Shawnee running back Zach Avery the latest to suffer season-ending injury.
VANDALIA — Tecumseh hopes to end a bad six-quarter stretch on Friday in its home opener against Bellbrook. The Arrows have been outscored 72-0 over their last six quarters of play. Butler put up 52 of those points in a lopsided win last Saturday.
It’s an unusual start for Tecumseh. The Arrows are usually one of the top defensive teams in the CBC. They’ve allowed more points (93) in their first two games than they did in their first five (67) last season.
Tecumseh has only eight seniors on its roster. Head coach Kent Massie says he is excited about the team’s young players, but said after last Saturday’s loss that Tecumseh’s upperclassmen needed to give more effort.
“We’ve got to be in better shape, we’ve got to practice harder, and we’ve got to do things the right way,” Massie said, “We’re not doing that right now. We’re a young football team, and I’m pretty impressed with some of our young guys. We need the older guys to step up and do the right things. We need guys to get in better shape. We’ve got to practice harder. We’ve got guys that aren’t practicing as hard as they could practice.”
Bellbrook beat Waynesville to open the season and lost 28-21 to Wilmington last Friday.
Zach Avery likely out for season
The injuries keep coming for Shawnee. Senior running back Zach Avery, who started at quarterback against Springfield, suffered a serious leg injury on Saturday when the game resumed in the morning. Shawnee assistant coach Shawn Jarzab said on Monday’s Clark County Coaches Show that Avery will probably miss the rest of the season.
Michael Guyer, a slotback, finished the Springfield game at quarterback and is expected to start on Friday against Carroll. Receiver Tanner Myers sustained a neck injury against Springfield, and Jarzab said he may not play for several weeks.
Jarzab said sophomore quarterback Will Finch is still battling a minor knee injury and is questionable for Friday’s game but may return within the next couple of weeks. Jarzab also said injured running back Josh Nelson and receiver Matt Jarzab should return in the next couple of weeks.
Playoff points on the line for Northwestern against Mechanicsburg
Northwestern isn’t just looking for a marquee win against OHC power Mechanicsburg on Friday. The Warriors could pick up a lot of playoff points with a victory.
Mechanicsburg finished 8-2 last season and looks like the OHC’s frontrunner (along with West Liberty-Salem) after two lopsided wins to open the season and an experienced group of seniors leading the team.
A win could help Northwestern (2-0) make its first playoff berth. The Warriors, who are in Division V this year, could earn many second-level points from Mechanicsburg over the course of the season.
Mechanicsburg (Division VI) likewise could benefit from a win over Northwestern by earning more first level points for beating a larger school. The Indians could possibly earn many second-level points if Northwestern makes a run in league play.
Springfield looking to beat first Div. I opponent since 2011
Springfield won its first home game since 2010 last Friday against Shawnee. The Wildcats will try to do something this week they haven’t done since 2011: beat a Div. I opponent.
The Wildcats have won five games in the last four seasons, with the wins coming against Troy (Division II), Trotwood (Division III, a forfeit win), Butler (Division II) and twice to Shawnee.
Springfield last beat a Division I opponent in week in a 42-33 win over Fairmont on Oct. 7, 2011. It was also Springfield’s last GWOC Central Division win.
Springfield plays at Hilliard Darby tonight. Darby beat the Wildcats 38-20 last year.
Week two scores
There were some blowouts in week two like in week one. But there were more closer games, including nailbiters between Kenton Ridge/Indian Lake and Graham/Catholic Central.
Springfield 24, Shawnee 7
Butler 52, Tecumseh 0
Kenton Ridge 22, Indian Lake 15
London 55, Greenon 0
Northwestern 37, Northeastern 20
Graham 12, Catholic Central 9
Northridge 28, Southeastern 13
Week three schedule
Springfield at Hilliard Darby
Bellbrook at Tecumseh
Carroll at Shawnee
West Liberty-Salem at Kenton Ridge
Middletown Christian at Greenon
Northeastern at Stebbins
Northwestern at Mechanicsburg
Bradford at Catholic Central
Southeastern at Madison Plains