This week’s Fab 5 rankings, this week’s big games and more…See who
is ranked where and who plays who…These are Southwest and West Central Ohio’s Top Teams…
Delphos St. John’s and Coldwater’s Midwest Athletic Conference match-up of Ohio No. 1s should steal most of the thunder this week when it comes to Miami Valley football and rightfully so. But in the Big School circles, the game of note – as it has been for over a century– is Piqua at Troy. The Indians and Trojans meet for the 127th time Friday night in Troy, which has won four straight leads the series 61-59-6.
The teams first played in 1899 and have met continuously since 1911.
Troy is led by senior QB Cody May (44-of-74, 653 yards, nine TDs) and senior RBs Isaiah Williams (41 carries, 221 yards, four TDs, three TDs receiving) and Marcus Foster (960 caries, 379 yards, four TDs). The Trojans (5-1) are clearly Dayton’s top D-I program right now and lead Region 3 in computer points. Senior LB Zach Butcher (55 tackles0 anchors the defense. A win for the Trojans would be huge and move them closer to an elusive GWOC North title, something they have yet to earn.
Piqua (3-3) is a seasoned team that’s gotten a big spark from freshman RB Jon Dembski. Dembski opened the season with a 256-yard and three TD night against Lima Senior. Through six games Dembski has 821 yards and 12 TDs on 106 carries.
Prediction: Troy 35, Piqua 31
are this week’s Other Big games:
Delphos St. John’s at Coldwater
Eaton at Bellbrook
Shawnee at Tecumseh
Fenwick at Chaminade Julienne
Wayne at Beavercreek
Centerville at Northmont
Here’s how the Fab 5 shakes out heading into Week 7…
1. Troy (5-1)
The Trojans pounded out 308 yards on the ground and ended Butler undefeated season with a 49-15 win. Isaih Williams led the way with 91 yards and three TDs on seven carries. This week Troy faces its archrival Piqua (3-3) in the teams’ 127th meeting.
2. Beavercreek (4-2)
We were believers a week ago and are so more know than ever. Some suggested Beavercreek needed a GWOC Central win to secure it’s viability as a challenger this season. Well, the Beavers delivered with a 15-7 win over Northmont. Creek forced four turnovers and Matt Ringle booted three field goals. This week the Beavers face another huge hurdle by hosting Wayne (3-3).
3. Centerville (3-3)
The Elks blasted Fairmont 49-21 by putting on another impressive offensive performance. In two weeks and wins over Fairmont and Springboro, Centerville has rushed for 943 yards and racked up 54 first downs. This week the Elks travel to Northmont (2-4).
4. Wayne (3-3)
The Warriors forced three turnovers and had 381 yards of offense in a 47-6 win over Springfield. Junior QB Javon Harrison had another monster game. After accounting for four TDs in a win over Xenia two weeks ago, Harrison accounted for five TDs (two throwing, three rushing) against Springfield. This week Wayne travels to Beavercreek (4-2).
5. Fairborn (4-2)
The Skyhawks enter the Fab 5 after winning their third straight with a 23-10 decision over Miamisburg. Fairborn racked up 408 yards of offense and forced three turnovers against the Viking. This week the Skyhawks are at Springboro (1-5).
DROPPED OUT: No. 4 Northmont (lost 15-7 to Beavercreek)
BEST OF THE REST: Northmont (2-4), Lebanon (3-3), Xenia (2-4)
1. Trotwood-Madison (6-0)
The Rams lost a 19-10 halftime lead and then rallied for a remarkable come-from-behind 26-23 win over Piqua. QB Michael Simpson hit TE Michael McCray for a 22-yard TD pass with 14 seconds left for the win. Trotwood marched 83 yards in 13 plays in the final 2:25 for the win. This week Trotwood travels to Xenia (2-4).
2. Butler (5-1)
After such a successful start, the Aviators lost for the first time, falling 49-15 at Troy. Butler was haunted by special teams troubles, turnovers and injury (leading rusher Tyler Jones left the game with ankle injury). This week Butler bounces back against visiting Sidney (0-6).
3. Piqua (3-3)
See Trotwood. And Troy.
4. Tippecanoe (6-0)
The Red Devils opened up a 21-7 halftime lead and beat host Bellefontaine 28-14. Tipp forced three turnovers and racked up 379 yards of offense. Ben Hughes completed just four passes but two went for TDs. This week the Red Devils host winless Stebbins (0-6).
5. Tecumseh (5-1)
The Arrows led 40-0 at halftime and beat Stebbins 47-22. QB Tony Evans led the way by completing 8-of-9 passes for 197 yards and four TDs. This week Tecumseh faces a huge test at Springfield Shawnee (6-0).
DROPPED OUT: None
BEST OF THE REST: Franklin (5-1), Wilmington (5-1), Belmont (5-1), Bellbrook (3-3)
1. Alter (6-0)
The Knights rallied from two fourth quarter deficits and survived
McNicholas 27-24. Junior QB Mailk Zaire’s 3-yard TD run with 51 seconds
left was the deciding score. Zaire threw for 187 yards and a TD and ran
for 104 yards and another TD. This week Alter hosts Carroll (3-3) at
2. Springfield Shawnee (6-0)
The Braves beat previously unbeaten Kenton Ridge 35-10. Senior QB Brad Jarzab rushed for 146 yards and three TDs on 17 carries and completed one pass on the night – a 20-yard TD to junior RB Alex McCrory (145 yards rushing on 23 carries). Next up is a stiff test at Tecumseh (5-1).
