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The Braves and Rams will face off at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium in a Division III, Region 10 semifinal game.
PIQUA — When it comes to finding recent playoff success, few teams have been as successful as the Shawnee Braves have this decade. But Shawnee will face a team with decidedly more playoff success tonight in the Trotwood-Madison Rams.
Trotwood (8-2) and Shawnee (10-1) will play in a Division III, Region 10 semifinal game tonight at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium. The winner will play either Thurgood Marshall or Tippecanoe in a regional final next week.
Shawnee is in the midst of its fifth-straight playoff berth. The Braves advanced to the Division III state title game in 2011, losing to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 21-14. The Braves also advanced to the regional finals in 2009.
Northmont travels to Elder tonight for a Division I, Region 2 regional quarterfinal game.
CINCINNATI — When it comes to playing and winning close games, Elder is as experienced and successful as teams get.
The Panthers (8-2) won their last three regular-season games by four points or less. They had to fend off a challenge from LaSalle (3-7) last week, who led Elder 16-3 at halftime before losing 24-22.
“They’re not unbeatable,” Northmont head coach Lance Schneider said in a phone interview earlier this week. “We’ve seen some stuff we think we can take advantage of on the field.”
Kenton Ridge travels to Tippecanoe for a Division III, Region 10 quarterfinal game tonight.
SPRINGFIELD — Kenton Ridge held Tippecanoe close in the first half of a Central Buckeye Conference game on Oct. 25. The Red Devils led 7-0 at halftime, the lowest first-half output the Red Devils had on offense all season.
But Tippecanoe senior running back Jacob Hall came alive in the second half.
Hall ran for four second-half touchdowns, including two runs of 69 and 56 yards. It was enough to lead Tippecanoe to a 35-7 win. Tonight at Tipp City Park, the Cougars have an opportunity to shut down Tippecanoe for a full game.
Kenton Ridge beat Tippecanoe in three sets Thursday and will play Benjamin Logan in a sectional final game Saturday.
NEW CARLISLE — Kenton Ridge rolled through regular season play and captured its first Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division title in over two decades.
“It was overdue,” junior middle hitter Karrah Batten said of winning a conference title. “Long overdue.”
The only way to top the conference title according Batten is to make a long tournament run.
Shawnee and Tecumseh have combined won at least a share of the last five Kenton Trail Division titles.
SPRINGFIELD — Shawnee and Tecumseh have established their dominance of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail in the last five seasons. Either the Braves or the Arrows have won at least a share of the title the last five seasons, with each school winning the title outright twice in that time.
The title could be decided tonight when Shawnee (6-0, 1-0 Kenton Trail) travels to Spitzer Stadium to take on Tecumseh (3-3, 1-0).
“If they get up on us early, I’m going to turn the lights out,” Tecumseh head coach Kent Massie said jokingly on the Clark County Coaches Show last Tuesday. “I heard that worked for (Shawnee head coach) Rick Meeks last week. Kenton Ridge got up on them early, and he shut the lights out.”
The Wildcats got their first and only win of the 2012 season against Troy last year.
SPRINGFIELD — The lights at Evans Stadium stayed dark last night as thunderstorms and rain moved through the area. Troy and Springfield agreed early Friday afternoon to postpone their Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover game to today at 5 p.m.
The postponement only made both teams more anxious to play.
Springfield looks to get its first win of the season against the Trojans (1-2). The Wildcats got their first and only win of the 2012 season against Troy last year in a 27-21 game that came down to the final minute.
Springfield looks to rebound from a 42-8 loss to Trotwood-Madison against Middletown tomorrow.
SPRINGFIELD — The injury issues that Springfield suffered in preseason showed up in the Wildcats’ season opener against Trotwood-Madison last Friday in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.
Springfield lost quarterback/linebacker Davonte James with a shoulder injury in the second quarter. The Wildcats then lost starting quarterback Derek Williams with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. With the Wildcats’ third string quarterback (Nick McCaughey) sidelined due to a transfer rule and foot injury, they were forced to play first-year football player and wide receiver Henry Alexander at quarterback in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Jacob Harrison throws for three touchdowns and rushes for another in season opener.
HUBER HEIGHTS — Chaminade Julienne sophomore quarterback Jacob Harrison said he made some throws “every now and then” in the Eagles’ season opener last night against Troy at Heidkamp Stadium.
“Every now and then” included his first eleven attempts of the game.
Harrison threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another as Chaminade beat Troy 34-20. The Eagles were down 14-13 with four minutes left in the second quarter and scored the next 21 points.
Springfield has eight returning starters on defense and looks to improve on last season’s 1-9 record.
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield head coach Eric Gillespie is condiment the Wildcats will be improved from a 1-9 record last season. Improved, that is, if Springfield can get all of its starters on the field at the same time.
The Wildcats have had 15 different starters injured at some point in preseason practice. Among the injured has been quarterback/linebacker Davonte James and running back Jeff Wellington.
“Obviously, it’s not ideal,” Springfield head coach Eric Gillespie said during the Clark County Coaches Show on Tuesday at Rudy’s Smokehouse Barbeque. “If you’ve got great depth, it doesn’t hurt you as much. But when you’re depth is a little suspect, and you get a little lower and a little lower on numbers, you’ve just got to go with the best kids you’ve got left. But our depth is a little better than it’s been in the past. We’ve had a lot of kids who haven’t gotten a lot of playing time some more reps, and they’ve gotten better.”
As many as 15 of Springfield’s starters have been injured at some point in preseason practice.
FAIRBORN — Springfield isn’t afraid of tough nonconference opponents. But the Wildcats may be a little unhealthy facing them this season.
Springfield opens the season this Friday against Trotwood-Madison in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Welcome Stadium. The Wildcats travel to Middletown on Sept. 6 and host Sycamore on Sept. 13.
The Rams advanced to the Division II state title game for the third straight season last year, while Sycamore went 9-1 last season and qualified for the playoffs in Division I. Middletown, who qualified for the playoffs three straight seasons between 2009 and 2011, beat Springfield 31-0 last season.