Dalton ends Smithville#039;s 22-game winning streak

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 17, 2003

A week after Dalton lost its chance for an undefeated regular season, the Bulldogs ended Smithville's drive for perfection.

Jeremy Wenger kicked a 20-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining to give Dalton a 22-20 victory Friday night, ending Smithville's 22-game winning streak in the regular season. The loss dropped the Smithies (7-1) from second to seventh in the Division V state rankings.

Dalton's shot at a perfect record ended a week earlier with a 44-0 loss to Apple Creek Waynedale.

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The Dalton-Smithville rivalry is shaping up to be one of the state's best.

Smithville handed Dalton both its losses in 2002 - 21-19 in the regular season and 35-8 in the playoffs. The wins helped the Smithies reach the Division V state title game, where they lost 33-18 to Marion Pleasant.

Smithville lost to Dalton (7-1) this time because it couldn't stop the Bulldogs' running game in the closing moments.

Derek Jackson carried the ball 13 straight times for 52 yards on the final drive, setting up Wenger's game-winning kick on fourth-and-goal at the 3. It was the team's first field goal this season.

RUN, BABY, RUN: Leipsic's Joel McDaniel ran for a school-record 368 yards and touchdowns of 58 and 68 yards in a 38-20 win over Pandora-Gilboa; Cincinnati Colerain fullback Mister Simpson rushed for 223 yards and scored three TDs in a 44-24 win over Hamilton; Bradley Glatthaar's 146 yards rushing and three touchdowns led Cincinnati Elder to a 28-7 win over rival Cincinnati St. Xavier; Willie Million's 219 yards rushing and four touchdowns led Sycamore to a 31-28 win over West Chester Lakota West; Justin Hogue propelled Hamilton Ross past Little Miami 34-25 with 265 yards and a touchdown; Crestline beat Lucas 20-19 behind quarterback Aaron Eckert's 256 yards rushing and a touchdown; New Concord John Glenn beat New Lexington 20-18 on Brian Ritchey's 5-yard TD run on the game's final play; Old Washington Buckeye Trail's Aaron Carpenter ran for 165 yards and four touchdowns a week after tallying 245 yards and five scores;

Williamsport Westfall's Brice Redman ran for 210 yards and five touchdowns on just seven carries in a 55-6 win over Piketon; Jeff Wood set Milford Center Fairbanks' single-game rushing record with 340 yards in a 41-6 win over Yellow Springs; Wilmington senior back Marque Jones is just 44 yards short of his own school record of 1,493 rushing yards, set last season; Ashtabula Lakeside's Shahee Siler ran for 240 yards and had TDs of 10, 36 and 67 yards on just 13 carries against Ashtabula Edgewood; Milbury Lake's Wes Blank rushed for a school-record 305 yards and scored one touchdown in each quarter during a 42-14 win over Tontogany Otsego.

PASSING FANCY: Bluffton freshman quarterback Ricky Matter, the brother of Ohio State women's basketball player Caity Matter, completed 30 of 48 passes for 326 yards and a score in a 32-28 win over Convoy Crestview; Jason Bodart's fifth touchdown pass came in the third overtime and gave Bascom Hopewell-Loudon a 41-35 win over unbeaten Sycamore Mohawk; Bloomdale Elmwood's Kyle Rhoad threw a school-record six touchdown passes in only 13 completions (23 attempts) during a 55-8 win over Gibsonburg;

Tom Schiltz's 52-yard TD pass to Jamaal Akbar with 1:06 left gave Cincinnati Winton Woods a 16-15 win over Loveland; Cincinnati La Salle's Anthony Kummer passed for 269 yards and three TDs and rushed for 134 yards and a score in a 41-24 win over Cincinnati Purcell Marian; Shenandoah's Keith Selock threw for 281 yards and five touchdowns while completing 9 of 16 passes in a 56-7 rout of Beallsville.

CATCH THIS: Paint Valley receiver Clay Knisley made a school-record 14 catches for 129 yards in a 28-7 victory over Chillicothe Southeastern; Tiffin Columbian receiver/quarterback Greg Kiser had six rushes for 101 yards, completed 6 of 7 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns, caught two passes for 56 yards and had an interception in a 49-14 win over Shelby.

TURNOVERS: Leipsic had five interceptions in its win over Pandora-Gilboa; Cory-Rawson scored five touchdowns off Vanlue turnovers in the first quarter of a 69-8 rout.

STREAKS: Delphos Jefferson ended Columbus Grove's shutout streak at four games by scoring two fourth-quarter TDs in a 19-13 loss to the Bulldogs, who held their opponent scoreless in the first quarter for the 24th straight game; Cincinnati Colerain is 37-1 in regular-season games since 2000, with 17 straight victories; Thornville Sheridan has won its last three games by a combined score of 149-0; Avon Lake can clinch at least a share of its seventh straight Southwestern Conference title with a win over Amherst on Friday night.

MILESTONES: Cincinnati Wyoming coach Bernie Barre earned his 250th career win in 29 seasons with a 40-13 win over Cincinnati Deer Park. Barre's total includes his tenure at Kentucky small-school power Beechwood, where he won the Class A state title in 1984.