Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WIld Week 1 as games postponed; Wolverines win shootout; Belmont falls after delay; Wayne game undecided as team refuses to play

In what could be the start to a wild year in high school football, the kickoff on the season openers for  Friday night was beautiful.
Then about a hour later the thunder, lighting and rain halted most of the games in the Miami Valley.

Heres some of the top headlines and results from the City League, GWOC, and other teams after the weekend:

Dunbar wins shootout vs Withrow 

Dunbar wins thriller after slow start 36-30

   The Wolverines, despite having been good, know that they have the talent to be great.
This year.
But after the first quarter, Cincinnati Withrow showed that maybe the Dunbar train was all hype.
Withrow was in control, had shut down Dunbar star players, and held a 14-2 lead in the 2nd quarter.

Then the Wolverines and their star players got going.

Dunbar big horse of a RB in Tavion Thomas and star WR Jo Jo Scates both scored TD's, and outscored Withrow 34-14 the rest of the way to win a great game 36-30 @ Welcome Stadium.
Dunbar's defense played well, despite some tough conditions early, as the Wolverines started slowly.

In a blazing hot game (95 degrees) which featured a fake punt for a  TD, a fumble recovery for a TD, a safety, to go along with another delay of the rain and thunder again - but nevertheless the Wolverines were able to get a big win, which is a huge morale boost, since they lost a lot of those type of games last year.

Belmont falls after restart as Hamilton Twp. regroups to win

 Belmont was firing on all cylinders on Friday night, and had state ranked Hamilton Township on the ropes.
The Bison was up 16-6 before the delay. The offense was clicking,  and the defense and fans were all in as the SWOPL Champs were looking good.
Then the rain came, and the game was delayed until the next morning.

When Hamilton came back that next morning, it was clear they made some adjustments, as they defeated Belmont 41-24 @ Welcome Stadium.

 The Bison seemed a step slow that morning, and once Hamilton got it rolling, it was no stopping the offense. Belmont scored to cut the lead to 34-24 and was driving before a fumble on a questionable call led to a runback for another TD.
  When asked about the game, Coach White felt that his boys made too many mistakes and didn't quite match the intensity of Hamilton, leading to the loss.

Wayne game postponed after PA squad declines to play 

One of the top ranked teams in Pennsylvania decided that they would not finish the game at Wayne, as some of their top players would not be able to come back on a Saturday, causing a little bit of a rift.

   Archbishop Wood, a perennial title contender in one of the biggest divisions in all of Pennsylvania, decided that because of the lighting and rain delay which stopped the game & pushed it to the next day, that they won't finish the game.

Wayne had just tied the game up at 24, before the game was called.
 The Warriors have argued that because they decided they didn't want to finish it they should be declared the winner.
  However, in a game like this, featuring 2 of the best in their respective states, the travel plans has to be considered.
  Both teams are awaiting on a decision.

Meadowdale, Thurgood both fall on road

Meadowdale lost on the road as Piqua was hitting on all cylinders for a 48-0 win. In talking with star RB Darien Tipps -Clemons before the season, he felt excited about Piqua's opportunity this year and with Shrubb leading the way with 3 TDs, it was all Piqua.

Thurgood falls to tough Shawnee team

    Springfield Shawnee, one of the tough teams in D-3, was able to stop Thurgood 31-6. Shawnee ruined the Coaching Debut of Thurgood head coach Brian Carter.

Troy defeats Trotwood in defensive battle 

With all the talk about Ravieon "Shock" Hargrove, the Trojans focused on Hargrove and was able to stop the Rams 10-6 on Saturday.
 Hargrove still scored the Rams only TD, on Friday night, but when Troy came out Saturday, they put together a TD drive which salvaged a huge win for the Trojans, who haven't been good for a few years now.
 Hargrove saw boxes of 8 and 9 guys all day,and the Rams passing game couldn't come through.

Springfield defeats Dublin Coffman  

Springfield was able to hold off a very tough Dublin Coffman for a 22-20 win. That win could propel the Wildcats to a very good season.

Miamisburg, C-J debut new stadiums; 

Miamisburg & CJ  both unveiled their new beautiful stadiums in Week 1.
Miamisburg shut out West Carrollton 44-0 while C-J lost 34-14 to Marion Local.

Alter defeats Fairmont  
Alter continued it's dominance of its season openers vs it's neighbor Fairmont, as they came back after a 8-0 deficit & game (Delay) & defeated Fairmont 22-8.

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