Friday, September 22, 2017

Week 4 Recap: Wayne rolls past Miamisburg; Belmont thumps Meadowdale; Trotwood drops 50+ on Tipp; Thurgood, Ponitz, get W's; Fairmont, Franklin stay undefeated

Here's the Week 4 Recap and Headlines of football in the Miami Valley:

Wayne stops the Burg as McKee erupts for 6 TDs
Wayne was down 7 midway through the 2nd quarter, and the Vikings continent was feeling like "this could be the year" after a TD had put them up 21-14 right before the half.
Would this be the year that Miamisburg continues through its season undefeated, beating one of its nemesis, the Wayne Warriors?
Was Wayne overrated?
Warriors head coach Jay Minton felt, that at that moment, he would see what his team was truly made of.
Backs against the wall, young team as a whole, and playing against a good team salivating for a win against them?

"I just hoped the guys would stay calm" Minton said.
Erupt was more like it.

Rashad McKee Jr, the fast rising junior QB, then took the game into his own hands and delivered one of the best peformances by a QB in this young season.
He directed the Warriors to a TD drive capped  on a run by himself to tie the game before half, then directed 5 more drives in the 2nd half en route to a 56-28 blowout win at Heidkamp Stadium on Friday Night.

Wayne tied it up at half, then took the lead on a McKee to Blue Smith TD immediately after the half.
From there it was all Wayne.
Junior WR Steven Victoria was also a stud for the night, as he had a career high 6 catches for a whopping 203 yards on the game.
Wayne new moves to 3-1 while Miamisburg falls to 3-1.
 Star WR Tyler Johnson caught a TD for the Vikings in the first loss on the season.

Belmont continues its dominant defensive run, shuts out Lions
The Bison continued to show why they could be headed towards a 3rd consecutive playoff run as they dominated the Lions in a 57-0 win. The Bison have given up 1.3 points a game, a stifling mark this far into the season. Coach White was happy with the performance, but knows that its still early and the Bison must stay focused for the playoff stretch. Senior RB's Elijah Malcolm and Dawson Martin led the Bison.

Trotwood pounds Tipp as Hargrove goes wild
The Rams rode the All-American candidate in Raveion Hargrove as they pummeled Tippecanoe 55-10. Hargrove ran over, around, and through the Tipp defense for over 230 yards and 2 TDs' as the #1 Team in D-3 and possibly the entire state cruised to a road win. Trotwood now improves to 4-0.

Elks stop Springfield after miscues doom Cats  
Centerville continued to ride first year coach Brent Ullery magic to a big 24-12 road win in Springfield this weekend in a clash between 2 undefeated squads. The keys in the game was the miscues made by the Cats' in the red zone, and with star QB Alec Grandin lighting it up for over 230 yards passing and 2 TD's for Centerville, the Elks avenged defeat last year on their home field by the Cats. Centerville (4-0) is now ranked #7 in the State poll while Springfield falls to 3-1.

Thurgood rallies to snatch first W
Thurgood was on the ropes against Western Hills, but used a dynamic 2nd half to get their first W of the season in Cincy. Western Hills had cut the lead to 3 (24-21) and the momentum had shifted, but the Cougars ran off 21 straight points to lockdown their first victory on the season and in the SWOPL.

Bowser carries Sidney to another epic win with record setting performance
Northwestern commit Isaiah Bowser powered the Yellow Jackets to a 4-0 mark with a 413 yard 6- TD performance against Xenia as they outpaced the Bucs 55-48.
 Sidney needed every yard of the efforts as they couldn't stop the Bucs. So they relied on their monster back, and he delivered. Again. And again. And again.
He has over 1,000 yards already, and could be headed for OHSAA record type numbers at this point. Not to mention that Sidney is now 4-0.

Fairmont continues to ride the unbeaten streak after improbable comeback
Fairmont continued its great run with a big comeback victory over Springboro, as 2nd year head coach David Miller runs the Firebirds record to 4-0. A Braden Miller to Ryan Hall bomb was the difference as the Fairmont only threw the ball 3 times, but the 3rd times a charm as the bomb helped keep the Firebirds undefeated.

Ponitz shuts out Riverview Academy
Ponitz was able to pick up its first win of the season, a 32-0 shutout over Riverview Academy. Coach Jim Place knows he has a young team, but the Panthers came out focused and took care of business to get their first defensive shutout and win on the season in the SWOPL.

