MVP Fab 5 Football Rankings Week 6


MVP’s Fab 5 Football Rankings

This week’s Fab 5 rankings, this week’s big games (Butler at Troy, Piqua at Trotwood, Covington at Miami East) and who wins…Fort Loramie or Dayton Christian? And Why?…See who
is ranked where
and who plays who…

Fort Loramie has played several big games in basketball (three-time state champion) and Dayton Christian has been to the boys basketball Final Four twice. This Friday, however, those two schools face off in football in what will be the last and biggest game against each other in their brief series.

Fort Loramie (4-1) has won the previous three meetings by lopsided scores, but DC (5-0) comes into this game undefeated and with its best team ever.

The storylines are numerous:

*Dayton Christian is averaging 51.6 points per game thanks in part to junior RB Heath Harding (5-10, 170) who has rushed for 689 yards and 15 TDs on 57 carries. He’s also hauled in two TD receptions. The Crusaders are averaging 412 yards a game.

*Fort Loramie’s defense has pitched four straight shutouts after a season-opening 26-5 loss to Minster. Fort Loramie is allowing 5.2 points per game.

*The wild card could be Fort Loramie’s offense, especially senior RB Cory Brandewie (5-9, 163). Although Harding comes in with the more impressive numbers, Brandewie is averaging 12.3 yards per carry. Harding is averaging 12.1. Brandewie has rushed for 321 yards and five TDs on 26 carries and has 187 yards receiving and three more TDs on nine catches. Last week he scored five TDs in a win over Bronson (Mich.). Loramie averages 39 points per game.

*This is the teams’ last meeting because both are leaving the Metro Buckeye Conference. Loramie is headed to the Northwest Central Conference next year (for football only) and will play Minster and New Bremen in non-league games. Dayton Christian is heading to the Miami Valley Conference in 2013.

Our Prediction: Fort Loramie 35, Dayton Christian 14

Here are this week’s Other Big games:

Butler at Troy
Delphos St. John’s at Versailles
Kenton Ridge at Springfield Shawnee
Springfield Catholic Central at Southeastern
Covington at Miami East
Piqua at Trotwood

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

Division I

1. Troy (4-1)
The Trojans survived Beavercreek 35-28. Troy had a 28-7 fourth quarter lead before Creek scored 21 points in the final eight minutes. Senior RB Marcus Foster led the charge by rushing for 139 yards and two TDs (including the game-winner with 2:42 left). This week the Trojans host undefeated Butler (5-0) in a huge GWOC North game.
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2. Beavercreek (3-2)
Why not? The Beavers only losses have come to the No. 1 D-I team (Troy 35-28 last week) and the No. 1 D-II team (Trotwood-Madison 47-24 in Week 3). This week Creek gets to validate its ranking against visiting Northmont (2-3).
Previous: 2

3. Centerville (2-3)
The Elks had little trouble with Springboro, beating the Panthers 55-17. Senior RB Chris Barr led the attack by rushing for 164 yards and three TDs on 28 carries. This week Centerville hosts Fairmont (2-3).
Previous: 3

4. Northmont (2-3)
The T-Bolts won their second in a row with a 40-33 win over visiting Lebanon. Junior RB Gaven Kenerly ran for 136 yards and three TDs on 17 carries. This week Northmont travels to Beavercreek (3-2).
Previous: 4

5. Wayne (2-3)
The Warriors racked up 566 yards of offense (ran for 477) and beat Xenia 47-26. Junior QB Javon Harrison had a monster game. He ran for 118 yards and three TDs and threw for 74 yards and another TD. This week Wayne travels to Springfield (1-4).
Previous: 5


BEST OF THE REST: Lebanon (3-2), Fairborn (3-2)

Division II

1. Trotwood-Madison (5-0)
The Rams forced four turnovers and racked up 541 yards of offense en route to a 37-13 win over Springfield. Sophomore RB Ashton Jackson ran for 239 yards and two TDs n 13 carries, while junior RB Isreal Green ran for 140 yards and a TD on 20 carries. This week Trotwood hosts Piqua (3-2).
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2. Butler (5-0)
The Aviators forced four turnovers and senior RB Tyler Jones ran for 137 yards and three TDS on 14 carries in a 34-7 win over Miamisburg. This week Butler faces a huge test at Troy (4-1).
Previous: 2

3. Piqua (3-2)
The Indians bounced back from their loss at Lebanon with a convincing 56-27 win over Fairmont. Piqua rushed for 345 yards and racked up 26 first downs. Freshman RB Joe Dembski continued to impress with 172 yards and four TDs on 23 carries. This week Piqua opens up GWOC North play at Trotwood (5-0).
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4. Tippecanoe (5-0)
The Red Devils built a 14-point fourth quarter lead and held on for a 21-15 win over Ben Logan. Tipp ran for 297 yards. This week the Red Devils travel to Bellefontaine (1-4).
Previous: 5

5. Tecumseh (4-1)
The Arrows put 10 points on the board in the second quarter and made it stand in a 10-6 win over Graham. The Arrows were outgained by the Falcons 211-192 in total yards but were able to notch the win. This week Tecumseh travels to Stebbins (0-5).
Previous: 3


BEST OF THE REST: Franklin (4-1), Wilmington (5-0), Belmont (4-1)

