John Carlisle stood under a tree at Granville Golf Course, his eyes red from tears and a towel draped over his shoulders.
It wasn't an easy pill to swallow for the Johnstown-Monroe High School freshman, losing a playoff with a chance to advance to the Division II boys golf state tournament.
On Oct. 3, in the district tournament at Granville, Carlisle, Bexley's Grant Murphy and Watterson's Jon Ransone all shot 75 to tie for the two individual-qualifying spots to state, which will be played Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Murphy and Ransone won in a playoff over Carlisle, who double-bogeyed the par-4 No. 1 hole for the second time that day.
"If I were to do it over again, I would have hit the fairway on No. 1," Carlisle said. "I didn't hit it to start and missed it at the end.
"I had good scores. I hit the fairway and greens over and over again. I wanted to shoot a 75 or 76. We thought that would make it out, but it wasn't enough."
Medalist honors were shared by Zach Keylor of St. Clairsville and Blake Prince of East Liverpool. Both shot 74 and both of their teams advanced to state.
Just like his round in the Granville sectional Sept. 25, Carlisle was helped by the course's foliage. On the second hole, his drive hit a tree limb and ricocheted into the fairway, just like in his prior round. That fortunate bounce helped get Carlisle's game on track as he finished with a 37 on the front nine and a 38 on the back.
"I had a good chip for par on 13 and then I birdied 14 to go even," he said. "I made some good shots. It was a good experience, but not what I wanted."
Johnstown coach Chris Carlisle was proud of his son's effort.
"This is the second playoff John has been in this year," coach Carlisle said. "John won in a (three-hole) playoff (in the Heath Bulldog Shootout on Aug. 18) at Burning Tree (after shooting 75), but it was the other way around this time. Playing this kind of round should give John a lot of confidence going into next year."
Football team travels to Danville
The football team was 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the MBC before playing Utica on Oct. 5.
The Johnnies travel to Danville on Friday, Oct. 12, in a likely battle for the top of the league standings. The Blue Devils were 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the MBC before playing Northridge on Oct. 5.
Danville won its opener over Rittman 43-6 on Aug. 24, lost to Zanesville Rosecrans 21-7 on Sept. 1 and defeated Grove City Christian 32-6 on Sept. 7. In MBC play, the Blue Devils defeated Loudonville 26-15 on Sept. 14, Fredericktown 52-21 on Sept. 21 and Centerburg 23-14 on Sept. 28.
The Johnnies have played the same MBC opponents, defeating Centerburg 42-21 on Sept. 14, Loudonville 23-15 on Sept. 21 and Fredericktown 14-0 on Sept. 28.
"(The MBC) has been a very good league for us and we have had the opportunity to play against a lot of tough opponents," said coach Mike Carter, whose team is moving to the Licking County League next fall. "The MBC has a lot of tough kids who give it their all on the field and play great football. Every week is like a rivalry week in the MBC. You have to be pumped up and ready to go every week."
Against Centerburg, Danville was led by quarterback Bryce Staats, who completed 13 of 27 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 21 times for 166 yards. Cade Mickley caught six passes for 81 yards and one touchdown.
The Johnnies had 356 total yards, all coming on 55 rushes, against Fredericktown. Cody Farley had 226 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries, Adam Carter had 66 yards on 11 carries and quarterback Tyler Thompson added 64 yards on seven carries.
Through six games, Farley had 780 yards rushing on 120 carries with seven touchdowns and Adam Carter had 376 yards and four touchdowns on 66 carries. Thompson had rushed for 376 yards and six touchdowns on 57 carries.