MVP Fab 5 Football Rankings Week 4

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MVP’s Fab 5 Football Rankings

This week’s Fab 5 rankings, this week’s big games (Wayne at Trotwood, DSJ at Anna, Marion Local at Minster and
more) and Belmont’s undefeated for the first time since 1968…See who
is ranked where
and who plays who…


Belmont High School, a member of the Dayton City League,
has never been to the playoffs. And although it’s too early to pencil
the Bison in as breaking that barrier, they have made history already.

With its 33-14 win over Dayton Northridge on Thursday, Belmont
improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1968. That’s a span of 43
years.

“We are boldly going where no one has been before,” Belmont head coach John Derr told the Dayton
Daily News. “I’ve had good teams, but we’ve never started like this. We
are in virgin territory, new water and we are going to see who can
swim.”

In 10 years as Belmont’s coach, Derr’s best record is 8-2. He’s also
had a 7-3 squad. Finishing below
.500 is more the norm though (the Bison have won just 11 games total
since 2004), and through no fault of Derr’s. Belmont continually
struggles with numbers. This year the Division II school has a roster
includes just 23 players: Nine seniors,
six juniors, two sophomores and six freshmen.

Things will get tougher this week for the Bison who open City League
play against Dunbar.

Regardless of how the season finishes,
though, Belmont’s start is one of note.

“We had a commitment to the offseason,” Derr said. “We have a little
more serious thought and effort; we are more focused at practice.”

It shows.

Here are this week’s Big games:

Wayne at Trotwood-Madison
Delphos St. John’s at Anna
Marion Local at Minster
Dunbar vs Belmont
Eaton at Brookville

Here’s how the Fab 5 shakes out heading into Week 4…

Division I

1. Troy (2-1)
The Trojans led just 7-3 at halftime but distanced themselves in the
second half with 28 points en route to a 35-11 win at Fairborn. QB Cody
May compelted 10-of-16 passes for 152 yards and two TDs and the Trojan
ground game spit out 253 yards. This week Troy hosts Springboro (0-3).
Previous: 1

2. Wayne (1-2)
The Warriors got their first win with a 58-19 rout of Canadian school
Sir Frederick Banting. QB Javon Harrison threw for two TDs and ran for
another. This week Wayne travels to Trotwood-Madison (3-0).
Previous: 2

3. Centerville (1-2)
The Elks blasted Oak Ridge (a school
from Canada) 63-7 to pick up their first win. Seven different players
scored TDs. This week Centerville travels north to take on Cleveland St.
Ignatius (2-1).
Previous: 3

4. Northmont (0-3)
The T-Bolts are hard to figure out. We still think their a good club,
although their recent 63-12 loss to Moeller doesn’t help their case. The
question is how would the teams under Northmont have faired against a
schedule of Hamilton, Princeton and Moeller? Our guess is the
same as Northmont. This week the T-Bolts try to get their first win
against visiting Sidney (0-3).
Previous: 4

5. Beavercreek (2-1)
The Beavers trailed Trotwood just 20-10 with 10 seconds to go in the
first half before losing 47-24. This week Creek travels to Xenia (1-2).
Previous: 5

DROPPED OUT: None

BEST OF THE REST: Lebanon (2-1), Springboro (0-3),
Fairmont (2-1)

Division II

1. Trotwood-Madison (3-0)
The Rams handled host Beavercreek 47-24. Senior QB Michael Simpson
completed 10-of-19 passes for 154 yards and three TDs and RBs Isreal
Green and Ashton Jackson each scored two TDs. Trotwood has a huge test
this week when it hosts Wayne (1-2).
Previous: 1

2. Butler (3-0)
The Aviators had another impressive win with a 56-35 win over host
Springboro. Senior Tyler Jones ran for 289 yards and three TDs on 26
carries as Butler racked up 514 yards of offense. QB Ryne Pugh also
threw for three TDs. This week the Aviators head north for a long bus
ride to Bellevue (2-1).
Previous: 2

3. Piqua (2-1)
The Indians beat Xenia 48-0. This
week they are at Lebanon (2-1).
Previous: 3

4. Tecumseh (2-1)
The Arrows survived Miami Trace 26-21 thanks to RB Jeremy Hardman’s
94-yard game-winning TD run in the fourth quarter. This week Tecumseh
faces a stiff test with Urbana (2-1) coming to town.
Previous: 4

5. Tippecanoe (3-0)
The Red Devils eked out another victory, this time 28-27 over
Milton-Union. Last week Tipp beat Greenville 6-3. This week the red
Devils travel to Indian Lake
(1-2).
Previous: 5

DROPPED OUT: None

BEST OF THE REST: Franklin (2-0)

Division III

1. Alter (3-0)
The Knights intercepted five passes and junior QB Malik Zaire ran for
two TDs as Alter posted a 21-12 win at Napoleon. This week Alter begins
GCL play with a game against Purcell Marian (2-1) at Springboro.
Previous: 1

2. Springfield Shawnee (3-0)
The Braves survived six turnovers and beat Urbana 23-17 in OT. Senior QB
Brad Jarzab ran for 123 yards and a TD and threw for 121 yards. This
week Shawnee is at Springfield Northwestern (0-3).
Previous: 2

