Friday, November 17, 2017

Trotwood, C-J battle for State Semifinal berth; Winton Woods vs LaSalle

With only 2 local teams left in the OHSAA playoffs and 1 of them guaranteed a State Semifinal spot, it's been another solid year in the Miami Valley.
 This year Chaminade-Julienne (9-3) & Trotwood (12-0) teams will battle for the right to play in the D-3 Semifinal Game next weekend. 



The Rams were predicted by many to be a Stare Finalist, as they had a major portion of their players from last season still in tow.

Led by Senior RB Raveion Hargrove, who just won District Player of the Year, the Rams have been dominant all year, leading to the top spot in the OHSAA State D-3 poll. 

C-J on the other hand?

Not so much, although you seen the talent last season. 
The Eagles started out 0-2, then reeled off 7 straight before being dusted off by Alter in the final week of the season. 



 Despite the loss, the Eagles slipped into the playoffs, and avenged the loss in the 1st round against Alter by smacking the Knights 49-24. 

They then topped that in the Regional Final with a sweet comeback win last weekend, led by rising senior Star QB Ryan Peltier, who has been lights out for most of the season, especially late. 




The 6'4 gunslinger has presence and a arm to get it anywhere on the field. And he can run too. Which makes for for a dynamite match-up against Trotwood lefty Markell Stephens-Peppers who has been a Top 5 All-Ohio QB all season himself. 

The difference? 
Trotwood defense has been deadly all season and don' expect anything different tonight. They will be missing one of their star two-way players in Sammie Anderson, but still have enough versatility to offset the loss. 

And of course, 3kray, which is Hargrove's fast growing and social media buzzing nickname. 



Recently there has been a lot of hate for how good Hargrove is.
  Calling him a prima donna. Needs to be taken down. 
Hargrove is the epitome of what you want in a high school student-athlete, which is why he is revered by everyone in his circle, and respected by his peers the way very few are. 

Coach Colvin of C-J has done a magnificent job of getting the Eagles to believe up to this point. 
Can he come up with the perfect game plan to outmatch wits with the best staff in the game in Trotwood? Can they defeat Jeff Graham and his staff and knock off the huge favorites?

 Or will Ram Nation continue to show why they are on a mission for that elusive State Championship? 

Games at Stebbins HS (730 pm) 




Battle for State Berth in Rematch game in Cincy

Cincy LaSalle has had a good run and will see if that trend will continue against a tough Winton Woods squad who already beat them once.
Woods, who easily won last week, is the favorite but LaSalle is a very tough team, and it will be hard to beat twice.
Both teams are playing at a very high level right now.

Friday, November 10, 2017

All Eyes on Trotwood, Dunbar as they clash for Regional FInal Spot; 6 Teams left in Tourney; Playoff Matchups, Predictions; Louisville, Iowa State jump in for Star WR

When it comes to Trotwood - Dunbar and the rivalry that has ensued over the years, you automatically think about the great basketball teams and games that these teams have had.



However this year, football has joined the party, as the Rams and Wolverines will play for a Regional Final berth tonight at Vandalia Butler (7:30).

Trotwood, who has been in this position many times before, will look to continue their rock solid run as they want to hoist the OHSAA D-3 Championship Trophy after a runner up finish last season. They have been the #1 state ranked team all season since the OHSAA Polls came out.
Star RB Raveion Hargrove, a legitimate Mr. Football in Ohio candidate, leads the Rams.




But, they will have to show they are the best in Dayton.

Which means, this year, defeating the talented Wolverines.

Dunbar, which has been through a great deal in the last calendar year, now gets a shot on the big stage after a thrilling comeback win last week against Goshen 28-27.


Coach Darran Powell is excited for the opportunity, and knows they are facing one of, if not the best in Ohio in Trotwood.
But, this is a interesting game to say the least, as most of the fanatics and experts here in Dayton area know how talented Dunbar is.

With the trio of  RB Tavion Thomas,WR Jo Jo Scates, and LB Seth Arnold, the Wolverines have 3 D-1 type star players who have nearly single-handedly won a game.

But the leadership factor and unity is what has gotten the Wolverines to this point.

And that leadership and unity will have to be on point to be able to match wits with Rams coach Jeff graham and the vaunted coaching staff and the experienced Rams.

Dunbar has the talent, and has shown the consistency and guts to get here, but can they execute and put it all together tonight to pull off one of the biggest victories in their historic football program?

