Like Oklahoma and Texas the week before, Oakwood and Milton-Union
got caught looking ahead to their match up this week and both got
bumped from the unbeaten ranks. Milton’s loss to Brookville was
shocking, but not as surprising as Oakwood’s loss to Waynesville. The
only saving grace for the Jacks was that it wasn’t a league game.
But that’s not the only shockers from last Friday. How about Eaton
over Bellbrook, Indian Lake over Urbana and Miami East over Twin Valley
Below we take a look at the key games in the Miami Valley in Week 8,
which now thanks to Waynesville and Brookville, doesn’t offer any
Centerville (5-2) at Wayne (6-1): As usual, a D-I, Region 4
playoff spot and the GWOC Central Division title is on the line. Both
teams are undefeated in the conference, and Centerville is No. 5 in
Region 4 playoff points. Wayne is No. 9. Both teams have also lost to
solid opponents. Centerville’s defeats are to Princeton (43-42) and
nationally ranked Byrnes of South Carolina (38-31 in OT). Wayne lost to
nationally ranked Colerain the first game of the year (19-7). The Elks
ground game is powered by senior RB James Cravens (820 yards, 10 TDs)
and senior QB David Fleming (722 yards, 10 TDs). Wayne is led by senior
RB Steve Curtis (563 yards, seven TDs) and freshman QB Braxton Miller
(49-of-78, 559 yards, seven TDs).
Oakwood (6-1) at Milton-Union (6-1): Now that the
undefeated records are out the window, both teams can relax and just
play football – yeah right. This game is the biggest to date for both
clubs, which are fighting for playoff spots in Division IV, Region 16.
Milton is currently No. 2 in the region, while Oakwood is No. 5. More
than likely the duo is jockeying for position and a home game. The two
are also playing for a SWBL Southwest Division title. Oakwood is the
last remaining unbeaten in league play at 3-0, while Milton, Bellbrook
and Brookville all have one league loss. Both schools have yet to play
Bellbrook. Game also stars two of the area’s top players in Milton’s
Tyler Wilson and Oakwood’s Chris Hardy.
Parkway (5-2) at Anna (6-1): Unlikely either team is going to
catch Marion Local for the MAC title, but both still have playoff
aspirations in D-V, Region 20. Anna (No. 4 in the region) is looking
for its seventh bid in eight years, while Parkway (No. 9) is looking to
garner its first postseason berth since 1999 and second overall.
Parkway’s Jordan Thompson is a difference maker on both sides of the
ball and could be the key.
Bellbrook (3-4) at Brookville (6-1): As disappointing as
Bellbrook’s season has been, Brookville’s has been just the opposite.
Despite that, this game boils down to an SWBL Southwest elimination
game. The Eagles are still alive for a league title and control their
own destiny with games against Milton and Oakwood remaining. Brookville
is in great position to make its first playoff appearance since 2000
and likely needs to win two of its last three to do so in D-IV, Region
Chaminade-Julienne (5-2) at Carroll (6-1): C-J needs a win to
keep pace in the GCL North standings with Alter and set up a winner
take all finale in Week 10. Beating Carroll at home is a steep
obstacle. The Patriots were humbled by Alter two weeks ago before
rebounding against Badin last week. The game features C-J’s standout QB
Kurt Hess (junior) against Carroll’s ground game. Both teams are also
fighting for playoff spots. C-J is No. 7 in D-III, Region 12, while
Carroll is No. 3 in D-II, Region 8.
Springboro (3-4) at Xenia (4-3): Winner of this game secures
a share of the GWOC South title. For Xenia it would be their second
straight championship. Buccs have won two straight after back-to-back
losses to Centerville and Wayne. As usual, Aston Jackson leads the
Xenia attack. The standout senior RB is the GWOC’s third leading rusher
with 984 yards and eight TDs. Springboro has won its last two games
over Lebanon and Miamisburg by the combined score of 64-6. The Panthers
also own an impressive win over Kings, and like Xenia, have played a
Northmont (4-3) at Vandalia (4-3): Northmont needs a win to
maintain a first place tie with Piqua in the GWOC North. The T-Bolts
are going for their sixth straight conference title and close with
games against Trotwood-Madison and Piqua. Butler is led by senior RB
Logan Zecher who is second in the GWOC in rushing with 1,124 yards and
14 TDs. Zecher’s stats are more impressive considering he’s only played
five games. Two weeks ago he ran for 307 yards in a win over Troy.
Piqua (6-1) at Sidney (4-3): After a 4-1 start, Sidney has
dropped two straight (Northmont and Trotwood). It will be hard for the
Yellow Jackets to stop that slide against Piqua. The Indians are the
defending D-II state champions and playing like it once again. Last
week, Piqua fell behind 26-0 to Butler before rallying for the win.
Piqua senior QB Justin Hemm is arguably the conference and area’s top
signal caller. The Indians are currently No. 1 in the D-II, Region 6
Tippecanoe (7-0) at Tecumseh (5-2): Tipp has been one of the
area’s biggest surprises and is currently No. 3 in D-III, Region 10
computer points. The undefeated Red Devils though will be tested by
Tecumseh and its senior standout Josh McKee. McKee (WR/DB) is as
versatile as they come – and as dangerous.
Greenon (5-2) at Urbana (6-1): The Hillclimbers were knocked
from the ranks of the unbeaten last week by Indian Lake who recorded a
dramatic come-from-behind win with 23 seconds left. Greenon is a
pleasant surprise. The Knights, who have won three straight, lead the
Hillclimbers and everyone else in the CBC Mad River Division by a game.