Dutch dominate their way to a 14-0 record, first Championship

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 29, 2015

 

The 2014 season was a dominant season for schools across the country. Some dominated on offense while others dominated on defense.

 

In Iowa, the Pella Dutch dominated on both sides of the ball last year, leading the way to the school’s first ever 3A State Championship.

 

Pella finished the season with a flawless 14-0 record and defeated defending champion Bishop Heelan Catholic, 38-17 to wrap up the perfect season.

 

 

The Dutch performed on all cylinders in every game in 2014 en route to the school’s first championship. In all but two games during their championship run last season, Pella’s defense allowed 0, 6 or 14 points. They recorded five shutout victories while allowing no more than 14 points to any opponent until the season’s culminating game.

 

While their defense was playing lights out, their offense would nearly equal that stellar play, averaging over 49 points per contest.

 

The offense and defense put together impressive games like their week one victory over Washington. Despite allowing 314 yards to Demons, Pella forced two opportune turnovers and quarterback Noah Clayberg accounted for five touchdowns in the 35-0 victory.

 

Their week one shutout announced that the Dutch were a team to be reckoned with in 2014 as they followed that up with a 45-14 victory over Dallas Center-Grimes. Clayberg threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another while running back Nathan Henry accumulated 101 total yards and three rushing touchdowns.

 

The season continued to roll along with wins against Oskaloosa (61-6), Norwalk Community (38-14) and Knoxville (28-0).

 

In their closest game of the regular season, Pella traveled to Carlisle in week six. The Dutch fell behind 3-0 early but would take the lead in the second quarter when Clayberg forced a fumbled, recovered and returned it for a touchdown. Despite a Carlisle field goal before halftime, Pella led 7-6 at the break.

 

Neither team could muster much in terms of moving the ball after that. Scoring was sparse in the second half, as the only points put on the board in the first 20 minutes of the final quarters were a 25-yard field goal from Seth Johnson that increased Pella’s lead to 10-6.

 

However, Clayberg would put the game out of reach for Pella, intercepting a Jordan Pierce pass himself and turning the change of possession into points of his own. After intercepting the pass, Clayberg led the Dutch on a seven play drive, rushing in the game-sealing touchdown from 17 yards away. The Dutch’s 17-6 victory would remain as the closest game of the season, in terms of final score, in 2014.

 

Following their thrilling victory over Carlisle, Pella ended the regular season on an impressive tear, consecutively scoring a season-high in points, a 69-14 victory over Newton followed by a 77-6 over Saydel.

 

Not to be out done by the offense’s season highs in points, the Dutch defense would shut out the next two opponents, 54-0 over Chariton and 41-0 over Fairfield.

 

In the second round of the playoffs, Pella would take on Newton once again. After dispatching Fairfield in the first round, they would handle their business against the Cardinals, jumping out to a 56-0 lead through three quarters. Newton would score twice in the final quarter before falling 56-14.

 

The Dutch would face another familiar opponent in the state quarterfinals when they squared off against Washington. Pella used a 28-point second quarter before shutting out Washington in the second half to win 31-14 and advance to the state semifinals.

 

Xavier, Pella’s state semifinal opponent, would prove to be no match for the Dutch in 2014. Henry ran for two first quarter touchdowns while Johnson would connect on two second quarter field goals to give Pella a 20-0 halftime lead.

 

The Dutch defense would shut the door after that, limiting the Saints to just 58 total yards of offense, just eight yards on the ground. Pella advanced to the state championship game with their 27-0 victory.

 

In the State Championship game, Pella would be pitted against the defending champion Bishop Heelan Catholic. In fact, the Crusaders had played in six of the past eight state championships and 13 all-time.

 

The Dutch would not be deterred however, not in the face of playing a storied program like Bishop Heelan, nor in the face of a 17-7 deficit that they found themselves in during the second quarter.

 

Despite allowing 17 consecutive points to the Crusaders, Pella turned to their leader. The junior signal-caller answered a Bishop Heelan field goal with an impressive 10-play drive that covered 60 yards before Clayberg would punch the ball in from four yards out.

 

Clayberg’s drive spanned just under three minutes off the clock and successfully took the momemtum away from the Crusaders in favor of Pella.

 

The Dutch would take the lead back from Bishop Heelan on their first possession of the second half when Clayberg touted the ball in for a score from 14 yards out. His second rushing score of the game put Pella back in the lead, 21-17.

 

The Dutch would maintain the lead forcing two Crusader punts before Henry took a carry 72 yards and an empowering touchdown. Henry’s score increased the lead to 28-17. Again, the defense would clamp down for the Dutch, forcing two punts and an interception on the Crusaders’ next three possessions.

 

Meanwhile, Pella would score on two of those turnovers, a 28-yard Johnson field goal and Clayberg’s third rushing score of the game with 4:45 left in the fourth quarter. Clayberg’s score increased the lead to a comfortable 38-17 for the Dutch.

 

However, after forcing a Bishop Heelan turnover on downs, Pella fumbled the ball away, breathing life into the Crusaders. That was until Quinton Murphy delivered a hit to Bishop Heelan receiver Tucker Spears that jarred the ball loose. When Pella’s Payson Vande Lune recovered the ball, the Dutch faithful in attendance would erupt.


Two quick kneel downs by Clayberg would be all that was left as Pella would be crowned Iowa 3A State Champions for the first time.

 

Clayberg, behind his three rushing touchdowns and 154 rushing yards would be named the game’s most valuable player. Henry ran for 150 yards himself and another score while Murphy finished with a touchdown on the ground and having forced the game’s sealing fumble.

 

Pella finished the game scoring 31 unanswered points en route to the 3A Title.

 

 

With Clayberg and Henry returning for their senior seasons, it is no doubt that the Dutch will open the fall camp of 2015 as the preseason No. 1 as they will look to successfully defend the school’s first state crown.

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Noah Clayberg (1637 yards)

Passing: Noah Clayberg (1256 yards)

Receiving: Will Warner (652 yards)

All-Purpose: Noah Clayberg (1784 yards)

Touchdowns: Noah Clayberg (22)

Rush attempts: Noah Clayberg (172 carries)

Receptions: Will Warner (42 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Garret Jansen (59.5)

Tackles for loss: Garret Jansen (25.5)

Sacks: Garret Jansen (6)

Pass break ups: Will Warner (13)

Interceptions: Will Warner (5)

Fumbles recovered: Logan Heerema (5)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 617 points

Opponent scoring: 107

Total offense: 5513 yards

Total rushing yards: 4109 yards

Total passing yards: 1404 yards

Opponent offense: 2729 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1244 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1485 yards

Third down conversions: 40.2% (49/122)

Opponent third down conversions: 28.9% (57/197)

Turnover Differential: +20 (19 INT, 16 FR)

 

Resilient season leads Flyers to second Championship in three years

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 7, 2015

 

 

As the old saying goes – ‘revenge is a dish best served cold.’