Or will the mighty Ram Nation show why they are the unquestioned team to beat in the OHSAA D-3 Playoffs?

Should be a epic night.

But regardless, great to see local teams getting it done to create these type of matchups deep in the playoffs.




Six teams left in Miami Valley;
Here are the 2nd round Playoff Matchups:

Dunbar          vs   Trotwood   (D-3)
In a game which features a upstart team in Dunbar with State type of talent, but will face the team who looks to be on a straight line to a OHSAA State Title. What star will step up and make it happen?

Centerville    vs   Pickerington North  (D-1)
Can the Elks knock off a hot Pickerington North squad? Both teams had very good 1st round performances. Elks need offensive passing game to be on point to get W over Star QB Jimmy Weirick?

Sidney           vs   Cin. LaSalle  (D-2)
Can the dynamic duo do it again, and defeat one of the big boys from Cincy? LaSalle has been rolling lately, but if Sidney can get the running game going, the Yellow Jackets could move on.

C-J                vs    New Richmond   (D-4)
The Eagles will look to ride the hot hand of star QB Ryan Peltier as they take on a tough New Richmond squad, who knocked off Franklin last week. Can the Eagles do it again and move on?

Valley View   vs  Clinton Massie 
The Spartans have been untouchable this season. Can Massie, a playoff regular lately, pull off the upset?




Louisville, Iowa State enter Jo Jo Scates sweepstakes
Joseph Scates (smiling) with fellow Wolverines on set of Dayton HS Sports 

Jo Jo Scates, the star senior wideout for Dunbar, who has been pursued by the likes of Alabama and West Virginia, is now being recruited by Louisville & Iowa State.

Scates, who came on the Award winning  Dayton HS Sports TV Show last week, talked about how both teams have came into the recruiting trail lately.
Scates is one of the top recievers in Ohio, and had the Game winning TD last week in the playoff win @ Goshen.

While Alabama was thought of as a front runner, Louisville and Iowa State have came on very strong of late.
 Could those schools be offering a starting spot as a true freshman?



Find out more at: DaytonHighSchoolSports.com



Friday, November 3, 2017

Which local teams are in the playoffs? GWOC vs Columbus; CJ-Alter Part 2; Key Players, Predictions

With the playoffs on the horizon lets look at all the teams that made it into the OHSAA 2017 Football  Playoffs and who they will face:

From L-R: Raveion Hargrove, Joseph Scates, Elijah Malcolm, Isaiah Bowser, Andre Gordon, Blue Smith

(SWOPL)
Belmont   @  Sidney   (D-2) 
Can Belmont and their vaunted D defeat Sidney and their dynamic duo?
We taking Belmont in a close one 23-21.


Dunbar    @   Goshen   (D-3)
Can the Wolverines head down to Goshen and defeat the run heavy squad?
We're taking Dunbar 34-24. 


Cin Taft  @ Indian Hill  (D-4)
Can Taft stop a very tough Indian Hill squad?
We take Taft 20-18.



GWOC  vs Columbus
 In what could help shape who wins the State title, the GWOC will square off against Columbus schools this week as the winners will move on to the regional semifinals.
Although there is 7 teams in the playoffs, there are no matchups featuring 2 schools, which could prove to be a epic year like 2 years ago, or could be a Columbus win, depending on how the games swing.
With city bragging rights on the line, here's the matchups:

(D-1)
Pickerington North   @ Wayne
Can North come up to Wayne and stop the Wayne Train? Look for a outburst from Warriors.
Wayne wins 27-20.


Northmont @ Pickerington Central
Can the Bolts continue their great run against arguably the best team in Columbus area?
Pickerington stops Bolts 27-24. 


Hillard Darby  @ Centerville
Can the Elks continue the great run for 1st year coach Brent Ullery? Or will Hillard pull of a upset win?
Elks get it done 24-21.


Fairmont @ Hillard Bradley
Can the Firebirds go into Hillard and defeat the undefeated Bradley team? Fairmont has a playoff type of team, with run first mentality.
Bradley stops Fairmont run 17-7.


(D-2)
Troy  @ Cincy Anderson 
Can the Trojans go down to Cincy and get it done vs a well rounded Anderson squad?
Troy wins on road 26-24.

(D-3)
Trotwood      vs   Elida
Can Elida pull off the major upset? Doubtful, as the Rams are on a mission to grab that title that eluded them last season.
Rams roll 40-7.

