Ohio football moves into semis
The Ohio Division I playoffs move into the semifinals this weekend, and should be hard-fought as three of the four participants -- St. Ignatius, Elder and Pickerington Central -- are all ranked in the latest ESPN RISE FAB 50. But what about the fourth team? That would be 12-1 North Canton Hoover, which takes on St. Ignatius this Saturday. The Vikings are led by standout junior running back Erick Howard, and the 14-0 win over GlenOak last week advanced coach Don Hertler's team to its first state semifinal appearance since 1986. Mike Popovich of The Canton Repository has more on the Vikings.
• Colorado's top team, Grandview High of Aurora, had its 22-game winning streak snapped this past weekend in a 26-20, double-overtime loss at the hands of Englewood Cherry Creek. The star was junior quarterback Kain Colter, who completed 18-of-22 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing 26 times for 120 yards rushing and two more touchdowns, including the game-winning 36-yard run, reports The Denver Post. Cherry Creek, which avenged an earlier 27-10 loss to Grandview during the regular season, moves on to face Columbine this weekend in a Class 5A semifinal.
• Led by Cal commit Dasarte Yarnway and highly-recruited DE Kevin Greene, Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco has ended a 40-year playoff drought this year. After 40 seasons of no playoffs, the Fightin' Irish still had to wait a few days after their last game to find out if they would have another game this season. It took a "tails" call from head coach John Lee to earn his team a berth in the NCS California Playoffs, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.
• Congratulations to Edina (Minn.) standout Anders Lee, who was named The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Metro Player of the Year. But as Michael Rand reports, football probably isn't even the 6-3, 215 pounders' top sport.
• Cody Muller, a 6-3, 225-pound senior defensive end out of Souderton Area (Souderton, Pa.), e-mailed earlier today with a recruiting update. Muller, who totaled 80 tackles and eight sacks this fall on defense while also grabbing 27 passes for 407 yards and three scores as a tight end, currently has offers from Akron, New Hampshire and Monmouth. He's checked out games at Pitt, UConn, New Hampshire, Delaware, Villanova, William and Mary and Temple this fall and is hoping a few more offers come his way before he makes his decision.