Southwest Ohio Huddle: Cincinnati area football off to a great start


Southwest Ohio Huddle

With Moeller, St. Xavier and Elder at
2-0 at the start of the season, the Greater Catholic League powers figure to be
a strong trio this season. Some fans are speculating the Division I state
championship could run through Southwest Ohio and that case wouldn’t shock
anyone this year.

With Moeller, St. Xavier and Elder at
2-0 at the start of the season, the Greater Catholic League powers figure to be
a strong trio this season. Some fans are speculating the Division I state
championship could run through Southwest Ohio and that case wouldn’t shock
anyone this year.

Elder defeated Colerain 20-7 Sunday in
front of a national TV audience and the Panthers look awfully strong. Elder’s
running game wasn’t terribly effective, but receivers like Tim O’Conner
(Indiana) and Alex Welch (Notre Dame) and Selby Chidemo will keep Elder’s air
attack potent for presumably the entire year.

Moeller had an interesting first two
weeks, but survived Winton Woods in Week One and took care of business with
Hamilton last week. Senior QB Andrew Hendrix (Notre Dame) has plenty of weapons
offensively. Senior defensive end Marcus Rush (Michigan State) is having a
remarkable start on defense.

St. Xavier surprised many people with
a 16-0 win over Elder in Week One. Sophomore RB Conor Hundley clearly arrived on
the scene. St. X got a strong win over Indianapolis Cathedral at Lucas Oil
Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

While certainly other Southwest Ohio
teams could make a strong case for the postseason early this year don’t be
surprised if a GCL team emerges. Other Southwest Ohio teams (Wayne, Northmont,
Centerville, Lakota West and others) could make an argument, but it seems a GCL
school is likely to go far in the postseason.

But, why wait for the playoffs? The
open of league play in the GCL should make for some interesting games as get
toward the middle of the season. 


Preston Brown,
The senior
linebacker/running back had 249 rushing yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns
on Friday night as the Knights defeated visiting Amelia 42-7. Brown has nine
touchdowns in two weeks. He had 191 yards rushing on 11 carries (17.4 yards per
carry average) and five touchdowns to lead his team past
in Week One. Brown is orally committed to the

University of Cincinnati
Brown was one of the Bearcats’ first 2010 commitments when he made a pledge in
the summer of 2008. Northwest (2-0), which has scored 105 points the first two
weeks, plays at Little
(2-0) on Friday night.



Lebanon girls’ soccer team: The squad
started the season with a 3-0-1 record and atop the Greater Western Ohio
Conference South division standings. Lebanon , which has won the past two
division titles, plays at Springfield on Wednesday, before it plays host to
Huber Heights Wayne on Saturday afternoon (3 p.m.). As of Friday last week,
Lebanon ’s Sidney Huth led all of the GWOC with 13 points (five goals and three
assists). Lebanon ’s defense has also been solid as goalkeeper Ariel Mishurda
had 40 saves – second in the conference – as of last Friday. “We’ve gotten off
to a good start, we’ve got to try and build off of that,” Lebanon coach Bruce
Bingham told the Western Star. “We’re still a work in progress. We’ve got to
continue to do the small things that make us better.”  


Ole Miss offers Reynolds: Cincinnati
Mount Notre Dame junior guard Kathryn Reynolds has been offered by the
University of Mississippi. She also has offers from Louisville, Michigan State,
Ohio and Kentucky . Reynolds is the only returning starter from last season’s
Division I state champion team.  

Hat trick: Monroe senior forward Jake
Essig scored three goals for the Hornets as Monroe defeated Preble Shawnee 9-0
on Wednesday.  

Nice start: The Mariemont girls’
soccer team is the top-ranked Division II team in the Cincinnati area. Morgan
Beck scored two goals to lead Mariemont past Taylor 4-0 last Wednesday night.  

McKenzie selects XU: Archbishop
Moeller senior forward Griffin McKenzie made an oral commitment to play at
Xavier University last week. McKenzie is one of the state’s top players in the
2010 class. He also considered Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Northwestern.  