Division III

1. Alter (5-0)
Led by junior QB Malik Zaire (ran for three TDs), the Knights beat Hamilton Badin 23-7. This week Alter hosts McNicholas (1-4).
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2. Springfield Shawnee (5-0)
The Braves rushed for 333 yards, pounded out 21 first downs and improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1996 with a 35-13 win over Greenon. Junior RB Alex McCory rushed for 161 yards and three TDs, while senior QB Brad Jarzab rushed for 137. This week Shawnee hosts undefeated Kenton Ridge (5-0).
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3. Thurgood Marshall (4-1)
The Cougars scored 30 first quarter points and won their fourth straight with a 69-26 decision over Gary (Ind.) Westside. Senior RB Tavonn Crisp returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD and had two rushing TDs. This week Marshall plays Meadowdale (3-2).
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4. Eaton (4-1)
Senior RB Nathan Clark ran for two TDs as the Eagles beat Oakwood 26-0. This week Eaton hosts Monroe (2-3).
Previous: 4

5. Dunbar (3-2)
The Wolverines fell 21-7 at Youngstown-area juggernaut Canfield. This week Dunbar has another lengthy road trip with a visit to Brooke (W.Va.) (1-4).
Previous: 5


BEST OF THE REST: Kenton Ridge (5-0), Urbana (3-2)

Division IV

1. Fenwick (5-0)
Led by senior QB Austin Gearing who threw for six TDs and ran for another, the Falcons beat Purcell Marian 63-20. This week Fenwick hosts Roger Bacon (2-3).
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2. Waynesville (5-0)
The Spartans beat Preble Shawnee 43-14. Senior QB Luke Creditt threw for 155 yards and a TD and ran for 85 yards and another TD. This week Waynesville hosts Dixie (2-3).
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3. Chaminade Julienne (3-2)
The Eagles won their third straight with a 35-10 win over McNicholas. Offensively CJ pounded out 312 yards on the ground with junior RB Brandon Payne (24 carries, 176 yards, TD) doing the most damage. This week CJ hosts Badin (3-2).
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4. Milton-Union (4-1)
The Bulldogs rushed for 305 yards and rallied from a 19-7 deficit to beat host Middletown Madison 35-19. This week Milton hosts Carlisle (2-3).
Previous: 4

5. Clinton-Massie (3-2)
The Falcons are taking no prisoners. For the second straight week Massie beat its opponent 72-7. This time it was Miami Trace who felt the wrath. The Falcons host London (1-4) this week.
Previous: 5


BEST OF THE REST: Brookville (4-1)

Division V

1. Coldwater (4-1)
The Cavaliers take over the top spot after surviving previously unbeaten Versailles 36-19. Coldwater trailed the Tigers 19-7 in the third quarter before scoring 29 unanswered points. This week Coldwater travels to Parkway (2-3).
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2. LCC (5-0)
The T-Birds racked up 479 yards of offense and held Delphos Jefferson to just 76 in a 48-14 win. Junior RB Jonathon Washington led the attack by rushing for 131 yards and three TDs on 13 carries (all in the first half). LCC hosts Spencerville (4-1) this week.
Previous: 2

3. Anna (2-3)
The Rockets need to win out to have a shot at making the D-V playoffs after falling 26-14 at Marion Local. The good news is running the table is a very real possibility. This week that stretch starts with visiting New Bremen (0-5). 
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4. Versailles (4-1)
The Tigers had a 19-7 third quarter lead on Coldwater but couldn’t hold on and lost 36-19. Four turnovers did them in. This week Versailles faces another stiff test by hosting Delphos St. John’s (3-2).
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5. Covington (5-0)
The Buccs opened up a 21-0 lead and cruised to a 35-7 victory over Tri-County North. This week Covington heads to rival Miami East (4-1) for a key CCC showdown.
Previous: 5


BEST OF THE REST: West Liberty-Salem (5-0), Miami East (4-1), Dixie (2-3), Dayton Christian (5-0), Mechanicsburg (3-2)

Division VI

1. Delphos St. John’s (3-2)
The T-Birds racked up 479 yards of offense and held Delphos Jefferson to just 76 in a 48-14 win. Junior RB Jonathon Washington led the attack by rushing for 131 yards and three TDs on 13 carries (all in the first half). LCC hosts Spencerville (4-1) this week.
Previous: 1

2. Marion Local (4-1)
The Flyers scored 26 points for the second straight week and notched another big MAC win with a 26-17 victory over Anna. This week Marion travels to St. Henry (1-4).
Previous: 2

3. Minster (3-2)
The Wildcats had four different players score in a 27-7 win over New Bremen. Junior QB Adam Niemeyer completed 14-of-29 passes for 135 yards and two TDs and carried the ball nine times for 50 yards. This week Minster hosts Fort Recovery (3-2).
Previous: 3

4. Fort Loramie (4-1)
The Redskins recorded their fourth straight shutout with a 41-0 win over Bronson (Mich.). Senior RB Cory Brandewie led the offensive attack by accounting for five TDs. He ran for 134 yards and four TDs on eight carries and caught three passes for 84 yards and another TD. Loramie outgained Bronson 466-89 in total yards. Something has to give this week as Loramie, which allows 5.2 points per game, travels to undefeated Dayton Christian (5-0), which averages 51.6 points.
Previous: 5

5. Springfield Catholic (3-2)
The Irish had a three-game win streak snapped with a 34-21 loss at undefeated West Liberty-Salem. SCC had three turnovers and had four trips inside the red zone that produced no points. QB Brian Kelly threw for 381 yards ands two TDs and ran for another TD. This week another tough game at South Charleston Southeastern (3-2) awaits.
Previous: 4


BEST OF THE REST: Ansonia (4-1), St. Henry (1-4), Fort Recovery (3-2)

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