Pick ‘Em: The parity of the CBC Kenton Trail

Only three games into conference play, all teams have lost at least once. If you want to watch a race, tune into the six remaining CBC Kenton Trail games. Kenton Ridge, Bellefontaine, Tippecanoe, and Shawnee are tied for first place Read More »

Pick ‘Em: Is rain the great equalizer on the gridiron?

Did Bellefontaine struggle in the mud at Tippecanoe after getting used to turf? Bellefontaine was lambasted at Tippecanoe on a muddy grass field last week. Kenton Ridge sloshed through a surprisingly easy victory over Shawnee. It was a game where Read More »

Pick ‘Em: Who’s in, who’s out of playoff picture

Tecumseh and Kenton Ridge in good shape, Shawnee improves after win over Tippecanoe. With only four games left in the regular season, the picture of what area teams are contending for playoff berths is clearing. With Drew Pasteur’s Fantastic 50 Read More »

Kenton Ridge, Shawnee meet in crucial CBC game

Cougars and Braves are tied for first and average over 440 yards on offense and 39 points per game. SPRINGFIELD — Despite plenty of success already this season, Kenton Ridge and Shawnee are still trying to prove themselves to naysayers. Read More »

Photo Gallery: Tecumseh at Kenton Ridge

Kenton Ridge overcame a 25-7 deficit to beat Tecumseh 32-25 in overtime on Friday in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division game. Jayden Davis scored the game-winning touchdown for Kenton Ridge from five yards out. Davis finished with 124 Read More »

 
Alec Bennett looks to pass

Pick ‘Em: The parity of the CBC Kenton Trail

Only three games into conference play, all teams have lost at least once.

If you want to watch a race, tune into the six remaining CBC Kenton Trail games.

Kenton Ridge, Bellefontaine, Tippecanoe, and Shawnee are tied for first place with 4-1 conference records. Stebbins trails with a 1-2 record. Tecumseh is in last place with a 0-3 conference record. Who would have thought that after the Arrows went 5-0 in nonconference and crossover games?

The conference records are indicative of the parity in the conference. Unlike last season (when Tippecanoe was clearly the conference’s best team), there is no elite team.

Dick’s weekend football weather forecast: Oct. 24

The cool, wet, and cloudy weather conditions of the first half of the week gave way to partly cloudy and warmer temperatures for the Friday night and Saturday football games. We will be on the warmer western side of a high pressure ridge.

The expected weather conditions for the Friday night high school games are mostly clear skies, dry fields, light winds and temperatures in the middle 50’s during the game.

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Photo Gallery: Tecumseh at Shawnee

Shawnee beat Tecumseh 27-20 on Friday night a Dave Long Memorial Stadium in a crucial CBC Kenton Trail Division game. The Braves improved to 5-3 overall with the win and 2-1 in the Kenton Trail. Tecumseh dropped to 5-3 and 0-3. Shawnee quarterback Alec Bennett threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one touchdown in the win. Shawnee travels to Bellefontaine next week, while Tecumseh travels to Tippecanoe.

Troy’s defense lifts Trojans to win over Sidney

Troy earns its first win of the season by shutting down Sidney’s offense.

TROY — Sidney was no match for Troy’s defense. The Trojans held Sidney to negative yards on offense in the first half and forced punts on every drive.

The defensive performance helped Troy earn a 27-0 victory over Sidney on Friday. The win was Troy’s first this season and broke the program’s eight-game losing streak.

Sidney had negative yards on offense in the first half. The Yellow Jackets punted on every possession in the first half except for a fake punt that came up short.

Dick’s weekend football weather forecast: Oct. 17

Rain showers dominated the area this week. They ended late Thursday. An area of cooler and drier conditions moves in for Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18. Even so, the playing fields could remain wet.

The weather conditions should be mostly clear skies, light winds, and Friday night 7 p.m. game time temperatures in the middle 50s.

Dae'Shawn Jackson catches pass

Pick ‘Em: Is rain the great equalizer on the gridiron?

Did Bellefontaine struggle in the mud at Tippecanoe after getting used to turf?

Bellefontaine was lambasted at Tippecanoe on a muddy grass field last week. Kenton Ridge sloshed through a surprisingly easy victory over Shawnee. It was a game where even Shawnee head coach Rick Meeks knew that his team had to get some offense going in the second half because traction would be at a minimum.

Bellefontaine is a speed-oriented team on its home AcuSport Stadium, which has artificial turf. Was the muddy field in Tipp City’s park a factor in their loss to the Red Devils last week?

Trotwood runs away from Troy in second half

Troy holds Trotwood scoreless in the first half but Rams score four TDs in second half.

TROY — After a scoreless first half, Trotwood-Madison scored 28 points in second half to defeat Troy 28-0.

Trotwood running back Harrison Johnson scored from 4 yards out with 6:42 left in third quarter to finish off a 45-yard drive in six plays to get the Rams’ scoring going. Harrison finished game with 117 yards rushing on nine attempts.

Early in fouth quarter, Trotwood scored again with workhorse running back Breland Cosby. Cospy, who rushed 31 times for 171 yards, scored from 2 yards out.  The two-point conversion was successful and Rams led 14-0.

Kenton Ridge 34, Shawnee 14 Postgame Interviews

Kenton Ridge beat Shawnee 34-14 in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division game at Richard L. Phillips Field on Friday night. Mitchell Schneider threw for three touchdowns, and Jayden Davis had a 65-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help put the game away and also had two second-half interceptions. Justin Conley and two touchdown receptions for the Cougars. Listen to interviews with Kenton Ridge head coach Joel Marratta and Shawnee head coach Rick Meeks below.

Joel Marratta Postgame Interview

Rick Meeks Postgame Interview

Shawnee running back Zach Avery runs during a game against Carroll on Sept. 12. Avery has run for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns this season for the Braves. (Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing)

Pick ‘Em: Who’s in, who’s out of playoff picture

Tecumseh and Kenton Ridge in good shape, Shawnee improves after win over Tippecanoe.

With only four games left in the regular season, the picture of what area teams are contending for playoff berths is clearing.

With Drew Pasteur’s Fantastic 50 and Joe Eitel as our guides, let’s take a look at who will be playing in week 11 and who can start prepping for winter sports.

In Clark County, three CBC games have bright playoff hopes.

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Kenton Ridge, Shawnee meet in crucial CBC game

Cougars and Braves are tied for first and average over 440 yards on offense and 39 points per game.

SPRINGFIELD — Despite plenty of success already this season, Kenton Ridge and Shawnee are still trying to prove themselves to naysayers.

Kenton Ridge and Shawnee took steps toward proving naysayers wrong last week. Kenton Ridge beat previously undefeated Tecumseh 32-25 in overtime, while Shawnee beat previously undefeated Tippecanoe 33-28.

One team will take another step toward proving itself on Friday, but the other won’t. Kenton Ridge (6-0, 1-0 Kenton Trail) hosts Shawnee (4-2, 1-0) in a key conference game at Richard L. Phillips Field.