Stars of Week 4 

Rashad McKee, QB Wayne 
McKee a junior, was the biggest star of the Weekend, with 6 TD's total against a top opponent in Miamisburg. Not only did he produce 6 TD's, McKee stepped up when the Warriors needed him most.

Tavion Thomas, Dunbar 
Thomas has found his groove with another 160 yard performance in a big win over Schoder.

Raveion Hargrove, RB  Trotwood 

Hargrove was ultra dynamic in rushing for 230+ yards and 2 TD's as the Rams routed Tipp. The Bowling Green commit broke off a couple of long runs, which helped the Top Ranked Rams.

Isaiah Bowser, RB Sidney 

Bowser rushed around, through, and past Sidney defenders for 413 yards and 6 TD's as the Xenia defense had no answer for the Northwestern commit

Alec Grandin, QB Centerville 
Grandin was nearly flawless in a hostile environment against a team who has playoff hopes, in which he went 20-24 for 230 against a very tough defense. He also kept the Elks undefeated and now ranked in the state (#7)

Elijah Malcolm, RB Belmont   Malcolm
was unstoppable along with the O-Line as they did what they wanted in the big win over Meadowdale.

Ayyoub Muhummed,  QB  Thurgood  Muhummed took the Cougars to a big win with a decisive 4th quarter in which he led the attack as Thurgood grabbed its first W of the season in SWOPL play.

Here are the Top Games in Week 5 around the Miami Valley

Woodward (1-3) @ Belmont (4-0)
Can Woodward find the recipe for a upset tonight at Welcome StadiALum? Belmont has been lights out this season, and put their No Touchdown Rule back on the board. While Woodward hasn't had the season they wanted, they still boast a lot of talent and will be ready to battle. However, this isn't the same Belmont team who has been accustomed to losing. Coach White will have his squad ready to go.

Dunbar (3-1) @  Aiken (3-1) (Saturday)
Can the Wolverines get a big W on the road against one of the best teams in the league? Aiken lost last week, but have played well overall this season. Dunbar has been one of the best teams outside of Week 1, and seem to be getting more confidence as a team. Tavion Thomas has started to explode, which can be attributed to the O-Line getting more camaraderie and cohesion. Aiken will be ready, can the Wolverines pull off another key road victory in Cincy?


Wayne (3-1)  @  Northmont  (3-1)
In the Game of the Week, are the Bolts forreal? Or will the Wayne Train continue to roll, as they are on a 3 game winning streak? Northmont has been on a roll lately, but will face a beast few have been able to conquer in the last decade, and with the Wayne Train offense playing well and getting some key guys back on D such as Taz Wilcox and Antwuan Johnson, the Warriors should be ready for a big game in Northmont.

Springfield (3-1)   @ Lebanon (2-2)
the Cats' shake off a tough home loss and go on the road against a tough Lebanon team that is playing well in the last couple weeks? Will be a tough task for Coach Moe and Springfield.

Fairmont  (4-0)  @ Beavercreek (4-0) 
Which of the unlikely 4-0 teams will continue the magic ride? The Firebirds, or the Beavers, which both have had great success early this season.
Greenville (2-2)  @ Trotwood (4-0)
Can Greenville pull off the biggest upset in OHSAA this season? Or will the Rams prove to be too much like they have for every opponent this season?


Franklin  (4-0)   @ Valley View (4-0)  In a game that could feature 2 teams headed to the playoffs, this is no doubt the game of the year in the SWBL. With both teams featuring high octane rushing offenses, it could come down to the defense on who gains the advantage on being the best in the SWBL.

Alter (3-1)    @  Fenwick (1-3)  Can Alter continue its torrid stretch after a 58-0 rout and a 3 game winning streak? Or will Fenwick get back on track after losing 3 in a row?

C-J  (2-2)   @ Bloom-Carroll (1-3)  - Can C-J continue its midseason push for a possible playoff spot? The Eagles used that big win over Meadowdale and defeated Fenwick to get them back to .500. Can they pull off a big road win?

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Key Games in Week 4; GWOC clashes in Wayne and Springfield; Belmont battles Meadowdale; Dunbar drops 60 on Schroder; Stars of Week 3

With the League play kicking up, heres the top games on slate for Week 4 in the Miami Valley:

(1)  Miamisburg 3-0 @  Wayne  2-1
In a game which Miamisburg desperately wants to win, can they do what it takes to defeat the mighty Wayne Warriors at home?

