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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?

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.

Dick’s weekend football weather forecast: Oct. 10

Dick calls for better weather in week 7 than the rain and wind of week 6.

The expected weather conditions for the local and Springfield area high school football games that kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014, is much better than the rain showers and muddy fields of last Friday.

Our area will be north of rain showers and thunderstorms that will affect southern regions. As a result, we will have partly cloudy skies, dry fields, light winds, and cool “Indian Summer” temperatures in the middle to the upper 50s throughout the game.


Pick ‘Em: Do CBC crossover games need to change?

The CBC Kenton Trail gets underway with two heavyweight games on Friday with Tecumseh at Kenton Ridge and Tippecanoe at Shawnee.

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. A tale of two cities, or in this case two divisions, speaks for itself.

The Central Buckeye Conference is split into two divisions, and this season they cannot be too different.

The six teams in the Kenton Trail Division have an overall record of 25-5, with three teams at 5-0. The worst record of any team in the conference is 3-2 (both Shawnee and Stebbins).

Dick’s weekend football weather forecast: Oct. 3

Cold front will bring rain, storms and possibly disrupt week six games.

A strong cold front will be moving through the area on Friday, Oct. 3, with rain showers and thunderstorms expected along and ahead of it. The rainfall could be heavy locally, causing wet fields.

There could possibly be gusty winds with the rain showers and thunderstorms at kickoff time at 7 p.m. Game time temperatures will be in the middle to the upper 50’s.

Tecumseh receiver Conner Henry fights off Butler defensive back Joseph Depoy during a run on Friday night at Spitzer Stadium. Henry scored the game-winning touchdown for Tecumseh. (Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing)

Pick ‘Em: ‘Black Attack’ off to great start

Tecumseh’s defense gets a test tonight with Nathan Mays and Urbana’ offense.

SPRINGFIELD Tecumseh’s offense isn’t blowing any opponents out of the water. Tecumseh ranks eighth in the Central Buckeye Conference on offense. The Arrows average 269 yards and 21 points per game through their first four games.

Tecumseh’s offensive numbers are similar to Benjamin Logan’s. The Raiders average ten yards less a game than Tecumseh and 16 points per game.

But unlike Benjamin Logan and the rest of the bottom half of the CBC, Tecumseh is 4-0. Having the conference’s best defense will help make up for any offensive inefficiencies.

Dick’s weekend football weather forecast: Sept. 26

The region will be on the western side of a large flat high pressure cell producing fair skies, dry conditions, light winds, and pleasant temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s for nearly perfect early autumn weather for the local and area high school football games which kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, Sept. 26. The fields should be dry.

Dick’s Weekend Football Weather Forecast: Sept. 19

After a cool and dreary period caused by an unusually cold high pressure area over the region, the temperatures warm and the playing conditions for the area football contests become nearly perfect for the middle of September.

For Friday, Sept. 19, fields should be dry with light winds along with game time temperatures in the upper 60’s to around 70. Most of the contests start at 7:00 p.m., except for the West Liberty-Salem Tigers at the Catholic Central Fighting Irish which will be at 7:30 p.m. because of the pregame alumni weekend festivities.

Dontay White runs

Pick ‘Em: High school football is refreshing change to national scene

Friday on TBSN: Springfield at Miamisburg on Stream 1, Northmont at Piqua on Stream 2.

We here at Top Billing Sports look forward to Friday night lights. They help us to move past the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson sagas that caused a week-long media frenzy. Also, the Big Ten is more brutal than ever. I used to be a defendant of the conference, but now I’m a prosecutor.

Even so, there was Friday. The local gridiron helps you move on with your week.  Last week we saw Shawnee get their first win of the season in a 34-9 pounding of previously undefeated Carroll. The Braves should continue on the warpath again this week at home. Tonight, we look froward to Springfield travelling to Miamisburg in a GWOC crossover battle. The Vikings look to continue their running success against Springfield’s athletes.