuline (1-5)
Ursuline’s nightmare schedule continues as the Fighting Irish host No. 1 St. Edward. Ursuline RB Jesse Curry has done an impressive job in replacing Akise Teague, last year’s Mr. Football Ohio winner. The Eagles hope to avoid losing this potential trap game before heading to New Jersey to face POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 team Don Bosco Prep. The offense has been clicking with 180 points in five contests while the defense has yet to allow a 20-point game.
Vandalia-Butler (5-0) at Troy (4-1)
The undefeated Aviators will feed RB Tyler Jones the rock early and often to try and soften up Troy's defense. The senior has piled up more than 1,100 yards this season to power an offense that is averaging 39.6 points a contest. Troy has been a tough place for opponents to play as the Trojans are 7-3 in their last 10 home outings.