Steubenville crushes New Lexington in semifinals

Published 11:14 pm Saturday, November 22, 2008

Demetrius Brandon rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Dwight Macon ran for a TD and threw for another as Steubenville beat New Lexington 30-6 in a Division IV semifinal game Friday night.

Steubenville’s Branko Busick ran in a one-yard score in the first quarter and Isiah Willis blocked a punt that New Lexington recovered in its own end zone for a safety. Macon followed with a 29-yard scoring pass to Michael Goodwin before the end of the quarter to make it 16-0.

New Lexington (12-2) gained just 80 yards in the first half, but managed to get a 3-yard touchdown run from quarterback Clint Cannon in the second quarter.

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Steubenville (14-0) will play Kettering Alter in next week’s final, a rematch of the 2006 Division III final.

Kettering Bishop Alter 42,

Genoa Area 34

FINDLAY (AP) — Chris Borland ran for 119 yards and he and Justin Hall each rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to ensure Kettering Alter’s 42-34 win over Genoa Area Friday night in a Division IV state semifinal.

Several key quarterback option runs by Austin Boucher set up Hall’s two-yard score that put Kettering (12-2) ahead 35-27 early in the fourth.

Boucher had a 15-yard run and Hall had a 20-yard gain on Kettering’s next drive to set up Borland’s 6-yard rushing TD that made it 42-27 with 7:32 to play.

Blair Skilliter’s second scoring run of the game got Genoa (13-1) within 42-34 with 1:24 to play, but the Comets couldn’t get the ball again.

Genoa’s Matt Bassitt completed 13 of 23 passes for 281 yards, including a 52-yard TD strike to Skilliter and a 56-yard scoring pass to Zach Apel.


Cin. Anderson 14,

Col. St. Francis DeSales 10

DAYTON (AP) — Kyle Slater ran for 255 yards and a touchdown to lead Cincinnati Anderson past Columbus DeSales 14-10 in a Division II state seminal game Friday night.

Anderson (12-2), the defending state champion, lost to DeSales 38-17 in the regular season, but used a big play defense to get the win this time.

Slater’s 17-yard run made it 7-0 with 6:52 left in the first half, and the Redskins followed up with a goal line stand just before halftime.

An interception by Luke Bissinger set up an eight-yard TD run by quarterback Daniel Rod with 5:38 to go in the third quarter that put Anderson up 14-0.

DeSales running back Adam Griffin — son of former Ohio State and Cincinnati Bengals running back Archie Griffin — ran for a 79-yard TD run on the next possession, but the Stallions (13-1) couldn’t score again.

Anderson will play Sylvania Southview in next week’s championship.

Sylvania Southview 31,

Akron Hoban 0

FREMONT (AP) — Alex Pidcock threw two touchdown passes and Michael Hehl rushed for another two TDS touchdowns to lead Sylvania Southview to a 31-0 win over Akron Hoban in a Division II semifinal Friday night.

Shaun Joplin caught a 60-yard pass from Pidcock in the second quarter for Sylvania Southview (14-0). Pidcock’s second touchdown pass was a 21-yarder to Jimmy Hall in the fourth.

It was the first time Akron Hoban (9-5) was shutout this season.

Southview will face Cincinnati Anderson in next Friday’s state championship.


Delphos St. John’s 32,

Sidney Bishop Lehman 13

WAPAKONETA (AP) — Jordan Leininger ran for three first half touchdowns as Delphos St. John’s beat Sidney Lehman Catholic 32-13 Friday night in a Division VI semifinal game.

Wes Ulm threw for a score and ran for another for St. John’s (12-2), which led 26-0 at halftime. Leininger ran for 98 yards on 22 carries, while fullback Matt Brinkman gained 87 yards on nine carries.

Lehman (11-2) scored twice in the third quarter on Kaleb Goins’ one-yard run and Zac Schmitz’ 34-yard run to cut it to 26-13.

St. John’s will play Hopewell-Loudon in next Friday’s state championship game.

Hopewell-Loudon 55, Malvern 20

ASHLAND (AP) — Aaron Kapelka ran for four touchdowns and Tyler Brown threw three touchdown passes in a snowstorm to lead Hopewell-Loudon into its second straight Division VI state championship game with a 55-20 win over Malvern Friday night.

Brown was 18-of-22 passing for 269 yards, while Aaron Kapelka rushed for 164 yards on 25 carries for Hopewell-Loudon (14-0).

Jesse Locke scored on one-yard and eight-yard runs while quarterback Tyler Tucci threw a 78-yard scoring pass to Vince Larson for Malvern (13-1).

Hopewell-Loudon will play Delphos St. John’s (12-2) in next Friday’s state title game in Massillon.