(2)  Centerville 3-0   @  Springfield 3-0
Centerville has been the Cinderella's of the Season, while Springfield has done what we mostly thought they would. Which team will continue the great run and go 4-0? Possibly the gwoc game of the week.

(3)  Belmont 3-0 vs  Meadowdale - @ Welcome Stadium)
In the Dayton City League game of the week, can Belmont continue its dominant ways? Or will Meadowdale find a way to get it done and possibly the biggest upset of the season?

(4) Trotwood 3-0 @ Tippecanoe 
Will Rams continue to steamroll opponents as they have done already? 
Or will they fall victim to not being focused and let a Tippecanoe team who shouldn't be able to keep up with them pull out the upset? 

(5) Thurgood  @  Western Hills 
Which team will get on the board this season in the W column in this big SWOPL challenge? 

Thursday Recap: 
Dunbar rolls past Schroder for 3rd straight win

The Wolverines was as dominant as they could be in disposing of Cincy Schroeder by a score of 60-23. The win sends Dunbar to 3-1 and gives them another good win, as they prep for the meat of the schedule.
The Coaching staff was very pleased with the offensive effort, as Dunbar struck early and often in the rout at Welcome Stadium.

Stars of Week 3
Here were the standouts in Week 3

Dawson Martin,RB - DB Belmont  -
Martin  rushed for 2 TD's in big win

Markell Stephens -Peppers, Trotwood -
Peppers threw for 4 TD's in a big road win

Tavion Thomas, Dunbar  -
Thomas, the Oklahoma commit, rolled for 160 and 2 TD's in win

Seth Arnold, Dunbar -
Arnold erupted for 23 total tackles in win

Isiah Bowser, Sidney -
Bowser rolled for 2 long 2 TD's and a huge game on the road

Andre Gordon, Sidney -
Gordon,  ran a 94 yard TD run to set Sidney off to a big road win

Leonard Taylor, Springfield  -
Taylor ran for a TD and passed for one in a road win in Lima

Ryan Peltier, C-J  -
Peltier led the Eagles to a 50-0 lead with 2 TD passes and a TD run

Raveion Hargrove, Trotwood  -
"Shock" Hargrove went for 200+ of offense and a TD against the best in Columbus

Tony Clark, Miamisburg -
Clark ran for 3 TDs in a blowout win

Jaden Rucker Furlow, Belmont  -
Furlow, the Miami Ohio commit,  grabbed another INT for the best D in the city

Ryan Montgomery, Franklin -
Montgomery scored 3 times in big win at Piqua.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week 3 Recap: Trotwood, Springfield, Dunbar get key road Ws; C-J, Wayne cruise; Belmont defeats Thurgood; Dayton dominates vs big schools

Here's the top headlines and results for week 3 in the Miami Valley in football:

Raveion "Shock" Hargrove levitates after a TD vs Pickerington Central 

Trotwood defeats #1 ranked Pickerington Central;  Stephens-Peppers shows mettle, Rams now sit at #1 in the OHSAA D-3 poll
 Trotwood showed why they are one of the best teams in Ohio, bar none, as they went up to Pickerington and handled business to the tune of 28-19.  The Rams got off to a lead and never relinquished it. Central had knocked off some very big opponents in the first 2 weeks, but the Rams offense was too explosive and held a great offense in check as well.

Junior QB Markell Stephens-Peppers and star RB Raveion Hargrove did the heavy lifting, as Stephens Peppers threw 4 TD's on the night, while BG commit Hargrove ran for 10 yards a carry en route to 160 on the ground and 54 in the air with a TD, as the Rams showed moxie, hunger, and that they are forreal.

The Rams were rewarded with the top spot in the first OHSAA D-3 Football Rankings.

Belmont stops Thurgood in DHSS City League Game of the Week; Martin, Furlow shine
The Bison followed their strength of great run play and shutdown D as they defeated Thurgood Saturday night.
  RB Dawson Martin provided 2 TD runs and Elijah Malcolm added 2 more which was too much for the Cougars to handle. While it was close at half, the Bison scored to make it 14-3 at half, a score that would never be threatened en route to a 26-3 victory.

Thurgood responded in the 3rd quarter with a FG, but Belmont came right back and put the game away with a Martin TD. A Jaden Rucker Furlow INT doomed the Cougars comeback hopes.