C-J              vs   Alter
Can the Eagles get some getback after a beatdown from the Knights last week? Should be a good one.
Alter wins rematch 31-21.

Franklin        vs   New Richmond
Can Franklin continue to put up major numbers against a high firepower squad such as New Richmond?
Franklin falls to New Richmond 34-32.


(D-4)
Waverly      @  Valley View
Can the Spartans continue their undefeated season against a tough Waverly team? The Spartans have whacked every opponent this season they have played.
Valley view wins 37-21.



Dunbar Thomas runs wild on Thurgood, scores 7 TD's in playoff berth win; Final SWOPL Standings; Playoff Matchups for Belmont, Dunbar; Player of Year Candidates

Here's the top Headlines for Week 10 in the SWOPL as we head to the playoffs. 


Tavion Thomas led Wolverines to playoffs with 300 yard, 7 TD Performance



Dunbar Thomas runs wild, leads Wolverines to playoff clinching win
In a game that had so much riding on the line, Dunbar knew there was no tomorrow.

No other chances to show that this group of seniors could come through in the clutch and reach the OHSAA playoffs.
Hadn't done it in 7 years, and after the tumultuous ending last year, would the Wolverines bounce back?
They bounced back in dramatic fashion, as Oklahoma commit and All-SWOPL selection Tavion Thomas would lead the way, with over 300 yards rushing and 7 - yes you read it right - 7 touchdowns on the night to lead the Wolverines to a big win (46-0) over one of its rivals and in the process, ending the Cougars 6-game winning streak and playoff hopes to boot.



Thomas clearly made his statement to possibly be the SWOPL Player of the Year as he ran around, over, and through the Cougars for his career high (301) in his last regualar season game as a Wolverine.

 On  a night which it was raining consistently and cold? Would be a ground and pound type of night.

Exactly the type of game Thomas and the Wolverines wanted.

Thurgood had been putting up major numbers lately, scoring over 40 in recent weeks, but couldn't get the running game going, which doomed the Cougars.
Thurgood ends the season at 6-4 and despite the hurt and not reaching the playoffs, the Cougars were happy with their season overall.

The Wolverines (7-3) now sit as a #5 seed and will head to Cincinnati to take on Goshen (9-1) on Friday night. Goshen is a rock solid program who the Wolverines beat the last time these teams seen each other in the playoffs years ago.



Final Regular Season Standings (SWOPL)

SWOPL AMERICANW-LPCTPFPAW-LPCTPFPASTRK
Belmont 6 - 0 1.00029499 - 0 1.0004119W9
Thurgood Marshall 5 - 1 .800158906 - 4 .556218196   L1
Meadowdale 3 - 3 .500661524 - 6 .400123345W1
Western Hills 2 - 4 .333911343 - 7 .300147253L2
Woodward 2 - 4 .3331071392 - 8 .200146274L1
Ponitz Career Tech 2 - 3 .25033674 - 6 .25077144W1
Hughes 1 - 5  .200432013 - 7  .333141309L5
Standings
ConferenceOVERALL
SWOPL NATIONALW-LPCTPFPAW-LPCTPFPASTRK
Taft 5 - 0 1.000154688 - 2 .800266192 W7
Dunbar 3 - 1 .750166657 - 3 .700368191 W2
Aiken 3 - 2 .600166848 - 2 .800350142 W5
Gamble Montessori 2 - 3 .400801265 - 5 .500210217    W1
Shroder 1 - 4 .200921892 - 8 .200147400 L3
Riverview East 0 - 5 .000262343 - 7 .300142332 L2



Week 1 Playoff Matchups (All games on Friday)


Belmont (9-0)   @ Sidney (8-2)   Can the Bison continue their epic season? After a Cinderella type season, the Bison have to go on the road to play a similar type of opponent in Sidney.  Which running team will get it done on a night in which the weather could be another factor like it was in Week 10?

Key Players To Watch: Isaiah Bowser, Andre Gordon, Dawson Martin, Elijah Malcolm, Jaden Rucker Furlow

Keys to Bison victory: Stay with the formula. But play action pass must be used in what will be a ruckus crowd in Sidney. The Yellow Jackets don't matchup well outside  with Belmont, but in the trenches its a even match. Belmont must control the tempo, and the vaunted D must show its worth against the GWOC's top rusher in Isaiah Bowser and one of  top 10 dynamic players in Andre Gordon.



