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It's time for week 2 of regional play, and we brought back Dymonte Thomas to help us rundown some of the key matchups. We've got six games we're checking out this week.

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
: 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.
Let’s take a quick trip around the state in the first week of postseason play.

Division I
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.

Division II
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.

Division III
Kevin Besser connected with junior Franshon Bickley four times for 109 yards to help St. Vincent-St. Mary drop University, 27-14.

Division IV
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.
This week we'd like to welcome Marlington junior Dymonte Thomas (follow him @Dymonte1) to our coverage of Ohio football. The Michigan recruit helped the Dukes go 8-2 this season, making contributions on both sides of the ball as the Dukes just missed out on the postseason. He's agreed to occasionally drop in to offer some insight on some of the intriguing playoff matchups.

Click here for the full playoff schedule and brackets.

Here are Dymonte's best bets for this weekend:

Division III — Poland (7-3) vs. Minerva (10-0)
This should be a good game but Poland will get the win if they stick to running the ball. They have a good rushing attack and a big offensive line. We beat them by like two touchdowns but it was a lot closer than the score indicates. Their running backs did a good job against us. Minerva will do good if they throw the ball and put Zach Wade at running back. He’s tough. I don’t think their defense will be able to stop Poland’s running game, though.

Division I — GlenOak (9-1) vs. Wadsworth (9-1)
GlenOak will beat Wadsworth. My cousin Bri’Onte Dunn is about to rush for a good 250 yards and their QB (Reid Worstell) will pass for about 200. GlenOak is tough and has a lot of swag going into this game.

Canton McKinley (8-2) vs. Southview (9-1)
McKinley has a tough matchup, but I feel like they can pull this one out if they don’t have a lot of turnovers and their quarterback, Tyler Foster, goes off.

Here's two more from yours truly
Division I — Cleveland Heights (9-0) vs. St. Edward (7-3)
Both of these teams enter the playoffs with something to prove. Sure, Heights took down Maple Heights but people still aren't sold on this team as a legit contender in Division I. Ending the Eagles' championship reign would go a long way toward silencing the critics. St. Ed dropped three of its last four contests, casting some serious doubts on whether they can repeat this season. The Eagles are known for their ground-and-pound attack but junior QB Ryan Fallon has shown the ability to air it out in recent weeks.

Division III — Shawnee (10-0) vs. Taft (7-3)
This is not your usual 1 vs. 8 matchup. Taft has an uncanny ability to apply heat on QBs, led by senior DL Adolphus Washington, who has racked up 23 sacks this season. The defense held five opponents to less than 15 points while the offense averaged 54 points in the last two weeks of the season. On the other side of the field, Shawnee went undefeated during the regular season and outscored opponents by an eye-popping 413-110 margin.

Football games of the week

October, 28, 2011
Here are three games to keep an eye on this weekend:

Kenton 9-0 at Wapakoneta 9-0
Matching undefeated records put this game in the mix for one of the week's best contests. Add in the caveat that Kenton's Maty Mauk is just 443 yards from breaking his older brother Ben's national record for career passing yards and this game gets elevated to the top slot. Mauk is a solid bet to surpass the current mark of 17,364 yards, as he has already thrown for 3,403 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. He eclipsed former Florida star Chris Leak's prep record of 185 passing TDs earlier this fall.
Pick: Mauk breaks the record mid-way through the fourth as Kenton cruises to victory.

For more on Mauk's pursuit of the record, click here.

For the ESPNHS September feature on Mauk, click here.

No. 3 St. Edward (7-2) at St. Ignatius (7-2)

These two Cleveland area squads sport matching 7-2 records and are looking to establish some confidence heading into postseason play. Ed posted a huge win over Moeller last week behind junior QB Ryan Fallon, while Ignatius dropped a tight contest against St.Xavier.
Pick: St. Edward

Cleveland Heights (8-0) at No. 8 Maple Heights (8-0)
The Lake Erie League title is on the line as these two unbeaten squads take the field at Stafford Stadium tonight. Heights has clinched a playoff spot for the first time and hope to end the Mustangs' state-best 23-game win streak. Mustang senior QB Da'Junn Graham and senior WR Jeremy Graves has Maple Heights' offense clicking, with more than 30 points a contest.
Pick: Maple Heights
There are plenty of intriguing top 10 matchups going on all over the state this weekend, making Week 9 one of the best schedule of games the 2011 season has to offer. Here's a look at some of the best contests this weekend.