 Belmont moves to 3-0 while Thurgood falls to 0-3.
Belmont has not allowed a TD in 3 games.

Star QB Leonard Taylor with Coach Douglas as the Wildcats are 3-0 heading into big game Friday Night.
Springfield stays undefeated with big win @ Lima Sr.
The Wildcats star QB in Leonard Taylor passed for a TD and ran for another in the 4th - which turned out to be the game winner - as Springfield remained unbeaten with the big win in Lima 19-16.

This is the first time in over a decade since the Wildcats have went 3-0. The defense was brilliant for most of the night, as junior rising star DB Moses Douglas was able to lead a talented defense to hold a explosive team to 16 points. Coach Doug has brought back a hope to Springfield as they feel that this could be the year.

Wayne defeats Canadian power as Clarkson sees "Blue" breakout
The Wayne Train had its biggest burst of the season with a 34-21 win over Clarkson (Canada).
And it was led by All-America Candidate  L'Christian "Blue" Smith as he totaled 189 yards on 10 catches with a TD as the Wayne Warriors defeated Clarkson (Ottawa, Canada). Blue was downright unstoppable, and the O State commit garnered National Player of the Week awards for the performance. It was a complete performance for the Warriors, who now move to 2-1 on the season.

Dayton teams sweep Pickerington in matchups
Not only did Trotwood defeat Pickerington Central, but Centerville (3-0) extended its undefeated season after squeaking by North 27-26. A late FG sealed the deal for the Elks, and 1st year coach Brett Ullery continues his great run. Can they take it up a notch and win in Springfield this Friday Night?

Franklin stops Piqua, stays undefeated; Montgomery continues to roll
Franklin was able to run its record to 3-0 after riding the shoulders of star RB Ryan Montgomery as he accounted for 190 yards in the offense and 3 TDs in the 21-7 win at Piqua. Super Soph QB Braden Woods came in and starred as well, going 12-12 for 162 yards and a TD after a injury to Braden White in the 1st quarter. Piqua falls to 1-2.

Seth Arnold & Tavion Thomas delivered big for Dunbar
Dunbar gets key road win; Oklahoma commit delivers big in Cincy
The Wolverines pulled out a big road victory in Cincy as they was able to upend a tough Mt Healthy team who had the Wolves on the ropes in the 4th.
Dunbar had jumped out to a 20-7 lead, led by Oklahoma commit Tavion Thomas, who had his breakout game with 150 yards and 2 TD's.
However Mt Healthy rallied back with 2 consecutive 2 TD drives of its own to tie it at 20 as QB Lamier directed Mt Healthy back to a position to take the lead in the 4th.
But a missed extra point left the game tied, and the Wolverines responded with a big drive capped off with a Thomas TD to seal the deal.
Star LB Seth Arnold was downright unstoppable, and had the defensive stat line of the week with 23 tackles - yes you see it right - 23 tackles on the night, and the Wolverines needed every bit of it to get the big victory.
Dunbar goes to 2-1 and stays firm in its move for the playoffs.

The Burg continues its undefeated run; Clark, Johnson lead the way
Miamisburg continued its great early season play with a big victory (41-6) at home against Loveland, as "The Burg" came out firing and scored on 5 of its first 6 possessions to put the game away early. Star RB Tony Clark scored 3 TD's, & Junior QB Tate Vongsy dominated early and often, throwing 2 TD's on the night.

The defense has been lights out as well, led by rising junior CB Cameron Moore, who has shown shutdown ability and great instincts, and it will be needed as he will be taking on Ohio State commit L'Christian Blue Smith and the Wayne train this Friday night in a key game for the Burg.

C-J pounds Meadowdale
The Eagles haven't forgotten what happened 2 years ago, when Meadowdale defeated them at Welcome Stadium by the score of 6-0.

Well C-J exacted revenge as they ran past Meadowdale early and often to the score of 63-22, as the Eagles offense was hitting on all cylinders.
The score was 50-0 in the 2nd quarter before the Lions were able to regroup.
Marquis George and Ryan Peltier led the charge as the Eagles got on the board this season (1-2) for the first time in a big way. Meadowdale falls to 0-3.