Dunbar  (7-3)    @ Goshen (9-1)  Can the Wolverines take on a really good Goshen team and defeat them  in Cincy? The Wolverines have had a couple of big road wins, but this game will not be like any of those they have faced. Although Dunbar beat Goshen in the playoff years ago, these teams are different, and should have no effect on this big matchup.

Key Players: Tavion Thomas, Joseph Scates, Seth Arnold, Jimmy Strunk (RB), Payton Leugers (DB-WR), Kyle Proffitt (QB)

Keys to Dunbar win: Wolverines must be able to get passing game going, Must establish a 3 &
out defensively within first 2 possessions.
 The teams who have given Goshen the most problems are the teams who can air the ball out. Goshen is a running team, similar to Belmont, and have a stout D, but the advantages for Dunbar lie in play action and the WR core. If the Wolverines can strike first, then it could be a good night for Dunbar.
The defensive line must have a breakout game as well.



Player of the Year Candidates: SWOPL

Heres our Top 10 Candidates for  Player of The Year in the SWOPL

Could Dawson Martin (23) nab Player of the Year in the SWOPL?

Tavion Thomas - RB   (Dunbar)  Thomas ran for over 1,000 yards and scored 16 TDs on the season, capping it off with a 300 yard, 7 TD performance for the ages.

Dawson Martin  - RB - DB (Belmont)  Martin scored 20 TD's on offense (tops in the SWOPL) in almost 1150 yards of total offense. He also is one of  the key players on Defense as well as he nabbed 2 INT's as he help spearhead a D that allowed only 1 TD all regular season.

Cleveland Farmer - QB  (Taft) Farmer, a dynamic option type QB, led the SWOPL in passing yards (1283), threw for 12 TDs & ran for 12 more while amassing almost 500 yards on the ground. He also led the Senators to a playoff berth and a big win over Dunbar to boot.

Jaden Rucker Furlow - DB/ WR  (Belmont) While Rucker Furlow didn't have the stats that most had, he was the leader of a D that allowed 9 points in 9 games. Furlow was treated like Deion Sanders, where he didn't get many passes thrown his way. He had 2 early INT's which set the tone for the whole season. A Miami of Ohio commit. Had TD's receiving and on kickoff returns.

Joseph Scates  - WR / DB  (Dunbar) Scates had a good year, with over 800 yards of receiving and  with  for the high powered offense of Dunbar, along with being a captain of the squad.

Could Defensive Standout Seth Arnold or Oklahoma commit Tavion Thomas win Player of the Year? 

Demarco Bradley  - DB - WR (Aiken) Bradley was one of the top Defensive guys with 7 INT's on defense while amassing 78 tackles; he also ran for 900 yards, with 8 TD's and a kickoff return TD as well.

Deshawn Lawrence  - WR / S  (Aiken) Lawrence garnered 5 INT, 98 Tackles on D while racking up 1047 Rec Yards and 8 TDs on Offense for Aiken. Possibly the best 2 way player in the SWOPL.

Seth Arnold  - LB   (Dunbar) Towns delivered over 135 Tackles and was the unquestioned leader for the Wolverines D. He accounted for 2 INT's, 4 forced fumbles, 3 sacks, and 23 tackles for loss. Has ability to play in coverage, against the run, or blitz with efficiency.

Elijah Malcolm  - RB / LB   (Belmont) 1,063 yds, 14 TD's  Malcolm was the offensive leader for the undefeated Bison 9-0. He steamrolled Dunbar in the season opener to set the Bison on the move. The engine of the Belmont offense.

Kayvon Britten -  RB  (Western Hills) Britten led the SWOPL in Rushing (1255)  as a sophomore. Had a 230 yard game late in the season.

V'Sean Palmer - DB /WR (Thurgood)  Palmer led the SWOPL in INT's,  and was the key player in the Cougars resurgence to a 6-4 record this season.






Friday, October 27, 2017

Week 9 Recap: Wayne, Belmont, Centerville clinch berths; Springfield, Ponitz fall; Dunbar, Thurgood, C-J stay alive; Stars of Week 9

Heres the Headlines, Recap of Week 9 in the Miami Valley



Belmont finishes first undefeated season in school history
The Belmont Bison finished their first undefeated season in history with a 47-0 win over Western Hills. The Bison were led by talented running duo of Elijah Malcolm & Dawson Martin, which Malcolm ran for 120+ and 2 TDs while Martin continued to show why he could be the most Valuable player in the SWOPL, with 4 more TD's to add to his resume to go with another shutout of a opponent.
Because the Bison will only play 9 games, they will have to go on the road in week 1 of the playoffs, possibly against Sidney.
The Bison gave up 6 points all season, an unbelieveable amount for an entire season.



