The Hartley High School football team will try to improve to 2-0 against Division II programs when it travels Friday, Oct. 25, to Cincinnati Withrow.
On Sept. 20, the Hawks, who compete in Division V, Region 17, beat Division II St. Charles 20-7.
Both Hartley and Withrow are 7-1 and in position to make the playoffs in their respective regions. Each also has shown a mix of run and pass on offense this season.
Withrow, which plays in Region 6, has passed for about 1,100 yards and rushed for more than 1,200. Leading the offense have been quarterback Malik Bland, who is 56-for-98 for 1,035 yards with 10 touchdowns, and running back Justice Peyton, who has 50 rushes for 483 yards and nine touchdowns. Bland also has run for 115 yards and four touchdowns while running back Stanley Williams has added six touchdowns.
Aaron Harris (14 catches), Landon Brown-Jackson (13 catches) and Travon Barnes (12 catches) have been Withrow's top receivers. Wide receiver Doryan Beach has added nine catches for 191 yards.
Hartley is coming off its first shutout of the season, a 54-0 win Oct. 18 over Ironton.
Defensive linemen Kalil Morris and Tayron Washington have led the defense.
Through seven games, quarterback Jared Brandewie was 44 of 60 passing for 889 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Sam Mackowiak had 1,004 yards and 12 touchdowns on 175 rushes and wide receiver Jacob Mercier had 20 receptions for 516 yards and six scores.
Boys soccer team makes district semi
The ninth-seeded boys soccer team played top-seeded Watterson in a Division II district semifinal Oct. 22.
The Hawks opened the postseason by beating 10th-seeded Centennial 3-1 in a second-round game Oct. 17. Hartley was 7-8-2 before playing the Eagles, whom they lost to 3-0 on Sept. 5.
The winner plays second-seeded DeSales or eighth-seeded Heath in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Westerville North. The district champion plays Vincent Warren, Chillicothe Unioto, Fairfield Union or Marietta in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30, at a site to be determined. The regional final is Nov. 2.
Defender John Thiel, midfielder Augie Collins and forward Mitchell Bergman scored against Centennial.
Girls soccer team also in district semi
Despite being seeded 11th, the girls soccer team advanced to a district semifinal Oct. 23 at fourth-seeded Bexley.
The Hawks upset fifth-seeded Johnstown 4-1 in a second-round game Oct. 19 to improve to 2-7-7 and set up the rematch of a scoreless tie Hartley and Bexley played Aug. 24.
The winner plays third-seeded DeSales or seventh-seeded Jonathan Alder in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Westerville North.
The district champion plays Granville, Lakewood, Bloom-Carroll or Big Walnut in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Zanesville. The regional final is Nov. 2 at a site to be announced.
Forward McKenna Welsh scored three goals and midfielder Kate Duffy had one against Johnstown.
Girls volleyball team advances
The top-seeded girls volleyball team plays 19th-seeded Johnstown on Thursday, Oct. 24, in a district semifinal at Worthington Christian Middle School.
The Hawks defeated 17th-seeded Whitehall 25-6, 25-13, 25-12 in a second-round match Oct. 19 to improve to 18-6.
The Hartley-Johnstown winner plays fourth-seeded Granville or seventh-seeded Heath in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Worthington Christian Middle School.
The district champion plays Bloom-Carroll, Buckeye Valley, Jonathan Alder or Licking Valley in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Zanesville. The regional final is Nov. 2 at Zanesville.
Franz to run in regional meet
Junior Emily Franz will represent the cross country program in the girls Division II regional meet Saturday, Oct. 26, at Troy. The top 16 individuals advance to state Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
In the district meet Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial, Franz was third (19 minutes, 2.09 seconds) to advance individually as the girls placed 10th (289) of 20 teams behind champion Granville (48).
The boys squad finished 11th (347) of 21 teams at district behind champion Sparta Highland (52). The top finisher for the boys was junior Brandt Groene (46th, 18:33.4).
Field hockey team falls to Kilbourne
The 10th-seeded field hockey team lost to ninth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 1-0 in the second round of the district tournament Oct. 16.