Week 10 rivalry games highlight SCOL


By Mark Huber - mhuber@civitasmedia.com



While Clinton-Massie has earned no less than a two-way share of the South Central Ohio League championship, there is still plenty to play for among the remaining league teams.

Wilmington in Div. III Region 10 and Chillicothe in Div. III Region 9 still have playoff aspirations. For these teams, facing each other this week will provide plenty of playoff points.

Elsewhere, Clinton-Massie travels to East Clinton; Hillsboro is at McClain; and Washington makes the short trek to Eber to face Miami Trace.

All games are scheduled to kickoff 7:30 p.m. Friday.

A win by either Wilmington or Chillicothe does not guarantee a playoff berth but a loss surely ends those Week 11 hopes.

For the rest of the league, its the annual Week 10 in-county rivalry game and a way to gain a few bragging rights as they head into the off-season.

While the Wilmington game at Chillicothe is not an in-county game, it could become a rivalry game. It’s the only game on the SCOL slate where both teams have winning records. If that continues in the future, it will quickly became a special game as both teams look to get a victory that helps springboard them into the post-season.

Hillsboro at McClain

After losing four games in a row, Matt Hodge’s Indians have won two in a row over league rivals East Clinton and Miami Trace.

Hillsboro came up with those two wins in different ways — a defensive slugfest over the Astros 18-7; and an offensive shootout with the Panthers 35-30.

The Tigers, on the other hand, won their first game of the year last week over the Astros 28-21. They’ve been close a couple times this season —35-27 loss to Washington and 41-34 loss to Adena.

Both head coaches have ties to Clinton County. Hillsboro’s Hodge is an East Clinton graduate and a former Astros head coach. Jeremey Andrews at McClain is a former coach at Wilmington High School.

Washington at Miami Trace

Washington has run into the SCOL buzzsaw in recent weeks. After starting the year 3-2, the Blue Lions have lost three of their last four games to Clinton-Massie, Wilmington and Chillicothe.

Washington is 4-1 against teams with losing records this season, the only setback coming in Week 1 to 4-5 Northridge.

However, as is said many times but holds true, throw out the records in this rivalry game.

The Panthers are 2-7 and have a 2-1 mark against teams with losing records. The only loss was last week to 3-6 Hillsboro. The other six losses have all been to teams with winning marks.

By Mark Huber

mhuber@civitasmedia.com

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

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