CBC Kenton Trail teams went 3-1 in matchups against the GWOC North teams last Friday.
The Greater Western Ohio Conference is the top dog of conferences in the Miami Valley. It is made up of the biggest schools and has the best teams, right?
Well, not so much on the latter this season anyway.
Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division teams went 3-1 in games against GWOC North teams last week. The games were close, outside of Tippecanoe’s thrashing of Greenville. Shawnee beat Troy 31-28, Bellefontaine beat Sidney 28-21 in overtime, at Butler needed a goal line stand late in the game to beat Tecumseh 14-10.
The GWOC’s lack of success against other conferences isn’t limited to just the North. Stebbins beat GWOC South team West Carrollton in week one, while GCL Chaminade Julienne beat Troy and DCL Thurgood Marshall beat Northmont in two games I witnessed personally.
The Central’s top teams in Wayne and Centerville are as good as ever it seems. The Elks thrashed the South’s top team in Springboro 63-20 while Wayne beat the North’s top team in Trotwood-Madison 35-21.
And though the Central Division has proven it’s better from top to bottom, its teams aren’t unbeatable. Just ask GCL Alter, who counts on a week one victory against Fairmont every season.
What’s going on?
Success of football programs waxes and wanes through the years. Some former powers (like Troy and Piqua in the North) are waning now.
And programs outside the GWOC — like Thurgood Marshall and Chaminade Julienne — are waxing.
GWOC teams can no longer claim supremacy when half the conference can’t beat schools half their size. That may change in the future, but it’s reality in 2013.
Pick ‘Em Games
The pickers didn’t have a good showing in week two. We had several unanimous picks (such as Troy over Shawnee and Tecumseh over Vandalia Butler) that we missed. Casey did the best with an 11-5 record. Dave and I were both second last week with 10-6 records. Jim’s picks weren’t in the article last week because he didn’t make them until 6:20 p.m. on Friday and again didn’t pick GWOC games. He was ahead of the curve this week though, so he’s back in the game!
- Casey Matteson 24-7 (13-3 week five).
- Dave Williams 23-8 (10-6 week two).
- Bryant Billing 22-9 (10-6 week two).
- Jim Scoby 16-6 (8-4 week two).
Sycamore at Springfield
This is the game Casey and I will broadcast tonight on the Top Billing Sports Network and on 105.3 FM at Evans Stadium and the game Dave and Jim will broadcast tonight on WIZE, so we’re not making the pick.
I can however tell you Springfield has some work ahead of it against the Sycamore Aves.
Sycamore is 2-0 and has outscored its opponents 69-7 in its first two games. The Aves average 302 yards per game and have held their opponents to an average of 172 yards per game this season. Quarterback Greg Simpson has 373 all-purpose yards to his credit this season with seven total touchdowns.
Sycamore’s offense was slow to move in a 28-0 win over Ryle last week, but its defensive numbers are scary.
Springfield’s biggest concern is its offense, as the Wildcats have an average of 82 yards per game through their first two games. Springfield’s running game has accumulated a net of minus eighteen rushing yards this season. It’s passing game hasn’t done much better — quarterbacks Derek Williams and Davonte James have combined thrown for 182 yards in two games and are 17 of 51 (33.3%) in passing.
Springfield’s defense held Middletown to 244 offensive yards in a 35-13 loss last Friday. Only three of Middletown’s touchdowns were scored by its offense — Middletown recovered a blocked punt and a fumble in the end zone for touchdowns. Springfield’s defense was enough to keep it in the game as well. Middletown had a 21-13 lead entering the fourth quarter.
If Springfield’s defense can limit Sycamore this week and its offense can get going, the Wildcats could grab their first win of the season.
Tune in tonight at 6:30 to find out if that happens.
My pick: Abstained. Casey’s pick: Abstained. Dave’s pick: Abstained. Jim’s pick: Abstained.
Cincinnati Northwest at Tecumseh
Tecumseh’s offense was inconsistent in a 14-10 loss to Butler last week. The Arrows had 229 yards on offense and scored its points on a kickoff return and field goal.
Butler was able to limit Tecumseh on the ground. The Arrows had 147 rushing yards on 44 carries. Tecumseh’s leading rusher in Christian Evans had 66 yards on 17 carries.
The challenge only gets tougher this week with Cincinnati Northwest travelling to Sptizer Stadium. Northwest is 2-0 and has outscored its first two opponents by a combined score of 87-19.
The Knights beat Tecumseh 48-35 last season. It will probably be a high-scoring affair this year as well. Tecumseh has to prove if its offense can score enough to keep up with and beat Northwest.
My pick: Northwest. Casey’s pick: Northwest. Dave’s pick: Northwest. Jim’s pick: Northwest.
Bellefontaine at Urbana
An old rivalry is renewed tonight at Climber Stadium and the Chieftains make the drive down US-68.