Dynamic Duo leads Sidney past Carroll
If this is a precursor for what could happen this year, watch out as Star RB Isiah Bowser and Star QB Andre Gordon scored 4 times in the game of a 35-7 romp of Carroll. Gordon started it off with a 94- yard run and Bowser followed that up with 2 Runs himself - for 74 and 45 yards as the Yellow Jackets were too explosive for Carroll. Sidney moves to 3-0 as well. Carroll falls to 1-2.
 If Sidney can continue to play good defense, watch out as they have 2 bona-fide stars who can carry a offense.

Nex: Star players in Week 3

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Top Games For Week 3; Can Trotwood defeat Columbus Power? Wayne to take on Canadian squad; C-J to battle Meadowdale;

Here's the top games for week 3 as team starting to hit their stride in the regular season in the Miami Valley. There are some interesting Dayton vs Columbus matchups, which will show up in the OHSAA point standings as well.
Can Thurgood knock off Belmont in the City League game of the Week? 

Trotwood (2-0)  @ Pickerington Central (2-0)
Trotwood comes into this matchup with a couple of big wins and a lot of juice heading into a premiere matchup with Columbus finest as Pickerington has knocked off a couple of top powers already this year.
Can Trotwood go into Pickerington and get a big road win?
Look for a big Rams showing.

Carroll (2-0)  @ Sidney  (2-0)
With Isiah Bowser leading the way, can Sidney show they are forreal? Bowser set a record last week for yards, and the combo of him and Andre Gordon is enough for the Yellow Jackets to think playoffs. They will be tested severely by a tough Carroll squad.

Clarkson North (Ottawa)  @  Wayne (1-1)
Can the Wayne Train continue like they did last week with a big shutout win against a power from Canada? Clarkson hasn't had a great start to the season for the Canadian squad, as they are playing against the best competition in the country, and we'll get no let up as the Wayne Train comes off a shutout win against Olentangy. Look for a big "Blue" showing and more from QB Rashad McKee  tonight as Wayne will have his first home game.

C-J (0-2)  @ Meadowdale (0-2)
Can Chaminade get a win against the Lions, who have a new coach and  in tow? The Eagles have been blindsided in the first 2 weeks and both teams desperately need a win who will win in this Friday night Clash at Welcome Stadium?

Belmont  (2-0)  vs  Thurgood (0-2) @ Welcome Stadium (Saturday)
In the Dayton public schools game of the week, can Thurgood pull off the big upset over what looks like a playoff molded Belmont team?

Thurgood look tough in game 1, but in game 2 they were shut out by Alter.
Belmont has already had two good weeks and will be looking to put it's imprint on the City and the SWOPL.
 Running back Elijah Malcolm has been a stud with 6 Tds into in the first 2 weeks.

Pickerington North  @ Centerville  (2-0)
The Elks look to go to 3-0 under a new coaching regime but will be going against a tough Pickerington team who will be up to task.

Loveland  @ Miamisburg (2-0)
Can Miamisburg continue its great play to go to 3-0  against a solid Loveland team? With WR Tyler Johnson making plays, Miamisburg should be ready to go with its fiery coach.

Dunbar (1-1) @ Mt Healthy
Can Dunbar continue what they did in the second half of the last game? The Wolverines must get off to a good start, as they haven't had the best of luck on the road in the past few seasons.
Star WR JoJo Scates broke out last game, so look for RB Tavion Thomas to do the same this week.
 Mount Healthy is a tough team and plays well at home so Dunbar will have its hands full tonight.

Franklin (2-0) @ Piqua (1-1)
In what will be possibly the game of the week, can Franklin and its high-powered offense
- led by do it all RB Montgomery -continue it's onslaught against a determined Piqua Squad who was left out of the playoffs last year and seems to be playing with a chip on their shoulders?
Piqua took a tough loss last week to Trotwood, but Trotwood is one of the best teams in the state.

Xenia  (1-1)  @  Alter (1-1)
Can Xenia continue after a positive showing last week and pull off a big upset this week against alter?
The Knights bounced back with a thumping of Thurgood, and knows that every game is crucial for them to make the playoffs. Xenia has some good talent, but can they play to the level of alter tonight?

West Carrollton (1-1) @ Preble Shawnee
Can West Carrollton win the second game in a row for the first time it over 10 years?
 The Pirates pulled out a resounding victory against Northridge last week, but now that they are on the road can they step up to the task?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Belmont stifles Dunbar as Elijah Malcolm shines in Season Opener; Week 1 Key Games

The Belmont Bison came in with a couple chips on their shoulder, as they had heard all the trash talk and expert analysis they could take.

