With five teams in the postseason, the Fort Ancient Valley Conference
will be featured prominently during the first round Friday night in the
Cincinnati area. All five teams – Winton Woods, Turpin, Trenton Edgewood, Kings Mills
Kings and Cincinnati Anderson – are in Division II, Region 8 with games
starting at 7:30 p.m.
With five teams in the postseason, the Fort Ancient Valley Conference will be featured prominently during the first round Friday night in the Cincinnati area.
All five teams – Winton Woods, Turpin, Trenton Edgewood, Kings Mills Kings and Cincinnati Anderson – are in Division II, Region 8 with games starting at 7:30 p.m.
Top-seeded Winton Woods (9-1) plays host No. 8 Dayton Dunbar (8-2). Edgewood (8-2), the sixth seed, plays at reigning state champion and No. 3 seed Anderson (8-2).
The most intriguing matchup is fifth-seeded Kings (7-3) playing at fourth-seeded Turpin (9-1).
Kings, which won the FAVC Cardinal title, defeated Turpin 41-10 Oct. 3. That game was viewed as a significant upset at the time.
“This will have to be a great team effort to beat them,” Kings coach Andy Olds said. “However, we do not need to beat them by 31 points this time, just one.”
Kings, which has won five consecutive games, will likely be without senior RB Nick Bauer, who was hurt against Walnut Hills last week. Bauer rushed for 1,354 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
“He led his team in tackles and rushing yards the last time we played,” Turpin coach Rob Stoll said. “That’s impressive. Too often players think they can only play one way – and he shows that is certainly not true.”
Kings junior Mike Perry will look to fill the void after he rushed for 80 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown last week.
“Mike Perry and senior Teron McCall will need to pick up the slack rushing,” Olds said.
Kings will also have to rely on senior WR Derrick Harris, a Division I college prospect, who has 29 receptions for 457 yards and five touchdowns.
“Derrick continues to dominate on special teams as well as our go-to guy at WR,” Olds said. “He now has four touchdowns on punt returns in our conference alone.”
The Knights’ defense, which allows 18 points per game, is led by senior DT Mike Kidder, who has 11 sacks and 96 tackles.
Turpin, which averages 29 points and 318 yards of offense, is led by junior RB Wayne Dunham. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound back has rushed for 1,221 yards on 193 carries and 15 touchdowns.
Dunham had a season-high 250 yards rushing in a 42-21 win over Wilmington in the regular-season finale.
However, Dunham was held to 74 yards the last time the two teams played. Since Kings has a strong defensive front seven, it could be to the Knights’ advantage again.
“So, for us to be successful,” Stoll said, “we somehow have to find a way to neutralize that advantage. If they can drop seven and rush just four players we’re going to be for a long night.”
Sophomore QB Eric Martin has thrown for 1,267 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Sophomore WR Michael Millikin has 20 receptions for 263 yards.
Defensively, Turpin is led by senior DE Logan Fehrenbach, who has 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. Junior LB Ken Mason has four sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
“Defensively, we have to play physical smash-mouth football,” Stoll said. “They want to pound the ball with their talented backfield and big offensive line. In short, we have to put them in third and long situations by controlling the line of scrimmage on first and second down.”
Anderson vs. Edgewood
The Division II reigning state champion Redskins are finally healthy and are heavily favored Friday night.
Anderson, which was the Cincinnati Enquirer Divisions II-VI poll champion, has won four consecutive games.
The offense is the Redskins’ strength as they average 41 points and 406 yards.
“It doesn’t take a genius to figure out they have pretty talented kids, not just one or two,” Edgwood coach Steve Channell said.
Senior QB Daniel Rod has thrown for 862 yards and seven touchdowns.
Senior RB Luis Perez has rushed for 468 yards and nine touchdowns, including 225 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns in a win against Harrison last week. Junior Kyle Slater has a team-leading 1,306 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.
“Luis Perez is a very unselfish player who has done a lot of the blocking needed for Slater to be successful,” Anderson coach Jeff Giesting said. “Luis is also a good runner and is an effective weapon for us.”
Anderson is also capable of a strong passing game. Senior WR John Runk, a Yale recruit, has 22 receptions for 356 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, the Redskins are led by senior DL Joe Walla, who has 3.5 sacks.
Edgewood defeated visiting Mount Healthy 27-21 to clinch a playoff berth last week.
Edgewood senior QB Brandon Marcum has thrown for 1,595 yards and 15 touchdowns in the Cougars’ wing-T offense.
The two main playmakers are junior RB Justin Elder (1,137 yards and 19 touchdowns) and senior Xavier Fugate (1,045 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns), who is a Division I college prospect.
“We have to try to limit the big play opportunities that Fugate and Justin Elder get and keep turnovers to a minimum because they will want to control the clock with their offense,” Giesting said.
Winton Woods vs. Dunbar
Winton Woods has the top seed in the region and was second in the Cincinnati Enquirer regular-season poll.
The Warriors are led by junior QB Dominique Brown (1,312 rushing yards and nine touchdowns) and junior RB Jeremiah Goins (1,133 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns).
Defensively, OLB Tristen Marvin (four sacks), OLB Maalik Bomar (two sacks) and safety Chris Williams (four interceptions) lead a strong defense. Marvin, Bomar and Williams have orally committed to play at Cincinnati.
“We will have to contain the big play and be gap sound on defense,” Winton Woods coach Troy Everhart said of Dunbar.
The Warriors are allowing just 15 points per game and 70 yards rushing.
“Dunbar has an excellent QB and two very good running backs,” Everhart said. “The QB is a special player for sure.”
Dunbar QB Steve White has helped lead the Wolverines, which defeated Dayton Meadowdale 21-14 in the regular-season finale. He has thrown for 838 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
“Steve is a phenomenal kid,” Dunbar coach James Lacking told the Dayton Daily News. “He’s very coachable.”