 

The Dixie High School Flyers certainly served up their best revenge dishes and more in 2014, en route to their second 3AA State Championship in the last three years.

 

The Flyers rallied off eight straight victories to end the year, two of them in the playoffs, against a team whom they had lost to earlier in the season.

 

To get there, let's start at the top.

 

The Flyers entered the 2014 season on the heels of an impressive campaign a season prior that saw Dixie enter the 3AA semifinals. Behind senior quarterback Ammon Takau, the Flyers began this past fall primed to head back, not only in to the playoffs, but possibly even regaining the 3AA Title they had won in 2012.

 

The beginning of the 2014 season however, would begin in surprising fashion. A 37-30 loss to Springville on a late 4th quarter TD sparked a 0-1 start for the Flyers.

 

Dixie needed double overtime and a great defensive stop to defeat Lehi in week two, 49-48. After scoring in the bottom half of the second overtime, the Pioneers went for a two-point conversion to win the game, but rather were stopped by Dixie, giving the Flyers a one-point victory.

 

After a loss to the bigger, higher classified, 5A Riverton Silverwolves, 62-28, the Flyers did get back to their winning ways against Canyon View. A 55-30 defeat of the Falcons pushed Dixie’s record back to an even 2-2.

 

However, the back-and-forth of wins and losses would stop right there.

 

Dixie would allow 42 points to BYU commit, quarterback Kody Wilstead and the Pine View Panthers. Despite scoring 36 of their own, the Flyers feel by eight points when the defense couldn’t get Wilstead and the Panthers off the field for the final 4:10 of the game.

 

In their next game, against Hurricane, and even though Dixie led 7-0 at one point, the Tigers would rattle off 34 unanswered points to end the first half and put the game out of reach. Dixie dropped their matchup with Hurricane, 34-14.

 

Sitting at 2-4 and nearly on the outside looking in at a playoff spot, the Flyers – behind Takau and their defense – stormed through the remaining regular season games, outscoring their five opponents by a margin of 214-62.

 

After a 1-point victory over Desert Hills, 17-16, Dixie notched four consecutive 32 or more point victories. A 56-14 defeat of Payson, a 42-10 victory over Cedar City, a first half onslaught against Snow Canyon, 44-14 and finally a 55-8 offensive display against Uintah.

 

Enter the playoffs for Dixie, after five consecutive wins, who sat at 7-4. They would draw a first round matchup against Stansbury High School who entered play at 9-1 and on a similar tear. The Stallions would start fast and score often, notching the first 14 points of the game.

 

Despite Dixie tying the game at 14 points apiece, Stansbury would continue to fire on offense and defense, scoring 28 straight points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

 

With just over a 16 minutes left in the game, the Stallions led 42-14 and were almost checking their phones to see who they would play next. Dixie had other plans however.

 

Takau would hit Jaden Harrison for 32 yards on the last play of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 21 points. After a quick three and out to start the fourth quarter, Takau would hit Bret Barben for another TD and closed the gap to 42-28.

 

Two more three and outs for the Stansbury offense would make way for two Trenton Miller touchdowns and a tie ball game at 42 with just over seven minutes left to play.

 

The Stansbury offense would sputter again on their next possession, gaining their only first down by means of a Dixie penalty and forced to punt back to the red-hot Flyer offense. It would be three plays later that Miller would score his third rushing touchdown of the quarter and the final points of a 28-point fourth quarter comeback effort to give Dixie a 49-42 lead.

 

Their defense would hold the Stallion offense yet again and the miraculous comeback was complete.

 

Up next for the Flyers would be rematch number one, against Pine View. The same Panthers team that defeated Dixie just six weeks prior would fall short as the Flyers avenged their previous defeat. This game would be similar to the first, with four ties during the game, however the Dixie defense would shut down Wilstead and the Panthers in the fourth quarter.

 

Dixie would hold PVHS to just 78 yards in the final quarter and intercept Wilstead before hitting a field goal that secured the 38-28 victory.

 

The Championship game loomed, as did another familiar foe. Hurricane having an up and down year themselves, entered the playoffs losers of three of their final four regular season games. After a close 17-14 win over Desert Hills in the semifinals, the Tigers would prove no match for the Flyers, falling 27-19 in the grudge match against Dixie.

 

The Flyers jumped out to a 14-6 halftime lead and didn’t look back. Despite a 13-point fourth quarter, Dixie held the Tigers at bay just enough to secure their second consecutive retaliation against a team who defeated them in the regular season as well as their second state championship in three years.

 

Following their State Championship victory, the Flyers were greeted with an impromptu celebration at their home stadium. Head coach Blaine Monkres addressed the fans and his team by crediting the determination and resilience his team showed in 2014.

 

Takau was selected as the 3AA MVP for the 2014 while Barben, offensive lineman Jaxon Davis, defensive lineman Jeff Martinez, defensive back Jaden Harrison and kicker McLane Keenan were selected to the 3A All-State First Team.

 

Miller and RJ Wilgar were selected as 3A Second Team All-State while offensive lineman Blake Patterson was named Honorable Mention.

 

As their coach put it, the Flyers were a resilient bunch in 2014 and their hard work and dedication paid off with an impressive 28-point comeback, two avenging victories in the playoffs and the ultimate goal – the 3AA State Championship.

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Trenton Miller (1457 yards)

Passing: Ammon Takau (2418 yards)

Receiving: Bret Barben (835 yards)

All-Purpose: Trenton Miller (2214 yards)

Touchdowns: Trenton Miller (22)

Rush attempts: Trenton Miller (166 carries)

Receptions: Bret Barben (55 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Jeff Martinez (86.5)

Tackles for loss: Jeff Martinez (15.5)

Sacks: Jeff Martinez (6.5)

Interceptions: RJ Wilgar (4)

Pass break-ups: Jaden Harrison (15)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 540 points

Total offense: 5767 yards

Total rushing yards: 3045 yards

Total passing yards: 2722 yards

Third down conversions: 32.2% (47/146)

Turnover Differential: +14 (15 INT, 14 FR)

Tigers defend their State Championship amid a wild ride in 2014

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 5, 2015

 

 

 

We focus on Bentonville High School.

 

The date is December 6, 2014, say around 2:30-ish.

 

The location is War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

The opponent is Fayetteville High School.

 

The defending 7A State Champion Tigers, trailing 21-17, face a 3rd down and 1 from the challenger’s 6-yard line with 0:33 seconds remaining in a tumultuous 2014 season’s culminating game.

 

The Tigers need not only to convert a 3rd down into a 1st down, they need a touchdown.

 

Short of hesitation, head coach Barry Lunney turns senior running back Dylan Smith loose.

 

With the season on the line, quarterback Kasey Ford takes the third down snap, turns and hands the ball off to Smith, who takes the ball to the right side of the line. Searching for room, Smith’s first choice is closed quickly by a Fayetteville defender.

 

Riding his momentum however, Smith churns the run outside the tackle box only to have that blocked off by the cornerback.

 

A quick head fake even further outside allows Smith just enough room to cut back up field, take on two Bulldog defenders head-first, before he is able to power his way to the goal and eventually extend the ball past the goal line for the go-ahead touchdown.

 

Smith’s touchdown put the defending State Champions up by a score of 24-21, a score that would hold true when senior wide receiver/cornerback Cody Scroggins would intercept a Fayetteville pass with 0:05 seconds remaining. Ford’s kneel down ran the remaining ticks off the clock and Bentonville celebrated their second consecutive State Championship, and their fifth in school history. Scroggins finished the game with two receiving touchdowns and two interceptions.

 

“I could not have written a better script of a game that could have been any better,” Lunney said following the game. “The resolve, the finish goes beyond that field. You have learned some unbelievable lessons about life and never giving in, that you will carry with you the rest of your life.”

 

 

 

Their State Championship victory in 2014 may have come to a shock to some, or just seem to be old-hat to those close to the program. After taking on arguably one of the tougher schedules in the country to start the season, Bentonville righted their ship when it mattered most, rattling off nine consecutive wins to end the season, as their coach would say, by never giving in.

 

The Tigers opened their season against three top teams from three different states. In their first game, they hosted the eventual Missouri Class 6 Runner-Up Rockhurst High School. Led by quarterback and former NFLer Trent Green’s son – T.J. Green – the Hawklets defeated Bentonville, 17-16, only after a two-point conversion was unsuccessful by the Tigers with 0:39 seconds remaining.

 

In their next game, Bentonville traveled to Broken Arrow High School in Oklahoma, home to one of the top teams in Oklahoma’s Class 6A-I. The Tigers never were able to get things rolling, dropping the game to the BAHS, 34-0.

 

Game three of the season BHS hosted arguably one of the top prep teams across the entire country in New Jersey’s Bergen Catholic. The Crusaders knocked off the Tigers, 21-10, after neither team could muster much offense in the second half.

 

After dropping three in a row, Bentonville would finally have a game against an opponent within their state confines. Southside High School however would spoil the ‘homecoming’ of sorts for the Tigers, capitalizing on two Bentonville interceptions to win 10-7 despite only 170 yards of offense.

 

The losing would stop there as coach Lunney would get his team back on track. A 29-26 victory over Northside marked their first W on the schedule and they would rattle off two straight road victories over Har-Ber (45-13) and Springdale (38-7) in which their offenses would highlight the show.

 

 

Rivalry week loomed for Bentonville, sitting at 3-3 at the time, as Rogers would head to town on October 24. In one of their more impressive performances of the season, the Tigers held the Mounties off the scoreboard while notching a season-high 49 points and 401 yards of total offense, defating Rogers 49-0. Another victory followed, as Bentonville defeated Rogers Heritage behind another offensive showcase, 42-10.

 

The regular season finale would ultimately become a familiar foe as the Tigers hosted Fayetteville, unbeknownst to all that they would ultimately meet again, for the season’s biggest prize. The Bulldogs would muster only two points by way of a blocked punt, while Bentonville seemingly couldn’t be stopped on both sides of the ball, gaining 360 yards of offense and holding Fayetteville to just 149 themselves. The Tigers knocked off the Bulldogs 45-2.

 

After being granted a bye week to open the playoffs, a second round victory over Bryant (17-7) ensued and would set up arguably one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2014 season across the entire country when Bentonville were scheduled to take on North Little Rock High School.

 

Two perennial powerhouses in Arkansas and two of the most recognizable teams across the U.S. would square off with the victor advancing to the Championship.

 

Bentonville’s defense stymied the Charging Wildcats potent offense, holding them when it was most important, on fourth down and nearing the goal line. Despite allowing 404 total yards of offense to NLR, the Tigers defeated North Little Rock 42-10. The 10 points scored by NLR would be their lowest of the season.

 

The Championship game would present itself after the Tigers victory over North Little Rock – a rematch against Fayetteville. A back-and-forth game would ensue as each team would have turns with momentum. The Tigers took a 17-7 lead before squandering that with 17 unanswered points by the Bulldogs. The ultimate game-winning TD by Smith would be after a 12-play drive that spanned 60 yards in the final quarter.

 

"I've coached a lot of ball games, I don't think I've coached a game with such significance on it that I saw tonight on our coaching staff, our sidelines and players on the football field that execute and fight their hears out, like this," Lunney said. "When you look at what you accomplished, this is about as special as a guy could want to be a part of, ever."

 

Bentonville was led offensively during their wild ride in 2014 by junior quarterback Kasey Ford who completed 132-of-235 passes for 1640 yards and 17 touchdowns against just six interceptions.

 

Smith carried the ball 214 times for 1222 yards and 13 touchdowns, all team highs. Scroggins recorded 65 receptions for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns, all at least tripling the next closest on the team.

 

As a team, Bentonville saw six players nominated to the 7A All-State team as offensive linemen Mitchell Williams and Ean Pfeifer joined Scroggins on the offensive side. Defensive lineman Hekili Keliiliki, linebacker Harrison Rooney and defensive back Tyrone Mahone were selected from the defensive side of the ball. They also had 10 players selected to the All-Conference team.

 

Bennett Moehring was selected as the 7A’s kicker of the year as well.

 

The Tigers will look to defend back-to-back championships when the 2015 rolls around. Until then, Bentonville can bask in the glory of a season to remember for ages.

 

"The season, the resolve, the finish, goes beyond that field," Lunney said. "It took every one on this team to do what (they) just did.

 

"This is special, special, special to be a part of."

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Dylan Smith (1222 yards)

Passing: Kasey Ford (1640 yards)

Receiving: Cody Scroggins (850 yards)

All-Purpose: Dylan Smith (1407 yards)

Touchdowns: Dylan Smith (14)

Rush attempts: Dylan Smith (214 carries)

Receptions: Cody Scroggins (65 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Sacks: Xavier Domineack (6.0)

Interceptions: Cody Scroggins (6)

Fumbles recovered: Four tied at 2

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 364 points

Total offense: 4133 yards

Total rushing yards: 2400 yards

Total passing yards: 1733 yards

Third down conversions: 47-of-144 (32.6%)

Turnover Differential: +15 (19 INT, 6 FR)

A perfect season for one of Alabama's top teams

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 2, 2015

 

 

 

 

In head coach Jerry Hood’s sixth season as the man-in-charge for Clay-Chalkville, the Cougars saw unprecedented success. Hood’s team finished the season undefeated and knocked off Saraland, 36-31 in the Class 6A State Championship game.

 

The victory over Saraland marked the programs second State Championship, and first since 1999.

 

2014 was an unblemished season for the Cougars who finished the year a perfect 15-0 for the first time in school history. 2014 also saw several offensive team records set including most points scored in a season (731) and in a single game (85). They averaged 48.7 points per game and scored at least 35 in each contest.

 

The championship game was nothing short of spectacular as well, but leading up to the game, the Cougars dominated nearly every opponent, defeating all but one opponent by double-digits.

 

The Cougars started the year off by defeating Florida's Niceville High School, 44-23. Then rattled off three straight home victories over Minor, Hillcrest Tuscaloosa and Huffman by a combined score of 161-54. They then managed a 10-point victory at Pinson Valley, 45-35 before their lone bye week.

 

Two of their next three games, the Cougar defense held opponents to single digits, allowing six points against Center Point and eight points against Woodlawn. Clay-Chalkville ended their regular season with consecutive road games, a victory over Gardendale, 45-20 and a win over Hewitt-Trussville, 59-28 in the regular season finale.

 

The opening round of the AHSAA Class 6A Playoffs pitted the Cougars against Scottsboro High School. Defenses had trouble stopping either offense that night as the two teams combined to score the most points in a single game, in AHSAA history at 135. Clay-Chalkville’s 85 points were the most ever in school history, but more importantly were more than the 50 they allowed to Scottsboro.

 

The Cougars advanced to the third round with a 35-14 victory over Muscle Shoals before trouncing Decatur, 38-10 to move into the state semifinal game. After proving to be no match for Florence by means of a 35-21 victory, coach Hood’s team would move on to the Class 6A State Championship game against Saraland at Jordan-Hare Stadium, home of the Auburn Tigers.

 

This State Championship lacked nothing. Lead changes, momentum swings, big plays, turnovers and two very evenly matched teams left everything on the field in a game for the ages in the 6A ranks.

 

After swapping scores in the first few possessions, the Cougars built a 16-7 halftime lead on two short touchdown runs by quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome. Saraland however, would score 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 24-16 lead before Pigrome would answer again.

 

With just 2:35 remaining in the third quarter and with his team down by eight points, Pigrome hit wide receiver Dominique Collins for 17 yards and a touchdown. A failed two-point conversion left the Cougars trailing 24-22 headed into the final quarter.

 

Pigrome would not be denied in the fourth quarter as he hit tight end Terrell Simmons for 80 yards and the go-ahead score, with under six minutes left in the game. However, Saraland would answer on their very next possession on fourth down, via a Tyler Sims 23-yard touchdown rush. The Spartans led 31-30 with 3:19 left in the game.

 

Just four plays later, Pigrome would scamper for 48 yards and the eventual game-winning touchdown, his third rushing TD of the game. The Cougars would hold off Saraland on their last ditch effort on fourth down, defeating the Spartans, 36-31.

 

 

Pigrome finished the game completing 15-of-20 pass attempts for 256 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing the ball 14 times for 124 yards and those three touchdowns.

 

Pigrome was named MVP and along with Simmons and defensive lineman Nick McDaniel were all named to the AHSAA 1st Team All State. Offensive lineman Justin Daniel, defensive lineman Kendell Jones, Collins and running back Terrelle West were named to the AHSAA 2nd Team All-State while kicker Patrick Millican was named Honorable Mention.

 

A look at the statistical breakdown for the Cougars during their impressive run in 2014 (All stats reflect the data recorded on behalf of Clay-Chalkville):

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Terelle West (1230 yards)

Passing: Tyrrell Pigrome (1630 yards)

Receiving: Terrell Simmons (583 yards)

All-Purpose: Terelle West (1533 yards)

Rush attempts: Terelle West (122 carries)

Receptions: Terrell Simmons (28 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Terry Brown (56.5)

Tackles for loss: Kendell Jones (11)

Pass break ups: Kameron Prewitt (21)

Interceptions: Kameron Prewitt (3)

 

Follow along next season for more updates from the Cougars and receive up-to-the-minute stat updates from their games by following @NFHS_Scoreboard on Twitter.

6 big games set to take place on Saturday, December 13

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
December 10, 2014
 

The high school football season has seemingly ended in the majority of states across the nation. Missouri was finished two weeks ago, Alaska about a month ago. From both Carolina’s to even New York State and from the Dakota’s to Washington State, the high school season was here and then it was gone.

 

Let us be here to ensure you that your high school football viewing season is not quite over just yet. There are still several other states that are culminating their seasons this weekend with arguably none bigger than Virginia’s VHSL State Football Championships.

 

Across all six divisions of Virginia High School Football – 12 teams – will take part in six games on Saturday, December 13 at either 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm or 4:30 pm, headlined by storied program, two-time defending Champion L.C. Bird against State Championship newcomer, Tuscarora.

 

In the 5A Championship game, the Skyhawks from Lloyd C. Bird High School entered the playoffs on the heels of losing their regular season finale on a last-second Hail Mary pass to Manchester. Bird has won seven of their last eight games and their only other loss this season had come to a Lake Taylor team who will be playing for the 4A Championship on Saturday as well.

 

Tuscarora enters the Championship game as arguably the hottest team in the entire state. They are 14-0 this season and have scored no less than 35 points in all but one game this season. An early season 21-8 victory over Loudon County (in which they played the game without starting quarterback Daniel Smith) was the only game in which they didn’t notch 35 or more.

 

Senior running back and Harvard commit Noah Reimers leads the Huskies from Leesburg, who won the school’s first 5A North Regional title last weekend by defeating Massaponax, 41-21. Reimers, the state’s Gatorade Player of the year, has accumulated 2,911 rushing yards on 333 carries and 45 touchdowns.

 

 

 

Reimers alone has as many touchdowns (15) in the postseason as the entire Bird offense has combined for in four games.

 

Bird is paced by a dynamic backfield in quarterback Jalen Elliott and running back Stephen Mines. Elliott has thrown for 1,645 yards, completing 94-of-171 pass attempts and 23 touchdowns while Mines has carried the ball 243 times for 1,949 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.

 

The Huskies this season have had their fair share of tumultuous times in a story-book worthy 2014 season.

 

In early July, beloved Tuscarora defensive coordinator Adam Fortune passed away unexpectedly, leaving behind memories, admiration and a special mantra the student-athletes have demonstrated this entire season – “Don’t strive to be good, strive to be great.”

 

The Huskies rallied with around their community, playing this season ‘Fortune Strong’, dedicating their field to their late-defensive coordinator and even placing a rock at the stadium’s entrance, engraved with Fortune’s name.

 

 

 

Tuscarora will look to cap off an undefeated 2014 season with a win in their first ever appearance in the State Championship game while L.C. Bird will be playing in their third straight Championship game, looking to repeat as 5A Champions for the third straight season.

 

The other games in no way lack interest as the 1A Championship game features 12-2 Essex High School versus 14-0 Altavista Combined School. Altavista has allowed a mere 17 points in their four playoffs games this season while Essex has averaged 41 points per game in the playoffs. Something will have to give in that game, which kicks off Saturday, December 13 at 12:00 pm.

 

The 2A Championship game pits 14-1 Wilson Memorial against 13-1 Glenvar. Wilson Memorial has shutout seven opponents this season, including a stretch of five straight shutout victories early in the season. Similarly, Glenvar has recorded six shutout victories this season. These two meet Saturday, December 13 at 4:30 pm.

 

 

 

 

The 3A Championship game features a 14-0 Lafayette team against 13-1 Magna Vista. Each team has prolific offenses who average nearly the same amount of points per game, Lafayette at 45.0 compared to Magna Vista at 44.8 points per contest. Safe to say points will be scored in this game which kicks off at 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 13.

 

 

 

The 4A Championship game squares off arguably the team’s top team Lake Taylor against offensive power Salem. Both teams are undefeated, a perfect 28-0 combined while Salem averages nearly 47 points per game and Lake Taylor holds opponents to under nine points per contest. Salem and Lake Taylor play for the 4A Championship, which kicks off at 4:30 pm, Saturday, December 13.

 

 

 

The 6A Championship game features nationally recognized Ocean Lakes against 12-2 Centreville from Clifton. Ocean Lakes has scored an incredible 722 points this season, while limited opponents to just 145. They have topped 39 points in each contest this season while tipping the point totals over 50 in half of their games. Centreville’s two losses can be deceiving as they lost to the Washington D.C. Class 2 Champion, and nationally ranked Gonzaga, and to cross-town rival Westfield by a mere one point.

 

 

 

The Dolphins will be looking for their first ever championship when they play the Wildcats on Saturday, December 13 at 4:00 pm. 

2nd round playoff games offer much interest

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
November 12, 2014

 

There is much to be said for the OHSAA Football Playoffs. Exciting, entertaining, heaps of fun, interesting, water-cooler worthy.

 

While the intrigue is bountiful, one thing that cannot be said about the OHSAA Football Playoffs, is that they are boring.

 

The second round of the OHSAA Playoffs offer many intriguing matchups across all seven divisions, from all over the state.

 

Division I:

 

Lakota East vs Lakota West, Saturday, 7:00

 

In the most improbable of possible round two matchups, Lakota East will take on Lakota West. A rematch of a game from earlier in the 2014 season. A rematch, in which the game earlier in the season now lacks some relativity. Not because it wasn’t a good game, or not because this game won’t be exciting, but rather because of how Lakota West advanced to the second round.

 

Facing arguably the toughest challenge in the 2014 OHSAA Playoffs, a 5-5 Lakota West team drew No. 1 seed, 10-0 Centerville in the opening round. That tough draw in their first game would not stop them, or phase them in the slightest as they traveled to Centerville and took care of business, 21-15 over the Region 2 top seed.

 

The victory over Centerville marked the first ever playoff win for the Firebirds while it also handed Centerville their first loss of the season.

 

Lakota East on the other hand, played a stingy defensive game against Springboro, shutting out the Panthers, 7-0 to advance to the 2nd round.

 

Both Lakota programs winning sets up for a huge matchup at Mason High School this Saturday, November 15 at 7:00 pm.

 

The Lakota East-Lakota West game will mark the second time in three weeks that these programs have squared off. West defeated East in the final week of the regular season, 24-7. Will the ‘Cinderella Story’ continue or will Lakota East seek revenge from their last time meeting?

 

The winner will face off against the winner of the Dublin Coffman-Huber Heights Wayne game that will be live on our site.

 

 

St. Xavier vs Colerain, Saturday, 7:00

 

In a rematch of their week 2 matchup – St. Xavier and Colerain will take the field at Hamilton High School this Saturday night at 7:00. St. Xavier won their earlier matchup 31-12 before Colerain would win their final seven regular season games to finish the year as arguably one of the hotter teams in Division I.

 

St. Xavier led the entire way through the game against Colerain as both Bomber quarterback Sean Clifford and running back Sean Prophit found success against the Cardinals.

 

Clifford completed 11-of-19 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown while Prophit ran the ball 21 times for 144 yards and another touchdown.

 

Colerain carried their success into the first round of the playoffs by upsetting host Hilliard Darby, 28-7. The Cardinals dominated from the opening whistle, outgaining the Panthers 345-168 in the game. Quarterback Deshaunte Jones ran the ball for three scores while completing his only three pass attempts for 50 yards.

 

They limited Darby star Nick Powers to just 79 yards passing and an interception. They held the dual-threat quarterback to just 45 yards on the ground – his lowest output since week two against Hilliard Davidson (37).

 

Colerain and St. Xavier meet at Hamilton on Saturday, November 15 at 7:00 with the winner getting to play the victor of the Pickerington Central vs Moeller game.

 

 

Division II

 

Dublin Scioto vs Worthington Kilbourne, Friday, 7:30

 

If their first game of the season was anything – it was exciting. A 17-14 Scioto victory that had it’s fair share of excitement and promise for the 2014 season for both teams.

 

Kilbourne is still finding ways to win without their starting quarterback Griffin Dahn. They hold victories over Big Walnut, Franklin Heights, New Albany, Olentangy Orange and Watkins Memorial after dropping their first game without their senior QB.

 

Their victory against Watkins came last week, in their opening round playoff game, in what might be considered as an upset. Watkins was the higher seed sitting at No. 3, but didn’t play like one. Kilbourne controlled the game from the beginning and built an 18-0 lead by halftime.

 

Isaiah Young, who has carried the lead for the team since Dahn's injury, touted the ball 20 times for 117 yards and a touchdown en route to the 32-9 victory.

 

Scioto has had a different story in 2014. The Irish have had a mixed bag of success and puzzling losses. They defeated Marysville, Westerville North and Westerville South but managed to drop a game to their cross-town rival Dublin Jerome and came out flat in the second half against Hilliard Darby.

 

When it all mattered however, Scioto came to play against Teays Valley in their opening round game of the playoffs. Quarterback Nathan Densel lit up the scoreboard with his arm, tossing four touchdowns and more than 300 yards. He hit Evan Wallace on two scores, Justin Schafer on another and Jake Keeley on a 39-yarder in the second.

 

Densel also ran for 98 yards while Francis Cutchember carried the ball across the goal line for Scioto in the 38-14 victory over the Vikings.

 

The two neighboring schools will travel a short distance to Upper Arlington in a game that could be considered to have home field advantage for both programs. They play Friday night at 7:30 with the forecast calling for a game-time temperate no higher than 35 degrees.

 

 

Mount Healthy vs Kings, Friday, 7:30

 

Two 11-0 teams will meet with everything on the line this Friday night from Lakota West High School when Mount Healthy takes on Kings Mills Kings High School.

 

Kings comes into the game, winners of their last 11 games, and have seemingly been in control of nearly every game this season from the start. Their closest final score of the season came just three weeks ago against Glen Este, where they had to score the 21 of the final 28 points to defeat the Trojans 24-20.

 

The Knights are averaging nearly 37 points per game and have scored 30 or more points in all but two games this season. Kings defeated Northwest, 42-7 in the first round.

 

Mount Healthy heads into the game also winners of 11 straight, and also with a high-scoring offensive attack. The Owls actually average more points per game (38) and have scored 30 or more points in all but one game this season.

 

In their opening round game, the Owls shut out Tecumseh39-0 to advance.

 

One team will face their first blemish of the season when it’s settled on Friday night, while the other will face off against the winner of the La Salle-Harrison game.

 

Kings and Mount Healthy square off Friday night at 7:30 at Lakota West High School.

 

 

Division III

 

Tri-Valley vs Athens, Friday, 7:30

 

Two prolific sides of the ball meet this Friday night at 7:30 when Tri-Valley takes on Athens.

 

The Scotties of Tri-Valley head into their 12th game of the season having allowed only 41 total points this season. Their defense has been nothing short of incredible as they have shut out six opponents this season and held all but one opponent under seven points this year.

 

Grant Nolder leads the team in tackles with 41 while his 16.5 tackles for loss are second on the team behind John Alford, who has 19 tackles for loss.

 

As a whole, their defense has recorded 26 quarterback sacks, forced 13 interceptions and help opponents to just 1212 total yards of offense through 11 games.

 

On the other side of the ball, the Scotties will be facing off against arguably their toughest opponent to date in 11-0 Athens High School.

 

The Bulldogs have scored no less than 48 points in all 11 games this season and are averaging 62 points per game this season.

 

Senior quarterback Joe Burrow has thrown for 2887 yards and 42 passing touchdowns this season, completing 136-of-180 pass attempts. He has also run for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns.

 

Senior running back Trae Williams has carried the ball for the Bulldogs offense very efficiently, accruing 1596 yards and 33 touchdowns despite just 122 carries. He averages over 13 yards per touch while averaging a touchdown on every four carries. Deshawn Horton has added to the rushing attack with 506 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

 

Something will have to give in this game when arguably one of the state’s better defenses pits themselves against arguably one of the state’s best offenses. Check it out live on the NFHS Network, Friday night at 7:30.

 

 

Division IV

 

Bay vs Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Friday, 7:30

 

Two 7-4 teams will square off Friday night at 7:30 when No. 7 Bay takes on No. 6 Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. Both underdogs in their first round matchups will now face off for the right to take on either Benedictine or Cardinal Mooney.

 

Bay has turned in an impressive season, despite their record. Three of their four losses came against teams from Division II (North Olmstead, Midview & Avon) while their other blemish came on some last second heroics. In an early season game against Elyria Catholic, the Panthers scored a successful 2-point conversion with under a minute to play to stun the Rockets, 43-42.

 

The Rockets defeated Crestwood, 18-7 to advance to the second round.

 

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin saw similar fates as their counterpart during their regular season. They also lost three of their four games to higher classified opponents (Hubbard, Lake Catholic & Walsh Jesuit).

 

The Lions took care of Mogadore Field in their first round playoff game, 45-27 to advance.

 

One team will falter to a 7-5 record, while the other will be the highest seeded team left in the entire Division IV bracket.

 

The Lions and Rockets take the field this Friday night at 7:30 from Twinsburg High School. 

 

 

Division V

 

Badin vs West Jefferson, Saturday, 7:00

 

In a battle of two lower ranked teams, both Badin (No. 7) and West Jefferson (No. 6) were not expected to advance to the second round of the Division V playoffs. Badin knocked off a 9-1 Shroder team, 23-13, while West Jefferson defeated a 7-3 Madeira squad, 36-14, ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

 

Badin has been paced by quarterback Zach Larkin and running back Cody Boxrucker during the 2014 campaign. Larkin has thrown the ball well, completing over 58 percent of his passes for 1646 yards and 21 touchdowns. Boxrucker has carried the ball for 1033 yards and 13 scores on the ground.

 

Larkin has hit his two favorite targets, Phillip Dozier and Dominic Valentino, for a combined 56 receptions, 860 yards and 11 touchdowns. Dozier leads the team in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and all-purpose yards as he has accrued 1278 yards either through the air, on the ground or in the return game.

 

On the defensive side, it’s more of the same. Boxrucker leads the team in tackles with 69.5. Valentino leads the team with his 10.5 tackles for loss while Dozier himself has chipped in with 18.5 total tackles, 11 passes defended and four interceptions (tied for the team lead).

 

West Jefferson has also seen success in the ground game, but rather with two separate attacks. Quarterback Mitch Denes has carried the ball 140 times for 544 yards and five scores while running back DJ Braithwaite has been the workhorse. Braithwaite has carried the ball 177 times for 985 yards and 17 touchdowns.

 

The Rough Riders defense is led by Trevor Ferguson who’s 79.5 tackles leads the team.

 

West Jefferson and Badin meet this Saturday at 7:30 from Kettering Fairmont High School and on the NFHS Network, while the winner will face off against either Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy or Greeneview.

 

 

Division VI

 

Garaway vs Kirtland, Friday, 7:30

 

It’s not often that a defending state champion is an underdog. It’s especially rare when an undefeated defending state champion is given a No. 3 seed in their respective playoff bracket.

 

That’s exactly what happened when defending Division VI State Champion Kirtland was ranked in the No. 3 seed in Region 19. Kirtland, winners of 26 straight and 76 of their last 78 games, was ranked third in Region 19 behind undefeated Loudonville (No. 1) and Garaway (No. 2).

 

Not putting anything past Garaway or Loudonville, but it’s hard to pick against a team whose last regular season loss came back in 2009 and who has won 2-of-the-3 state championships.

 

The Hornets have seen much success this season on the ground. Running backs Jacob Boyd (1401, 20) and Adam Hess (997, 21) have combined for 2398 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns. Quarterback Sam Skiljan has carried the ball 62 times for 717 yards and another 10 touchdowns. Skiljan is averaging 11.6 yards every time he carries the ball.

 

Additionally, he has completed 55-of-91 pass attempts for 1019 yards and another 12 touchdowns. Boyd leads the team with 1887 all-purpose yards and 24 total touchdowns this season.

 

Garaway, on the other hand, has had the majority of their success through the air. Quarterback RJ Jacobs is 200-299 through the air for 3368 yards and 42 touchdowns against just five interceptions. His favorite target has been Connor Troyer who has brought down 53 receptions for 1127 yards and 14 touchdowns.

 

Ethan Slentz (47-657), Quinn Miller (33-535) and Josh Werker (30-515) each have over 30 receptions and over 500 yards this season, while Werker is second on the team with 11 touchdowns. Slentz leads the team with 339 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.

 

The Pirates tough rush defense will be tested against the Hornets run game. Garaway has held opponents to an average of just 11.5 points per game while Kirtland averages just under 49 points per contest (48.7).

 

One this is for sure, despite who wins. Their road will get no easier as the winner of this game will have to face off against the winner of Loudonville-Mogadore, both of whom are also 11-0 this season. Next week’s matchup will see two 12-0 teams battle it out for Region 19’s spot in the Division VI final four teams.

 

Kirtland and Garaway square off, live on the NFHS Network this Friday night at 7:30 from Green High School.

 

 

Division VII

 

Trimble vs Caldwell, Saturday, 7:00

 

In a battle of two of the last remaining four undefeated teams in Division VII, Trimble will face off against Caldwell at New Lexington High School.

 

Trimble comes in as the defending state runner-up and with a head full of steam, holding their last eight opponents to a combined 45 points. They defeated Symmes Valley, 55-8, to advance to the second round against Caldwell.

 

Caldwell, on the other hand, is seeking revenge after a second round exit from the playoffs a season ago at the hands of No. 1 seed Shadyside.

 

The Redskins are winners of 11 straight and defeated Harvest Prep48-25, to advance to round two.

 

Since their 30-8 loss to Shadyside a season ago in the playoffs, Caldwell has been impressive. With running back Bricker Lori and quarterback Tanner Clark running the show, literally, have seemed unstoppable in 2014.

 

Lori has accumulated 1414 yards on the ground and 23 touchdowns. Clark has gained 1297 yards and 16 touchdowns with his feet this season. He has also throw for 13 additional touchdowns, six of which have gone to Tanner Baker.

 

Their defense has been led by Sheldon Archer. His 102.5 tackles nearly doubles the next closest on the team, while his nine tackles for loss are also tops on the team. David Ivey has recorded seven sacks while Jason Allen leads the team with four interceptions.

 

Caldwell and Trimble face off this Saturday at 7:00 from New Lexington High School, with the winner getting to play either Shadyside or Paint Valley. If Shadyside were to win, regardless of the Caldwell-Trimble result, that game would be a rematch of a 2013 playoff meeting. Shadyside defeated Caldwell, but was then thrust out of the playoffs at the hands of Trimble.

 

The game will be live on the NFHS Network this Saturday at 7:00.

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Intrigue in Ohio playoffs

Oviedo clinches district title, playoff berth with win against Timber Creek

By: Nick Bray (@nabray92)
November 4, 2014

 

Oviedo High School (Fla.) mounted an impressive comeback performance against Timber Creek High School (Fla.) this past Friday night led by quarterback Nick Carbone’s four touchdowns. The Lions outscored the Wolves 28-7 in the second half en route to topping Timber Creek by a final score of 28-21.

 

Timber Creek led 14-0 at halftime behind recent-FSU commit – Jacques Patrick’s rushing and passing touchdown as Timber Creek seemed to be well on its way to clinching their district title with a win Friday night at Oviedo High School.

 

Oviedo head coach Wes Allen began the second half calling for his quarterback to run the ball more with the infamous read-option play. The change on offense was effective as Carbone ripped off runs of 15 and 63 yards, that latter gave the Lions their first touchdown of the night, at the 10:41 mark of the 3rd quarter.

 

Patrick responded however, on the next possession with an 80-yard touchdown run up the Timber Creek sideline increasing the Wolves’ lead 21-7. Patrick would finish the game with 236 total yards and three touchdowns, eclipsing the 2,000 yard rushing mark for the third consecutive season.

 

Despite the effort, Oviedo would end the game on a 21-0 run and earn the 8A-3 District Championship and their first trip to the playoffs since 2007.   

 

District champions! Great job men way to keep swinging! #1PRIDE pic.twitter.com/CwHYnKTLZW

— Oviedo Football (@Oviedo_Football) November 1, 2014

 

 

Lions running back Jurell Green and Carbone seemed unstoppable in the second half, piling up 185 yards rushing between the two. The home crowd erupted when Carbone completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chase Kingsley with 3:13 left in the final quarter, giving the Lions their first lead of the night.

 

Carbone finished the game completing 10-of-12 passes for 151 passing yards in addition to gaining 81 yards on the ground. Kingsley found himself on the receiving end of six Carbone throws, recording 75 yards and the go-ahead touchdown.

 

The Lions improve to 7-2 with their next game at Lake Mary High School (Fla.) on Friday, November 7th. 

 

The Wolves drop to 6-3 but still have a shot at the playoffs if they win their last game. Timber Creek hosts Freedom High School (Fla.) on Friday, November 7th at 7:00 pm for their Senior Night.

 

Wolves will take on Freedom at home this Friday for senior night. #BeatFreedom #tcfootball

— TCHS Football (@2013TCfootball) November 1, 2014

 

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Lions roar back, beat Wolves 28-21

Cheers to one of our Digital Scout Family - Dylan Mellor

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
November 3, 2014

 

Longwood, Fla. – Sunday, April 20, 2003 – It was your normal, typical, everyday Florida-Family-Easter-Sunday-football-game in the front yard. Dodging around pine cones and sandspurs on the ground while tumbling through the grass you had spent four hours the day previous raking, mowing, edging.

 

The Mellors, famous for ‘one-more-throw-dad!’ moments, enjoyed a lazy Sunday of good food and competitive football in the front yard with friends and family alike.

 

Enter 6-year old Dylan Mellor. The youngest of three brothers, then the second-youngest of eight grandchildren and an avid proponent of the ‘one-more-throw-dad!’ mantra. After many passes, runs, tackles and what felt like hours of ‘one-more-throw-dad!’ in the front yard, it was Dylan’s moment for one last heave from Dad before calling it a night.

 

Dylan lines up. Dad snaps the ball from our fake center. Dad drops back to pass as Dylan runs a post-corner route towards the trees in the front yard. Dad unleashes a high, lofting, spiral of a pass towards the out-of-bounds-tree-line, something that was a Mellor boy favorite. “Get there!” we all yell as Dylan sprints towards the ball, cognizant of where he’s going to plant his feet before the out-of-bounds-line and the ball in the air.

 

The pass lands perfectly into Dylan’s hands just as he taps his feet down ‘in-bounds’ and just as he looks up to find a face full of pine tree.

 

Two front teeth smashed into the roof of his mouth later, a bloodied Dylan looks up, ball in hands, and says “I still caught the ball.”

 

In that moment, I KNEW, my little brother was something special.

