Like so many significant rivalries around the state, an Indian Hill-Wyoming game always carries plenty of storylines. Indian Hill (7-2, 6-0) will seek its fourth consecutive Cincinnati
Hills League title when it plays host to Wyoming (7-2, 6-0) at 7:30
p.m. Friday. The Braves also need a win to make the playoffs.
Like so many significant rivalries around the state, an Indian Hill-Wyoming game always carries plenty of storylines.
For the second consecutive season, the suburban Cincinnati area teams play each other to close the regular season.
Indian Hill (7-2, 6-0) will seek its fourth consecutive Cincinnati Hills League title when it plays host to Wyoming (7-2, 6-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“Our team knows what is at stake,” Wyoming coach Bernie Barre said. “We feel like we are going over there to play for a league championship and a playoff berth.”
Despite six consecutive wins, Indian Hill is still on the playoff bubble, according to JoeEitel.com. The Braves hold the ninth spot in Division III, Region 12.
“We are playing pretty well right now, but not sure if we will get in the playoffs,” Indian Hill coach Kevin Siple said. “The interesting thing is that last year we lost the same two games – to Valley View and Turpin – and we still finished first in our region. Just 12 months later, if we do win…we are hopeful to get the No. 8 seed.”
The Braves are led by senior QB Bo Cordell, who has had another solid season as the Indian Hill starter. He has thrown for 2,397 yards and 26 touchdowns for the Braves with an almost 70 percent passing rate. He has also rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns.
“Bo has continued to be very productive,” Siple said recently. “He has been so consistent spreading the ball around.”
Cordell is a significant reason why the Braves averaged 455 yards of offense and 49 points.
Cordell’s favorite target is senior TE Ted Bolser, who is an Indiana recruit. Bolser leads the CHL with 711 receiving yards. He has 50 receptions and scored 10 touchdowns.
Junior WR Sam Hendricks has also played well, including 25 receptions for 488 yards and five touchdowns.
Defensively, senior DE Bojan Lazic leads has a team-leading three sacks along with two forced fumbles and an interception.
“We need to play well to have a chance against them,” Barre said. “They are very good. We have been playing well the last few weeks so I’m optimistic.”
Wyoming, which went past the 600-win mark for its program this season, is seventh in Division IV, Region 16, according to JoeEitel.com. The Cowboys control their own destiny, according to the Web site.
The defense will have to come up with stops again on Friday night. Wyoming has only allowed an average of 14 points.
Wyoming is led by junior DL Jibreel Black (6-2, 260 pounds), who has a team-leading six sacks along with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Junior DB Isaiah Nearor (two sacks, three interceptions) and junior DB Jacob Allsop (four interceptions) have also been very solid.
Barre said senior LB Tim Benner (6-2, 200) has likely been the most consistent defensive player with 2.5 sacks and an interception.
“Our defense has played great overall,” Barre said.
Offensively, sophomore QB Kyle Seyfried (6-0, 170) has thrown for 1,419 yards and nine touchdowns.
“He has exceeded my expectations for him this year,” Barre said. “He is pretty cool under pressure so I don’t anticipate that this big-game atmosphere will rattle him.”
Senior RB Josh Boggan has rushed for 998 yards and 21 touchdowns and is the team’s vocal leader. Sophomore WR Jonathon Tighe has 24 receptions for 370 yards.
For Wyoming, Friday’s game is an opportunity for its first league title since 2004 when the Cowboys shared it with Indian Hill.
“Our players will be excited and prepared to play,” Barre said. “It has been a good rivalry.”