Heart of Ohio Sports Observer Vol 2.3

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September 8, 2023

Here we go again.

It's time for Week 4 of the high school football season.

My apologies we didn't get this out earlier. I told Heart of Ohio Sports owner Nate Mullins that my plan was to get this to him Thursday every week.

And then I was hit with a two-day hospital stay this week.

Look for this on Thursdays moving forward.

But enough about me, let's get to the exciting high school football coverage!

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Tiffin Columbian (3-0): Man oh man. What an offense Columbian has. I guess the counter point to that is they have needed every single point the last two weeks. After a huge 50-49 win over Chardon, the Tornadoes followed that up with a wild 56-45 win at River Valley. It was a huge night from Damien Brockington that led Columbian against River Valley. He rushed 33 times for 356 yards and six touchdowns and added a score on a kickoff return. Those are some huge numbers for the senior. Brayden Roggow was effective at quarterback too, completing 18-of-23 passes for 209 yards. For the season, Brockington is up to 77 rushes for 553 yards and 10 TDs while Roggow is 50-of-70 for 800 yards and eight scores. Jack Koerper leads the way with 15 catches (216 yards, TD) while Bryce Roggow (12-155-2) and Brady Gooding (9-262-5) are also huge targets. The schedule doesn't get any easier for Columbian this week with a trip to Columbus Bishop Watterson, who is also 3-0. The Eagles opened the season with consecutive shutout wins over Whetstone (47-0) and Dublin Scioto (42-0) before a close win over Parma Padua (24-21). This should be a tremendous match-up of Columbian's offense versus Watterson's defense.

Tiffin Calvert (3-0): I was at Frost-Kalnow Stadium last Friday when the Senecas topped Norwalk St. Paul, 35-25. St. Paul falls to 0-3 – the first time under current coach John Livengood since his first year in 1991. It was a huge win for the Senecas, who typically struggle against St. Paul. I thought quarterback Harry Shultz was tremendous for Calvert, completing 14-of-17 passes for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Billy Clouse was on the other end of those two scores, hauling in eight passes for 152 yards. The rushing game was good too as Jacob Rombach ran 12 times for 108 yards and two TDs while Cal Warnement had 14 carries for 97 yards and a score. That's about as balanced as you can get offensively, which is every coach's dream. Next up for Calvert is a surging Lakota team, who has won its last two games. More on them a little later on.

Mohawk (0-3): Another close loss for Mohawk has put the Warriors winless through three games this season. This time, it was a 17-12 road loss to Margaretta. Two of Mohawk's three losses are by a total of seven points. I think there's a lot of talent over in Sycamore, but things just haven't shaken out to get the Warriors a win. Turnovers have hurt Mohawk a lot too. For the season, quarterback Ben Bogner is 40-of-80 passing with 566 yards, three touchdowns, and five interceptions. On the ground, Bogner leads the way with 56 carries for 243 yards, one TD, and two fumbles. Kahne Hayman continues to be his top target with 12 catches for 219 yards. Up next for Mohawk is a home game against Buckeye Central, who is 2-1. The Bucks opened with huge wins over Crestline (50-0) and Fremont SJCC (67-0), but fell to Ada (41-25) last week. Derex Dean leads BC, completing 41-of-64 passes for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. Five different Bucks have scored on the ground. At wide receiver, Heath Jensen (11 receptions, 194 yards, four TD), Alec Phillips (11-158-4) and Jack Phillips (12-154-2) are all good options.

Seneca East (1-2): The Tigers took one on the chin when it fell to Monroeville, 40-21, last Friday. Monroeville ran for over 300 yards for the second time this season and Seneca East had no answer for it. The Tigers have lost their last two games after a huge win over Ashland Crestview to open the season. So far, Blake Foos has completed 39-of-85 passes for 379 yards, two touchdowns, and three picks. On the ground, he leads the way with 59 rushes for 339 yards and four TDs. Jackson Gayheart is getting some carries for the Tigers, up to 23 rushes for 136 yards this season. Seneca East jumps into Northern 10 Athletic Conference action next, traveling to Upper Sandusky, who is coming off a tough loss to Galion, 41-6. The Rams are similar in which they rely a lot on their quarterback. Kaden Holman is 57-of-86 for 744 yards and seven TDs while rushing 44 times for 122 yards. His top targets include Gavin Frey (19 receptions, 201 yards, four TDs), Ethan Hill (14-167-1), and Max Martinez (10-178-1).

Carey (1-2): The Blue Devils got a much-needed win and did it in a convincing way, topping Lima Central Catholic, 28-14. The 14 points is the least Carey has allowed in a game this season, so perhaps the Blue Devils are trending in the right direction. Alex Putnam has completed 17-of-30 passes for 224 yards while running 28 times for 104 yards. Eli Steen leads Carey with 39 carries for 253 yards and three touchdowns. The Blue Devils will get to play at home for a second straight week when they host Wynford this week. The Royals have a pair of 28-20 losses to undefeated teams Galion and Western Reserve. Wynford will lean more towards the rush, averaging 41 rushes per game to 14 passes per game. Anthony Evans leads the Royals with 41 rushes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Ashton Warren has completed 18-of-41 passes for 284 yards while running 22 times for 120 yards.

Lakota (2-1): After a tough opening week, Lakota has won two in a row. The Raiders topped Northwood, 15-13, on the strength of a late safety by Lakota's defense. It was a tough win, but the Raiders have won back-to-back. Against Northwood, Micah Williams led the offense with 15 rushes for 101 yards. For the season, Jalen Wagner has completed 28-of-46 passes for 333 yards while Williams has tallied 33 rushes for 213 yards. It will be another tough contest this week for Lakota, as the Raiders travel to Frost-Kalnow Stadium to take on Calvert. Most times, this is a competitive game down to the wire. It wasn't last year, as Calvert stomped Lakota, 55-14. I'd look for Lakota to be out for a little revenge and respect.

Gibsonburg (1-2): After what looked like a really nice win over Seneca East, the Golden Bears laid a major egg in the form of a 42-6 home loss to Edison. Now don't get me wrong, Edison looks pretty good, but the offense is struggling for Gibsonburg. Through three games, the Golden Bears have only scored a total of 24 points. Even with Connor Smith gone, Gibsonburg is a predominantly rushing team. The Golden Bears have rushed 113 times for 390 yards and four TDs through three games. Leading the way is Grant Smith's 57 carries for 215 yards and a pair of scores. Camden Mooney has completed just four passes for 48 yards in three games. Things definitely get tougher this week as Gibsonburg welcomes in Hopewell-Loudon, who is averaging over 38 points per game. H-L quarterback Evan Kreais has completed 53-of-77 passes for 758 yards while Braylon Martinez has 80 rushes for 322 yards and seven touchdowns.

About the Author

Owner of Mullins Entertainment Productions, and head of sales at Heart of Ohio Sports, Nate has an associates degree in Music Business and over a decade of experience in media. Along with his duties at HOOS, he is a devoted husband, a father of three boys, Bailey, Gabe, and Issac, and he also volunteers his time as a board member for local non-profit Tiffin Youth Football. Follow him on twitter at @N8_Mullins, or email nmullins@heartofohiosports.com.

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