Benedictine smacks Steubenville; Kenton outscores Licking Valley, 42-21

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 23, 2003

MASSILLON (AP) - Ray Williams rushed for 163 yards, including an early 59-yard touchdown, leading No. 3 Cleveland Benedictine to a 47-7 win over No. 1 Steubenville in a Division III state semifinal Friday night.

The Bengals (13-1) jumped on the Big Red (13-1) early on Jon Huddleston's 78-yard punt return for a 7-0 lead. Williams' TD run extended the lead to 14 points.

After Steubenville cut the lead in half on Corey Lyons' 6-yard TD run, Williams scored again on a 6-yard run to put Benedictine ahead 21-7.

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Benedictine plays for the state title on Friday in Canton against Kenton, the two-time defending Division IV champion.

Kenton 42,

Licking Valley 21

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - D.J. Underwood passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for two scores, leading Kenton to the Division III state title game with a 42-21 win Friday night over Newark Licking Valley.

Shea Newfer scored on a 50-yard interception return for the Wildcats (11-3), who won the Division IV championship the last two seasons.

Nathan Clark rushed for 128 yards on 27 carries for the Panthers (12-2). He scored on a 4-yard run and caught a 22-yard TD pass from Devin Fulk.

Underwood completed 23 of 30 passes without an interception. His touchdown runs covered 3 and 7 yards.

Kenton plays Cleveland Benedictine next Friday at Canton Fawcett Stadium.

Amanda-Clearcreek 10,

Warren JFK 7, 2OT

CANTON (AP) - Carlos Del Angel kicked a 28-yard field goal in the second overtime to give Amanda-Clearcreek a 10-7 victory over Warren JFK in a Division V state semifinal Friday night.

The Aces (13-1), who won state titles in 1999 and 2000, try for another championship on Friday in Massillon, where they'll play Gahanna Columbus Academy.

After Kent Phillips ran for a 5-yard touchdown to give the Aces a 7-0 lead in the first overtime, JFK (11-3) answered with a 17-yard TD pass from John DiFiore to Jimmy Kokrak on fourth-and-7.

Del Angel missed a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter. Amanda-Clearcreek missed a chance to score with six seconds left in regulation when the snap went over the holder's head on a 29-yard field goal try.

Cols. Academy 41,

Delphos St. John's 35, OT

TIFFIN (AP) - Ray Jones scored on a 1-yard run in overtime and Gahanna Columbus Academy's defense clinched a 41-35 win over Delphos St. John's in a Division V state semifinal Friday night.

Delphos St. John's (11-3) was stymied on two short runs while driving for the tying score.

On third-and-3, linebacker Matt Reis tackled Kyle Spieles for a short gain. Spieles was stopped on fourth down when safety Steve Butt grabbed him by the ankles before his Academy teammates wrestled him down.

Academy (12-2) will face Amanda-Clearcreek for the state title on Friday in Massillon.

Trenton Edgewood 33,

Cols. Brookhaven 13

DAYTON (AP) - Josh Glancy and Ryan Williams ran for two touchdowns apiece to lead Trenton Edgewood past Columbus Brookhaven 33-13 Friday night in a Division II state semifinal.

The Cougars (14-0) scored on three of their first four possessions to put away the Bearcats (13-1).

Calvin Weaver scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter and Rodney Holmes had a 7-yard TD run with 21 seconds left for Brookhaven.

Edgewood will play Avon Lake for the championship on Friday night in Massillon.

Avon Lake 48, Chardon 8

PARMA (AP) - Matt Kostelnik had two interceptions and caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Booher to lead Avon Lake to a 48-8 win over Chardon in a Division II state semifinal Friday night.

The Shoremen (14-0) forced six turnovers and continued to roll through the playoffs behind a stellar defense. The eight points were the most they've allowed in their four postseason victories.

Matt Smith had a 47-yard touchdown run for Chardon (11-3) in the third quarter, cutting Avon Lake's lead to 21-8.

Avon Lake's Jon Schroeder rushed for 177 yards on 21 carries, including a 60-yard touchdown on the second play of the game.

The Shoremen will play Trenton Edgewood (14-0) for the championship next Friday night at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon.