Archive for Central Ohio Feature
Sep
25

Hartley Settles Year-Long Grudge With Win Over DeSales

In one of central Ohio’s best rivalries, Hartley avenged three 2020 defeats to DeSales and took a major step in regaining the Central Catholic League championship by beating the Stallions.

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Sep
24

Golden Bears Show They’re More Than Just Gresock

Upper Arlington has turned its opponents, not just Bradley running back Trevor Schuler, upside down this season with a hard-hitting defense and an offense that’s showing it has plenty of teeth besides talented running back Carson Gresock (PressPros Feature Photos by Brian Bayless)

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Sep
23

Week 6, Central Ohio: OCC Division Play Intensifies

The push toward the Playoffs continues as the season passes the midpoint and division play in the Ohio Capital Conference begins in earnest.

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Sep
18

Unbeaten Big Walnut Body Slams Westerville South

Aided by a dominating offensive front, sophomore running back Nate Severs racked up 297 yards rushing to power the Eagles to a statement win

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Sep
17

Neither Quarantine Nor Darby Can Keep Lincoln Down

Gahanna Lincoln sprinkled the rushing of Diore Hubbard (29) with dual-threat quarterback Maxwell Cummings and a nasty defense to ruin Hilliard Darby’s unbeaten season and its Homecoming. (PressPros Feature Photos by Brian Bayless)

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Sep
16

Week 5, Central Ohio: Darby, UA Hope To Stay Unbeaten

The midpoint of the regular season approaches and will be in the rear-view mirror after this week, which should provide a clearer picture of which teams have the stuff to ascend to the top of their Ohio Capital Conference division. (PressPros Feature Photo by Brian Bayless)

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Sep
11

Stokes, Coffman Make First Win Memorable In OT

Dublin Coffman made its first win this season both memorable and difficult, overcoming two kick-return touchdowns and overtime to edge cross-town rival Jerome and make a winner of new coach Geron Stokes.

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Sep
10

Darby Stays Perfect, Downs Davidson In Thriller

In a battle of high-powered rushing offenses, Hilliard Darby held off cross-town rival Davidson and star tailback Jonny Weir in a down-to-the-wire thriller that hinged on surprise ending (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg)

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Sep
9

Week 4, Central Ohio: Hilliard, Dublin Battles Loom

The expansion of the playoff fields in each region allow more margin for error, but teams under .500 need to get busy in what for most OCC teams will be their final week of play outside their division.

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Sep
4

Berlin’s Defense ”Bears” Its Teeth In Taking Down Scioto

Defense hasn’t defined Olentangy Berlin in its young history, but that history may be changing after what the Bears did to Dublin Scioto and tailback Lesley Andoh in a 17-7 victory (Press Pros feature photo by Keith Harney)

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Aug
28

Pick Central Defense Dominates In Win Over Elder

University of Cincinnati recruits CJ Doggette and Tyler Gillison pave the way on defense as the Tigers built on their impressive Week One victory at Massillon Washington with a win over another of Ohio’s royalty programs, Cincinnati Elder.

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Aug
28

Darby Flashes Passing Chops To Dispatch Bradley

Hilliard Darby did most of its damage through the air in a 21-13 win over cross-town rival Bradley, which benefitted from a sure tackle by linebacker Peyton Murphy (15) on Darby’s Nathan Burdick (12) on this play. (Press Pros feature photo by John Hulkenberg)

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Aug
26

Week 2 Central Ohio: A Hilliard Showdown; Elder Invades

Hilliard Darby’s option attack with QB Blake Horvath and RB James Hakes will probe the interior of cross-town rival Hilliard Bradley’s defense (Press Pros feature photo by Brian Bayless)

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Aug
21

Gresock Gets It Done As UA’s Meal Ticket And Decoy

Carson Gresock rushed for 276 of his career-high 382 yards after halftime as Upper Arlington erased a 20-point deficit for a thrilling, 42-41 victory over Reynoldsburg.

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Aug
21

Darby’s Youthful Defense Puts 17-0 Squeeze On Orange

Hilliard Darby’s defense bared teeth few figured it possessed to turn the Panthers’ opener into a comfortable win over Olentangy Orange on a night where everything felt blissfully bizarre.

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Aug
18

Pick Central, DeSales Out To Erase State Title Defeats

A pair of perennial Central Ohio kingpins face different challenges in trying to regain the mojo that helped them to state championship games in 2020. Central columnist Steve Blackledge shares in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Aug
9

Hard-Nosed Gresock Provides Backbone For Upper Arlington Rebuild

You like a running back with the power of a bulldozer and the speed of Barry Sanders?  You’ll love Upper Arlington senior Carson Gresock.  OCC columnist Steve Blackledge shares his latest for Press Pros readers.

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Aug
6

Westerville South’s Kaden Saunders Is A Fast Study

Committed to Penn State, ESPN’s #5 senior receiver nationally hopes to make his final season at Westerville South one to remember.  The Wildcats have a chance to be REALLY good again.

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Jul
20

Blackledge: Hartings Building More Than Just A Program…

Five years ago St. Henry native and former NFL All-Pro Jeff Hartings said he had a calling to become a high school head coach.  That calling is amounting to more than just a football program at Worthington Christian. (Press Pros Feature Photos by Brian Bayless)

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Jul
14

L’backer Bloodlines Run Deep In Future Buckeye Powers

Gabe Powers appears cut from the same cloth as legendary as Ohio-born and bred Ohio State linebackers Randy Gradishar, Chris Spielman and A.J. Hawk. But before becoming a Buckeye he will serve as the cornerstone of Marysville High School’s hopes for an extended playoff run his senior season.

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