Southwest Ohio Huddle: Wyoming-Indian Hill stage a showdown for the ages

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Southwest Ohio Huddle

While the St. Xavier-Moeller football game took the spotlight on
Halloween, another rivalry brewed to a fantastic finish on Friday night. Cincinnati Wyoming defeated Indian Hill 50-49 on a Statue of Liberty
play for a two-point conversion to give the Cowboys their first win
over their league rival since 2003. It was also Wyoming’s first perfect
regular season since 1981.


While the St. Xavier-Moeller football game took the spotlight on Halloween, another rivalry brewed to a fantastic finish on Friday night.

Cincinnati Wyoming defeated Indian Hill 50-49 on a Statue of Liberty play for a two-point conversion to give the Cowboys their first win over their league rival since 2003. It was also Wyoming’s first perfect regular season since 1981.

It’s been quite a year for Wyoming, which won its first Cincinnati Hills League title since 2001. This season has been memorable although not entirely unexpected.

Wyoming won a 7-on-7 passing state tournament in Columbus this past summer and players were looking forward to an opportunity at the elusive CHL title which has hasn’t happened the second half of this decade.

Wyoming certainly knew it had a talented squad.

Wyoming has a solid quarterback in junior Kyle Seyfried, who has set numerous school records this season. The Cowboys have one of the state’s top players in senior defensive lineman Jibreel Black, who switched his commitment from Indiana to Cincinnati last week.

Wyoming (10-0) also has one of the state’s top coaches in Bernie Barre, who sits at 299 wins going into the postseason.

On Friday, Wyoming certainly did its best on its home field. Despite trailing 14-6 at the end of the first quarter, the Cowboys made the plays at the end to win.

Seyfried threw for a season-high 446 yards to go along with four touchdown passes.

Senior running back Isaiah Nearor rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns.

“I’ve never been in one like this,” Barre told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “This is the first time in 28 years we’ve been 10-0, That, the CHL championship, 299 wins – it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Wyoming, the No. 2 seed in Region 12 of Division III, plays host to Eaton (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the postseason.
 
PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Natalie Starr, Cincinnati Turpin: The senior midfielder scored two game-winning goals last week in the Spartans postseason games. Starr, who has orally committed to Kentucky, scored the game-winner against Ursuline in overtime on Monday. She also scored with 9:45 left in the second overtime Thursday in a Division I district final win over Anderson 1-0. Turpin advances to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2004.  The Spartans play Huber Heights Wayne at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Liberty Township Lakota East.
 
TEAM OF THE WEEK
 
Lebanon football team:
Lebanon captured its first Greater Western Ohio Conference South division title since 2006 with a 42-7 win over host Miamisburg Friday night. The Warriors (8-2, 4-0 GWOC South) were led by senior Trey Bonny who had nine carries for 139 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass. Senior quarterback Dusty Isaacs, a Georgia Tech baseball commit, threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Chase Cochran, an Ohio University football commit, had three receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. Lebanon led 35-7 at halftime.
 
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
 
Payne commits to Michigan State:
Highly-touted Dayton Jefferson senior center Adreian Payne orally committed to Michigan State last week. The Dayton Daily News said Payne also considered West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona. Payne averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks last season, according to the Dayton Daily News.
 
Swimming for Cardinals:
Cincinnati Ursuline swimmer Breann McDowell has committed to compete at Louisville. McDowell was the Division I state champion in the 200 freestyle last season. McDowell also considered Clemson, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Ohio State and Kentucky.
 
Black commits to Bearcats:
Wyoming senior defensive lineman Jibreel Black orally committed to the University of Cincinnati last week. Black, who is 6-2 and 260 pounds, had five sacks and 38 tackles for the Cowboys going into last weekend’s game with Indian Hill. He had committed to Indiana on June 29.
 
Moving on:
The Elder football team will play Cincinnati La Salle in Week 10 of the 2010 season next year, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Elder had played Western Hills for 81 years in a Westside rivalry. Western Hills will play Amelia in Week 10 next year.
 
Good stats:
Xenia senior Dakota Anderson had 42 punts for 1,658 yards going into Week 10. He averaged 39.5 yards.
 
Swimming for Buckeyes:
Turpin’s Libby Hunsche has committed to swim for Ohio State. Hunsche is Turpin’s school record-holder in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke.
 
Girls’ basketball practice starts:
The official start of basketball practice started on Friday for girls’ teams across the state. In the Cincinnati area, Mount Notre Dame and West Chester Lakota West are considered among the favorites again. The teams play in West Chester on Dec. 1.
 
Gibbs commits to Rockets:
La Salle senior DL Keenan Gibbs (6-4, 246) has orally committed to play at Toledo. Gibbs also had a scholarship offer from Bowling Green. Gibbs had 3.5 sacks going into the final regular-season game at Walsh Jesuit.
 
ON TAP
 
Indian Hill vs. Madeira girls’ soccer, Division II regional semifinal, 7 p.m. Wednesday:
These two Cincinnati Hills League schools meet again in the postseason – this time at West Chester Lakota West. The winner advances to the regional final at noon Saturday at Princeton High School. Hamilton Badin plays Wyoming in the other semifinal Wednesday.
 
Cincinnati St. Ursula vs. Bishop Watterson field hockey, state semifinal, 2:30 p.m. Friday:
St. Ursula (16-2-1) will make its first state tournament appearance Friday afternoon at Upper Arlington. St. Ursula defeated Mount Notre Dame 1-0 in the regional final last weekend. Sophomore Elley Frank scored the game’s only goal. Junior Ellen Ryan had the shutout.
 
State cross country meet, 11 a.m. Saturday:
The annual state cross country meet is Saturday morning at Scioto Downs. Look for Mason junior Zach Wills to be a favorite to repeat as boys’ Division I state champion.  St. Xavier won the boys’ Division I regional team title. Glen Este junior Michelle Thomas, Miamisburg senior Megan Wright and Springboro’s Carly Hamilton and Rachael Mahle are among area runners to watch in the girls’ Division I competition.
 
Centerville at Cincinnati St. Xavier football, 7:30 p.m. Saturday:
Centerville (8-2) plays a GCL-South opponent for a third consecutive season in the playoffs. Centerville last played St. X during the 2007 season – the Bombers won 31-6 in the second round. St. X (8-2), which is the No. 1 seed, is led by senior QB Luke Massa and sophomore RB Conor Hundley on offense. Centerville is led by offensive leaders that include senior QB Zak Bertram, who has thrown for 873 yards and rushed for 924 yards and 14 touchdowns. Senior RB Nick Miller has 862 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.

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