High School Football: Prepping for Week 6
News & Notes from around the area
*How good has Chuck Carr been for Hickory? He already has over 1,000-yards rushing (1006) through five games. He’s averaging 9.1 yards per carry. He’s scored 18 times on the ground and has 3 200-yard rushing outings so far. The Hornets have scored 38 points or more in each game this season.
*Hubbard may have dropped their first game of the season to Howland (21-0) last week but they’ll look to get back on track this week against Niles. The one-two ground attack of underclassmen Ralph Morales and Tyreq Moorer has proven to be just what the doctor ordered in Hubbard. Morales has put together a pair of 200-yard rushing games this season. Moorer has averaged 8.5 yards per carry in 56 rushes (475 yards).
*Speaking of Howland, the Tigers have won three straight by defeating Poland (35-34) and Hubbard (21-0) in the last two weeks. Howland quarterback Samari Dean has completed 11 of 23 passes (289 yards) within the last three weeks connecting on 4 touchdowns and not a single interception. Since dealing with a rough week two matchup against Green (10 attempts, 9 yards), Tyriq Ellis has found his groove as he’s averaged 7.5 yards per attempt and has scored 4 touchdowns on the ground over the last three weeks.
*Since beginning the season with a 1-2 record after dropping their week one matchup with Hickory (48-14) and their week three tilt with Sharon (34-24) – Greenville has fought back to win their last two. During that span, the defense has forced 5 fumbles and got after the quarterback 10 times (5 in each game). Brady Kalchthaler has 7 quarterback takedowns already.
*LaBrae has outscored their past two opponents by a combined total of 71-25 to get their record above .500 to 3-2. In their three victories this season, Carlton Brown has thrown for 400 yards and has put together a completion percentage of 61.2% with 3 touchdowns (0 INTs). The Vikings’ running back Colton Stoneman has averaged 7.0 yards per carry in his last three outings.
*LaBrae’s opponent this week is the Leopards of Liberty. Quarterback Dra Rushton has compiled his top two rushing games of the season within the last two weeks (87, 86). Rushton doesn’t throw much but when he does – he’s pretty accurate as he’s completed 61.1% of his tosses this season.
*Western Reserve’s Jack Cappabianca is coming off a huge day against Wellsville where he ran for 205 yards and scored a total of 4 touchdowns. Cappabianca has now tallied 533 yards rushing (7 TDs) and has caught at least one pass in each of his 5 games (2 receiving TDs).
*Harding’s receiver Jalen Hooks has snagged 3 touchdowns over the past two games against Fitch and Ursuline. Over the last eight quarters, Hooks has 7 receptions for 164 yards (23.4 average).
*Despite their loss to Liberty (20-14) in week five, Campbell Memorial’s Yianni Koullias has compiled 745 rushing yards on the season.
*Reynolds is 3-2 after last week’s 3-point loss to Sharpsville (32-29). Since their standout Dylan McDanel went down with an injury in week one, the folks around him have stepped up. Damion Gearhart put together back-to-back 100-yard games against Cambridge Springs (186) and Lakeview (112) in week three and four. Senior Garrett Daniello continues his strong play as he’s scored a total of 7 touchdowns (4 rushing, 3 passing) within the last two weeks.
*Niles is 3-2 but their two losses came by 3-points in week two to Poland (26-23) and by a single point last Friday to Lakeview (21-20). Also, their last two wins came by a combined 7 points.
*Following last week’s 54-12 win over visiting Newton Falls, Brookfield finds themselves with a 3-2 mark also. They’re two losses were a week one setback on the road to Springfield by four (31-27) and an overtime loss at Liberty (27-21).
*If the OHSAA playoffs began this week, here’s the matchups:
Division II (Region 5) – #1 Harding vs. #8 Hudson
Division III (Region 9) – #1 Marlington vs. #8 Niles (or #8 Buckeye)
Division III (Region 9) – #3 New Philadelphia vs. #6 Poland
Division III (Region 9) – #4 Howland vs. #5 West Geauga
Division IV (Region 13) – #1 Perry vs. #8 Lakeview
Division IV (Region 13) – #2 Crestwood vs. #7 Hubbard
Division IV (Region 13) – #3 Woodridge vs. #6 Struthers
Division IV (Region 13) – #4 Cardinal Mooney vs. #5 Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin
Division V (Region 17) – #2 South Range vs. #7 Warrensville Heights
Division V (Region 17) – #3 LaBrae vs. #6 Wickliffe
Division V (Region 17) – #4 Grand Valley vs. #5 Liberty
Division VI (Region 21) – #3 Kirtland vs. #6 Columbiana
Division VI (Region 21) – #4 Lisbon vs. #5 Columbia
Division VII (Region 25) – #3 Warren JFK vs. #6 Tuscarawas Central Catholic
Division VII (Region 25) – #4 Jackson-Milton vs. #5 St. Paul