Along the seasonal path to Orrville’s 2018 OHSAA Div. V football state championship, a slew of Orrville High School, Wayne County and OHSAA records were rewritten along the way. As it is with all team championships, the Red Riders’ season of dreams took a total team effort, but within that team effort blossomed some pretty ridiculous performances and statistics over the course of the season.
2018 Div. V state final
Let’s start with the Red Riders state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 1 when Orrville (13-2) squared up with the fourth-ranked Johnstown-Monroe Johnnies (13-2) in week 15 for all the marbles. The Red Riders 49-34 victory earned Orrville the school’s second football title, 20 years after securing the first gridiron title in 1998.
- This was Orrville’s fifth state title game appearance in school history and first trip to the state finals since 1998 when the Red Riders earned the school’s first football state championship by defeating Coldwater 23-21 in the Div. IV title game.
- The 2018 playoffs resulted in the Red Riders’ 23rd playoff appearance overall, which ranks first in Wayne County history. The 23 playoff appearances ties Orrville (with Coldwater) for 12th place all-time since the OHSAA adopted the playoffs in 1972, just one appearance behind Massillon Washington (24) and two appearances behind Canton McKinley (25). Newark Catholic holds the OHSAA record for most playoff appearance with 35.
- In the 2018 state final, the Red Riders and Johnnies combined for 710 rushing yards, which broke the all-time OHSAA state title game record (all divisions) by 92 yards. The previous record (618) was held by Toledo Central Catholic and The Plains Athens when they played in the Div. III title game in 2014. Orrville finished with 425 yards on the ground, and Johnstown-Monroe ran for 285 yards.
- Orrville’s 425 rushing yards for the game ranked sixth all-time in OHSAA title game history (all divisions).
- Orrville and Johnstown-Monroe tied the OHSAA Div. V state title game records with 12 combined TDs and 83 combined points.
- Orrville’s seven total TDs tied the OHSAA Div. V title game record that is shared by seven other teams (including the Norwayne Bobcats back in 2011).
- Logan Domer, Orrville’s senior quarterback, tied the OHSAA Div. V state title game record for rushing TDs scored. His four scores on the ground was previously matched by four other players in Div. V state finals history.
In addition to Domer’s clutch performance in the OHSAA state final, Marquael Parks and Cain Duskey collectively had record-setting performances for the Red Riders this season.
Cain Duskey, senior placekicker for the Red Riders:
- Cain is Orrville High School’s all-time leader for most XPs made in a single season with 80 (out of 85 attempts). He eclipsed former Red Rider Chad Teague’s school standard (68 XPs in 1999) during the state semifinal game against Liberty Center.
- Duskey’s 80 extra points this season unofficially places him in a tie for seventh place on the OHSAA all-time list for most XPs in a season.
- After the state title game where Cain was a perfect 7-of-7 on XPs, despite a very wet football and wetter surface, Duskey unofficially moved into sixth place on the OHSAA all-time list for most points kicked in a season with 104.
- Acknowledging his golden foot, Cain received Div. V All-Ohio Special Mention honors in football while at the same time earning Div. III All-Ohio Second Team honors while playing soccer for Orrville this fall. One can’t imagine that there have been too many student-athletes at Orrville (or anywhere else) to earn All-Ohio honors in two different sports during the same season.
Marquael Parks, sophomore running back/defense back for the Red Riders, completed his season of dreams by obliterating just about every Orrville and Wayne County single-season scoring and rushing record.
- Parks is Orrville’s and Wayne County’s all-time single-season leader with 56 total TDs and 336 total points scored this season.
- The 56 total TDs this season unofficially ranks Marquael second all-time in OHSAA history (all divisions), falling just one TD shy of tying the all-time state record (Daniel Bangura, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep, 57 TDs, 2016).
- Marquael’s 336 total points scored this season unofficially ranks him second all-time in OHSAA football history (all divisions), just 12 points shy of the top spot (Daniel Bangura, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep, 348 total season points scored in 2016).
- Marquael also added to his total in the top position on Orrville’s and Wayne County’s all-time list for single-season all purpose yards with 3,991. Dru Robinson had previously held Orrville’s top spot with 2,827 APY in 1998.
- Additionally Parks moved into first place on Orrville’s all-time list for rushing yards in a single season when he passed Dru Robinson (2,096 yards, 1998) for the top spot. Parks finished the season with 2,821 rushing yards on 235 carries this season to average a whopping 12 yards per carry. He replaced Smithville’s Aaron Long as Wayne County’s all-time leader for rushing yards in a single season. Long rushed for 2,435 yards back in 2004 for the Smithies.
- Parks now owns Orrville’s top spot for most rushing TDs in a season, breaking Dru Robinson’s previous mark (29, 1998). Unofficially Parks’ 44 rushing TDs ties him for seventh all-time in OHSAA history (all divisions) for rushing TDs in a single season. Daniel Bangura, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep, holds the top spot in Ohio history with 54 rushing TDs in 2016.
- Orrville’s record for longest punt return fell earlier this season when Parks returned a Tuslaw punt 86 yards for a TD in the opening round of the playoffs on Nov. 3. The previous standard was set by former Red Rider Kyle Domer when he returned a punt 85 yards in 1990.
- Here are a few other statistics that jump off the page and might better explain what type of nightmare Parks has been for opposing defenses in just two years:
- As a sophomore Parks stands on hallowed ground as Orrville’s leader in career scoring (468 points) and total rushing yards (3,754 yds). Think of all the talented scorers and running backs that have played for the Red Riders over the years, and Parks has bested their career totals in half the time. Mark Griggs (OHS ’78) previously set the career standard for the Red Riders with 3,551 rushing yards and 362 points for his OHS career.
- Parks passed Dru Robinson (OHS ’98) as Orrville’s new career leader for all-purpose yards with 5,862. Robinson’s career total for all-purpose yards was 4,498.
- As amazing as the above seasonal statistics are, it is baffling to this reporter that Parks wasn’t voted the Principals Athletic Conference (PAC-7) Player of the Year (Tre Tucker, CVCA, SR) or Specialist of the Year (Ethan Wright, Manchester, JR) nor was he selected as the Division V Offensive Player of the Year (C.J. Charleston, Gilmour Academy, SR) despite besting all three players in nearly every category. In the end it was Parks who was an All-Ohio First Team honoree along with his Red Rider teammates who knocked Manchester and Gilmour Academy out of the playoffs on their way to holding the championship hardware that matters most.
Lastly the Red Riders kept scoreboard operators busy this fall as the red, white and black attack averaged 44 points per game.
- Orrville’s seasonal scoring binge finally ended with a school-record 666 total points scored this season. The previous school standard was set by Orrville’s 1999 gridiron squad, which totaled 553 points.
- The 666 total points scored in 2018 unofficially ties Orrville with fellow 2018 state football champion (Div. II) Akron Archbishop Hoban (15-0) and the 1921 team from Toledo Waite for 17th place all-time in OHSAA history (all divisions).
It was certainly a season of dreams in the land of milk and jelly. Coach Doug Davault and his coaching assistants have a lot to be proud of in how the Red Riders came together as a team, learned their roles, did their jobs, bought into the system and handled adversity by trusting each other. The result was a season full of sweet memories, the 2018 OHSAA Div. V football state championship trophy and a community beaming with pride.