Friday, September 25, 2015

Big Games on tap for Week 5;

As we hit mid-season, its that time of the year when the best of the best start to separate themselves from the pack. That brings us to our top 5 games in week 5 of HS Football in the Miami Valley.

(1) Wayne (4-0)  @  Miamisburg  (4-0) 
With the Wayne Train rolling at a blistering championship pace, can the upstart 'Burg pull off the major upset in Miamisburg in the GWOC Game of the Week?   Miamisburg was down 12-0 to Springfield last week but won a battle 13-12.
Wayne had homecoming and trampled Troy 49-7.
L'Christian "Blue" Smith & Messiah DeWeaver after a TD
The Vikings look tough.
The Warriors look state tough. 
We got Wayne winning 33-20.

(2) Lebanon (2-2)  @ Trotwood  (3-1) 
Lebanon (2-2)  will look to go into a hostile Trotwood environment, after the Rams lost a very tough game in Centerville. Lebanon is a very good team in its own right, and will be looking for the upset.  if Trotwood can win this game, they could be on their way to another banner year.
We're taking the Rams 30-12.

(3) Belmont (3-1) @ Cin. Woodward  (1-2) 
Can Belmont seize the moment and defeat a game Woodward opponent in the Nati? A win and the Bison will sit alone in first place in the CMAC  National Division.
We think the Bison will win in a close one 22-20.

(4) Vandalia Butler (3-1)  @  Springfield (1-3)
In a game that has major implications,  can Springfield turn it around against a tough Butler squad? The Wildcats need a win in the worst way, as the season could be slipping away. A Vandalia win and they could be headed towards a playoff berth.
We got Springfield winning big 27-14.  

(5) Dunbar (2-2)  @  Schroeder (2-2) 
With the CMAC American division lead on the line, can the Wolverines win their second straight in the Nati? The defense will have to  be up to task as the winner will be at least tied for top spot. If Dunbar can win the trenches, this could be a another breakout game.
Wolverines win wild one 34-32.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dunbar D throttles Cin. Hughes; Meadowdale falls to Shroeder, why Centerville really beat Trotwood

Dunbar D rattles Hughes, Meadowdale falls to Schroeder
After a rough loss last week in which Dunbar held a big lead but couldn't stop Big School Cin. Princeton in the second half, the team knew that it had let a big chance slip away.
Winning that game vs a big school? Would've sent the Wolverines on their way up the ladder for a playoff berth.
Instead? A crushing loss, including two injured QBs, put them at 1-2.
So going into Stargell Stadium to face the Hughes squad, the writing was on the wall.

(DHSS Video: Joseph Scates takes it to the house)

Win or face a reality of not making the playoffs.

With that being said, the Wolverines put on a brilliant defensive performance as they won 32-12 last weekend, solidifying themesleves as a playoff contender, and winning in the Nati' as well- not a easy task- for the first time in a long long time.

   The Wolverines intercepted two passes for TDs, recovered 3 fumbles, sacked the QB multiple times and completely controlled the game.
Star wideout Terrance Landers Jr.  scored on 2 long TD passes to provide the offense.
Dunbar Coach Darren Powell was really pleased with the offense, but ecstatic about the D.
Dunbar Coach Powell working the sidelines

"That type of defense will get us to the playoffs this year." he reiterated to his squad.

Super sophomores Joseph Scates (#6) & Tavion Thomas (#27) were the recipients of the pick 6's that fueled the win.
Senior Julien Stokes also played well on D.
Can Dunbar do the same thing to a Schroeder team
that defeated a tough Meadowdale team last week in Cincy?

Rams get tough call late, lose @ Centerville 
 The Trotwood- Centerville match-up has produced some great battles but I don't know if any are more
 controversial then what happened last Friday night in Centerville.
Centerville star RB running from the Rams 

Centerville jumped out to a huge lead, but Trotwood made a stinging comeback to take the lead. After going down 33 - 28 lead in the 4th quarter, Centerville got the ball back with a chance to take the lead themselves. After getting deep in Rams territory they were stopped on 4th down, and with less than a minute left, it looked like a win for Trotwood.
 Lo and behold a flag was thrown.
 Initially thought to be a unsportsmanlike conduct for a celebration, turned out to be a too many players (13) on the field penalty on the Rams D.

Centerville accepted the penalty and the ball back, and ended up scoring a touchdown very shortly after, leaving a furious Trotwood-Madison team to say the least.
While Centerville (2-2) desperately needed the win, Trotwood (3-1) will have to bounce back & still looks good as far as the playoffs are concerned.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Top 5 Games in week 4

Here's our top 5 games to check out in week 4:

(1) Miamisburg (3-0) @  Springfield (3-0) 
Led by Danny Davis and coach Maurice Douglass, the resurrection is nearing the level most thought the Wildcats could get to. Miamisburg is enjoying it's best early season in almost a decade. Which team shows its the top team on the rise?

