Week one offered us some thrilling games, some blowouts and some unforeseen upsets.
In D-I, Mentor made it look easy ousting Painesville Riverside 38-14. The Cardinals look like they are determined to return to the state title game where they came oh so close to winning last year. Solon used balance and solid defense to defeat North Royalton. These two teams will meet in round two. Although Glenville did get by St. Ignatius 23-20, the week's biggest upset was clearly Boardman knocking off the highly touted Euclid Panthers 14-7. The Spartans used really effective ball control to keep Euclid's high powered offense off of the field for most of the game. Boardman and Glenville will clash in round two. Brunswick continued it's dominance with a 48-25 win over Canton Glenoak, but now they face a bigger test in Toledo Whitmer. A team that isn't shy about scoring. We'll have to see how Brunswick's defense can do against this type of power they haven't seen yet this season.
D-II saw Mayfield engage in battle against a gritty Padua team and pull out a hard fought 12-10 win. The Wilcats advance to take on Warren Howland who annihilated Madison 49-7. Bedford Stadium will play host for the other round two match-up between Tallmadge and Normandy.
D-III action will see Lake Catholic taking on Rocky River. Lake cam from behind to defeat Ravenna 21-20 in round one despite not having all-purpose runner Randy Greenwood in uniform. He's back this week but Coach Mike Bell will need everything to work to bring home a win. Region 9's other game features powerful Walsh Jesuit and Cortland Lakeview who beat 9-1 Aurora to advance.
D-IV has a marquee game that all eyes will be on when defending D-IV state champion Youngstown Mooney collides with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary for the second time this season. The first meeting saw Mooney play badly in the first half and fall behind 17-0 to the Irish. They got it together in the second half and rallied for a 20-17 win with high powered offense and shut down defense after the half. Nobody has been able to stop the Cardinals this year. Can you say repeat. The other big Region 13 match-up is Steubenville's Big Red taking on Canton Central Catholic. Should the Big Red win it could set the stage for a game that could be more anticipated than even the D-I title game. Steubenville vs. Mooney???
D-V features Gilmour Academy taking on South Range and Youngstown Ursuline takes it's monster-sized team up against Apple Creek.