They had heard how Dunbar was the top dog in the city.... How they couldn't defeat, or even think about defeating the Wolverines...How all of Dunbar players are headed to big schools.....The social media trash talk....The blame for what happened last year.
 And on and on.

Before the game Coach White and the Bison were pretty calm, while Dunbar was riled up, ready for war.

 Coach Earl White and the Belmont staff came up with a precise game plan to stop the All-American candidate in Jojo Scates. However, they were also able to shut down the running game and Oklahoma commit Tavion Thomas, hound the QB all night with pressure from the front line, and with it the Bison ended the losing streak against the Dunbar Wolverines, in convincing fashion no less 42-0 Thursday night at Welcome Stadium.

While there were a few stars that we thought could be game changers it was the O and D line that delivered the difference - along with the Dayton HS Sports Player of the Game in Elijah Malcolm, who rushed for over 100+ with 4 scores on the night.

 When I asked Malcolm how it feels to finally beat Dunbar?

"Can't describe the feeling" as he looked in shock himself to what had just happened.

Coach White and the Belmont staff had a game plan, and it worked to near perfection.

 Belmont received the ball after Dunbar deferred, and the Bison had had a nice time consuming 1st drive which ended up inside the 10, but no points.
After a Dunbar punt, Belmont then marched  back down and scored on a 2-yard Elijah Malcolm run.
 Belmont, known for its signature Wing T offense, was able to get nice running holes for Malcolm and 2 way star Dawson Martin, who also had a good game as well.

By the time Dunbar had got into Belmont territory they were already down 22-0.

Jaden Rucker Furlow, the Miami (Ohio) commit, also grabbed a INT on the night and was the leader of a fast moving, hard hitting defense that kept Dunbar off track the entire night. Even when it looked as if Dunbar would score, the Bison tightened up,  thwarting a goal line try for Dunbar late in the game to preserve the shutout.

The Bison didn't attempt a pass until the end of the 1st half, and by that time?

It was already 22-0.

Coach Powell and the Dunbar nation was suprised, and hurt, but knows there is still hope for a good season.

But on this Season Opener in 2017-18?

The Belmont Bison showed up and showed out. And let it be known, that any plans for a SWOPL championship will go through the Bison.

On a positive note, the event was well attended, no fighting or negative vibes. And it maybe was the 10 biggest football crowds in DPS history.

There was tailgating, dancing, and a great atmosphere for the event. After it was over the coaches and players shook hands and gave respect.

AD Mark Baker and Superintendent Rhonda Corr both attended the event and Corr gave her congrats to the Bison nation on the big win.

Dunbar will face Ponitz next week while Belmont will head on the road next week.

Top 5 Games of Week 1 

With HS Football kicked off for most all the teams, here's our Top 5 Games of Week 1

Troy  @ Trotwood  Can Troy pull off another upset like they did last season?
The Rams are experienced and will be ready.

Wayne  @ Highland Prep Pitt  (Sunday)  Can Wayne go to a perennial Pennsylvania powerhouse and win? Star WR L'Christian Blue Smith will make announcement prior to game. All the event will be televised on ESPN on Sunday

Danville @ Ponitz  Can Ponitz withstand one of the best teams in Kentucky in perennial power Danville?

Piqua  @  Meadowdale Piqua will not be a happy team, as they were shut out of the playoffs last year because of the Dunbar Belmont fiasco. Fast forward and they get to take on the Lions, who has a new coach and a new regime in the Lions den.
Could be a long night for Meadowdale.

Springfield Shawnee @ Thurgood (Saturday)
Can the Cougars get off to a good start against a tough opponent. Shawnee will be ready to go against a young but talented Thurgood team.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Move aside Alter Fairmont; Hottest football ticket in town is Dunbar Belmont in 2017-18 Season Opener; Key Storylines; 10 D-1 Recruits in the Game? & more

 With all the drama that has surrounded Dayton Public Schools regarding the football fiasco between Dunbar and Belmont from last year?

Its only right that one of the first games on the schedule for the 2017-18 High School year is Dunbar - Belmont in week 1.

Both teams come into this season as potential favorites to win the SWOPL (SouthWest Ohio Public League)  which combines the Public Schools from Dayton and Cincinnati.

Last year Belmont lost to Dunbar, albeit in dramatic fashion, but was still able to reach the playoffs, after Dunbar was forced to forfeit the last 2 games due to playing a ineligible player, in which the Bison had made a referral to the day of the game.