Wayne rides "Blue" to big win over Springfield in Play In game
The Wayne Train will roll into the OHSAA Playoffs after a big win at home against Springfield.

Ohio State commit L'Christian "Blue" Smith hauled in 2 dynamic passes for TD's from Rising star QB Rashad McKee, and the Warriors took advantage of some mistakes by Springfield to get the key win and move to 7-2 on the season.
Steven Victoria was also a star for the Warriors, as the Wildcats had no answer for the dynamic duo of Smith and Victoria.  Sprinfield falls to 6-3 and now must win at Fairmont on Friday to secure a playoff spot. Wayne now faces Trotwood in what could be the game of the Year in the GWOC on Friday.



Thurgood wins 6th straight, now readies for Dunbar
The Thurgood Marshall Cougars continues to ride the wave, which now sits them at 6-3 after a convincing 41-8 win over Meadowdale.
Starting the season at 0-3, it looked as if the Cougars season was over.

Fast forward 6 weeks, and the Cougars have a legit shot to win a playoff berth after another big win.

QB Ayyoub Muhammed led the Cougars with another great performance, and now the game on Friday vs Dunbar @ Welcome Stadium looms large, as the winner could end up with a playoff berth. Coach Carter is confident that his troops will be ready for the challenge on Friday.



Centerville clinches berth
The Elks clinched a OHSAA playoff berth win a big win over Fairmont 43-28. QB Alec Grandin was unstoppable, passing for 293 and running for 100 and 4 TD's. while Jake Spiewak garnered 13 catches for 160 in leading the Elks. Fairmont ran for 280 yards total, but a key TO  in the 2nd quarter shifted the momentum in the Elks favor. Centerville moves to 7-2 while Fairmont falls to 6-3, and face a Springfield team with a playoff berth on the line.



Northmont handles business
The Bolts of Northmont clinched a playoff berth with a big win over Springboro 35-10, as Jabari Perkins and Danny Lewis helped jumpstart the big win.
Perkins caught 2 TD passes early and Lewis 85-yard Pick-6 proved to be all the juice the Bolts needed, as they jumped out 35-0 at half en route to the big win. Lewis is starting to come alive after a big stop last week against Centerville.

The Bolts are now 7-2 and sit in the playoffs, while the Boro drops to 3-6.



Dunbar stays in playoff hunt with big win 
The Wolverines was able to stop Gamble Montessori by the score of 40-6 and it puts the Wolverines in a position to make the playoffs.
The Wolverines have waited for the moment to get into the Playoffs after the disasterous end last year, and now must win next week against a hot Thurgood squad, who has won 6 straight. If they can defeat the Cougars, they still will have to wait to see what happens. Dunbar was led by Tavion Thomas and JoJo Scates, and now sit at 6-3.



Trotwood rolls past Xenia
The Rams continued to plow past opponents with a  68-21 win over Xenia. Dallas Daniels, the rising WR, started the party with a 18- yard TD and Star RB Raveion Hargrove took over, with 3 TDs in the first half. Jayvanare Nelloms (14 tackles, 1 sack) and Kennedy Coates (2.5 sacks, Fumble Recovery) led the vaunted defense.  


C-J wins 7th in a row at the buzzer 
The Eagles continue to ride the amazing wave that has come their way, after a 2-point win last Friday over Badin.
Badin had a chance to win but missed a FG at the end of the game.
With the big win the Eagles have won 7 straight, and know that if they can find a way to beat Alter without their top gun in Blevins, the Eagles could stride into the playoffs on a major positive note. Chaminade now moves to 7-2 on the season.



Sidney stacks up 55 on Butler, heads to playoffs
The Yellow Jackets shook off a tough loss to run up 55 on Butler, and with it a playoff berth this season.
Star RB Isaiah Bowser ran for 245 yards and 3 TD's, threw for another and Star QB Andre Gordon accounted for 3 more as the Yellow Jackets powered past Vandailia Butler 55-34.
Sidney moves to 7-2 and could host a 1st round playoff game with a win on Friday.
Butler falls to 4-5.