No. 3 Moeller (7-1) at No. 4 St. Edward (6-2)
You can call this one the "Rebound Game" as both teams look to get on track after close losses last week. St. Edward is reeling after consecutive losses and its subsequent fall out of the POWERADE FAB 50. The Eagles' offense has been erratic at best and the team's strength, its offensive line, has struggled to open enough holes in the running game. They get no reprieve this weekend with No. 3 Moeller in the house. The Cards suffered their first loss last week on a last-second FG by Indianapolis Cathedral. They will look to bounce back and bury the defending state champs.
Pick: Moeller — St. Edward's offense doesn't scare anyone, Moeller's does.

No. 2 St. Xavier (6-2) at No. 9 St. Ignatius (7-1)
Ignatius found its way back into the top 10 on the heels of a five-game win streak. The defense has been the catalyst to the turnaround as the Wildcats have held three opponents to single digits during the stretch. Xavier did what no other team in Ohio has been able to do in two years: defeat St. Edward. The Bombers' offense has looked good in recent weeks and the team appears ready for a deep playoff run.
Pick: St. Xavier — Conor Hundley is coming off a huge 161-yard, two-TD performance last week. He'll be good in this one, too.

Upper Arlington (7-1) at No. 10 Hilliard Davidson (7-0)
Upper Arlington will look to avenge last year's 24-point loss in this meeting of Ohio Capital Conference Central foes. Davidson's defense has recorded four shutouts and has yet to allow double digits to an opponent.
Pick: Davidson. UA will find it tough scoring on this defense.

Ursuline (2-6) at Cardinal Mooney (5-2)
Huge roster changes due to graduation and an extremely difficult schedule has the Division V champs in unfamiliar territory. Mooney on the other hand has rung up a 5-2 mark and is looking like a contender for the D-III crown.
Pick: Mooney
St. Edward will not occupy the No. 1 spot for the first time this season. The Eagles dropped their second consecutive game, falling to St. Xavier, 17-10, Saturday in Cincinnati to fall to No. 4. The win vaulted the Bombers to No. 2; a spot behind newly minted No. 1 Mentor. The Cardinals look to keep the top spot despite ending the season with road games at Strongsville and Twinsburg. Hilliard Davidson topped Dublin Coffman to make its debut in the top 10, while GlenOak's first loss knocked them out the rankings.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. Mentor — defeated Medina, 45-7 (last week No. 5)
2. St. Xavier — defeated St. Edward, 17-10 (last week No. 3)
3. Moeller — lost to Indianapolis Cathedral, 26-24 (last week No. 2)

Click here for the full POWERADE Ohio Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Ohio footballDuane Sycz/ESPNHSSt. Edward's defense is one of the nation's premier units.
No. 1 St. Edward (6-1) travels to Cincinnati tomorrow to face No. 3 St. Xavier (5-2) in a matchup of Division I title contenders.

The Eagles are coming off a 38-7 loss to POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) last Saturday, and it's clear they were unhappy with their performance.

"This was a big game, and as a team we let Ohio down," junior DB Soloman Warfield said after the loss.

The Eagles will look to re-establish their dominant run game behind senior lineman Kyle Kalis and Tyler Orlosky, both of whom were visibly upset at the O-line's play last week. The defense will also try to play better after allowing Bosco receivers to run free trough gaping holes in the secondary and failing to get off the field on third down.

St. Xavier has lost twice this season to a pair of ranked teams in Trinity (Ky.) and Moeller. The Bombers appear to be back on track after defeating Elder and La Salle in the last two weeks. With the way senior QB Griffin Doyle is playing (958 yards and seven TDs) and having this game on its home field, look for St. Xavier to keep this contest close.

Prediction: St. Edward 17-14
St. Edward, Don Bosco PrepDuane Sycz/OtherSt. Edward WR Quincy Jones hauls in a touchdown over a defender during the Eagles' 38-7 loss to Don Bosco Prep on Oct. 8.

