Alter and Carroll square off at Centerville in a battle of GCL North unbeatens, while Tippecanoe and Bellefontaine tangle in Logan County in another match up of undefeated teams. The CBC Kenton Trail Division lead is up for grabs in that one.
GWOC teams also get in to the meat of their conference schedules this weekend and the North Division has two colossal match ups in Piqua at Trotwood-Madison and Sidney at Northmont. And yes, that’s right – Sidney. The Yellow Jackets are off to their best start since 1996.
Below we preview these games and some other top tilts around the Miami Valley.
CARROLL (5-0) AT ALTER (5-0): For the second year in a row these two meet with undefeated records and the lead in the GCL North race at stake. Alter won last year’s highly anticipated Week 9 match-up 40-14 after being down at halftime. Carroll will look to put a complete game together this year. Anyone who likes high-powered spread offenses and plenty of passing will want to find another game to watch though. These clubs pride themselves on wearing down opponents with a rugged ground game and both excel at it. Both teams have shown the ability to pass this season and would be ironic twist if this game turns on a play when the ball is in the air.
TIPPECANOE (5-0) AT BELLEFONTAINE (5-0): Tipp has answered all questions this season about how it would fair with a rebuilt backfield. Bellefontaine has answered all comers thanks to its veteran backfield. The Chieftains have one of the state’s top 1-2 punches in running back Sean Egler and quarterback Keith Morgan. The Red Devils counter with bruising back Kyle Corbin. A bounty of playoff points and the CBC Kenton Trail Division lead are also up for grabs. Both teams are in Region 10.
PIQUA (4-1) AT TROTWOOD-MADISON (4-1): Last year with Ohio State recruit Brandon Saine, Piqua outlasted the Rams 35-28. This year Trotwood counters with a long list of its own Division I recruits. Game is important for both clubs for many reasons, the main ones being playoff points and the GWOC North race. Last year the Indians didn’t win the GWOC but did capture the D-II state title. Trotwood made the D-II playoffs and was bumped in first round. Piqua’s lone loss this season, a 14-7 setback at Pickerington Central, looks better each week as Central (5-0) keeps winning. The Rams are still looking for a signature win this year and this would do it.
COLDWATER (4-1) AT PARKWAY (4-1): Been a long time – if ever – since a Coldwater-Parkway game meant as much as this one. The Cavaliers have won three straight by the combined score of 128-15. Parkway has solid wins over Convoy Crestview, Fort Recovery and Delphos St. John’s. Both teams have lost to Marion Local. The Flyers beat Coldwater 35-14 and Parkway 35-13. Winner is still in contention for MAC title and playoffs, while loser has an uphill climb for both.
BROOKVILLE (5-0) AT OAKWOOD (5-0): Match up of SWBL Southwest Division unbeatens and D-IV, Region 16 members. Blue Devils scored impressive win over Eaton in Week 4, but now start meat of schedule. After Oakwood, Milton-Union, Bellbrook, Franklin and Valley View await. Lumberjacks are currently third in Region 16 behind Milton and Alter. Oakwood won last two meetings 34-7 and 40-20.
SIDNEY (4-1) AT NORTHMONT (2-3): Sidney is one of Miami Valley’s surprise teams this year. The Yellow Jackets are off to their best start since going 6-0 to start 1996. Sidney’s lone loss is to D-II power Bellefontaine. Northmont has lost three of its last four, albeit to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Centerville and Wayne. T-Bolts can cure their ills by starting off GWOC North play with the win. Northmont is the five-time defending North Division champion.
VALLEY VIEW (3-2) AT BELLBROOK (2-3): Up until last season when Milton-Union and Eaton shared the SWBL Southwest Division title, the winner of this game had captured the previous 14 league titles. Bellbrook snapped a three-game losing streak last week with a 35-18 win over Franklin, while Valley View dropped its second straight with a 22-7 loss at Milton. Defensively the Eagles have struggled, giving up over 29 points in four of their five games. Offense is usually Valley View’s strength but the Spartans have mustered just 21 points the last two weeks. Bellbrook must win to maintain any hopes of postseason.
CENTERVILLE (3-2) AT BEAVERCREEK (2-3): Centerville rebounded from overtime loss to South Carolina power Byrnes to throttle Xenia 41-14. Creek still searching for marquee win and this would definitely qualify. Beavers have lost to Carroll, Trotwood and Wayne. Elks won last year’s meeting 38-24.
MIAMISBURG (2-3) AT XENIA (2-3): Just like last season, Xenia will try to turn a rugged start into a conference title. The Bucs were 1-4 last year before going 3-1 in GWOC South play and capturing a share of the crown. A 24-22 win over the Burg in Week 6 last season began Xenia’s turnaround. The Vikings have lost two straight (Northmont and Piqua) after starting 2-1.
THURGOOD MARSHALL (1-4) AT MEADOWDALE (1-4): Solid Dayton Public match up between two teams that won last week after opening 0-4. Marshall beat Milford 28-21, while Meadowdale beat Cincinnati Aiken 34-27. Marshall won last year’s game 38-14. Meadowdale won two years ago 23-20. Both are chasing Dunbar for DCL title.