Valley View stays undefeated with a big win
The Spartans move to 9-0 after another big win. Valley View will look to lock up a home game in the playoffs this week in the season finale.



Beavercreek shuts out Miamisburg
The Beavers continued to hold a shot at the playoffs after a big 21-0 shutout win over Miamsburg. With the win, Beavercreek moves to 6-3 while Miamisburg falls to 4-5.
The Beavers were able to harass the Vikings into 126 yards of total offense while 3 RB's for the Beavers ran for 70 yards.
While the game wasn't offensive, Miamisburg couldn't muster much offense, and the rest was history.










Friday, October 20, 2017

Dayton HS Sports, Funk Chronicles Nominated at Philo Awards; Funk Chronicles 3-Peat at Philo Awards? Star RB Hargrove decommits

Tonight will mark the Annual Philo Festival of Media Arts Awards Show, a ceremony that features the best TV shows, videos, promos, and other categories in  television for professional and non-professional shows.



Dayton Television, the local TV Station, has 3 shows up for nomination, including fast rising sports show Dayton HS Sports.

Dayton HS Sports, The Funk Chronicles & Have Ghosts, Will Travel  will look to win in their respective categories today.

Dayton HS Sports was nominated for best Sports Entertaiment TV Series. This is the first time the show has been nominated for a National Award. The show is produced by Deon Cash and features the top players, coaches, legends, and pros in the Dayton area.



The show is hosted by Cash, Lorenzo Smith, Deon Weatherspoon, Derrick Shepard, and Robert Brown.

The Funk Chronicles was nominated for Best Music TV Series. They have won twice already and could be headed for a 3-peat.
The show has featured some of the greatest old school artists in music, and has set the bar as the premiere show on Dayton Television and in the Midwest.
The show is hosted by former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin.

Have Ghosts, Will Travel was nominated for best Editing. Pat Hughes is the Editor for the show.

Dayton Television has produced numerous winners at the Henry T Philo Awards, which was established over 30 years ago and is considered one of the biggest and most authentic Award Shows in the Midwest.

The Philo Awards pits the best Shows throughout the Midwest States.






Hargrove decommits from Bowling Green


Raveion Hargrove, the star RB from Trotwood who is obliterating the defenders and the record books, has decommitted from Bowling Green sources say.

Hargrove, one of the very best RB's in the country, committed to the Falcons a while ago, but after consulting with family and sources, he has decided to reopen the recruitment.

Could it be possible that Hargrove could be headed to a bigger program?

Hargrove currently is the star player for the best team in Ohio in the Trotwood Rams, who sit at #1 in the OHSAA D-2 Polls.
Despite his height, Hargrove, is a complete back who can do it all, and boasts the type of talent NFL teams will look at, no matter where he goes to college.

Will be interesting to see which Big 10 or SEC school will look to snag the 5-star recruit.







Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Week 8 Recap: Wayne has Fairmont seeing "Blue" After Hail Mary; Belmont rolls again; Rams post 67; Northmont stops Elks; Wolverines fall; Cougars win 5th straight;

Here's our top Headlines for a Wild Week 8 in the Miami Valley:



Smith gives Fairmont "the Blues" with big catch  as Wayne survives
In the fairy tale that has been the Fairmont Firebirds season, the Wayne Warriors star receiver gave them a nightmare for a week or so.

In a game that featured great play from both sides, back and forth action, and a ruckus crowd, with the game tied at 28 and time running out, Rashad McKee launched a pass that L'Christian Blue Smith was able to grab from the defender in the end zone for the win.
The pass looked to be intercepted, only to be snatched away by Blue Smith.
Ball game.
Wayne moves to 6-2 and now looks as a lock for a playoff berth, while the loss drops the Firebirds to 6-2 as well.
Smith was heavily guarded by rising star DB Ryan Hall, but Smith, the Ohio State commit, showed why the Buckeyes can't wait for the 6'6 dynamic stud Wideout whose stock seems to be skyrocketing by the week.
The TD puts Smith in elite company as he now sits 20th all time on the TD list in OHSAA history.



Belmont roasts Shroeder, eyes SWOPL Championship
The Bison continued their unstoppable play with a 63-0 win over Schroeder at Welcome Stadium Friday night.