3. Thurgood Marshall (2-1)
The Cougars outlasted Columbus Eastmoor 7-6 for an impressive crossover
game regionally. This week Marshall hosts Greenville (0-3).
Previous: 4

4. Eaton (2-1)
The Eagles let a fourth quarter lead slip away in a disappointing 31-19
loss to visiting Waynesville. This week Eaton opens SWBL Southwestern
Division play at undefeated Brookville (3-0).
Previous: 3

5. Dunbar (2-1)
The Wolverines lit up visiting Cincinnati Woodward 60-6. Now they face
unbeaten Belmont (3-0).
Previous: 5

DROPPED OUT: None

BEST OF THE REST: Kenton Ridge (3-0)

Division IV

1. Fenwick (3-0)
The Falcons outgained visiting Valley View 306-128 in total yards and
shut out the Spartans 28-0. DB Frank Catrine had two interceptions,
while senior QB Austin Gearing threw for 141 yards and a TD and ran for
81 yards and two TDs. This week Fenwick hosts Cincinnati McNicholas
(0-2).
Previous: 1

2. Waynesville (3-0)
The Spartans rallied from a fourth quarter deficit and notched another
statement win with a 31-19 victory at Eaton that snapped the hosts
16-game regular season win streak. Senior RB Matt Hussey led the
Spartans with 200 yards rushing and three TDs. This week Waynesville
travels to Carlisle (1-2).
Previous: 2

3. Chaminade Julienne (1-2)
The Eagles got in the win column and scored their first points in a 48-8
win over Meadowdale. This week CJ hosts Roger Bacon (2-1).
Previous: 3

4. Milton-Union (2-1)
The Bulldogs were close to hanging on against visiting Tipp, but lost a
fourth quarter lead and fell 28-27. Milton hosts Bellbrook (1-2) this
week.
Previous: 4

5. Clinton-Massie (1-2)
The Falcons had a 28-0 lead on visiting Jonathan Alder but lost 29-28.
Ouch. This week Massie travels to Hillsboro (0-3).
Previous: 5

DROPPED OUT: None

BEST OF THE REST: Valley View (1-2), Brookville
(3-0)

Division V

1. Coldwater (2-1)
The Cavaliers capitalized on three turnovers and shut out visiting and
then-No. 4 Anna 17-0. This week the Cavs face rival St. Henry (1-2) on
the road.
Previous: 1

2. LCC (3-0)
The Thunderbirds shut out
visiting Paulding 49-0 and have now outscored the competition 128-21
this year. RB John Washington led the T-Birds with 131 yards rushing and
two TDs. This week LCC hosts Columbus Grove (3-0).
Previous: 2

3. Anna (2-1)
The Rockets outgained host Coldwater but produced zero points in three
trips inside the 20 and turned the ball over three times in a 17-0 loss
to the Cavaliers. This week things don’t get any easier with Delphos St.
John’s (1-2) coming to town.
Previous: 3

4. Versailles (3-0)
Following their 46-33 win over Fort Recovery, the Tigers are averaging
41.6 points per game. This week Versailles hosts Parkway (1-2).
Previous: 4

5. Covington (3-0)
The Buccs scratched out a 17-14 win over Bethel. This week they hosts
Bradford (2-1).
Previous: 5

DROPPED OUT: None

BEST OF THE REST: West Liberty-Salem (3-0), Miami
East (2-1), Bethel (2-1)

Division VI

1. Delphos St. John’s (1-2)
After two 7-point losses, the Blue Jays got their first win – by seven
points – with a 7-0 shutout victory over visiting Minster. DSJ scored in
the first quarter (following a Minster interception) and neither team
reached the end zone the rest of the way. This week the Blue Jays travel
to Anna (2-1).
Previous: 2

2. Minster (2-1)
See No. 1 Delphos St. John’s. Things don’t get any easier for Minster
this week with No. 3 Marion Local (2-1) headed to town.
Previous: 1

3. Marion Local (2-1)
The Flyers had 365 yards of
offense and led 48-0 before visiting New Bremen scored in a 55-8 win.
Jake Heitkamp led ML with 117 yards and two TDs on 12 carries. Up next
is a trip to No. 2 Minster (2-1).
Previous: 3

4. St. Henry (1-2)
The Redskins got in the win column with a 42-13 victory over host
Parkway. Junior QB Kyle Stahl led St. Henry by completing 14-of-21
passes for 203 yards and four TDs. The Redskins host rival Coldwater
(2-1) this week.
Previous: 4

5. Springfield Catholic (2-1)
The senior tandem of Brian Kelly (QB) and Jake Aldridge (WR) went nuts
in a 56-13 win over Springfield Northwestern. Kelly completed a school
record 25 passes for a school record 408 yards and five TDs. Aldridge
broke school records for receptions (14) and yards( 192). This week the
Irish host Triad (2-1).
Previous: 5

DROPPED OUT: None

BEST OF THE REST: Fort Loramie (2-1), Fort Recovery
(2-1), Southeastern (3-0)

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