Northwestern quarterback Hunter Houseman compiles 517 total offensive yards as the Warriors squeak by Southeastern.
SPRINGFIELD — Scoreboard operators were busy in week one around the Miami Valley, as there were many high-scoring games and blowouts.
No score was more lopsided than Shawnee beating Catholic Central 82-7 in the final game of the long-running series. The Braves led 42-0 after a first quarter that took 50 minutes to play. The Braves amassed 555 total offensive yards in the game and averaged 11.1 yards per play.
Shawnee scored first in the game on a 24-yard run from Jalen Nelson and then recovered an onside kick. Saalih Muhammad scored on a 10-yard run to cap off the resulting drive. Catholic Central didn’t recover Shawnee’s next kick off, and the Braves took over deep in Central’s territory. Nelson capped off that drive with a 19-yard touchdown run. Shawnee was up 21-0 before Central ever touched the ball.
Tippecanoe was only a touchdown shy of matching Shawnee’s margin of victory. The Red Devils beat Graham 68-0 in a season opener. Tippecanoe led 41-0 at halftime and outgained Graham 425 offensive yards to 97 in the game.
Kenton Ridge also put up big numbers in its 48-19 win over Northeastern. The Cougars had 434 yards in the game, with junior quarterback Mitchell Schneider accounting for most of those yards. Schneider was 11 of 22 in passing attempts and threw for 317 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 55 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.
Springfield fell 42-8 to Trotwood in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Welcome Stadium. The Wildcats, who have battled injuries all preseason, lost quarterbacks Derek Williams and Davonte James due to injuries in the game. Trotwood had 387 total offensive yards on 55 plays in the game, while Springfield had 55 total yards on 57 plays.
Other lopsided scores in week one included: Urbana 62, London 3; West Liberty-Salem 63, Greenon 13; Miamisburg 56, Bellbrook 3; Summit County Day 52, Benjamin Logan 7; Princeton 48, Xenia 10; Ansonia 58, Belmont 20; Piqua 41, Toledo Rogers 6; Eaton 40, Greenville 13; Wayne 62, Gahanna Lincoln 28; Valley View 48, Roger Bacon 18.
Houseman compiles 517 total offensive yards
Northwestern quarterback Hunter Houseman picked up where he left off in 2012. He threw for 295 yards and one touchdown in the Warriors’ 28-27 win over Southeastern last Friday and rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns.
Southeastern took a 27-21 lead late in the third quarter after a one-yard run from quarterback Bryant Banion. Southeastern missed the extra point attempt after the touchdown.
Houseman led the Warriors down the field and scored on a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter. Maddie Crew made Northwestern’s extra point to lift the Warriors to the one-point victory.
“Having Hunter Houseman back is great for us,” Northwestern head coach Seth Whiting said on the Clark County Coaches Show last Tuesday. “Now that he’s had a year in the system, the ability to read defenses has gotten much better for him. He’s learned an awful lot, especially this offseason.”
Houseman, a senior, was the CBC Mad River Division co-offensive player of the year last year.
Stars of Week One
There were plenty of players who put up big numbers last Friday, including the aforementioned big games by Kenton Ridge quarterback Mitchell Schneider and Northwestern quarterback Hunter Houseman.
Tecumseh’s Christian Evans led the Arrows’ running attack in a 21-0 win over Fairborn last Friday. Evans ran for 140 yards on 15 carrries and had two rushing touchdowns. Evans had a 58-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Urbana quarterback Nathan Mays threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns in the Hillclimbers’ 64-3 win over London. Sophomore receiver Sam Niswonger caught six of Mays’ passes and had 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including a 69-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
Shawnee quarterback Saalih Muhammad was five of six in passing attempts in the Braves’ win over Catholic Central and threw for one touchdown. Nelson ran for 108 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns, while Shawnee running back Clay Phillips added 104 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Alec Bennett led Shawnee with 114 rushing yards.
Centerville junior running back Damien Popp rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns in the Elks’ 38-33 win over Pickerington Central. Popp was a backup last season. He appeared in two games and rushed for 67 yards.
A big jump for Shawnee
Shawnee takes a big jump from Division VII Catholic Central last week to Division II Troy this Friday in nonconference play.
It’s a big jump just in the venue — Central’s Hallinean Field has seating for 2,000 people, while Troy’s Memorial Stadium holds 10,000. The stadium hosted a “Gentlemen of the Road” tour stopover by Mumford & Sons last weekend.
Then there’s the difference in the teams. The Irish have only 17 players in the program this season, while Troy dresses 60 on varsity. The Trojans have several Division I recruits, including offensive lineman Alex Dalton (verbal to Oklahoma) and running back Miles Hibbler (Kent State verbal).
Troy lost to Chaminade-Julienne 34-20 last Friday. The Trojans had three fumbles in the game. In 2012, Troy lost to the Eagles 21-14 in week one, and then beat the Braves 41-14 at Dave Long Memorial Stadium in week two.
The game features the induction of Troy’s first hall of fame class. Troy is inducting ten people, including five former NFL players and former Northwestern University head coach Randy Walker.