Dawson Martin, a do-it-all type player, scored twice and threw another TD,Senior Demari Black scored on a kickoff return and then later and the Bison scored 36 in the first quarter en route to the blowout win.
Star DB Jaden Rucker Furlow , a Miami commit, scored on a 47-yard pass to help the offensive attack.

Belmont has given up 9 points in 8 games, a average of 1.2 points per game.

With only one game left (@ Western Hills) and barring a meltdown, the Bison could - and should -be headed to the playoffs for the 3rd consecutive season. And with that they can add another SWOPL Championship, which Coach Earl White and the staff can add to the growing list of achievements the Bison have conquered in this record breaking season.

Player of the Game:  Dawson Martin, Sr. DB-RB  Belmont
Dawson ran a TD, caught a TD pass and threw a TD pass as well, as the dynamic two way player dominated in every phase for the Bison.




Dunbar falls to Taft, still in playoff hunt
The Wolverines lost a tough one down in the Nati to a game and excited Taft team, who pulled out the victory.
Dunbar is now 5-3, and must win last 2 games for a shot at the playoffs. Taft sits at 6-2 and if they can win their last 2 games, should be in the playoffs as well.
QB Cleveland Farmer ran for 2 TD's and threw for another as Taft dominated the first half, going up 24-0 before Dunbar struck back on a long TD to Alabama commit JoJo Scates.

After a score by Dunbar, Taft stalled on its next drive and punted back to the Wolverines.
 However, the possession ended in a INT for the Wolverines, and that sealed the deal on a comeback.

Taft is now #4 in the playoff rankings, and could host a playoff game as they move to 6-2 and 3-0 in the SWOPL.


Trotwood puts a 67 spot on Stebbins
The Rams scored early and often as they ran past Stebbins as the Rams ran their record to 8-0. Trotwood star RB Raveion Hargrove scored 3 times while Stephens Peppers threw 3 TD's and ran for one more - in the first half  alone- as the #1 Team in the state rolled to a easy win against Stebbins.


Northmont stops Centerville as key play by Lewis saves game
Danny Lewis, a fast rising junior DB, hasn't gotten much pub with the likes of Devin Kennerly and the senior laden Thunderbolts team.
But Lewis came up with the clutch stop on 4th down against Centerville, and Northmont defeated the Elks 21-14 as the fans went crazy after the win.

 The Bolts now sit at 6-2 and knocks the Elks from the undefeated ranks as well (7-1).
Lewis is also a very good basketball player, and comes from great lineage as his father enjoyed a great career professionally in basketball.

Bolts coach Tony Broering knows that this is his best team he's had and with 1 more win, it could secure a berth in the OHSAA playoffs.



Thurgood survives on road at Woodward, keep playoff hopes alive



The Cougars of Thurgood Marshall continued to show why, if things go right, they could end up in the OHSAA playoffs after a gritty 21-20 OT win at Woodward.

While Woodward is not in playoff contention, they played hard all night, and looked as if they would be able to upend the Cougars in OT.
After a TD score by Woodward RB Kyron Reese, who was unstoppable near the goaline, the game went into OT.

Thurgood would score on a Russell Jashawn TD and with a extra point by Mr Automatic Rolando Perez would push the score to 21-14.
Woodward then would score on  a Reese TD, and when it was time to kick the extra point?
Former Wayne and Dayton Christian coach and head man for Woodward in Kali Jones rolled the dice and went for 2.

At home? With the crowd roaring in approval?  Against a tired Cougars team?

Thurgood stopped Reese short of the end zone, and the Cougars playoff hopes stayed alive.

Then came the jubilation for Thurgood, as they now own a 5-game winning steak under Coach Brian Carter,  which is the most since the Earl White era.



Troy stops Sidney undefeated run with great rushing performance from Culp-Bishop

The Trojans shut down Sidney's vaunted offense and with it, put themselves in playoff contention with a 48-21 thrashing on Friday night.
Rising RB Jaydon Culp-Bishop tormented the Yellow Jackets D for 237 yards, with a Tony Dorsett like run of 99 yards to break open the game and move the Trojans in first place in the GWOC North Division.
As far as stud RB and leading Rusher Isaiah Bowser?

55 yards on 25 carries, by far his lowest outing of the season.

Culp Bishop stated after the game that the Troy D is "the best in the GWOC. Period."

Not sure if that is true, but for one night, they shut down the top guy in the GWOC and put themselves in good position for a playoff berth.
Sidney falls to 7-1.