(2) Trotwood (3-0)  @ Centerville (1-2) 
 Trotwood has bounced back after the departure of Messiah DeWeaver and now sit at 3-0,while Centerville and coach Rodney Roberts are in a early season "Must Win" situation. The Elks got a huge win last week, but this game will make or break the Elks season.

(3) Troy (1-2)  @  Wayne (3-0) 
  The Warriors are #1 in the state and in the top 20 in the country. Troy just took a lump to Miamisburg. Can they handle the premiere team in Ohio?
Could be too tall a task for the Trojans.

(4) Alter (3-0)  @  Middletown Fenwick (3-0) 

In a possible playoff match-up,  Alter will travel to take on Fenwick. The Knights are ranked 7 in the state. Can they win a tough road game vs a playoff caliber squad? Fenwick has allowed 8 points all season.

(5) Beavercreek (3-0)   @ Springboro (2-1)

The Creek' , which has been led by its running game and a stout D, will take on a Boro' squad who's ranked higher than the Beavers in the DDN Weekly Poll. Can RB sensation Tim Bradshaw continue his torrid pace and shock the Boro?

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Belmont sets records on Cincinnati Aiken 72-48; star RB hurt; Ponitz loses late

When Belmont lost the first game of the season to Hamilton (who is notably ranked 21 in the state in their division), it was a thought that this will be the same Belmont team that we seen over the last 40 years.
Bison's historic RB trio, coach 
Coach Earl White & Principal after the game 

Not so much.
 The Bison have rolled off three straight wins - all in convincing fashion, and none with more of a statement then the 72 - 48 thrashing of Cincinnati Aiken @ Welcome Stadium. Star running back Davion Lankford racked up 4 TDs & 200 yards before the arm injury, but the game was well in hand. Even after that the team ran for four more TDs en route to one of the highest scoring performance in the teams history. Belmont now sits at 3-1 & Coach Earl White have the Bison eyeing a playoff berth for the first time in decades.

Ponitz loses to Woodward

Pointz fought hard but came up short 32-20 @  Cincinnati Woodward.  Ponitz now falls to 1-3.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Dunbar looks to keep high powered offense going tonight vs Princeton

Going into last weeks game vs Ponitz, the Wolverines were angry.
Angry at the way they played in the second half vs Withrow.
Angry at the rain delay that caused them a day to wait to play.
Angry about the upstart football team with the great coaching staff who threatened to turn their possible championship season into a disaster.
So when they finally got to play, the frustrations came roaring out. Too bad for Ponitz.
They never had a chance on that hot Saturday afternoon as Dunbar won 52-30 last week vs the Panthers. Star WR Keyshawn Jones went buckwild on the Panthers.
Afterwards, there were some smiles, dances, and other small celebrations as the Wolverines got their first W of the season.

Now this week, Dunbar will be tested as Cin. Princeton head to Welcome Stadium tonight as the Southwest Ohio Public League starts to heat up.
Will star wideout Terrance Landers Jr. be available tonight? Remains to be seen as he continues to work back into game mode.

Wolverines Coach Darren Powell knows that in order to take the next step towards being a top football team in the Miami Valley? defeating the cincy schools.

Can they rise up with a talented squad brimming with confidence? Or will Princeton come out if the DYT with a W?

Stay tuned (7pm @ Welcome Stadium)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wayne starts fast, stops Moeller late to win 24-22 on ESPN

At the beginning of the Wayne - Moeller game it looked as if the #WayneTrain would steamroll another opponent, only this time it would be a team they beat in the playoffs last season - just this time on ESPN3.

After a nearly flawless first half which seen Wayne's QB Messiah DeWeaver be nearly perfect, Sophmore sensation WR Christian " L'Blu" Smith have his coming out party and Wayne clicking on all cylinders, it looked like it would be a rout.

17-0 Wayne in the second quarter.
Not so fast WayneTrain.

Moeller regrouped late in the first half with a long bomb to Butz to cut it to 17-6. (Missed extra point, which would cost them).

Who would Wayne turn to?
Insert two way star Daryl McClesky.

McClesky took a pass to the flat on 3rd and 22 and turned it into a 91-yard TD with savvy running, a couple nice jukes and a burst that Moeller couldn't match.
24-6 @ half. Game over right?

