It’s finally here. It’s week 10 of the regular season & rivalry week is underway in the area. Some teams are still excited as they have playoff hopes still alive, while others are trying to salvage something of their season & have hopes to head into the off-season on a good note. Here’s a brief look at what’s ahead…
WASHINGTON CH (5-4/3-2) at MIAMI TRACE (6-3/3-2)
Broadcast on Buckeye Country 105.5FM & IHeart Radio
Announcers-Stew Gardner & Steve Vermillion
It’s the “Battle of the Black & Blue” or “Battle of the Blue & Black” depending on which school district is your favorite. Miami Trace is coming off a setback to Clinton-Massie last Friday but avoided a shutout with a Trevor Haines TD run in the 4th quarter. Trace fans though are hoping with their team sitting at #7 in the latest computer rankings that a win will put them in the playoffs
Meanwhile Washington Court House defeated Hillsboro 34-14 last Friday dominating in the second half of play after holding only a 13-7 halftime lead. A 15 play 80 yard 7 ½ minute drive starting the second half was the spark that help the Blue Lions to victory. Tye Smith had over 230 yards rushing & 4TDs in the game.
Since this series resumed in 2003 Miami Trace has won 8 of the 10 games with the Blue Lions winning back to back in 2010 & 11.
Miami Trace won 47-13 last year. After leading early 7-6 they went on a 21-0 run to take a 28-6 lead late in the second period before Washington cut it to 28-13 at the half. Trevor Haines had 188 yards rushing for Trace in the game.
HILLSBORO (1-8/0-5) AT GREENFIELD MCCLAIN (3-6/0-5)
Broadcast on Buckeye Country AM 1590 Radio
Announcers-Bryce Matson & Randy Young
Both teams will be trying to get their first SCOL win of the season, snap a losing streak (both the Indians & Tigers have lost 6 games in a row) & claim the Rotary Cup championship.
McClain after a 3-0 run through the SVC non league schedule averaging 35 points a contest had trouble scoring being shut out three times in the last 6 games & only averaging about 6.5 points a contest. Also having starting quarterback Thomas Schrader out the last 2 games hasn't’t helped either. McClain last 6 opponents ---5 of them have winning records.
Hillsboro only win was against Landmark Christian. The return of Logan Leslie has given the team another offensive option and in the last 2 games against Chillicothe & Washington Court House the team has shown that they can move the ball but still are plagued by turnovers that stop potential scoring drives.
Last year Hillsboro won by a 54-6 score. A bad snap on a punt attempt by the Tigers that the Indians recovered set up a 5 yard TD run that avoided a shutout. McClain fell behind early 6-0 & rolled with 254 yards rushing & had 6 different players scoring. Hillsboro only had 60 yards in total offense.
CLINTON-MASSIE (8-1/5-0) at EAST CLINTON (3-6/2-3)
The Falcons rolled to their 37th straight SCOL win last Friday with a win over Miami Trace despite the fact that they had 3 first half turnovers & use Bayle Wolf on defense only.
Falcons would clinch their sixth straight outright SCOL title with a win.
East Clinton after a 3-4 start has lost back to back games against Dayton Meadowdale & Chillicothe not scoring in their last 6 quarters of action. The Dalton Floyd to Clyde Snow show has earned a lot of yards & some scores for Bill Hrabek offense this season. The Astros 6 losses all have come to teams with winning records this season.
Last year Clinton Massie won 76-0 as they took back 2 fumble recoveries & also a punt return back for touchdowns.
CHILLICOTHE (8-1/5-1) AT PORTSMOUTH (3-6)
It’s one of Chillicothe oldest rivalries as they face off against Portsmouth. This will be the 81st meeting between the 2 schools since the series started back in 1899---that’s right 1899. Portsmouth leads the series by a 45-31-4 margin including winning three years in a row (09-10-11) before Chillicothe snapped it last year 63-0.
Cavaliers went 4-0 at home this season without giving up any points. Coach Ron Hinton picked up his 300th career win last week 28-0 over East Clinton.
For those who haven’t gone to Portsmouth for a ball game in the last few years the team now plays in a new sports complex that cost $10 million in 2009 & host facilities for all of their outdoor sports & is across the street from the current high school & on the site of their old high school.