Springfield clobbers Beavercreek, sends statement

The Wildcats was at a crossroads before the game, as they had let one slip away at home to Northmont. Sitting at 5-2, how would they respond against a tough team who had just lost themselves in Beavercreek?

Well the response was ferocious, and it left no doubt that the Wildcats want a taste of the OHSAA Playoffs as they bounced back with a resounding 64-28 win at Beavercreek.

Leonard Taylor was on point, and the offense was hitting on all cylinders in the big win.
The win moves the Wildcats to 6-2 and in a good position to reach the Playoffs.
The Beavers have lost 3 straight, and need to win last 2 games to try to get back in playoff contention.


The Burg wins 2nd straight, stays in hunt

Miamisburg won their 2nd straight game as they defeated Lebanon 24-13. The win gets the Burg back to .500 (4-4) and if they can win their last 2 games, could push them back into a playoff spot.

 Star WR Tyler Johnson led the Vikings on the win.

Valley View rolls to 8th straight, dominates Oakwood

The Spartans showed why they could be a problem come playoff time as they wiped out Oakwood and their explosive offense 50-7.
The Spartans scored 29 in the 1st quarter and never looked back as Genslinger and Wood scored twice in the 1st half to lead Valley View to a 8-0 record on the season and hopeful to host a 1st round game.



Alter shuts out Badin, wins 20th straight, C-J survives, wins 6th straight
Alter continued to show control of Badin, as they shut them out 48-0. The Knights have beaten Badin 20 straight times, and now sit at 7-1 on the season. John Bivens, the star RB for Alter, powered for  260 yards on 25 rushes, the Badin had no one who could stop the D-1 bound RB.

C-J survived a tough game from McNicholas as they won 24-21.
With the win, C-J moves into a position to possibly make the playoffs, as they have won 6 straight since the Week 2 loss. Coach Marcus Colvin is real pleased with the progress through the season, and know that if he can get a big Week 9 win, they could be headed to the playoffs despite a 0-2 start.



Stars of Week 8

L'Christian Blue Smith, WR  Wayne - Blue Smith gave something for the Firebirds to remember if they don't make the playoffs as the Hail Mary catch capped off a 4-catch dominating display of why Ohio State is drooling over the WR sensation.

Danny Lewis, DB, Northmont  Lewis, who could be headed for stardom, knocked down the final pass vs Centerville and helped shut down one the Top Teams in the GWOC in a 21-14 win. Lewis, a athletic DB,  is a  2- sport star in the making, and should have a great end to the season.

Raveion Hargrove, RB  Trotwood  - Hargrove continues to amaze, with 4 TD's in the game as he seems to just be playing at another level, along with the rest of the team.

Rashad McKee,  QB,  Wayne  McKee continued to show up big in the big games as he accounted for 5 TD's in the epic game and ended with a  connect to Blue Smith to end the game.
McKee seems headed for stardom and some big time D-1 recruitment.

Rolando Perez, K Thurgood  Perez has come through in the clutch for Thurgood, as they ride a 5 game winning streak. Perez hit the GW Kick to help seal the deal for the Cougars. With Perez, it has made Thurgood a more rounded team with a solid Special Teams unit.

Kameron Mathis, WR, Northnmont - Mathis caught 2 big TD passes against State Ranked Centerville to help the Bolts get the big win.

Dawson Martin, RB-DB, Belmont  - Martin showed he can be a jack of all trades as he scored a TD running, catching, and passing the ball as the Bison destroyed Shroeder. Martin is one of the most versatile football players in all of Ohio and in the Midwest, and is a D-1 prospect, no doubt.


Jaydon Culp-Bishop, RB, Troy - Culp Bishop took all the hype from opposing RB Isaiah Bowser and responded with a 237 yard effort that included a 99-yard TD run. Not bad for fast rising junior from Troy.

John Bivens, RB,  Alter  - Bivens continues to show whe he could be the highest RB prospect in the junior class in Ohio, as he rushed for 260 on 25 carries to lead the State Ranked Knights to a 7-1 record. Hes already been recruited by Big 10 schools.

Leonard Taylor, QB,  Springfield - Taylor showed why the Cats could be a team who could do some big things as he led the Cats to a big win against Beavercreek. The dynamic big QB ran an passed for TDs, controlled the tempo, and got the Cats back in the playoff saddle.