Moeller turned up the defense, and shut downs Wayne's high powered offense. They also scored twice to cut lead to 24-16 late in the third. After Wayne stalled a couple more times, Moeller pushed down the field and scored a huge 4th down TD by Hunter Hughes to pull it to 24-22 with less than a minute left in the 4th.
Beacause Moeller missed the extra point after their first score they would have to go for two, which was stopped by Wayne to the relief of coach Jay Minton and his squad.

Moeller a recovered onside kick (after a penalty forced a re-kick) but wasn't able to get into field goal range and Wayne sacked the QB to end the rally.


There could be a chance these two powers meet again, in the playoffs, but as of right now?

The Warriors have knocked off the perennial Cincy power in the last two big games.

Not too late to jump on that #WayneTrain before it gets to state.
All aboard.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Top 5 games of Week 2 in the Miami Valley on Labor Day weekend

Now that high school football has kicked off, lets take a look at the DHSS Top 5 key games in Southwest Ohio on this Labor Day weekend:

(5) Thurgood @ Trotwood (Fri 7pm)

Thurgood (0-1), last years City League champs, despite losing last week, still has a plethora of good players on the team, but will be tested severely tested tonight facing a young but hungry Rams team itself. Trotwood won a last week, and with another win, could ease the pressure off the young QB who replaced Michigan St bound Messiah DeWeaver (who is back at Wayne)

(4) Beavercreek @ Carroll (7pm)

The Creek ran to a huge W last week behind star RB Bradshaws 3TDs and huge running stats. Carroll defeated Meadowale. Both teams look to go 2-0 early In the season.

(3) Cin Withrow @ Alter (Fri 7pm)

After Withrow (1-0) handled Dunbar last week, they will take on the State runner ups this week. Alter (1-0) will look to continue on a great W over a hyped Fairmont team. Withrow has a couple game breaker type players, but can they stand up to the Knights well balanced squad?

(2) Dunbar vs Ponitz (Fri 7pm)

In a early season game with possible Title and playoff implications, Dunbar (0-1) will look to get on track tonight after numerous missed opportunities in the last game vs Withow. Ponitz, (1-0) spearheaded by former C-J coach Jim Place and a great staff, were the only team in Dayton City League to get a W, (defeated Cin Clark).
Dunbar looked as the early season favorite for a league title, but if the Panthers can pull off the upset tonight?
Watch out for Ponitz.

(1) Wayne @ Cin Moeller (Sun 4pm)

In a game that will be featured on ESPN3, the bragging rights for Southwest Ohio is on the line. Wayne was a quarter away from a state title last season, and defeated Moeller in the state semifinals 29-22 last season. The #WayneTrain blanked one of the top teams in Canada in its opening game and looks as focused as ever.
Moeller is a championship contender as well, and has won many games in this type of atmosphere. With a tough D, rock solid Offense and a All-American candidate at TE. Not to mention the fact that the Warriors ended their dreams last year.
The Moeller crowd will be insane today in Cincy.
However, when you watch the WayneTrain, you almost are looking at a mid major D-1 college team in which their three top offensive players (Messiah DeWeaver, Matthew Wilcox Jr and ChristianLBlu Smith) will be playing on your TV screens on Saturdays for a major program very soon.
And possibly Sundays as well.
I look for a WayneTrain showcase and a convincing W on Sunday.

Just in case those NFL coaches and scouts want to see the future.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

New Southwest Ohio Public League features City Battles in Wk 2

While Belmont (0-1) and Meadowdale (0-1) have joined a new power conference they will be battling each other tonight for City League bragging rights in week 2 of high school football in the Miami Valley tonight.
 (7pm @ Welcome Stadium)

With Dayton public schools joining Cincinnati Public schools to combine to make the first ever multi big city Power Public League - named the Southwest Ohio Public League, or the SWOPL, it created some questions about how it would work, and if it was worth it.

While the driving won't please most people, the coaches from Dayton City schools like the idea of playing the Cincinnati schools, even if it's just only football this season.

Due to the fact that its been hard for City League teams to get picked for the playoffs (for whatever reason), most teams feel like if you win your respected division this season, you should grab a playoff spot.

That what makes this Belmont - Meadowdale game tonight that much more important.

Belmont is coming off a tough loss to Hamilton, while the Lions lost  to Carroll, in which it was outscored in the second half after the game was tied at 24 at halftime.
The Bison feel this could be the breakout year they need, as RB Davion Fails will lead the charge.
Meadowdale will also have fire in their eyes after that tough second half last week.

Both teams know going 0-2 could be trouble for the season filled with matchups in Cincy.
Expect a intense atmosphere at Welcome Stadium tonight.