Tonight’s nationally televised (ESPNU) game between D-I powers Wayne and Centerville is just one of the HUGE games on tap this weekend in West Central and Southwest Ohio. Click here to see what other colossal meetings are looming and who is ranked where in the latest Fab 5 poll…
For some reason, ESPN feels the need to “name” every Saturday of
college football. “Showdown,” ‘Shakedown,” ‘Separation,” etc. You get
As corny as it is, this weekend’s slate of Miami Valley high school football games deserves some recognition and maybe it’s own
name. Let’s just call it the “Best” as in the best slate we’ve seen in
the 2010 season.
Here’s who is hooking up in big-time games:
D-I No. 5 Wayne (4-3) at D-I No.
2 Centerville (6-1)
This game between Dayton’s
biggest big school rivals was moved to Thursday so a national TV audience on ESPNU could watch it. Ohio
State recruits Braxton Miller
(Wayne QB) and Michael Bennett (Centerville DL/OL) hook up one last time
before becoming teammates. The loser of this game will also be out of
the running for a GWOC Central title – you’d think.
D-IV No. 1 Alter (6-1) vs D-IV
No. 3 Fenwick (7-0)
The big question about this game at Franklin H.S. will be can Fenwick’s
No. 1 ranked GCL rush offense (367 yards per game, 176 points in four
GCL games) score enough on the Knights No. 1 GCL rush defense (allowing
132 yards, 49 points in four GCL games). The winner will have the inside
track in the Region 16 playoffs and GCL North race. Oh yeah, Alter is
ranked No. 1 in the state in D-IV and Fenwick is No. 6.
D-II No. 3 Tecumseh (6-1) at
D-III No. 3 Springfield Shawnee (6-1)
Both these teams lost their openers and have since won six straight
games. Someone’s streak will end. The winner also has the inside track
for the CBC Kenton Division title and gets a boatload of computer points.
D-II No. 2 Trotwood (5-2) at D-I
No. 3 Troy (6-1)
This game basically boils down to the GWOC North championship game. The
winner will have the lead in the conference standings by themselves. The
question here: Can Trotwood score enough to stay with Troy?
D-VI No. 4 Covington (7-0) at
D-VI No. 5 Ansonia (7-0)
Is there an echo in here? This game boils down to the Cross County
Conference Championship game. Last year the teams met twice with Ansonia
winning the regular season meeting and Covington winning in the first
round of playoffs. This could be the first of two meetings this year as
D-IV No. 5 Valley View (5-2) at D-IV No. 4 Carlisle (7-0)
This SWBL crossover game pits Valley View’s Jay Niswonger, who just won
his 250th game against Bellbrook two weeks ago, against one of his
former players in Billy Jewell. Funny but this game pits a couple teams
with some standout transfers too. VV RB Jake Jarbo is a transfer from
Preble Shawnee. A couple of Carlisle’s best players are former Valley
View Spartans. Need more intrigue? Jewell transferred from Carlisle
himself in HS to play for Niswonger at VV.
D-VI No. 2 Marion Local (7-0) at
D-V No. 3 Coldwater (4-3)
Coldwater hopes Marion Local is looking ahead to its match-up against
fellow unbeaten Delphos St. John’s next week. Doubtful. The Flyers are a
disciplined and good team and this will be another great meeting
between these two programs.
D-II No. 4 Carroll (5-2) at CJ
CJ might be best 2-5 team in state. Carroll just took some lumps against
Alter last week. This one is a toss-up.
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