CHILLICOTHE (4-0/1-0) AT WASHINGTON CH (3-1/1-0)
The last time Washington Court House hosted a playoff game was week 11 of the 2007 season against Circleville. Friday night at Gardner Park expect another playoff feel as the Blue Lions face off against state ranked Chillicothe.
The Cavaliers are 4-0 this season & ranked 10th in the state in Division 3 & sits 2nd in Region 9 in the computer rankings that determine the playoff field at the end of the season. Washington CH is off to a 3-1 start & is 8th in the same region so playoff points now & for the rest of the season by the teams will go a long way in possibly securing a spot for November.
Cavaliers at 4-0 start (1st time since 1998) defeated Miami Trace in overtime last week 20-14 after trailing 14-0 in the first quarter. Sophomore Nate Rosenbauer leads the Cavs (5 TD rushing & 1 passing) along with Ryan Mathis at quarterback (3 rushing TDS & 1 TD pass). The Cavs maybe should be named "The Cardiac Kids" as a team scored late in winning over Johnstown, Big Walnut & Miami Trace all on the road this season & got a shutout win at home against Teays Valley.
Washington is led by Tye Smith (636 yards unofficially & 9 TDs) as the Blue Lions are averaging over 30 points a contest after the first 4 weeks of the season including a 49-36 win last week at East Clinton.
MIAMI TRACE (3-1/0-1) AT HILLSBORO (1-3/0-0)
It's homecoming for the Indians who is coming off a win last week at home against Landmark Christian to snap a 13 game losing streak.
Six different players scored touchdowns & Ashlee Partee set a record as the first Hillsboro female football player to hit three straight PATs & finished 4 of 6 for the night. Toby Warrington leads the team with 4 TDS (2 passing & 2 rushing). Avery Ventura returned an interception last week for a score.
Miami Trace drops to 11th in the AP Polls for Division 4 & is 5th in Region 14 in the computer rankings. The Panthers are lead by Jimmy Stroker (over 400 yards rushing with 5 TDs & 400 yards passing 2 TDs) & Trevor Haines (over 300 yards rushing & 8 TDS rushing). Team will try to rebound from a disappointing loss last week against Chillicothe.
Since the series resume in 2003 the only Indians win was in 2009 by a 29-7 score. Last year Miami Trace won 54-6.
EAST CLINTON (1-3/0-1) at GREENFIELD MCCLAIN (3-1/0-1)
Last year McClain had lost 2 games in a row (Zane Trace & Clinton-Massie) that even their record to 2-2 heading into their contest against East Clinton & those losses possibly cost them a playoff berth even though they finished winning 5 of their last 6 games of the season & came in 9th in their region at 7-3.
Only the top 8 schools in the rankings of course go to the playoffs.
McClain started that run with a 20-14 win over the Astros giving them a 2 game win streak against them. The Tigers are led by Dillion Hunick (290 yards rushing) & Thom Schrader (over 400 yards passing, 4TDs & has scored 5 rushing TDs & return an interception for a TD).
Meanwhile, the Astros are hoping to bounce back after last week loss at home against Washington CH on the combination of Dalton Floyd (has thrown for 7 TDs) & Clyde Snow as they rolled up almost 400 yards in last week losing effort.
CLINTON-MASSIE (4-0/1-0) AT COLUMBUS DESALES (2-2)
On paper this looks like a playoff match up but with Falcons are current riding a 19 game winning streak & the Wolf Brothers are picking up the high octane rushing game that already put 182 points on the scoreboard this season so far. So it will be interesting to see how the Stallions react to the Falcons running attack. Then last week the Astros got Kelson Gauden adding almost 200 yards on the ground the team may become unstoppable.
Bayle Wolf (almost 300 yards rushing & 9 TDs despite missing the 1st game of the season) & Chayse Wolf (over 400 yards rushing & 7 TDs) head up the Falcons running game.
DeSales who has won 3 state titles & finished runner-up five other times in their rich school history missed the playoffs last year at 5-5. So far this season its been a format of win one week, lose the next as the program continues to try to recapture past glory.