Dunbar would then go through a investigation that would have the Head Coach battling for his job, his reputation, and his legacy, along with the Wolverines brass waiting in tow on the decision.
After not being re-hired due to a short staffed hiring committee, Powell, the Dunbar community, and the team showed support, protested, and petitioned.

After a long process Powell would be given his job back.

And what happened to Belmont since the fiasco?

They reached the OHSAA Playoffs for the 2nd consecutive year, and for the 1st time in Team history. They were the clear cut winner in the fan support, and they also stuck it to the Wolverines, a team who wants to get where the Bison have gone the last 2 seasons.

Coach White also got to keep his AD job, which was a win win for the Bison as well.

So, fast forward to tonight.

After all the drama that has been went down, tonight we get the rematch.

Here's our analysis of how each team looks heading into the Matchup.

Dunbar will be playing with a rage of emotions that will rival that of a State Championship game. They felt last year they were one of the top teams in the State.
While they lost some key stars on both sides (Keyshawn Jones, Jeffrey Wagner, Antwuan Johnson), they still have young players ready to step in.

Now they will come out with 2 superstars on offense (RB Tavion Thomas & WR-DB  Jo Jo Scates) and a star on the rise on defense (LB Seth Arnold), the Wolverines are set.
With a rejuventated coaching staff, Wolverine Nation behind them, and a loaded squad, they will be amped to play.

Belmont coach Earl White, the top coach in the SWOPL at the moment, has changed the Bison program, and he knows this is a "Signature Game" for his program.

Win this one? And you set the tone as the premiere team from Dayton in the SWOPL. Along with beating a team that you feel like should be your rival.

But as we all know, a rivaly can't be considered a rivalry until you beat the squad that has beat you at least one time, in a meaningful game.

Loaded with senior stars in WR- DB  Jaden Rucker Furlow, star RB Elijah Malcolm & DB-RB Dawson Martin, and experience in the trenches, the Bison have plenty in store for this game.

While the Bison have heard all the talk about how Dunbar keeps dealing them losses year after year, they are primed to get it done. They have a new gunslinger and coach White has made it known that he wants to put the ball in the air this season, as once he gets to the playoffs, the running game needs to be complimented with a passing game as well.

While both teams have star players leading the charge, they both have the coaching staffs, teams, and support staff to go deep into the playoffs this season, even with a loaded division due to competitive balance that OHSAA has implemented the likes of Alter, Trotwood, and C-J.

With so many storylines heading into the game, here are just a few to ponder:

(1) Will Belmont get blown out again?

(2) Can Bison win the "trenches?"

(3) Which Star player can lead his team?

(4) Will there be a handshake after the game?

(5) Which team will have the most fan support?

(6) Are there really 10 D-1 Players in the game?  While there are 3 to 4 committed D-1 recruits in the game, how many actual D-1 talent will be on hand? And could we see a new star in the making?
While there may not be 10 d-1 recruits, there could be 7 or 8 for sure. Which is a whole lot in 1 high school football game.

With so much on the line, this game could be one of the best of the year.  And with as many as 10 possible D-1 recruits on the field?
Should be a ton of scouts on display as well.
Expect some great football tonight.
Whoever wins should have some real momentum heading into season.

Welcome Stadium.
Don't miss it.

This is the Game of the Week.
Move aside Alter - Fairmont.

The entire city of Dayton is waiting on this game.
Come out and support the hottest ticket in the house.

No matter who wins or loses, it will be a game to remember.

Are you ready for some football?

Saturday, July 29, 2017

All Time Leading Scorer Joins Charity Game; Cook Player Coach of event?

In some recent news, the City Leagues All Time leading scorer in Richard "TuTu" Brown will be in a uniform for the Conquer the Court Charity Game today at Belmont HS.

After getting word there was a spot available, the scoring great from Dunbar wanted to join in.

It was found out a spot had been reserved for another player but they would be able to play, in which Brown was added on the roster.

Brown was lethal in leading the Wolverines back in the 90's and did so to the tune of becoming the Highest Scorer in Dayton Public League History.

Brown will join legends such as Juan Gay, Dwight Anderson, Mike Williams and more as they will compete today (1pm) @ Belmont HS.

There has been word that another Dunbar great in Daequan Cook may come by and participate as well.

The event will benefit the Dayton Public School District and Central State.