There’s been a lot of talk about Bellefontaine with new head coach Toby Smith leading a revival of the Chieftains. It’d be a great lift for Bellefontaine’s football rebirth to beat Urbana tonight — and a very tough task to accomplish.
Urbana’s looking as good as the last three seasons under first-year head coach Nick Marino. The Hillclimbers easily beat their first two opponents in London and Dixie. They’re averaging 447 yards and 59 points per game.
Quarterback Nathan Mays has thrown for 447 yards and six touchdowns through the first two weeks. Running back Shane Ware — who Northwestern head coach Seth Whiting says is the scariest player in the conference — has rushed for 203 yards and six touchdowns on 12 carries.
Bellefontaine (1-1) has shown improvement through its first two games on offense. The Chieftains average 359 yards per game on offense, with quarterback Jake Kennedy accounting for most of that production. Kennedy has thrown for 272 yards and one touchdown through the first two weeks in addition for rushing for 202 yards.
But Bellefontaine’s defense has bent and broke a lot. The Chieftains are allowing 313 yards and 32 points per game.
This game will be close for a while, but Urbana’s offensive weapons will pull it to victory by double digits.
My pick: Urbana. Casey’s pick: Urbana. Dave’s pick: Urbana. Jim’s pick: Urbana.
Stebbins at Greenon
It’s been a rough start to the Dave Miller era at Greenon. The Knights are 0-2 and lost a 6-0 heartbreaker at London last Friday.
Stebbins rolls into town coming off of a five-point loss to Fairborn last Friday. The Indians’ offense has been on fire so far this season. Stebbins averages 424 yards on offense per game and 33 points per game.
Quarterback KeShawn Stafford has thrown for 207 yards and two touchdowns and has rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Mason Dyer has rushed for 187 yards, while Jared Brumfield has rushed for 148.
Greenon’s defense will have its hands full this week.
My pick: Stebbins. Casey’s pick: Stebbins. Dave’s pick: Stebbins. Jim’s pick: Stebbins.
GWOC at-large: Miamisburg at Franklin
Franklin (2-0) and quarterback Luke Kennard take on another GWOC school this week in Miamisburg. The Wildcats beat West Carrollton 41-14 last week, while the Vikings (1-1) fell to Fairmont 36-20.
Kennard — arguably the best basketball player in the Dayton area — has thrown for 388 yards and four touchdowns through three games.
Miamisburg got off to a great start with a 56-3 win over Bellbrook in week one, but Fairmont running back Chris Rhoades was too much for the Vikings to stop last week. Rhoades scored four touchdowns and had 127 rushing yards in the game.
Unless Miamisburg’s defense improves from last week, Franklin will get its second-straight win over a GWOC South team.
My pick: Franklin. Casey’s pick: Franklin. Dave’s pick: Franklin. Jim’s pick: Miamisburg.
Carroll at Shawnee: Bryant: Shawnee. Casey: Shawnee. Dave: Shawnee. Jim: Shawnee.
Benjamin Logan at Kenton Ridge: Bryant: Kenton Ridge. Casey: Kenton Ridge. Dave: Kenton Ridge. Jim: Kenton Ridge.
Graham at Vandalia Butler: Bryant: Butler. Casey: Butler. Dave: Butler. Jim: Butler.
Catholic Central at Northwestern: Bryant: Northwestern. Casey: Northwestern. Dave: Northwestern. Jim: Northwestern.
Northeastern at Dixie: Bryant: Northeastern. Casey: Northeastern. Dave: Dixie. Jim: Northeastern.
Riverside at West Liberty-Salem: Bryant: West Liberty-Salem. Casey: West Liberty-Salem. Dave: West Liberty-Salem. Jim: West Liberty-Salem.
Mechanicsburg at Waynesfield-Goshen: Bryant: Mechanicsburg. Casey: Mechanicsburg. Dave: Mechanicsburg. Jim: Waynesfiled-Goshen.
Triad at Fairbanks: Bryant: Triad. Casey: Triad. Dave: Triad. Jim: Triad.
Southeastern at Madison Plains: Bryant: Madison Plains. Casey: Southeastern. Dave: Southeastern. Jim: Madison Plains.
GWOC Games of Interest
Lakota West at Wayne: Bryant: Wayne. Casey: Wayne. Dave: Wayne. Jim: Lakota West.
Hilliard Davidson at Beavercreek: Bryant: Hilliard Davidson. Casey: Hilliard Davidson. Dave: Hilliard Davidson. Jim: Hilliard Davidson.
Springboro at Fairmont: Bryant: Springboro. Casey: Springboro. Dave: Springboro. Jim: Springboro.
Troy at Xenia: Bryant: Troy. Casey: Troy. Dave: Troy.. Jim: Troy.
West Carrollton at Sidney: Bryant: Sidney. Casey: Sidney. Dave: Sidney. Jim: West Carrollton.