3. Thurgood Marshall (5-1)
Senior RB Denzel Norvell scored six TDs and ran for 191 yards and the Cougars continued their push towards the program’s first playoff berth ever with a 58-20 win over Meadowdale. This week Marshall is at winless Highland Park (Mich.) (0-6).
4. Eaton (5-1)
The Eagles notched their second straight shutout with a 28-0 win over Monroe. Senior Rb Nathan Clark rushed for 135 yards and three TDs before leaving the game with an ankle injury. A huge road test looms this week at Bellbrook (3-3).
5. Dunbar (3-3)
The Wolverines logged a lot of miles and two losses the last two weeks. After a loss at Canfiedl, Dunbar followed that with a 29-6 defeat at Brooke (WV). The good news for Dunbar is that its last four games are all at Welcome Stadium, beginning with this week’s game against Ponitz (2-4).
DROPPED OUT: None
BEST OF THE REST: Kenton Ridge (5-1), Urbana (4-2)
1. Fenwick (6-0)
The Falcons have scored more points than any Greater Catholic League team (288). Their latest victim? Roger Bacon, which fell 30-15. Despite not completing a pass and turning the ball over three times, Fenwick remained unbeaten by rushing for 282 yards and forcing three turnovers of its own. The falcons have a big test this week at Chaminade-Julienne (4-2).
2. Waynesville (6-0)
DB Ty Black had two interceptions as the Spartans beat Dixie 21-0. This week Waynesville hosts winless Oakwood (0-6).
3. Chaminade Julienne (4-2)
Chaminade Julienne 34, Badin 17: The Eagles (4-2) won their fourth straight behind 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns from junior Brandon Payne. CJ scored 20 second-half points and held Badin (3-3) to 189 total yards.
4. Milton-Union (5-1)
The Bulldogs won their fourth straight with a 31-19 win over Carlisle. RBs Jake Finfrock (32 carries, 153 yards, two TDs) and Tyler Brown (19 caries, 136 yards) led the way. This week Milton hosts Preble Shawnee (2-4).
5. Clinton-Massie (4-2)
The Falcons didn’t score 72 points for the third straight week, but they did only allow seven again. Massie rushed for 384 yards and beat London 49-7 for their third straight win. This week the Falcons host Greenfield McClain (1-5).
DROPPED OUT: None
BEST OF THE REST: Brookville (4-1)
1. Coldwater (5-1)
Junior QB Austin Bruns threw for 220 yards and three first half TDs as the Cavaliers built a 21-0 halftime lead en route to a 28-0 shutout at Parkway. This week Coldwater hosts MAC rival and D-VI No. 1 Delphos St. John’s (4-2) in the MVP HD Game of the Week (we’ll have video Monday).
2. LCC (6-0)
The TBirds racked up 498 yards of offense in a 49-7 win over Spencerville. This week LCC heads to Central Ohio for a game at Columbus Ready (3-3).
3. Anna (3-3)
The Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak by beating New Bremen 34-6. RB Cole Fergason led the way by rushing for 147 yards and a TD on 24 carries. Dustin Noffsinger added two TDs and 67 yards on eight carries. This week Anna travels to Fort Recovery (3-3).
4. Covington (6-0)
The Buccs held Miami County rival Miami East to 185 yards of offense and shut out the Vikings 19-0. This week Covington hosts Twin Valley South (2-4).
5. Versailles (4-2)
The Tigers dropped their second straight with a 31-7 loss to Delphos St. John’s. This week Versailles hosts winless New Bremen (0-6).
DROPPED OUT: None
BEST OF THE REST: West Liberty-Salem (6-0), Miami East (4-2), Dixie (2-4), Dayton Christian (5-1), Mechanicsburg (4-2)
1. Delphos St. John’s (4-2)
Senior RB Jordan Bergfled ran for three TDs as the Blue Jays rallied from a 7-3 deficit to win 31-7 at Versailles. This week DSJ travels to Coldwater (5-1) for a meeting of No. 1s that we’ll have covered with MVP HD (video on Monday).
2. Marion Local (5-1)
Led by Senior WR/KR/DB/K Lee Pierron, the Flyers beat St. henry 47-6. Pierron returned a punt 69 yards for a TD, kicked five PATs and had a 13-yard TD catch. This week Marion is at Parkway (2-4).
3. Minster (4-2)
The Wildcats scored a 43-7 win over Fort Recovery thanks in part to RB Troy Kaufman who ran for 148 yards and three TDs on just eight carries. Minster gained 405 total yards and allowed just 41 rushing. This week the Wildcats are at St. Henry (1-5).
4. Fort Loramie (5-1)
The Redskins ran for 307 of their 329 total yards in a 32-6 win over previously unbeaten Dayton Christian. Senior RB Cory Brandewie ran for 91 yards and a TD, caught a 17-yard TD pass and had an interception. Overall the Redskins had three players who rushed for at least 81 yards (Delaunte Thornton and Logan McGee). This week Loramie hosts Waynesfield-Goshen (4-2).
5. Springfield Catholic (4-2)
The Irish bounced back from a loss at undefeated West Liberty-Salem to shut out South Charleston Southeastern 21-0. Despite raining conditions and limited attempts, senior QB Brian Kelly still threw for 122 yards and two TDs. Defensively, SCC held Southeastern to 88 total yards. This week the Irish host Springfield Northeastern (2-4).
DROPPED OUT: None
BEST OF THE REST: Ansonia (4-2), Fort Recovery (3-3)