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The Braves and Rams will face off at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium in a Division III, Region 10 semifinal game.
PIQUA — When it comes to finding recent playoff success, few teams have been as successful as the Shawnee Braves have this decade. But Shawnee will face a team with decidedly more playoff success tonight in the Trotwood-Madison Rams.
Trotwood (8-2) and Shawnee (10-1) will play in a Division III, Region 10 semifinal game tonight at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium. The winner will play either Thurgood Marshall or Tippecanoe in a regional final next week.
Shawnee is in the midst of its fifth-straight playoff berth. The Braves advanced to the Division III state title game in 2011, losing to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 21-14. The Braves also advanced to the regional finals in 2009.
Triad has already clinched a playoff berth, while several other area teams are close.
We’re in the best of the season for high school football. The regular season is winding down, and league races are heating up. This is when playoff berths are won or lost.
Some teams, however, have already earned their postseason berth. Unofficially, that is.
JoeEitel.com and Drew Pasteur’s Fantastic50.net keep track of the OHSAA’s Harbins computer points that are used to determine playoff berths. Both make projections on when teams have clinched a playoff berth. Pasteur, who is a mathematics professor at the College of Wooster, makes projections on, well, a bunch of other things too.
Shawnee and Tecumseh have combined won at least a share of the last five Kenton Trail Division titles.
SPRINGFIELD — Shawnee and Tecumseh have established their dominance of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail in the last five seasons. Either the Braves or the Arrows have won at least a share of the title the last five seasons, with each school winning the title outright twice in that time.
The title could be decided tonight when Shawnee (6-0, 1-0 Kenton Trail) travels to Spitzer Stadium to take on Tecumseh (3-3, 1-0).
“If they get up on us early, I’m going to turn the lights out,” Tecumseh head coach Kent Massie said jokingly on the Clark County Coaches Show last Tuesday. “I heard that worked for (Shawnee head coach) Rick Meeks last week. Kenton Ridge got up on them early, and he shut the lights out.”
Shawnee and Kenton Ridge are better than ever and will meet in a key conference game tonight.
It’s been quiet around Top Billing Sports the last few weeks, but don’t worry folks. We’re back in time for conference play to begin tonight throughout the Dayton area.
And at the midpoint of the season, it’s time to take a look at what we’ve learned through the first five weeks.
Two Clark County teams have female kickers this season, and Northwestern has a female position player.
The game of football is changing — or so many people are saying.
I do know one area that high school football is changing in: it’s getting more feminine.
Both Shawnee and Northwestern have girl kickers this season. The Braves’ Kaitlin Gregory is back for her second season, and she has hit 19 of 23 extra point attempts and one field goal through three games. Northwestern’s Maddie Crew is playing her first season on the gridiron, and she’s made all 16 of her extra point attempts this season.
Shawnee sophomore quarterback Saalih Muhammad is leading the Braves’ offense through first three games.
SPRINGFIELD — In what many pegged to be a rebuilding year for Shawnee, the Braves are looking better than ever.
Shawnee improved to 3-0 last Friday with a 53-17 win over Carroll. Sophomore quarterback Saalih Muhammad led the Braves with 226 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in the game. He also threw for 75 yards and one touchdown.
Muhammad, a transfer from Springfield, is thriving under quarterback coach and former South star Chris Wallace’s guidance. He’s thrown for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 358 yards and five touchdowns in the Braves’ first three games. Muhammad has one interception and one fumble this season.
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.
Shawnee running back Jalen Nelson and quarterback Saalih Muhammad ran over Troy’s defense in route to a 31-28 victory last night at Troy Memorial Stadium. The Braves accumulated 386 yards in in the game.
Up 24-22 over Troy at the start of the fourth quarter, Shawnee killed time on a long drive and capped it off with a two-yard touchdown run from Nelson with 4:55 left to boost Shawnee’s lead to 31-22. Troy quarterback Matt Barr threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Alex Magoteaux two minutes later, but the Braves ran out the clock on several runs from Nelson on the next drive to end the game.
Northwestern quarterback Hunter Houseman compiles 517 total offensive yards as the Warriors squeak by Southeastern.
SPRINGFIELD — Scoreboard operators were busy in week one around the Miami Valley, as there were many high-scoring games and blowouts.
No score was more lopsided than Shawnee beating Catholic Central 82-7 in the final game of the long-running series. The Braves led 42-0 after a first quarter that took 50 minutes to play. The Braves amassed 555 total offensive yards in the game and averaged 11.1 yards per play.
The Braves and Hillclimbers meet in a sectional final game for a rematch of a nine-point Shawnee win in regular season.
SPRINGFIELD — It’s usual for coaches of any sport on any level to be displeased in some aspect with a performance after a game. It’s unusual for coaches of any sport on any level to be displeased after a 32-point win.
Shawnee head coach Chris McGuire was just that following a 75-43 win over Greenon in a Division II sectional semifinal at Springfield High School on Wednesday.
“We weren’t very crisp and sharp offensively,” McGuire said. “We missed a lot of easy shots there early on. Then defensively, we weren’t terrible, but we didn’t have our rotating defense as a well as we normally did. We didn’t practice as well the last couple of days as we had been recently too.”