Cincinnati Elder had an easy, bizarre win over an undermanned squad from Virginia, St. Xavier looked dominant at Olentangy Liberty, and Archbishop Hoban (photo above by Owen MacMillan) prevailed in a double-overtime thriller against Walsh Jesuit on Friday night.
And the marquee game of the week is still to come, as Mentor at St. Edward on Saturday is possibly the biggest game of the regular season in Ohio high school football.
HOW SBLIVE’S OHIO TOP 25 FARED IN WEEK 3
1. St. Xavier (Cincinnati) beat Olentangy Liberty 49-0
St. Xavier raced to a 42-0 halftime lead just north of Columbus, and then the running clock moved the game along from there.
2. Archbishop Hoban (Akron) beat Walsh Jesuit 35-34 (2OT)
The game of the night went Archbishop Hoban’s way, as Walsh Jesuit attempted a two-point conversion to win it in double overtime but fell short.
3. Mentor (2-0)
Saturday: at St. Edward
4. Pickerington Central beat North Allegheny 35-0
Pickerington Central showed some offense while continuing to look like the best defense in the state with a convincing home win over the Pennsylvania team.
5. St. Edward, Lakewood (2-0)
Saturday: vs. Mentor
6. Springfield (1-0)
Saturday: at Lima
7. La Salle (Cincinnati) lost 58-7 to IMG Academy
La Salle fell to 2-1 after being overmatched by one of the best teams in the country.
8. Lakota West beat Oak Hills 43-17
Lakota West scored an impressive road win over Oak Hills.
9. St. Ignatius, Cleveland (0-2)
Saturday: vs. Mount St. Joseph (Maryland)
10. Medina beat Wadsworth 35-0
Medina’s dominant second quarter put the game out of reach.
11. Chardon beat Ursuline 36-27
A couple of late fumbles made it interesting, but Chardon’s big early lead is enough to hold off Ursuline.
12. Avon Lake beat Tiffin Columbian 31-14
Jason Krukowski had two touchdown runs and Sam Fedders had an interception return for a touchdown to pace Avon Lake.
13. Avon beat Glenville 55-18
Avon’s dominant performance on both sides of the ball earns coach Mike Elder his 200th career win.
14. Massillon Washington beat Reynoldsburg 41-22
Willtrell Hartson put the game away early in the fourth with a 44-yard touchdown run.
15. Elder (Cincinnati) beat Beacon Hill 47-0
The running clock came out as Elder beat a mysterious team from Virginia that suited up just 18 players.
16. Aurora beat Twinsburg 30-0
Aurora improves to 3-0 with a convincing performance on both sides of the ball.
17. Hudson beat Harding 17-7
Hudson jumped out to a 17-0 lead at the half and hung on.
18. Steubenville beat Wheeling Park 45-16
Steubenville took off in the second half after leading the West Virginia teams just 12-10 after two quarters.
19. Benedictine (Cleveland) beat Cleveland Central Catholic 43-8
Benedictine dominated from start to finish.
20. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) beat East Central 39-22
The Noah Geselbracht-Tennel Bryant connection was in full force in Indiana.
21. Austintown-Fitch (2-0)
Game at GlenOak canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test in the GlenOak program.
22. Princeton (Cincinnati) beat Dublin Coffman 44-14
Princeton sprinted to a 34-7 halftime lead and then put it in cruise control in the second half.
23. Turpin (Cincinnati) beat Loveland 38-34
Turpin prevailed in one of the best games of the night in Ohio, as Loveland missed making the winning catch on the last play of the game by a fraction of an inch.
24. Wayne (Huber Heights) lost 28-12 to Canton McKinley
Canton McKinley knocks Wayne from the unbeaten ranks.
25. Toledo Central Catholic beats Olentangy Orange 28-0
Toledo delivered two 14-0 halves to keep Olentangy Orange winless on the season.