Major movement is expected in the rankings over the next week with a multitude of contests pitting Top 10 squads against each other on the horizon. Top-ranked St. Edward and No. 3 St. Xavier get things started this weekend in Cincinnati.
As for the week that was, St. Edward's national title hopes were dashed after a 38-7 loss to No. 1 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.). St. Ignatius made its return to the top 10 after winning the last four games by a combined score of 102-40. Dropping out was Solon, which fell to No. Mentor by 24 points.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. St. Edward — lost to Don Bosco Prep, 38-7 (last week No. 1)
2. Moeller — defeated Elder, 36-10 (last week No. 2)
3. St. Xavier — defeated La Salle, 45-21 (last week No. 3)

Click here for the full POWERADE Ohio Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.
BRONX, N.Y. — St Edward ascended to No. 6 in the POWERADE FAB 50 behind the play of its talented offensive line. That line failed to establish its dominance in the trenches against a smaller but quicker Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) front seven, leading to the Eagles first loss since the 2009 season, 38-7, at Jack Coffey Field in Bronx, N.Y. Don Bosco is the nation's No. 1 team.

"This was a big game, and as a team we let Ohio down," said junior DB Soloman Warfield. "We just have to keep our heads up and work harder."

Senior WR Quincy Jones accounted for Ed's only points with a highlight-reel grab of a Ryan Fallon pass late in the second quarter.

"We didn't come and bring our game," said head coach Rick Finotti. "It's not a discredit to Don Bosco. We just didn't play up to our capabilities."

Jon Mahoney has you covered with more on this game on our football blog.

Check back here on Monday to see how this loss impacts St. Ed's state ranking.

Five things St. Edward fans need to know about No. 1 Don Bosco Prep

October, 7, 2011
Big things going down this weekend, so we're going to make a big temporary change. I, Brandon Parker, the ESPNHS New Jersey editor, am here to preview Saturday's much-anticipated matchup between national No. 1 Don Bosco Prep and No. 6 St. Edward at 6 p.m. at Fordham University (N.Y.). But since most of the Ohio blog's readers know plenty about their home team, I'm going to break down some things you should know about the opponent. For those who want to see what your boy David Auguste has to say about the home team, click here to read a similar primer on the New Jersey blog.

Don Bosco Prep Ironmen (Ramsey, N.J.)
4-0, five-time defending Non-Public Group 4 state champs
Coach: Greg Toal
POWERADE FAB 50 ranking: 1
Impact players: DB Yuri Wright, Sr. (No. 41 in ESPNU 150); Darius Hamilton, Sr. (No. 66 in ESPNU 150); DB/RB Elijah Shumate, Sr. (No. 6 player in New Jersey); WR Leonte Carroo, Sr.; DL Mike Strizak, Sr.; DB/RB Jabrill Peppers, So.

Five things you need to know about Don Bosco Prep
1. The best offense is good defense
Yeah, I know I switched up that statement, but it's justifiable for this team. As you can tell from the list of big-time recruits above, Don Bosco is absolutely loaded on defense and its a big reason why they have the nation's top ranking. When Mission Viejo (Calif.) came to town, the defense had four interceptions and six sacks. Against Manatee (Fla.), a late fumble recovery led to the decisive score. And last week, two interceptions and a fourth-down stop sparked 12 straight points in the final quarter and a comeback win against rival Bergen Catholic. I hear St. Edward's offense is a bit down this year, which could play into the Ironmen's hands.

2. Strength of schedule
In order to stake its claim as number one and put New Jersey on the map, the Ironmen have pulled no stops when it comes to opponents. Three of their four opponents have made appearances in the POWERADE FAB 50 this year and they've won by a margin of 90-45. Oh and speaking of wins, Don Bosco is going for its 40th straight victory. And while you might say that matters little in the here and now, understand that the Ironmen's heavy rotation of talent the last five years means this season's squad is filled with upperclassmen who have been well-groomed by past veterans.

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It's almost time. On Saturday evening St. Edward will battle the nation's No. 1 team Don Bosco Prep at Fordham University in New York. The Eagles head into the matchup undefeated after dispatching Ursuline this past weekend, and they have legit national-title aspirations if they can pull off the upset.

