Canfield South Range got through a lot, then had to play a game.
After being rocked earlier in the week by the forfeit of last week's win over East Palestine due to the use of an ineligible player and the related suspensions of head coach Dan Yeagley and offensive coordinator Wayne Allegretto (also the athletic director), the Raiders took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and Joe Alessi ran for 306 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries to hand Hanoverton United its second loss of the season, 52-28.
"We've all played together for so long, we just wanted to win for each other," QB Ryan Miller said. "We really came together and had one of our best practices of the year. We came out tonight and played South Range football. It was a great program win."
Assistant Nick Haught served as the interim head coach. The two coaches were subsequently reinstated for using the ineligible player.
"It was unbelievable how the kids responded," said Haught, whose only head-coaching experience was at the junior-high level. "We were destroyed on Wednesday, but Ryan took it to his heart to look everybody in the eye Thursday and get them fired up."
TURNING IT AROUND: A year removed from an 0-10 season, Sandusky Perkins clinched its first winning season since 1990.
GROUND-POUNDERS: Wellsville's Zack Mellott ran for 321 yards and three TDs on 35 carries in a 42-14 win over Lowellville; Nick Coleman, a Notre Dame commitment, rushed for 289 yards and scored five TDs in the first half of Kettering Alter's 56-20 win over Hamilton Badin; Oxford Talawanda's Maurice Thomas, a Miami University commit, had 280 yards and four touchdowns (including one on a 97-yard run) on 13 carries in a 46-13 win over Morrow Little Miami; Derek Walker rushed for 270 yards and six TDs and passed for another score in Archbold's first win of the season, a 63-33 victory over Metamora Evergreen; Trevor Anderson ran for 257 yards and scored four TDs including the game-winner with 30 seconds remaining as West Liberty-Salem stunned Mechanicsburg 42-38, which boasted Kaleb Romero rushing for 264 yards on 14 carries; Findlay Liberty-Benton's Austin Combs carried 20 times for 270 yards and three TDs in a 42-7 win over Mount Blanchard Riverdale; and Spencerville had 481 yards rushing in a 60-20 win over Bluffton, including 231 yards and three TDs from Zach Goercke.
GOING UP TOP: Division IV No. 1 Clarksville Clinton-Massie has a run-pass play ratio of 238-34 this season. But it was a 6-yard TD pass from Hunter Fentress to Bryce Boyd with 7 seconds left that lifted the Falcons to a 22-19 win over Chillicothe Friday night. By the way, when the Cavaliers scored on their opening drive, it was the first time all season the two-time defending state champion Falcons had trailed in a game this season.
AIR RAIDS: Huber Heights Wayne's D'Mitrik Trice was 14 of 25 passing for 304 yards and two TDs in a 32-0 win over Kettering Fairmont; and Dom Fuller attempted only four passes in Arlington's 62-0 win over Arcadia, but all four went for TDs.
NOTEWORTHY: Behind 283 yards rushing and three TDs by Breck Turner, Norwalk stayed perfect by beating Bellevue, 49-27 — marking the first time since 1949-50 that the Truckers beat the Redmen in consecutive seasons; Chillicothe Zane Trace recovered four fumbles — two each by Walt Petzel and Aidan Place — in a 35-16 win over Piketon; Defiance Tinora limited Sherwood Fairview to 2 yards rushing, three first downs (two on penalties) and 41 total yards in a 45-0 triumph; had the season ended this past weekend, six of the 10 Midwest Athletic Conference schools would be in the playoffs (Coldwater, Fort Recovery, Marion Local, Minster, Delphos St. John's and Versailles); Dustin Foley of Hamilton Ross returned an interception 105 yards in a 40-21 victory over Niles McKinley; Monroe, coming off a 1-9 season, improved to 6-1 with a 30-0 victory over Germantown Valley View; Ironton ran 71 plays and had 24 first downs in a 25-24 win over Col. St. Charles, which ran only 23 plays with eight first downs; and Symmes Valley won 16-0 and held Sciotoville East to only 38 yards total offense — none passing.
HANDYMEN: Kaden Sapp scored on a 71-yard punt return and a 72-yard run while throwing for three TDs in leading Edon by West Unity Hilltop 42-14; Dauson Dales had 374 all-purpose yards, two touchdown passes, a TD run and a TD reception leading Defiance Ayersville to a 62-12 win over Holgate; and Cory-Rawson's Matthew Alspach rushed for two TDs, passed for two and returned a fumble 52 yards for another score in a 54-25 win over North Baltimore.
SENIOR NIGHT: Marquis Graham returned an interception 95 yards, Lima Senior set a school record for points in a game and improved to 7-0 for the first time in school history with a 72-50 win over Toledo St. John's. Darius Gordon completed 19 of 37 passes for 442 yards and four TDs. Ruben Flowers caught seven passes for 265 yards and three scores, including TD receptions of 59, 65 and 67 in the first half when Lima Senior overcame a 28-14 deficit. Oh, and St. John's Matt Winzeler completed 38 of 66 passes for 561 yards and five scores.
AS EXPECTED: The anticipated matchup between defending state champions Coldwater and Marion Local (D7) proved to be a defensive gem as both teams entered allowing an average of nine points per game.
Jacy Goettemoeller had rushing TDs on the first two Flyers possessions. Marion also bottled up D5 offensive player of the year Brody Hoying and the Cavaliers all night in winning 20-0 at a jam-packed Booster Stadium in Maria Stein.
Marion Local LB Jacob Kunkler, the D7 defensive player of the year, had a 30-yard interception return with 11 seconds left to play to complete the scoring.
EARNING HIS KEEP: Jake Davis ran 37 times for 149 yards and scored six TDs as Gnadenhutten Indian Valley slipped past Akron Manchester 49-36.
Davis now has amassed 6,253 career rushing yards, moving him up to 15th on the all-time Ohio rushing list.
Rusty Miller can be reached at http://twitter.com/rustymillerap