Akron Buchtel players opt to punish themselves for penalties


COLUMBUS (AP) — Football coaches know the discipline they preach so often is vital to success.

But the importance of self-discipline, such as when offenders realize their deficiencies and try to correct them, shouldn’t be underestimated.

Just ask the Akron Buchtel players who weren’t satisfied after improving their record to 3-2 with a 38-12 win against Akron Firestone on Sept. 25.

The Griffins were flagged 15 times for 105 yards and were so upset with themselves that senior Marquis Sams and junior Brandon Tuck-Hayden suggested a team punishment for the next practice.

“I think we’re going to be running on Monday for the penalties,” Sams told the Akron Beacon Journal. “Every penalty we all run like 100 yards.”

Buchtel coach Ricky Powers tried to talk his players out of it but was nonetheless pleased by their actions.

“I’m going to oblige because I think they’re taking it personal now, which is something we’ve been waiting for a long time,” he said. “They suggested that, which is amazing.”

WHATEVER IT TAKES: Wheelersburg, third in this week’s Division V Associated Press poll, went all-out to defeat Jackson 28-7 to end the Ironmen’s 17-game regular season win streak.

Wheelersburg (5-0) ran fake punts on their opening two possessions, rushing for the first down on the initial try and passing unsuccessfully on the second against Jackson (4-1). The Pirates also opened the second half by recovering their own onside kick and scoring on the next play when Kyle Davis passed 38 yards to Jake Darnell.

GOOD SIGN: Oak Hill (2-3) has won five of the past six Southern Ohio Conference Division I championships, with only last year’s not being an outright title.

In each of those years as the sole champion, the Oaks beat Willow Wood Symmes Valley and Portsmouth Notre Dame. On Sept. 18, the Oaks defeated the Willow Wood 33-6 and won Saturday at Notre Dame, 26-6.

FOOT NOTABLES: Elyria Catholic senior quarterback Jake Kuchta went 10 for 10 for 243 yards and three touchdowns and ran for an 11-yard TD in a 49-7 win over Parma. . Austin Brenner threw for 399 yards and six touchdowns in Copley’s 54-0 win against Richfield Revere. . Rhodes Jump ran for 295 yards and five touchdowns as Grandview defeated London 41-27. . In a battle of 4-0 teams, Perrysburg QB Trevor Hafner threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-3 win against Bowling Green. . Cleveland St. Ignatius quarterback Dennis Grosel hit Jimmy Berger for a 38-yard touchdown with eight seconds left to give the Wildcats a 30-27 win against Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit. . Montpelier had three players rush for more than 100 yards and score two touchdowns each in a 48-28 victory over Toledo Christian. Jordan Birdall had 218 yards, Austin Grubb 132 and Dallas Royer 104. . Ada (3-2) backup quarterback Trent Jolliff, replacing the injured Seth Conley, beat previously unbeaten Columbus Grove 19-7. Jolliff completed 17 of 31 passes for 287 yards for three touchdowns.

LOCAL FLAVOR: That Johnstown-Monroe is off to a 5-0 start isn’t much of a surprise since the Johnnies have made seven playoff appearances since 2002 under coach Mike Carter. Meanwhile, Johnstown Northridge first-year coach Shawn Hinkle has the Vikings at 4-1 to match their highest number of wins since 2008. Northridge hosts the Johnnies on Friday seeking to break the Vikings’ decade-long losing streak to their rival.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT: Haviland Wayne Trace and Defiance Ayersville each returned an interception for a score in the first quarter of Ayersville’s 48-28 win. Hunter Showalter put Wayne Trace on top with his return before Jacob Miller countered with a TD for the Pilots. . Hamler Patrick Henry scored two defensive touchdowns in a 22-14 win over Delta. Kent Peterson recovered a fumble for a score and Brandon Bennett blocked a punt and returned it for six points. . The Steubenville Big Red (5-0) defense is allowing 68.6 yards per game rushing. . Sandusky Perkins (5-0) scored twice in the final 10 minutes to break a 14-14 tie in a 27-14 win at Clyde. The Pirates limited Clyde (4-1) to 26 net yards in the second half.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Hopewell-Loudon quarterback Austin Tooker was 9 for 13 for 221 yards and a score and rushed for 99 yards and another TD as the Chieftains ended Liberty-Benton’s 25-game Blanchard Valley Conference winning streak with a 28-21 win. . Athens senior Zacciah Saltzman had all of his production during a massive first half of the 48-13 win over McArthur Vinton County. He scored seven rushing touchdowns and gained 168 yards on 14 carries. . Hamilton Township’s Jacob Long had touchdowns on four of his five carries in the first half of a 56-21 victory over Liberty Union.

ON THE REBOUND: Kirtland, last year’s Division VI state runner-up, responded to its first regular season loss in 56 games by defeating Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 30-0, Richmond Heights 44-0 and Burton Berkshire 39-7. On Sept 4, Orwell Grand Valley gave Kirtland (4-1) its first non-playoff game loss since Sept. 24, 2009. . Since Oberlin Firelands’ 33-17 loss to Milan Edison (5-0) in the first game of the season, the Falcons (4-1) have outscored opponents 158-0.


By Craig Merz

Associated Press

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