High-SchoolOhio: Columbus

The start of the Week 3 slate of games is just hours away. Here’s some of the best action this weekend will offer.

Game of the Week: Canton McKinley (1-1) Austintown-Fitch (3-0)
The Falcons haven’t scored less than 21 points in any of their games this year, and a usually stout McKinley defense has been uncharacteristically leaky this year. That doesn’t bode well for Ron Johnson’s troops. Neither does facing the 1-2 combo of Pittsburgh commits Demetrius and Chris Davis. The twins combined with RB William Mahone have helped the Falcons sport one of the state’s top rushing attacks — an aspect of the game that McKinley has struggled to defend this fall. McKinley could offset Fitch’s playmakers with a heavy dose of RB Sa’Veon Holloway, who is coming off of back-to-back 100-yard performances.
David’s pick: Too much of the Davis’ boys means the Bulldogs will have a long ride back to Canton. Take Austintown-Fitch, 28-14.

Massillon Jackson (4-0) at GlenOak (3-0)
If Massillon wants to remain among the unbeaten, its defense will have to find a way to stop Ohio State-bound RB Bri’Onte Dunn. The senior is averaging better than 200 yards a game this season and has a knack for finding the end zone. Massillon played GlenOak tough last year before falling, 28-9.
ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren will be in the house tonight. Follow him on twitter (@TomVH) for game updates.

H.D. Woodson (1-1) at Massillon Washington (2-1)
The Tigers look to continue their dominance in this head-to-head series with this Greater D.C. foe. These teams have met three times with Massillon winning each of the previous encounters. Woodson’s defense features several playmakers led by seniors Kenneth Crawley and De’Jon Wilson, and the offense can put up points via its ground game headlined by Ivell Washington. The Tigers should still test Woodson through the air using the trio of Montel Harrison, Ernie Baez and Justin Blake on the receiving end of passes from Kyle Kempt.

Wayne (1-2) at Trotwood Madison (3-0)
The Rams can lay claim to clinching a share of the last two GWOC titles, but they have failed to defeat Wayne in either of those championship seasons. Of course, Wayne had current OSU QB Braxton Miller at the helm of those teams. Wayne has stumbled out the gate in Year No. 1 after Miller, suffering losses to Middletown and McKinley. It hopes to change all that tonight behind star receiver Armani Miller. The Rams counter with junior Cam Burrows and senior Bam Bradley, a pair of standout defensive players.
ESPN’s Jared Shanker will be in the house. Follow him on Twitter (@JShankerESPN) for game updates.

St. Xavier (3-0) at Trinity (3-0)
The Bombers put their undefeated record on the line against Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), which steamrolled Elder last week.

Elder (2-1) at St. Edward (3-0)
The Panthers face their second straight POWERADE FAB 50 team in the state’s No. 1 squad.
It's time for the All-State Stock Watch, as we look at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game.

UP — Maty Mauk, Kenton
Mauk just loves facing the Van Wert defense. Last year he torched the Cougars secondary for 504 yards and five TDs in a 70-34 win. He was sensational again Friday night, passing for more than 450 yards and accounting for eight scores in the Wildcats’ 66-13 triumph at Van Wert. Mauk added 102 yards on the ground on just 10 carries. The Missouri commit continues to accumulate video game numbers as he closes in on the national record for career TD passes and yards.

DOWN — T.C. Klusman, Elder, OL
Klusman anchors a Panthers’ line that is among the state’s best, but he and the O-line had its issues against Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) Friday night. Elder was limited to 181 total offensive yards and the line failed to provide QB Ben Gramke enough time to make an impact through the air. Klusman and Elder don’t get much of a reprieve this week as they travel to Lakewood to face No. 1 St. Edward.

UP — Joshua Perry, Olentangy (Lewis), DB/LB
Perry has a knack for making big plays all over the gridiron. The Ohio State-bound star had one of those games last week in the Braves’ 41-13 defeat of Big Walnut. Perry recorded a pair of sacks on defense, returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and ran for another score. That’s the kind of play that should help the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder crack Luke Fickell’s lineup soon after touching down in Columbus.

Welcome to the ESPNHS Ohio Blog

August, 22, 2011
St. Francis DeSales RB Warren Ball's welcome.

Like my man Warren Ball said in the video above, I’d like to welcome you all to the ESPNHS Ohio Blog. We’re going to be your hookup for stories and videos on the Buckeye State’s top athletes and teams, as well as all the latest recruiting news. I’ll be pumping out content on a daily basis, but if you know a topic that I’ve missed, hit me up (David.Auguste@ESPN.com or on Twitter: @ESPNHSAuguste) and let me know. I hope this blog provides you with a deeper look at the area's athletes and prep sports across the state.

Enough with the boring intro stuff, let’s get into it.

Since it’s football season, we’ve decided to kick things off today with a look at the Preseason rankings, the All-State team and a feature on Ohio's most prolific passer and his pursuit of a pair of national records.