Everything seems to be adding up for Joe Spahr in his senior season on the St. Charles Preparatory School football team.

Everything seems to be adding up for Joe Spahr in his senior season on the St. Charles Preparatory School football team.

Whether on the field as quarterback leading the Cardinals to a 5-0 record as the team's leading rusher and passer, in the classroom or even tutoring fellow students in math, the honor student has been working to build a legacy at the school.

"He's not just one of the smartest kids on the football team, but he's one of the smartest in the whole senior class," coach Jeff Pharion said. "And that lends to his ability as a quarterback. But he also runs 4.5 (seconds) in the 40(-yard dash) and he's a pretty good-sized quarterback at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. He has a Division I body and hopefully he can find a school that's interested in him. I think some of the Ivy League schools have looked at him."

Spahr has a 4.19 GPA and is already taking math classes at Ohio State with hopes of majoring in chemical engineering or biomedical engineering. For now, he remains focused on his senior football season.

"As a senior you only have so many games left and you can't regret anything," Spahr said. "We only have four games remaining and I have to make sure we leave it on the field. We have a strong senior class and we're definitely not going to leave anything out there."

Spahr has rushed for 551 yards and three touchdowns on 95 carries. He also is 36-for-80 passing for 401 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The one pickoff came last Friday in a 24-21 win over Sandusky.

His best game thus far was on Sept. 17 in a 49-28 win over Marion Harding. Spahr ran for 156 yards on 21 carries with a 36-yard touchdown and was 17-for-21 passing for 187 yards and three touchdowns.

"I think everything just came around for us (against Harding). The pass protection was great and the receivers were running great routes," he said. "I knew we had the potential to be good, and it just seemed to click for us."

"He is good at both the run and the pass and he did both against Marion Harding," Pharion said. "He had been struggling to do both in the same game, but he finally got the passing game going. It just started to click for him."

Spahr took over in the sixth week last season when quarterback Shane Bauman, a 2010 graduate, was injured in a 15-7 loss to Zanesville. He went on to rush for more than 300 yards in the final three games, including a pair of 100-yard performances.

"It definitely helped playing last year because I got some experience and you can carry that on your back," he said. "It's a big step from the j.v. to varsity level."

Spahr has gone 6-2 as a starter and found his niche behind center, but he is always looking to improve with each game.

"As a quarterback, you have to know where everyone needs to be all of the time. You have to know everyone's job to be successful," he said. "I lead by example. I don't go out and yell like (linebacker) Miguel Johnson and (lineman) Joe O'Brien do. It's like our motto Acta Non Verba Actions Over Words.

"I probably need to be more of a vocal leader because I think players like to see that out of their quarterback. I have to remind myself that the next play is always the most important play of the game."

The Cardinals will have a tall order Friday when the CCL season begins at DeSales. The Stallions have won 33 consecutive games in the series. St. Charles' last win was 14-6 in 1976.

"Just being (5-0) is a good feeling because getting off to a good start is so important with the final four games we have," said Spahr, whose team's Week 8 game against Hamilton (Ontario) National Arts College was canceled because the school did not have a team this fall. "We have four tough games left and we have to take them one game at a time."

DeSales is 3-2 followed by Youngstown Ursuline (5-0) on Oct. 8, Watterson (3-1) on Oct. 15, and Jonathan Alder (4-1) on Oct. 29.

"It's a matter of focus. Our schedule is way too difficult to look ahead. Even the games we have played (have been) within 14 points in the second half in all of them," Pharion said. "It's good to be in tough games and have to fight through them."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles cross country, football, golf, soccer and water polo teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Saturday At Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic at London

Oct. 9 At Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington

FOOTBALL

Last Friday Def. Sandusky 24-21. J. Schroeder kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired. Running back Gunner Francis had 165 yards on four carries with touchdowns of 71 and 61 yards. Quarterback Joe Spahr added 70 yards and a 1-yard touchdown on 11 carries.

*Friday At DeSales. St. Charles lost 10-0 last season.

*Oct. 8 At Youngstown Ursuline. The Cardinals lost 46-22 last season.

*Oct. 15 Game at home with Hamilton (Ontario) National Arts College canceled because school did not field a team this season. The eighth week will be a bye.

Of note: The Cardinals are 5-0 overall.

GOLF

Last Saturday Finished second (313) in 10-team Upper Arlington Invitational behind Dublin Jerome (312) and ahead of third-place UA (320). Austin Cuervo was co-medalist with a 75.

Saturday Watterson Invitational at Clover Valley

Tuesday Division I sectional at Granville. The Cardinals were the district's top seed.

Oct. 9 Muirfield Invitational at Muirfield Village

Of note: The Cardinals were top-ranked Division I team last week in coaches poll.

SOCCER

*Sept. 21 Def. Watterson 3-1

Sept. 23 Lost to Westerville North 1-0. Adam Mesewicz had 12 saves.

*Last Tuesday Played Ready

Saturday At Bexley

*Tuesday At DeSales

Oct. 7 At Dublin Scioto

Of note: The Cardinals were 2-8 overall and 1-1 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

WATER POLO

Sept. 22 Def. New Albany 22-9. Orion Swanson scored five goals and Max Herath added four.

Last Friday-Saturday Def. Milford 6-4 in finals of Cincinnati Princeton Packer Classic. The Cardinals also defeated Canton GlenOak 16-7, Thomas Worthington 7-4 and Cincinnati Sycamore 8-3. Against GlenOak, Daniel Cogan, Josh Cohen, Herath, Caleb Jack and Brian Willi all scored two goals and goalie Carl Calcara supplied six saves. Cogan produced three goals against Thomas and goalie John Flis made 11 saves. Swanson scored four times against Sycamore and then added two in the final, as the Cardinals erased a 3-0 deficit.

Last Wednesday Played New Albany

Saturday-Sunday Home St. Charles Invitational with Dublin, GlenOak, New Albany and Sylvania

Wednesday At Upper Arlington

Of note: The Cardinals were 25-2 overall before last Wednesday.

*CCL contest