Four turnovers lift Butler over Shawnee on Saturday

Butler outscored Shawnee 20-0 on Saturday morning conclusion of Friday postponement. SPRINGFIELD — Shawnee head coach Rick Meeks didn’t need a night’s sleep to know that Shawnee could be in trouble on Saturday morning. The Braves saw a 34-19 halftime Read More »

Pick ‘Em: Springfield Wildcat football 4.0

Springfield starts its seventh season since the merger with its fourth head coach. SPRINGFIELD — There’s little doubt looking back that Springfield chose the right coach to re-start its football program in 2008. Rick Robertson, now Oakwood’s head coach, led Read More »

Opinion: Five prep football questions on eve of kickoff

Top Billing Sports starts its 2014 football broadcast season with Trotwood at Springfield. SPRINGFIELD — I’m a basketball guy. Everyone has their favorite sport, and basketball will always be my favorite. I assume the reason is conditioning. I was brought Read More »

CBC Mad River Division 2014 football preview

Urbana looks to claim fifth-straight Mad River Division title; Indian Lake, Northwestern look to threaten. URBANA — The Urbana Hillclimbers have won 19 conference games in a row and don’t want the streak to end this season. Urbana returns plenty on both Read More »

CBC Kenton Trail Division 2014 football preview

Heavyweights Tippecanoe, Shawnee lose key pieces to graduation; Bellefontaine, Kenton Ridge return most starters. SPRINGFIELD — Could 2014 be the year of the Cougar in the CBC Kenton Trail Division? Kenton Ridge hopes to use its returning starters to its advantage this Read More »

 
Quentin Rucker tackles Dusty Seeling

Four turnovers lift Butler over Shawnee on Saturday

Butler outscored Shawnee 20-0 on Saturday morning conclusion of Friday postponement.

SPRINGFIELD — Shawnee head coach Rick Meeks didn’t need a night’s sleep to know that Shawnee could be in trouble on Saturday morning. The Braves saw a 34-19 halftime shrink to a one-point lead with 5:01 left in the third quarter on Friday night.

The game was stopped on Friday night due to lightning and later postponed to Saturday morning. The 11-hour break didn’t stop Butler’s momentum. The Aviators’ capitalized on four Shawnee turnovers on Saturday to earn a 53-34 win.

“The momentum turned a little bit last night,” Shawnee head coach Rick Meeks said after the game. “… We had a good half on offense on Friday. Today, obviously the turnovers just killed us. Last night, we had more problems on defense. Today, we had more problems on offense.”

Chaminade Julienne quarterback Jacob Harrison throws in the third quarter of the Eagles' win over Troy last night at Heidkamp Stadium. Harrison threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one score in the game.

Chaminade-Julienne rolls over Troy in opener

Jacob Harrison throws for 215 yards and three touchdowns to help lead CJ over Trojans.

TROY — It took three passing plays for Chaminade-Julienne to score against Troy in a season opener on Friday night at Troy Memorial Stadium. Those three plays served as a preview of what was to follow.

The Eagles came to Troy and flexed their superior offensive power over the Trojans 42-7 .

The 2014 Springfield Wildcats.

Pick ‘Em: Springfield Wildcat football 4.0

Springfield starts its seventh season since the merger with its fourth head coach.

SPRINGFIELD There’s little doubt looking back that Springfield chose the right coach to re-start its football program in 2008. Rick Robertson, now Oakwood’s head coach, led the Wildcats to a 4-6 record that year and had the Wildcats on the cusp of the playoffs. A win over Wayne in week ten (Springfield lost 20-14) would have sent Springfield to the postseason.

The ‘Cats then went 6-5 and 9-3 overall the next two seasons, with Trey DePriest and George Walker leading the success.

But it’s been a downhill ride since Robertson resigned and headed south three years ago.

Dick’s Weekend Football Weather Forecast: Aug. 29

Ed. Note: Again this season, Dick Groeber of Dick’s Weather Service will have weekend weather report each Friday for upcoming area high school and college football games. Watch for the reports each Friday on Top Billing Sports.

The “dog days of August” will dominate the area start of the 2014 high school season for Friday night, August 29. The temperatures will be warm with partly cloudy and dry conditions. The area will be on the western side of a high pressure system bringing increasingly humid conditions. The temperatures across the area for the kick off times are expected to be in the low to the middle 80s with partly cloudy skies, light winds, and dry fields.

Zach Avery runs

Opinion: Five prep football questions on eve of kickoff

Top Billing Sports starts its 2014 football broadcast season with Trotwood at Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD — I’m a basketball guy. Everyone has their favorite sport, and basketball will always be my favorite. I assume the reason is conditioning. I was brought to basketball games by my father (Top Billing Sports writer Robert Billing) when I was a toddler. I grew up with the excitement of hoops.

And my childhood years in Clark County coincided with the best basketball the county’s ever seen. My first hoops memories are watching Johnny Carson and Ajamu Gaines at South, watching North’s state semifinalist teams, and watching Catholic Central’s teams with Jason Collier.

But as much as I like basketball, there’s nothing better than the start of football season. It’s simply a matter of it being “the” fall sport. It’s the biggest sport that comes after the dry period of summer. There’s months of anticipation for the sport. The start of basketball  especially in recent years where it starts up so close to Thanksgiving  is hardly noticed.

Nathan Mays looks to throw

CBC Mad River Division 2014 football preview

Urbana looks to claim fifth-straight Mad River Division title; Indian Lake, Northwestern look to threaten.

URBANA — The Urbana Hillclimbers have won 19 conference games in a row and don’t want the streak to end this season. Urbana returns plenty on both sides of the ball for the streak to continue.

Senior quarterback Nathan Mays returns to leads the Hillclimbers for a fourth year. He’s already thrown for over 7,000 passing yards in his previous three seasons as a starter. Mays threw for 3,071 yards and 32 touchdowns last year.

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CBC Kenton Trail Division 2014 football preview

Heavyweights Tippecanoe, Shawnee lose key pieces to graduation; Bellefontaine, Kenton Ridge return most starters.

SPRINGFIELD — Could 2014 be the year of the Cougar in the CBC Kenton Trail Division?

Kenton Ridge hopes to use its returning starters to its advantage this season. The Cougars, along with Bellefontaine, lead the Kenton Trail in returning starters from last season. Tippecanoe and Shawnee — the top two finishers in the conference, respectively, last season — lose key pieces to graduation. 

Nathan Mays throws

Mays ready to lead Urbana in senior season

Record-setting senior quarterback returns and will try to add to his 7,062 career passing yards.

URBANA — Urbana High School’s Nathan Mays has started every game of his career from the first game of his freshman year and has never looked back. The senior has set numerous passing records at Urbana. But it’s what Mays hasn’t done that is motivating him heading into 2014. He wants to make a run in the playoffs.

“I just want this season to be memorable,” Mays said after an Urbana practice last Thursday. “Everything has culminated to this year. I guess I’m just reaching for the stars and do the best job that I can, and want as great as success as possible.”

Billy Smith throws

Photo Gallery: Urbana at Troy 7-on-7

Urbana traveled to Troy for a 7-on-7 scrimmage on Thursday night. Both teams, along with all other teams throughout the state, begin regular practice on Aug. 1.

Elijah Cunningham throws pass

Photo Gallery: Northmont 7-on-7

Northmont held its annual 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday. Pictures are from games between Springboro and Butler, Northmont and Butler, and Catholic Central and Centerville (Ind.).