High School football’s Week 7 saw a lot of compelling matchups and some interesting results when it came to northeastern Ohio. The game of the week showcased two top teams in the area, Stow and Hudson, and a result that was quite a surprise.
My rankings saw a few shakeups this week with three of my Top 10 teams taking losses. As the playoffs draw near, teams are trying to show their best these last few weeks. The changes resulted in two new teams entering the rankings for the first time this season.
So, what happened in Week 7? Let’s take a look at what went on this week in the high school football season in Northeast Ohio.
Notable Scores from Northeast Ohio
Hudson 25 Stow 24
Archbishop Hoban 30 Padua 10
St. Ignatius 34 Canton GlenOak 17
Mentor 35 Medina 32
Solon 30 Strongsville 0
Kirtland 42 Cardinal 14
Avon 49 North Ridgeville 20
Midview 28 Olmsted Falls 21
Mogadore 42 Southeast 10
Glenville 52 Cleveland JFK 0
Cleveland Heights 34 Bedford 26
Euclid 28 Elyria 21
Brecksville 50 North Royalton 34
Aurora 49 Revere 21
Chardon 44 Mayfield 29
Copley 33 Medina Highland 16
Massillon Perry 35 Green 30
Maple Heights 21 Shaw 12
St. Vincent-St. Mary 23 Winston Woods 17
Cuyahoga Heights 35 Fairport Harding 6
Canton McKinley 19 Massillon Jackson 14
Recap of the Top Matchup of the Week
Hudson takes down Stow, 25-24
Hudson came from behind to upset previously undefeated Stow, 25-24. Stow formed a big lead at 24-7 in the third quarter, but Hudson went on an 18-0 run to win the game and complete the upset. The game was decided late in the fourth quarter when Hudson quarterback Colt Pallay connected with receiver Greg Mailey. Instead of kicking the tying extra point, Hudson decided to go for the win and the two-point conversion.
The Explorers were able to complete the two-point conversion and ultimately the comeback upset win over Stow on another big catch by Mailey from Hudson’s other quarterback Jackson Parker. Hudson was led by Mailey, who had nine receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns, along with the game-winning two-point conversion catch. Hudson moves to 6-1, while Stow falls to 6-1.
Canton McKinley beats Massillon Jackson, 19-14
The best performance of the week was by Canton McKinley, who beat undefeated Massillon Jackson, 19-14. Jackson came into the game 6-0 and averaging 27.8 points a game this season. But, McKinley held Jackson to just 14 points, forced four turnovers, blocked one punt and forced two turnovers on downs. The Bulldogs actually trailed at halftime, but their defense was able to shutout Jackson in the second half, while the McKinley offense scored the only points of the half to take the lead and the win.
Hudson upsets Stow, 25-24
The biggest surprise of the week was Stow losing its first game of the season to Hudson. Stow came into the game as my No. 1 team and a team who won by an average of 24.5 points in their six victories. Hudson is a very good team, but their victory over Stow was a surprise. How the game transpired was also a surprise. Stow went out to a 24-7 lead in the third quarter, but Hudson was able to overcome that deficit in just two quarters. The Explorers finished off the big surprise by going with the gutsy two-point conversion to take the lead, rather than the extra point for the tie. It was a game of extraordinary instances.
Best Individual Performance
RB Logan Thut, Crestwood
Running back Logan Thut had an amazing performance leading Crestwood to a 54-34 victory over Garrettsville Garfield. Thut rushed for 338 yards and seven touchdowns versus the Garrettsville Garfield defense. Thut’s performance helped Crestwood move to 6-1 on the season.
Last Week Ranking: Unranked
Past Week: Win vs. Mayfield 44-29
Next Week: @ Riverside on Friday
Chardon enters my rankings after remaining undefeated this week, defeating Mayfield, 44-29. Chardon is led by their star quarterback Tommy Benenati, who has thrown for 32 touchdowns and rushed for 15 touchdowns.
Last Week Ranking: Unranked
Past Week: Win vs. Massillon Jackson 19-14
Next Week: @ Canton GlenOak on Friday
Canton McKinley enters my rankings this week after beating previously undefeated Massillon Jackson, 19-14. The Bulldogs only loss of the season came in the season opener against Archbishop Hoban.
Last Week Ranking: 8
Past Week: Win @ Olmsted Falls 28-21
Next Week: vs. Lakewood on Friday
Midview won their sixth game of the season, beating Olmsted Falls, 28-21. The Middies have only lost one game this season and that was to the undefeated Avon Eagles.
Last Week Ranking: 7
Past Week: Win @ North Ridgeville 49-20
Next Week: @ Amherst on Friday
Avon remained perfect on the season after their victory over North Ridgeville this past weekend. The Eagles have scored 42 points or more in four of their seven games this season.
Last Week Ranking: 6
Past Week: Win vs. Cardinal 42-14
Next Week: vs. Fairport Harding on Friday
Kirtland beat Cardinal, 42-14, gaining their seventh victory of their undefeated season. Kirtland has not given up more than 14 points in a game so far this season.
Last Week Ranking: 5
Past Week: Win @ Strongsville 30-0
Next Week: vs. Elyria on Friday
Solon beat Strongsville, 30-0, earning their fourth straight victory and sixth overall victory of the season. The Comets defense have given up 21 points in just one game, while holding the rest of their opponents to no more than 13 points.
Last Week Ranking: 1
Past Week: Loss @ Hudson 25-24
Next Week: vs. Cuyahoga Falls on Friday
Stow lost their first game of the season on Friday, falling to Hudson, 25-24. The Bulldogs are still one of the top teams in Division I and should be a contender to make it down to Columbus.
Last Week Ranking: 4
Past Week: Bye Week
Next Week: vs. Canada Prep Academy on Saturday
St. Edward was idle this week as they prepare to play Canada Prep Academy this coming Saturday. The Eagles only loss of the season came on the road against 5-2 Cincinnati Elder.
Last Week Ranking: 3
Past Week: Win @ Canton GlenOak 34-17
Next Week: @ Archbishop Moeller on Friday
St. Ignatius had a quality win this week, beating Canton GlenOak, 34-17. The Wildcats have scored more than 30 points in six of their seven games this season.
Last Week Ranking: 2
Past Week: Win @ Padua 30-10
Next Week: @ Walsh Jesuit on Friday
Archbishop Hoban returns to No. 1 in my rankings after beating Padua, 30-10. Hoban has not allowed more than 14 points in any of their games this season.
Top Matchup Next Week
Aurora @ Copley on Friday
The game of Week 8 pits two 6-1 teams in the midst of a run to the playoffs. Aurora has had a good season, losing their only game of the year to 6-1 Solon. Copley’s only loss of the season came against Uniontown Lake. The battle is an important game for both team’s status in the playoffs. I am going with Aurora in this matchup.
All stats come from Cleveland.com