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Columbus City League North Division: Mifflin Punchers roll to 53-21 win over Centennial

Head coach Gregg Miller has the Mifflin football program in an upward swing ( photo)


The Mifflin Punchers have an experienced offensive line and that has been the key so far in 2013.

The offensive line is three-deep.

Friday night, the line opened the holes for

Montrese Frazier who scored four touchdowns on the ground in a 53-21 win over the Centennial Stars.

The Punchers (3-2, 2-0) outgained the Stars 410-279 in the road win.

The Stars fall to 3-2, 1-1.

Mifflin head coach Gregg Miller in his fourth season at Mifflin with a record of 23-12, has revived the program and brought back fan support. Friday nights at Mifflin are a real showplace with a winning football team and a very solid Marching Band.


COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE: Northland North Division streak hits 92 with rout of Mifflin

Game report from Dan Wagner

The Northland Vikings, kingpins of the City League, have won an unbelievable 92 straight games in a row in the North Division dating back to February of 2006.

Friday night at home, the Vikings defeated the Mifflin Punchers, 89-57 to go  7-0, 5-0.

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Armani Towns scored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and Derrick McKeithen chipped in with 20 points.

The Punchers under Gene Caslin, drop to 2-6, 2-3.

Kameron Green led Mifflin with 16 points.

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Maurice Hale, QB/CB Columbus Beechcroft Cougars

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QB/CB Maurice Hale

The Beechcroft Cougars have been the football team to beat in the Columbus City League North Division for the past few years.

Yes, I realize there are the Brookhaven Bearcats, their arch-rivals; the Northland Vikings and the Mifflin Punchers in that division. However, the Cougars, under head coach Bruce Ward, in his fourth season, are 16-5 the past two seasons with a playoff appearance. Furthermore, the last North Division team to beat them was Northland.

The Cougars are still the team to beat despite losing the talents of James Duncan, Alpha Berry, Kevin Chappelle, James Clayborn, Shaquille Minnifield, Jalen and Jamar Rudolph through graduation.

One of the reasons Beechcroft is still the team to beat, are the talents of senior quarterback/cornerback Maurice Hale. He is also a top-notch basketball player for the Cougars.

Hale, who is 6’3, 195 pounds, rarely leaves the field. He is what they call an “athlete” in today’s football world. He also plays  long-snapper and place-kick holder. The only time the fans won’t see him on the field is on returns. He is that valuable to the Cougars success.

2011 was a breakout season for the talented Hale. He was awarded All-City League, All-District Division II honors. He set a school-record with 2,087 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions and rushed for over 900 yards.

Maurice Hale under the watchful eye of head coach Bruce Ward

Last season, Beechcroft was 9-2 in Division II, Region 7 and 7-0 in the City League North. They won eight games in a row to end the season. The Cougars were the seeded fifth in the playoffs, but lost at fourth-seeded Big Walnut, 14-7 in the first round.

That defeat has inspired the Cougars to do even better this year with less games in the regular season. Mostly all high school football team around Central Ohio opened the season on August 24. Beechcroft had a game with Columbus Independence on the schedule, but the 76ers wanted to play Columbus Mifflin instead and it left the Cougars hanging. But Coach Ward said “it gave us a chance to get in more practice time.”

Beechcroft is 2-1 going into this week’s encounter with the Whetstone Braves.

The Cougars started the season in Week 2 beating Dublin Jerome, 18-10; in Week 3 they lost 20-18 at St. Charles and in Week 4 they overpowered Centennial, 55-15.

Hale’s favorite target is WR Khaleed Franklin, who is a big, fast and physical player at 6’3, 200 pounds.

Hale used to play Safety, but Ward moved him to cornerback to cut down on injuries. Safeties with their free-style, open play and hard-hitting often get injured more than DB’s.

Beechcroft has played in the OHSAA playoffs 14 times. In 2009 and 2010, they finished 7-3 with a strong schedule but did not make it. They don’t want that to have again. Maurice Hale said the goal is the playoffs, always!

Beechcroft benefits from being located in a very nice neighborhood off State Route 161 in North Columbus, Ohio





COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Mifflin beats Westland in high-scoring affair, 53-38



The Mifflin Punchers got their first win of the football season, 53-38 at Galloway Westland.

Javonte Bing threw for four touchdowns and rushed for three others to even the Punchers record at 1-1.

Kamaron Green, who is an All-City defensive back, starred at wide receiver with 12 receptions for 168 yards.

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The 1-1 Cougars were led by Jalen Brown, who rushed for 256 yards.

Westland was outgained by the speedier Punchers, 571-445 total offensive yards.

Mifflin put the game away with 33 points in the second half, 14 in the 3rd quarter and 19 in the 4th.

COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE FOOTBALL: 76ers minus star RB Manning, surprises Mifflin, 32-19



Everybody knows that the Independence 76ers are good when they have their star running back Naijae Manning.

But can they win without him? Yes, they can without a doubt!

With Manning out of action nursing a pectoral injury, the 76ers showed the Mifflin Punchers that they indeed have weapons to indeed compete and win despite their star being out.

Final score, Independence 32 Mifflin 19.

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Manning, the 210-pound, 1,000-yard rusher will be back next week but the 76ers showcased other players in his absence.

The 76ers used their speedy track stars, Dominic Ward, Vincent Rambo and Jahquan Walden in various formations including the wildcat, spread and conventional offensive set to spring them free.

Ward raced 66 yards for a touchdown, Walden rambled 50 yards for a score.

The score reached 32-0 at the half and Mifflin was done for the night.


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