Significant takeaways from Ohio high school football in Week 3

Posted at 9:10 AM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-08 17:26:06-04

CINCINNATI – The Anderson football team graduated a record-setting quarterback and plenty of other skill players from the 2017 squad.

But the Redskins are certainly picking up from last season’s success and are 3-0 for the second straight year.

Anderson defeated Harrison 35-3 on Friday night for its third consecutive home win.

"We came into the game really healthy on defense," Anderson coach Evan Dreyer said. "We played extremely well."

A week after junior quarterback David Thompson threw for 458 yards and five touchdowns against Hamilton, he followed that performance up with a 13-of-16 passing night that included 285 yards and four touchdowns against the Wildcats.

"David played well and distributed the ball well in the conditions," Dreyer said. "He has improved day by day." 

Thompson, who listed at 6 feet 3 and 185 pounds, has thrown for 910 yards and 10 touchdowns through three weeks. He is the successor for former standout quarterback Jay Volpenhein, who threw for 7,930 passing yards for his career.

Anderson led Harrison 14-3 at halftime before Thompson found senior Joey Newton for a 39-yard touchdown connection and then senior Eric Curless for a 73-yard score in the third quarter.

Newton had seven receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Curless had five receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Newton, the son of Anderson Athletic Director Chris Newton, has 19 receptions for 379 yards and five touchdowns this season. Curless has 28 receptions for 489 yards and five touchdowns.

Harrison made a 27-yard field goal at the 9:54 mark of the second quarter for its only points.

Anderson plays at Kings (2-1) to open the Eastern Cincinnati Conference schedule next week.

School record

Winton Woods junior running back Miyan Williams had 20 carries for 260 yards and four touchdowns in the Warriors’ 52-45 win at Upper Arlington, according to This Week News. Warriors coach Andre Parker told WCPO early Saturday morning Williams set a school record with a 99-yard touchdown run. Winton Woods had 31 points in the second quarter as it led 38-24 at halftime. Both teams had 14 points in the fourth quarter. “All my hair fell out,” Parker told WCPO.


Winton Woods junior running back Miyan Williams had a 99-yard touchdown run included in his 260 yards and four touchdowns overall on Friday night. (Photo by Mike Dyer)


Catch him if you can

Roger Bacon sophomore running back Corey Kiner had 29 carries for 296 yards and four touchdowns in the Spartans’ 27-26 loss at Huron. Kiner entered Friday No. 5 all-time for most rushing touchdowns at Roger Bacon. He has 11 rushing touchdowns through three weeks. He had 15 in all of 2017.

SEE High school football scores on WCPO Scoreboard.

Thunderhawk in the end zone

Lakota East senior running back Jack Dobrozsi had 127 yards rushing and four touchdowns to lead the Thunderhawks past host Middletown 32-7.

Perfect Purcell

Purcell Marian is 3-0 after a 35-0 win over Bethel-Tate in a game played at Roger Bacon. Sophomore quarterback Zach Hoover had two touchdown passes and a touchdown run. He has eight touchdown passes for the season. Purcell Marian coach David Wirth said it's been a long time since the Cavaliers were 3-0.

A shutout for the Warriors

Mariemont improved to 3-0 with a 34-0 win over Shroder. Senior quarterback Wally Renie was 11 of 18 passing for four touchdowns. Mariemont plays at Finneytown next week.

Welcome to The Cage

Colerain senior quarterback Deante Smith-Moore had 25 carries for a career-high 235 yards and five touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 47-19 win over visiting Princeton in the GMC opener for both teams. The five touchdowns is tied for the most by a Colerain player in a game, according to Cardinals coach Tom Bolden. Colerain (3-0) plays host to Middletown (1-2) Sept. 14.

Nice defense

St. Xavier senior linebacker Nathan Arthur had three sacks in the Bombers’ 41-7 win at Walnut Hills. Arthur had 10 tackles for the night. He has 30 tackles, 4 ½ sacks and a forced fumble this season. St. X (2-1) plays at Indianapolis Cathedral Sept. 14.

Elder senior linebacker Jake Hofmeyer had 11 tackles in the Panthers’ 21-13 win over Clarkson North (Ontario). He has 30 tackles for the season for the Panthers (3-0), who play host to Lakewood St. Edward at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15.


Colerain is ranked No. 24 nationally by the MaxPreps Freeman Rankings (computer). The season’s first Associated Press statewide media poll will be released at noon Sept. 10.

Extra points

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s weekly computer points standings will be released Sept. 18 for all seven divisions. Those points standings are a reflection of playoff positioning up until the final weekend of the regular season. The final standings will be released Oct. 28. ...Wyoming junior quarterback Evan Prater plans to visit Ohio State today. Prater has multiple football offers including UC, Pittsburgh, Akron and Toledo. He also has a basketball offer from Wright State.

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