 

 

Altamonte Springs, Fla. – September 5, 2007 – 10-year old Dylan Mellor begins his second year of tackle football for the Lake Brantley Patriots junior pee-wee team. As a quarterback, Dylan was just your normal 10-year old boy among much-smaller-boys on the field, regularly blowing by defenders, making plays that others could only dream of.

 

Leading the Patriots offensive attack, he consistently could be found looking for the next defender to make miss, sometimes faking out defenders two-at-a-time en route to a plethora of multi-touchdown games and recognition from coaches all over.

 

One particular day, Dylan – preparing for a game against cross-town rival Apopka – strapped up his Michael Vick III Shark Cleats, and donned his infamous eye-black, something opposing teams didn’t like to see. This time, however, he placed his eye-black on vertically as opposed to horizontally, because he had ‘seen an FSU player do it, and it looked cool’.

 

Mellor's vertical eye-black became a staple in Central Florida.

 

It was that moment, that confirmed my belief, that my little brother WAS SPECIAL.

 

Purcellville, Va. – November 8, 2014 – Senior Night approaches in Loudoun County, Virginia as the Woodgrove Wolverines play host to their arch-rival Loudoun Valley Vikings at 7:00 pm.

 

Enter that little brother of mine – Dylan Mellor, now a 17-year old senior at Woodgrove High School.

 

That little brother of mine who now is the Woodgrove record holder for each of the school’s receiving categories, single season and career. Who is looking to eclipse 2,000 receiving yards this Friday night.

 

That little brother of mine who routinely makes the impossible look possible on the football field and in the classroom. Who scored a 2250 on his SATs.

 

That little brother of mine who habitually makes those did-you-see-that-highlight-reel receptions. Who makes grown men jump out of their seats.

 

 

 

That little brother of mine who caught the ball with a face full of pine tree. Who once remarked ‘cut-ers-hair-boy’ when watching a football game on TV.

 

That, not-so-little-brother anymore of mine. All 6-foot-1, 190-pounds of him.

 

How proud I am of all that he has accomplished and how proud I am of what he has made of himself and made of his team. How proud I am of how special he truly has been to me, our family and so many others.

 

A leader on a 6-3 Wolverines team looking to host an opening round game of the VHSL Playoffs next week for the second consecutive season, Dylan has recorded 54 receptions for 920 yards and 16 touchdowns during the 2014 campaign. He has recorded another 325 yards on kick and punt returns and two more touchdowns while additionally, has caught two 2-point conversion attempts leading the team with 112 points this season.

 

He has 120 career receptions, 1,986 career receiving yards and 29 receiving touchdowns in three years on the varsity level at Woodgrove.

 

Friday night’s regular season culmination comes for a Wolverines team that seemingly started the 2014 season still adjusting to life-without-Josh-Sweet. A team who has leaned heavily upon Dylan this season, with great success. With quarterback and best friend Billy Sheehan throwing the ball, the Sheehan-Mellor combination has quickly developed into one of Northern Virginia’s finest and most recognized.

 

Now, both senior QB and WR – with a host of other senior teammates – will play their final regular season home game this Friday night.

 

While special in its own rite, it’s safe to say that this Woodgrove Senior Night will be one to remember for many reasons, but many of those reasons can be attributed to that special little brother of mine – Dylan Mellor.

 

 

Cheers to you, Dylan Mellor, my little brother, my favorite player. The best friend a guy could ask for.

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Special Senior Night

Final week of the regular season in Ohio, who do you think will win

 
Digital Scout Staff (@DigitalScout)
October 30, 2014

 

Over the past several years, we here at Digital Scout have competed in a friendly game of who-knows-more-than-who when it comes to Ohio High School Football.

 

In a game dubbed as the "Digital Scout Ohio Pick 'Em", our staff members make selections each week on high school football games in our home state of Ohio. 

 

Whether they be our neighboring schools, big matchups in either the Ohio Capital Conference, Central Catholic League or the Greater Catholic League or just a marquee matchup from somewhere across the state, we at Digital Scout compete for office bragging rights in a cumulative score contest.

 

It is at this time, that we wanted to share this fun with our loyal readers and fans alike. 

 

Our staff will be making their selections soon, and we encourage you to do the same. Leave a comment with your picks, tweet your picks to us, let us know on Facebook which school you’re pulling for. Hashtag #OhioPickEm and mention @DigitalScout to be in the conversation!

 

Let it be known! Show your school pride.

 

Make your picks!

 

Games list:

Wayne vs Centerville Friday, October 31, 7:00

Archbishop McNicholas vs Badin Friday, October 31, 7:00

La Salle vs Elder Friday, October 31, 7:00

St. Xavier (Kentucky) vs St. Xavier (Ohio) Friday, October 31, 7:00

Trinity (Kentucky) vs Moeller Friday, October 31, 7:00

Hillard Darby vs Hilliard Bradley Friday, October 31, 7:30

Bishop Ready vs Bishop Hartley Friday, October 31, 7:30

Cadinal Mooney vs Austintown Fitch Friday, October 31, 7:30

St. Edward vs St. Ignatius Saturday, November 1, 7:00

 

 

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Fan invite: Week 10 Pick 'Em

Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick commits to FSU

By: Nick Bray (@nabray92)
October 27, 2014

 

At 6:00 pm this Monday evening, highly touted running back Jacques Patrick made his college decision in front of his family and fellow peers at Timber Creek High School (Fla.). Patrick narrowed his final schools to Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Texas A&M. 

 

After keeping his recruitment process relatively quiet, Patrick finally announced that he would attend Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida only four hours away from his Orlando home. 

 

“It’s the school I always felt comfortable at,” Patrick said about FSU. “The coach has recruited me since my freshman year. I talked to Jimbo (Fisher) last night and he said that he was going to sleep well tonight knowing that I was a Seminole now.”

 

Patrick also took to his Twitter account to display his pleasure that his recruiting process had culminated.

 

Feels Unreal to say I'm Officially committed FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY!!!!! #GoNoles #NoleNation ❤️💛❤️💛

— The Boy Nino (@jacques_patrick) October 28, 2014

 

 

Standing at 6-foot-3 and 233 pounds, Patrick will continue to be a power back for the Seminoles, something he has been for his Timber Creek team so far this season. Patrick could be compared to former FSU running back – James Wilder Jr. who also stood over 6-foot-2 and weighed in over 225 pounds. Arguably his greatest strength is after contact where he can regain his balance and accelerate quickly past tacklers and through holes, almost regularly. 

 

Patrick has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons at Timber Creek high, becoming the first ever player to do so in the Orlando area. He currently is listed at No. 7 on the all-time FHSAA rushing total and still has two regular season games left in his senior season for the Wolves, not to mention at least one playoff game this season.

 

Patrick joins a cast of other FSU commitments who have pledged their allegiance to the defending National Champions this season from all across the country.

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Patrick chooses FSU