Elsewhere in Ohio, No. 6 Toledo Whitmer has impressed our voters so much that the Panthers became the sixth Ohio squad ranked in the Midwest Region. GlenOak is new to the state rankings and dropped Middletown out of the top 10. GlenOak has knocked off perennial powers Austintown-Fitch and McKinley the last two weeks. Also, look out for fast-charging St. Ignatius (5-1), a bubble team that defeated Glenville Friday, to put some pressure on the teams at the back end of the Top 10 next week.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. St. Edward — defeated Ursuline, 20-7 (last week No. 1)
2. Moeller — defeated La Salle, 35-13 (last week No. 2)
3. St. Xavier — defeated Elder, 21-6 (last week No. 3)
Click here for the full POWERADE Ohio Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.
Kenton Ohio fbDanny Vega/ESPNHSMaty 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.
After games ending Saturday, Sept. 24

The new kids on the block this week are the Comets of Solon. The team boasts one of the state's top offensive units led by QB Pat Kramer. The Comets piled up 48 points to beat Normandy last week, and the team has outscored its foes 206-35 this season. Solon faces Mentor in two weeks, so we'll see if they have what it takes to remain in the top 10. Win or lose, these guys should be a tough out come playoff time. Elsewhere, St. Ed maintains its stranglehold on No. 1 after trouncing its second out-of-state opponent. The Eagles will look to remain undefeated with a road contest against Division V champ Ursuline Friday night in Youngstown. St. Xavier dropped to No. 3 by virtue of its 27-24 loss to Moeller. The Bombers have lost consecutive games but both teams were ranked nationally. Austintown Fitch also lost back-to-back contests and dropped out of the top 10.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:

1. St. Edward — defeated Tampa Jefferson, 52-6 (last week No. 1)
2. Moeller — defeated St. Xavier, 27-24 (last week No. 3)
3. St. Xavier — loss to Moeller, 27-24 (last week No. 2)

Click here for the full POWERADE Ohio Football Rankings.
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 — Monty Madaris, Moeller, WR
Moeller has skyrocketed up the state rankings due in large part to the play of this senior WR. Madaris was stellar in a 27-10 win over St. Xavier of Kentucky, pulling in seven passes for 207 yards and finding the end zone three times. Madaris recently was offered by Florida State and Michigan, adding to a long list of suitors.

DOWN — Benny McGowan, Centerville, OL
The Elks have gotten off to a unusual 1-3 start this year, and the offense has been the main culprit. Centerville has been held under 15 points twice this season and the Elks have failed to sustain drives against good defenses. Last week, St. Ignatius was able to hold the Elks to 119 total yards and the offense failed to produce a touchdown. McGowan and the O-line need a bounce-back performance against Springboro this week if Centerville is to rebound from this rough start.

Kyle Kalis + Tyler Orlosky, St. Edward, OL
St. Edward’s offensive line has lived up to its preseason hype. The top-ranked Eagles won their fourth game of the year behind a dominant effort from Kalis and Orlosky, as the offense churned out 428 total yards on offense with 289 coming on the ground. Junior tailback Dwayne Aaron (29 carries, 207 yards) and senior QB Ryan Fallon (139 yards passing) have been the main beneficiaries of the hulking line’s play.
Despite St. Xavier’s 17-7 loss to Louisville Trinity, Ohio still boasts three teams ranked in the POWERADE FAB 50. No. 8 St. Edward dropped Elder from the Ohio rankings after a 30-10 win on Saturday. St. X fell to No. 28 nationally but remains at No. 2 locally, while Colerain remained entrenched at No. 3 in the state and 44 in the country.

Austintown Fitch fell to Canton McKinley minus Pittsburgh-bound QB Demetrius Davis and moved down to two spots to No. 6, while a scorching hot Mentor team rode the arm of senior Mitch Trubisky to No. 5. Undefeated Toledo Whitmer makes its first appearance in the rankings, holding off 3-0 GlenOak and .500 Glenville for the final spot.

Here is how the top three teams fared last week:

St. Edward — defeated then-No. 8 Elder, 30-10 (last week No. 1)

St. Xavier — loss to Louisville Trinity, 17-7 (last week No. 2)

Colerain — defeated Mason, 56-20 (last week No. 3)

Click here for the full POWERADE Ohio Football Rankings.