No kidding: North College Hill senior
RB Lucien Kidd had 179 yards rushing and scored the winning touchdown as the
visiting Trojans improved to 2-0 with a 14-7 win over Cincinnati Hughes.  

Staying humble: Springfield junior LB
Trey DePriest followed up an outstanding performance in the season opener
against Hamilton with some significant college attention last week. DePriest,
who had four touchdowns in a win against Hamilton on Aug. 29, was offered a
scholarship from Ohio State on Sept. 1. DePriest, who is 6-1 and 220 pounds,
also has offers from other BCS schools. DePriest told the Dayton Daily News he
is considering all options at this point. “I am excited but I like to keep
myself humble,” DePriest told the publication. “You can’t let it go to your
head, beaucase that’s when things start to go bad.”   

Firebirds win showdown: West Chester
Lakota West defeated Cincinnati St. Xavier 2-0 in a boys’ soccer showdown on
Thursday night. Both teams are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Queen City. John
Wittich and Max Hausfeld scored goals for the Firebirds (4-0), which play at
Middletown on Thursday night.  

Home-and-home series: Clayton
Northmont will play Cincinnati Princeton in a home-and-home football agreement
starting in 2010. Princeton will open the season with Beavercreek in 2010.  

Battle for the
Badin and Ross have announced that students will collect non-perishable
items, particularly toiletries at the football game on Friday night at Hamilton
’s Schwarm Stadium which will be donated to U.S. military personnel serving in
Iraq and Afghanistan . “We’re going to have some good-natured student
competitions at halftime,’’ Badin AD Sally Kocher said, “and there will be a
final score of the football game. But in a few weeks, many members of our
military in the Middle East will be thrilled that so many people from Badin and
Ross came together on their behalf.”  


Beaverceek at Fairborn, boys’ soccer,
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.:
Two of the premier teams in the Greater Western Ohio
Conference this season. Beavercreek sat atop the Central division standings last
week with a 3-0 start. Fairborn was first in the South division with a 3-1
record. As of late last week, Fairborn was led by Devon Climmons (8 goals and
two assists) and Dylan Stegall (six goals and an assist). Fairborn goalkeeper
Nick Umbdenstock had 14 saves as one of the leaders last week. Beavercreek
keeper Ben Dorn had nine saves of Sept. 3.  

Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame at
Cincinnati Sycamore, girls’ volleyball, Tuesday, 7 p.m.:
Two of the premier
teams in the Cincinnati area. Sycamore is led by senior Gaby Gray, who has
orally committed to Northwestern. MND got off to a 3-0 start under new coach Joe
Burke. The Cougars’ leaders include Kristen Caccimelio, Kate Eckels and Kathleen

Springboro at Beavercreek girls’
volleyball, Tuesday, 7 p.m.:
Two of the better teams in the Greater Western Ohio
Conference. Both teams won their season openers and should be teams to watch in
their respective divisions.  

Indian Hill at Madeira, girls’ soccer,
Wednesday, 7 p.m.:
These Cincinnati Hills League rivals started their seasons
2-1 and will look to move up the standings after this game. Indian Hill’s
Elizabeth Slattery had four goals and two assists as of late last week. Madeira
’s Katie Landgrebe also had four goals and two assists. Madeira ’s Mary Hyde had
14 saves.  

Cincinnati Country Day at Summit
Country Day, boys’ soccer, Thursday, 7 p.m.:
Two of the premier soccer programs
in Division III each season. Look for Summit Country senior forward Alex Priede,
who has orally committed to Notre Dame, to be a factor in this game. One of the
most prolific scorers in the state, he had three goals in a 4-0 shutout of
Cincinnati Christian last week.  

Cincinnati La Salle vs. Liberty
Township Lakota East, Friday, 7:30 p.m.:
La Salle will host the Thunderhawks in
a non-league game. La Salle is expected to have a special Sept. 11 tribute with
a flyover of vintage warplanes, according to the school. 


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