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