In addition to that match up, other key games in the area include Bellefontaine at Kenton Ridge, Milton-Union at Brookville, Ansonia at Covington and Fort Recovery at Marion Local.
Below we take a look at those contests and some of the other top upcoming games in the Miami Valley.
Springfield Catholic Central (6-0) at West Liberty-Salem (6-0): Big game, which will ultimately decide the OHC champion. Catholic Central is ranked No. 1 in the state in D-VI (Ohio High/ONN Power Poll) and has outscored opponents 271-20. West Liberty has outscored its opponents 245-55. Game also carries significant playoff points for the victor. WLS has won three of the last five in the series. Brian Wagner heads the potent Irish attack, while Levi Woodruff is one of the Miami Valley’s top small school QBs.
Bellefontaine (5-1) at Kenton Ridge (5-1): Pivotal game in both the CBC and D-III, Region 10 playoff race. The Chieftains are currently sixth in the region, while the Cougars are seventh. Bellefontaine is coming off a hard loss to Tipp (21-20), while Kenton Ridge is one of the area’s biggest surprises. The Cougars were just 2-8 a year ago. The two have faced just one common opponent, which is Ben Logan. Bellefontaine beat the Raiders 40-7, while Kenton Ridge won 20-19.
Milton-Union (6-0) at Brookville (5-1): Milton continues to lean on a solid defense and potent ground game. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 212-44. Senior Tyler Wilson spearheads both charges as a linebacker/running back. Milton has won 23 of its last 26 regular season games and is the favorite in this one. Brookville opened a lot of eyes last week by leading host Oakwood 14-3 at halftime. The Blue Devils eventually lost 24-21. Josh Doles is Brookville’s main threat. Milton has won the last two meetings (69-14) , while Brookville won in 2004 (28-7).
Eaton (2-4) at Bellbrook (3-3): After 1-3 start, Bellbrook has won two straight and is tied for first in rugged SWBL Southwest Division with Milton-Union and Oakwood. Running back Jared Edwards is Bellbrook’s workhorse, while quarterback Ryan Rutledge threw three TDs in last week’s 35-13 win over Valley View. Eaton has lost three straight after opening 2-1. Bellbrook owes Eaton some payback too after back-to-back close losses in 2006 (23-20) and 2005 (32-28). Jordan Decker is Eaton’s playmaker.
Ansonia (4-2) at Covington (6-0): This meeting lost a little luster when Ansonia had a four-game win streak snapped by Bethel last week. The Tigers may have been looking ahead. As usual Covington continues to dominate CCC play. Under first-year coach Dave Miller, the Buccs have allowed just 26 points in five conference games. Keeping Ansonia’s Eric Beisner under wraps – something Bethel did – will be key for Covington.
Beavercreek (2-4) at Fairmont (3-3): Game won’t decide conference title or who makes playoffs, but it will decide bragging rights. Creek has had the decidedly more difficult schedule with losses to Carroll, Centerville, Wayne and Trotwood-Madison, but Beavers have struggled on offense regardless. Creek has generated just 14 points the last four games and has been shutout three times. Fairmont is riding a three-game win streak and has payback on its mind. The Beavers beat the Firebirds 42-28 last season, snapping a five-game Fairmont win streak.
Urbana (6-0) at Indian Lake (2-4): Urbana has climbed to No. 7 in the D-III state poll and this appears to be one of the Hillclimbers last tests before postseason play begins. Indian Lake has dropped four in a row to solid competition (Lehman Catholic, Bellefontaine, Tipp and Greenon) after opening with wins over Spencerville and Jonathan Alder.
Fort Recovery (4-2) at Marion Local (6-0): Fort Recovery is having its best season in history (program started in 1995) but don’t expect it to add a victory over Marion to the accomplishments. As good as the Indians have been playing (beat Delphos St. John’s last week), no one appears ready to slow down the Flyers. Marion, the No. 1 ranked team in the state in D-V, has scored more than 50 points three times and hasn’t scored less then 31. Defensively Marion has three shutouts and has allowed 40 points.
Parkway (4-2) at St. Henry (3-3): Ultimately a playoff elimination game for both. Parkway is currently 10th in D-V, Region 20, while St. Henry is 11th. Skins have lost two in a row, including last week’s 28-27 two-OT loss at Anna. Parkway is having one of its better season’s in school history and has lost only to Marion Local and Coldwater. Parkway senior Jordan Thompson – arguably the best player in the MAC – could be the difference.
Franklin (4-2) at Valley View (3-3): Another game with huge playoff implications. Both schools are out of running for SWBL Southwest Division title, but hope remains for D-III playoff berth. Franklin is eighth in Region 12, while Valley View is 10th. Spartans are riding a three-game losing streak and a victory over the Wildcats would swing momentum for a club that should be considered the favorite in its remaining three games (Carlisle, Eaton and Brookville). Franklin has dates left with Eaton, Brookville and Oakwood. Both teams have lost to Milton-Union and Bellbrook.