Having just spent the second half Nov. 2 watching Miyan Williams almost singlehandedly put an end to his team’s season, Olentangy High School football coach Mark Solis couldn’t find Cincinnati Winton Woods’ star running back fast enough after a 49-42 loss in a Division II, Region 8 first-round game.
“I just told him he was as good as I’ve ever seen in 20 years and to make sure he takes care of his business,” Solis said. “If he does that, he will go (to any college) he wants. He’s the real deal.”
The 5-foot-10, 210-pound junior amassed 279 of his 431 yards in the second half, rushing for six touchdowns overall as top-seeded Winton Woods — last year’s Division II runner-up — roared back from a 35-14 halftime deficit to oust the eighth-seeded Braves 49-42.
Williams’ scoring runs were from 71 and 1 yards in the first half and 73, 27, 88 and 52 yards after the break. His last touchdown gave the Warriors the lead for good with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left.
“My line blocked its tails off,” Williams said. “If I get hot, there isn’t any cooling down. (431 yards) is amazing, but without my offensive line, I don’t get one yard.”
The loss spoiled an explosive night for Olentangy’s offense, which amassed 603 yards of its own even without injured running back Zach Shiblaq.
Quarterback Connor Haag completed 28 of 37 passes for 432 yards, throwing two touchdowns to tight end Ian Drummond. Drummond caught eight passes for 132 yards and Caden Kaiser added 10 catches for 247 yards.
Haag threw touchdown passes of 6 and 22 yards to Kaiser and Drummond, respectively, for a 14-0 lead. Max Walden then recovered a fumbled exchange between Williams and quarterback MiChale Wingfield and ran 35 yards untouched to the end zone to make it 21-0 in the final seconds of the first quarter.
Luke Riedel rushed for 168 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns as Olentangy’s featured running back. He scored from 1 and 2 yards, the latter tying the game at 42 midway through the fourth quarter before Williams scored from 52 yards on the Warriors’ next play from scrimmage.
“We just had to get back to playing our football,” said Winton Woods coach Andre Parker, whose team improved to 10-1 and will play fifth-seeded Morrow Little Miami in a regional semifinal Nov. 9. “We turned the football over (once) and they made good from it. But Miyan Williams, I think he’s the best player in the state of Ohio.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final OLENTANGY 21 14 0 7 42 WINTON WOODS
0 14 21 14 49
O—Kaiser 6 pass from Haag (Pethtel kick)
O—Drummond 22 pass from Haag (Pethtel kick)
O—Walden 35 fumble recovery (Pethtel kick)
WW—Williams 71 run (Velasquez kick)
O—Riedel 1 run (bad snap)
WW—Williams 1 run (Velasquez kick)
O—Drummond 7 pass from Haag (Kaiser pass from Haag)
WW—Wingfield 5 run (Velasquez kick)
WW—Williams 73 run (Velasquez kick)
WW—Williams 27 run (Velasquez kick)
WW—Williams 88 run (Velasquez kick)
O—Riedel 2 run (Pethtel kick)
WW—Williams 52 run (Velasquez kick)