Jeannette native Hall named 'champion of the week' for Ohio State
Another week, and another huge game for Jordan Hall.
The Jeannette High School graduate and senior running back at Ohio State University continues to be one of the top players for the undefeated Buckeyes. On Saturday, Hall had a career-high 170 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Ohio State beat California, 52-34. Hall also had five receptions for 20 yards. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer pegged Hall as one of the “champions of the game,” a weekly MVP-like designation.
Through three games, Hall leads the Buckeyes with a whopping 470 yards rushing on 54 carries, an average of 6.3 yards per carry and 134 yards per game.
With Hall's versatile skill set, the possibility remains that Meyer may move Hall around in various formations and packages, including some snaps at wide receiver, as the season progresses.
“I don't know. Been thinking about that . . . but Jordan Hall certainly has earned the right to touch the ball in a big way,” Meyer said in his weekly press conference.
The NCAA Division I FBS Buckeyes – ranked No. 4 in the nation by the Associated Press – have their final nonconference tune-up of the season when they host FCS Florida A&M (1-2) Saturday at noon. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Hall isn't the only Jeannette grad contributing on an undefeated Division I team.
Demetrious Cox and Michigan State are now 3-0 after a 55-17 home win over Youngstown State on Saturday. Cox, a redshirt freshman safety, has played in all three games and has accumulated four tackles.
The schedule gets much tougher for Cox and the Spartans this Saturday when they visit No. 22 Notre Dame (2-1). Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on NBC.
Batts, IUP look strong
IUP – featuring Jeannette grad Jordan Batts – again appears to be a national force.
After a 49-0 drubbing of Cheyney on Saturday, IUP is 2-0 and has outscored its opponents 79-20. The Crimson Hawks are ranked No. 8 in all of Division II.
Batts, a redshirt sophomore defensive lineman, has two tackles, including one solo stop.
Batts and the Crimson Hawks will play close to home Saturday when they visit Greensburg to take on Seton Hill. On paper, it appears IUP has a good shot to remain undefeated as Seton Hill is 0-2, coming off of a 70-7 loss to East Stroudsburg last week. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 92.5 fm, U92radio.com and IUPAthletics.com.
Waynesburg sets records
Waynesburg and Jeannette grad Thomas Paulone remained undefeated (2-0) when they went on the road and downed Frostburg State, 59-49, in a shootout Saturday. It was a stark contrast to last year's meeting between the two teams when Waynesburg used a power running attack to beet Frostburg, 21-7.
This year's installment of the game featured 1,165 yards of total offense. Yellow Jackets' quarterback Carter Hill broke the school's all-time record for passing yards in a game by going 38-of-53 for 481 yards. Paulone, a senior running back, played extensively on special teams in the win.
When Waynesburg hosts St. Vincent (0-1) Saturday, it will be the opening of Division III Presidents' Athletic Conference play for both teams. It will also be a battle of former Jayhawks teammates as St. Vincent features junior Darius Brown at cornerback. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast at athletics.stvincent.edu and waynesburgsports.com.