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.
“To think of the parity we have in this league with all five schools, I don’t think anybody was going to run the gauntlet and go 5-0 in this league,” Kenton Ridge head coach Joel Marratta said on Oct. 8. “I just don’t see it happening where you aren’t going to go and stub your toe at least one week.”
Marrata’s prediction was right. His Cougars were the last undefeated team and lost 21-14 at Bellefontaine last week.
Five of the conference’s six teams average 335 or more yards on offense per game. Only Stebbins (290 per game) averages less. Every team averages 26 or more points per game.
Pick ‘Em Games:
Casey regained his lead over me. He went 12-2, while I went 10-4 last week. As a result, he leads me by two games again.
We both missed Greenville over Butler and Sidney over Troy. I also missed Bellefontaine over Kenton Ridge and Fairmont over Springfield.
- Casey Matteson 97-17 (12-2 week 8)
- Bryant Billing 95-19 (10-4 week 8)
Shawnee at Bellefontaine
The game’s a must-win for both Shawnee and Bellefontaine.
Shawnee (5-3, 2-1) needs to win out in order to guarantee a playoff berth. One loss will likely derail the Braves’ postseason chances (unless a dozen other teams lose too).
Bellefontaine (6-2, 2-1) can afford one loss in its last two games and still make the playoffs. But a loss would hamper CBC Kenton title hopes and likely derail hopes of hosting a first-round game.
The two teams have some of the best offenses in the CBC. Shawnee leads the conference with 485 yards and 35 points per game. Bellefontaine averages 366 yards and 31 points per game.
Bellefontaine’s defense held Kenton Ridge to its lowest amount of yards and points this season. It was a big turnaround from the week before, when Tippecanoe had nearly 400 yards on offense and scored four touchdowns in the second half.
Except for its loss in the mud at Kenton Ridge, Shawnee’s offense has been clicking in conference play. Shawnee assistant coach Shawn Jarzab said on Tuesday that Shawnee running back Zach Avery will likely be back for Friday’s game, which will give the Braves another weapon.
Bellefontaine will contain Shawnee’s offense, but it won’t stop them. The Braves will win by a touchdown.
My pick: Shawnee. Casey’s pick: Bellefontaine.
Tecumseh at Tippecanoe
Casey and I aren’t sad that we’re not picking Tecumseh at Tippecanoe (we don’t pick the games we broadcast). That’s because neither of us really know who to pick in this one to begin with.
Both teams have tremendous offenses. Tippecanoe averages 397 yards of offense and 44 points per game on offense. Tecumseh averages 335 yards and 26 points per game.
Those stats would seem to suggest it’ll be a shootout again on Friday. We’ll see if it is. The only think I’ll predict about this game is it should be a good one.
Listen live to Tecumseh at Tippecanoe tonight on our online streaming radio station.
My pick: Abstained. Casey’s pick: Abstained.
Centerville at Springfield
Centerville comes to Springfield with an undefeated record. The Elks have swagger after big wins over Beavercreek and Northmont the last two weeks.
Springfield hopes to upset the Elks in Maurice Douglass’ first season like they did in Rick Robertson’s first season in 2008.
The Wildcats have struggled to stop GWOC Central competition. Springfield gave up 323 yards and five touchdowns to Fairmont’s offense last week. The Firebirds have statistically the worst offense in the Central.
Centerville’s offense isn’t anything Springfield hasn’t already seen. That’s not a knock of the Elks; that’s a nod to the fact that Springfield has already played Wayne and Trotwood.
Centerville averages 336 yards and 34 points per game. Rodney Roberts’ Elks have done well with the spread offense. Centerville has thrown for over 1,000 yards and rushed for over 1,500 yards this season.
Springfield allows an average of 360 yards and 33 points per game. Only Sidney and West Carrollton have allowed more yards on defense in the GWOC.
Springfield’s offense will be able to move the ball and score, like they’ve been able to do except for a couple games. But the Wildcats’ won’t stop Centerville nearly enough to win.
My pick: Centerville. Casey’s pick: Centerville.
Stebbins at Kenton Ridge: My pick: Kenton Ridge. Casey’s pick: Kenton Ridge.
Northwestern at Graham: My pick: Northwestern. Casey’s pick: Northwestern.
Indian Lake at Urbana: My pick: Indian Lake. Casey’s pick: Urbana.
Benjamin Logan at Greenon: My pick: Benjamin Logan. Casey’s pick: Benjamin Logan.
Northeastern at Mechanicsburg: My pick: Mechanicsburg. Casey’s pick: Mechanicsburg.
Triad at West Liberty-Salem: My pick: WL-S. Casey’s pick: WL-S.
Cedarville at Catholic Central: My pick: Cedarville. Casey’s pick: Cedarville.
Southeastern at Greeneview: My pick: Greeneview. Casey’s pick: Greeneview.
GWOC games of interest:
Lebanon at Xenia: My pick: Lebanon. Casey’s pick: Xenia.
Troy at Butler: My pick: Butler. Casey’s pick: Troy.
Piqua at Sidney: My pick: Piqua. Casey’s pick: Piqua.
Greenville at Trotwood-Madison: My pick: Trotwood. Casey’s pick: Trotwood.
Miamisburg at Springboro: My pick: Springboro. Casey’s pick: Springboro.
Northmont at Fairmont: My pick: Northmont. Casey’s pick: Fairmont.