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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.

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Football notes: Offense shines in week five

Springfield head coach Maurice Douglass says RB/WR Danny Davis is Ohio’s best sophomore.

SPRINGFIELD — Clark County teams didn’t just light up scoreboards last Friday. They set fire to scoreboards.

Tecumseh, Shawnee, and Kenton Ridge scored 55 or more points in CBC crossover games on Friday night. Springfield’s offense wasn’t shabby either. The Wildcats had their best showing on offense since 2010 by racking up 35 points against Butler.

Shawnee beat Greenon 61-0 on Friday. The Braves eclipsed 500 yards of offense for the second consecutive week. It was the third-straight win for the Braves, who moved to 3-2.

Kenton Ridge girls golf having first banner season

Lady Cougars went undefeated in regular season play for first time.

SPRINGFIELD —  Kenton Ridge athletics has a rich history of champions. There are conference, sectional, district, and regional championship banners hanging up in the gymnasium for multiple sports ranging from bowling to softball. But there aren’t any from girls golf. That’s about to change.

Kenton Ridge head coach Scott Ark was determined to help his team get a banner at the beginning of the season.

“At some point I was looking in the gym and noticed that there was no banner for girls golf,” Ark said. “So, I said to the girls that we have to change that, but I knew that a team has to at least win a conference championship or make it past sectionals and on to districts to get a banner.”

Zach Avery stiff-arms Jeremy Zebrowski

Shawnee puts together complete game against Carroll

Shawnee commits no turnovers in 34-9 win over Carroll.

DAYTON — It was the complete game Shawnee had been looking for. After committing 10 turnovers in the last six quarters the Braves played, they didn’t turn the ball over at all against Carroll in a nonconference game.

The lack of turnovers and a solid rushing attack led by Zach Avery helped lead Shawnee to a 34-9 win over Carroll in a nonconference game at Patriot Stadium on Friday night.

Tecumseh running back Camren Moore runs with pressure from a Fairborn defender in a game in 2012. Moore ran for 71 yards and led Tecumseh with 14 tackles against Fairborn last Friday. (Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing

Butler hopes to improve on defense against Tecumseh

Aviators allowed 641 yards against Shawnee; Tecumseh had 205 yards on offense against Fairborn.

SPRINGFIELD — The debut of Tecumseh’s new offense didn’t light up the scoreboard last Friday night. The Arrows’ had 205 yards with their new spread offense and didn’t score.

None of which upsets Butler head coach Greg Bush. The Aviators (1-0) will travel to Spitzer Stadium next Friday to play Tecumseh (1-0) in a nonconference game.

Bush isn’t sad to see Tecumseh’s wing-t go, and isn’t sad the Aviators’ next opponent struggled on offense in its first game. The Aviators allowed 641 yards in their first game against Shawnee.

Danny Davis runs

Springfield will work on offense before Shawnee

Wildcats drove inside Trotwood’s 20-yard line three times in first half on Friday but didn’t score.

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield’s first game of 2014 looked very similar to many 2013 games. The Wildcats’ defense contained its opponent, but its offense didn’t do much.

Springfield drove inside Trotwood’s 20-yard line three times in the first half on Friday night but didn’t score. After a scoreless first quarter, Trotwood scored three touchdowns in the second (once on a 29-yard interception return) to go up 21-0. The Rams never looked back in an eventual 34-6 win.

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.”

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Springfield Wildcats start their “strive for five”

Quarterbacks Saalih Muhammad and Nick McCaughey split time at UD 7-on-7.

DAYTON — New Springfield High School head football coach Maurice Douglass never had the pleasure of coaching the late Jeff Wellington between the lines.

Douglass is in his first season at the helm of Springfield’s program. Wellington was murdered last Easter Sunday. He would have been a senior and a key contributor on offense and special teams this upcoming season for the Wildcats.

However, the legacy of the late young man continues in the minds of many Wildcats, including Douglass. Wellington’s memory is the mantra of the 2014 version of the Wildcats’ football team: “Strive for Five.” Wellington wore number five last season.

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MVFCA notes: Northmont grads connect one last time

Springfield graduate Dorian Hunter named game’s best linebacker.

DAYTON — The North team’s first touchdown in the MVFCA All-Star game last night at Welcome Stadium was a sight Northmont fans are familiar with.

Graham Oberer threw a 50-yard pass to Cameron Taylor in the second quarter to put the North on the scoreboard. The two Northmont graduates connected 11 times on touchdown passes last season for the Thunderbolts.

“I’ve got that good quarterback in Graham, and we’ve got that good connection,” Taylor said. “We kind of had a good feeling coming into the game. We just came in here ready to play.”

Emily McKillip pitches

Shawnee, Alder will face off for first state berth

Shawnee pitcher Emily McKillip hasn’t allowed a run in her last 30 innings, while Alder pitcher Mady Watson struck out 7 against Northwestern.

MASON — The Shawnee Braves were frantic. The team’s bus driver got lost on the drive to Mason from Springfield as the slated first pitch time drew near.

But the Braves found Mason’s stadium 30 minutes before first pitch and got on the field in time, albeit with little warm up time.

“We literally warmed up in like 30 minutes,” junior second baseman Morgan Spitzer said. “But we’re pretty good at that. We don’t need a lot of warm up time.”