Sunday, October 22, 2000

Week 9 Notebook


Northwest's Schneider airs it out

By Carey Hoffman
Enquirer contributor

        Northwest's wide-open passing game put up another huge night on Friday in a 56-23 victory over Amelia. Quarterback Darren Schneider completed 26 of 32 passes for 420 yards and five touchdowns.

        Schneider's yardage figure is the eighth-best single-game performance in OHSAA history, just behind the 429-yard night he put up earlier this season against Harrison.

        “Darren was always a tight end coming up until the ninth grade,” Northwest coach Tom Farmer said of his 6-5 senior quarterback. “He's learned a lot since then. Early on, he tried to throw 50-yard line drives. Then he threw the long ball way up high like Jeff Blake. Now he's got it in-between and just right.”

        MORE RECORDS: Moeller senior running back Marcus Blanks has the two highest regular-season rushing totals in school history.

        Blanks ran for 132 yards on Friday night, giving him 1,562 yards on the season with one game to play, against Princeton. That breaks his mark of 1,534 rushing yards, set last year.

        Blanks has a shot at Moeller's career rushing yardage mark of 4,070, set by 1985 graduate D'Juan Francisco. Blanks has 3,737 career yards.

        TO THE SUMMIT: It's hard to go from back-to-back 2-8 seasons to the playoffs, but that's the feat Summit Country Day is about to accomplish. The Silver Knights ran for 490 yards in 54-0 win over Landmark Christian Friday night, giving them an 8-1 record and a share of the Miami Valley Conference title.

        “The most notable thing was we started the Monday after Thanksgiving last year working non-stop to get better,” Summit coach Terry McConnell said. “We stressed getting out and playing another sport or, if not, being in the weight room.”

        There is some bad news for Summit: Leading rusher Jeff Roth apparently broke his collarbone against Landmark.

        WALNUT HILLS NEARS TITLE: Walnut Hills (6-3) could win the Queen City Conference title outright with a victory over Western Hills Friday night.

        “I think we're good enough to play with any of the teams we might face around here in Division II,” said Walnut Hills coach John Young, a veteran of 32 seasons of coaching at district high schools. “We lost by two to Purcell Marian after fumbling twice insice inside the 15-yard line in the fourth quarter, and we lost to Turpin by only six points.”

        The Eagles' posted their fourth shutout of the season Friday night, 34-0 over Aiken.

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- Week 9 Notebook
Anderson 47, Turpin 13
Batavia 44, Clermont Northeastern 14
Beechwood 41, Ludlow 0
Bellevue 22, NewCath 20
CHCA 46, Lockland 0
Cincinnati Country Day 44, New Miami 6
Colerain 35, Princeton 7
Dayton 13, Holy Cross 7
Dixie Heights 29, Conner 26
Edgewood 56, Franklin 7
Fairfield 17, Hamilton 0
Glen Este 21, Mason 10
Highlands 81, Holmes 0
Hillsboro 67, Western Brown 7
Hughes 27, Woodward 8
Lakota West 41, Lakota East 14
LaSalle 27, Purcell-Marian 6
Lebanon 55, Norwood 0
Lemon-Monroe 25, Fenwick 21
Lloyd 17, Russell 14
Loveland 33, Kings 14
Madeira 27, Finneytown 7
Mariemont 37, Taylor 7
Moeller 44, Roger Bacon 14
New Richmond 37, Bethel-Tate 6
Newport 37, Bath County 8
Northwest 56, Amelia 23
Reading 37, Deer Park 8
Ross 42, Little Miami 23
St. Xavier 42, McNicholas 14
Summit CD 54, Landmark Christian 0
Sycamore 23, Milford 16
Talawanda 53, West Carrollton 12
Walnut Hills 34, Aiken 0
Warren Harding 24, Elder 19
Western Hills 57, Mt. Healthy 8
Williamsburg 70, Hillcrest 0
Winton Woods 26, Harrison 18
Withrow 44, Taft 0
Wyoming 20, Indian Hill 0