for all intents and purposes the playoffs are already going on. There’s also the matter of league and conference
titles to determine. Key match ups in the Miami Valley include Anna at Marion
Local, Bellbrook at Oakwood, Monroe at Waynesville and Trotwood-Madison
at Northmont. Below we take a look at those games and few more that will send ripples through the valley and state.
Heading into tonight’s action, plenty of area teams are still alive for postseason berths. There’s also the matter of league and conference titles to determine.
A few of the more intriguing and influential games are Anna at Marion Local, Bellbrook at Oakwood, Monroe at Waynesville and Trotwood-Madison at Northmont.
Below we take a look at those games and few more that will send ripples through the valley and state.
Bellbrook (4-4) at Oakwood (6-2): Despite a 1-3 start, Bellbrook is suddenly back in the playoff hunt. The Eagles (ninth in D-II, Region 8) could make the postseason with wins over Oakwood and Milton-Union. More importantly, Bellbrook would also win the SWBL Southwest Division title with two more wins. The Eagles, Oakwood and Milton all have one league loss with two to play. Oakwood has dropped two straight 9Waynesville and Milton) and is playing for its own playoff life. The Jacks are currently No. 8 in D-IV, Region 16, Oakwood snapped a long losing streak to the Eagles last year.
Anna (6-2) at Marion Local (8-0): Rockets are aiming for upset and playoff points. Anna is No. 7 in D-V, Region 20, but is assured of nothing yet except a tough game Friday. Marion is No. 1 in the Region 20 points and will more than likely hold a first round game. The Flyers can also win a share of their first MAC title since 2001 with a win. The conference championship would be coach Tim Goodwin’s second. Goodwin has three state titles (2000-01, 2006).
Trotwood-Madison (6-2) at Northmont (5-3): Rivalry game that will be among most heated in Ohio this season. The two neighbors clash for the final time as conference members and the GWOC North title is one the line. The T-Bolts, who have won five straight North titles, need a win to keep pace with Piqua and set-up a winner takes-all meeting next Friday. Northmont moves to the Central Division next year. The T-Bolts also need a win to keep their faint playoff hopes alive (No. 12 in D-I, Region 4). Trotwood need a win and Northmont to beat Piqua next week to force a three-way tie for the North title. The Rams also seem secure in their postseason bid (No. 3 in D-II, Region 8).
Piqua (7-1) at Troy (3-5): Teams meet for the 115th straight year (since 1899) and the 122nd time overall (Piqua leads 59-57-6). The Indians are playing like they did last year when they won the D-II state title. Senior QB Justin Hemm continues to shine. Piqua has all but secured a playoff berth with its current No. 3 ranking in Region 6. The Indians also have a chance to win the GWOC North title. Currently Piqua is tied with Northmont atop the division standings. The two meet next weekend in Piqua. Troy, which has lost three straight, including one-point losses to Butler and Trotwood, closes the season at Wayne.
Valley View (4-4) at Eaton (4-4): This is an elimination game. Both teams are still in contention for playoff spots but a win here is a must. Eaton (No. 8 in D-III, Region 12) has won two straight (Bellbrook and Franklin), while the Spartans snapped a four-game losing skid (Oakwood, Bellbrook, Milton-Union and Franklin) last week with a rout of Carlisle. Key early season wins over Cincinnati Indian Hill and Lemon-Monroe have kept Valley View (No. 10 in Region 12) in playoff contention.
Fort Recovery (5-3) at Coldwater (7-1): Fort recovery has experienced a dream season, winning a school-record five games. The Indians won’t get No. 6 here. Coldwater has won six straight and has dominated the opposition, outscoring them 272-43. The Cavs need the win to strengthen their playoff chances (No. 6 in D-IV, Region 16). Coldwater owns an area-best 10-year playoff streak.
Tecumseh (5-3) at Bellefontaine (7-1): Tecumseh continues its late season gauntlet with a trip to Bellefontaine. The Arrows hosted Tippecanoe (8-0) last week and close the season at home against Kenton Ridge (6-2). Tecumseh has slim playoff hopes (No. 17 in D-II, Region 8). Chieftains are currently No. 4 in D-II, region 10 playoff points. Both teams are 2-1 in CBC Kenton Trail Division and trail Tipp. Game features outstanding individuals in Tecumseh’s Josh McKee and Bellefontaine’s Sean Egler and Keith Morgan.
Springboro (4-4) at Greenville (4-4): Game features two of the area’s hottest teams. The Green Wave have won three of their last four after a 1-3 start that included losses to Alter, Tippecanoe and Piqua. Ouch. Since then Greenville has beaten Springfield South, Fairborn and Miamisburg. The lone setback in that span is a 26-23 loss to Lebanon. Springboro leads the GWOC South at 3-0 and has won three straight after starting 1-4. The Panthers can clinch the conference title with a win over Fairborn next week.
Monroe (6-2) at Waynesville (5-3): Monroe is in a precarious situation in regards to the D-III playoffs. The Hornets are No. 9 in Region 12. Waynesville on the other hand is sitting at No. 4 in D-V, Region 20 and looks like a solid playoff team. Both teams are riding five game win streaks and the victor is assured a share of the SWBL Buckeye Division title.
Dunbar (4-4) at Withrow (7-1): Dunbar’s brutal schedule continues with a road game against one of Cincinnati’s better teams. The Tigers, who have won seven straight after a season-opening loss to Sycamore, are led by standout QB Juandez Brown. Withrow is No. 2 in D-II, Region 8 playoff points. Dunbar holds onto slim playoff hopes at No. 14.