The 2021 Game of the Year happens first in the American Division as Western Brown and the high-flying Broncos visit Frank Irelan Field to take on ground and pound Clinton-Massie.
The two teams met last season in an epic battle with the Falcons coming out on top 86-54.
Blanchester and Williamsburg will meet in a battle of the Wildcats in the National Division. Both teams opened league play with a win last week.
With six weeks complete, the race for the playoffs is beginning to take some shape. With 16 teams in each of the 24 Ohio regions advancing to Week 11, several SBAAC teams will play beyond Week 10.
Here’s a look at the Harbin Ratings for each SBAAC team with the top team in the region and each team’s average points:
• Div. III Region 11: (1) Granville 13.4759; (2) Western Brown 12.1718; (21) Wilmington 2.0521
• Div. III Region 12: (1) Badin 15.9394; (25) New Richmond 1.5556; (27) Goshen 0
• Div. IV Region 16: (1) Eaton 12.9444; (5) Bethel-Tate 9.0545; (6) Clinton-Massie 8.2079; (22) Batavia 1.8091
• Div. V Region 20: (1) Mariemont 9.7167; (12) Williamsburg 5.375; (15) East Clinton 3.5782; (17) Blanchester 2.8989; (18) Clermont Northeastern 2.8644
• Div. VII Region 28: (1) Marion Local 12.2146; (9) Fayetteville 4.8393
Here’s a look at last week’s highlights:
• Wilmington 49 Batavia 3: The Hurricane defense held the Bulldogs to just 55 total yards. WHS had four interceptions as te front line on defense applied pressure all game. Six different WHS players scored, with Cam McEvoy running for two touchdowns and passing for two others.
• Williamsburg 49 Fayetteville 28: In a classic game of ground (Wildcats) versus air (Rockets), the ground game won out. WHS back Trystan Gries ran for 177 yards and 4 TDs while teammate Trent Bocks had 113 yards and a TD. Levi Wiederhold, the Rockets QB, threw for 301 yards and 4 TDs. However, Fayetteville ran the ball just three times for minus six yards. WHS had just three passing attempts, but produced 2 TDs by Bryce Lillie. Jayden Bradshaw had a 13-159-3 receiving line for FHS.
• Clinton-Massie 69 Goshen 14: The Falcons ran for 380 yards while holding the Warriors to 135 yards of total offense. Carson Vanhoose ran for 120 yards and 2 scores but seven different Massie ball carriers gained at least 17 yards in the win, despite the second half running clock. Craig McKinney of Goshen had 11 tackles and Bradford O’Donnell had 10. Braden Rolf led the Falcons with 7 tackles.
• Blanchester 37 Clermont NE 13: The BHS defense allowed 117 yards on 2 plays. On the other 36, they gave up 87 yards. Blan struggled to throw the ball but a strong ground game propelled BHS to victory. Bryce Sipple ran for 185 yards and 2 TDs while Sebastian Smith had 70 yards and 2 scores. Blanchester did commit 4 turnovers bu had just 5 penalties.
• Bethel-Tate 26 East Clinton 0: The Tigers held the Astros to 43 yards total offense while gaining 439. Mikey Molloy ran for 152 yards and 2 TDs while Wyatt Burton had 159 yards and a TD receiving. Cam Snider threw for 263 yards and 2 scores. Glenn Peacock and Brody Fisher were both credited with 10 tackles each against the Tigers. Peacock had two interceptions. For BT, Caleb Lanigan and Norman Darnell had 11 tackles each.
• Western Brown 41 New Richmond 0: Broncos QB Drew Novak continued his assault on the record book with a five touchdown passing performance. He threw for 416 yards and ran for a team-best 61 yards. Dylan Novak hauled in 10 passes for 136 and a touchdown while Matthew Frye went 6-103-2 and Logan Campbell posted a 4-111-1 line.
Here’s a look at the SBAAC leaders:
• Passing: Drew Novak, WB, 2504; Levi Wiederhold, Fay, 1865; Cameron Snider, BT, 979
• Rushing (based on per game average, not total listed): Trystan Gries, Wbg, 792; Mikey Molloy, BT, 695; Carson Vanhoose, CM, 594; Trent Bocks, Wbg, 634; Drew Novak, WB, 547; Thad Stuckey, WHS, 524; Isaiah Conger, EC, 420; Jared Smith, EC, 498
• Receiving (based on per game average, not total listed): Logan Campbell, WB, 682; Jayden Bradshaw, Fay, 631; Dylan Novak, WB, 600
• Tackles: Tanner Fleming, Fay, 77; Norman Darnell, BT, 55; Tyler Tipis, Fay, 53; Mason Thomas, Wbg, 50; Craig McKinney, Gos, 44; Josh Snell, WHS, 41.
• Sacks: Tanner Fleming, Fay, 9; Norman Darnell, BT, 6; Trent Kellerman, Wbg, 5.5; Andrew McIntosh, CNE, 5.5; Jaden Singleton, EC, 4.5
• Interceptions: Quentin Collins, WB, 4; Teddy Conley, Wbg, 3; Matthew Frye, WB, 3; Kody Zantene, CM, 3
• Touchdowns: Trystan Gries, Wbg, 13; Jayden Bradshaw, Fay, 12; Drew Novak, WB, 11; Damion Kistler, Fay, 9; Carson Vanhoose, CM, 8; Zachery Chisman, WB, 8
• Fumble Recoveries: Several tied with 2, including Isaiah Conger, EC; Jeffrey Valentine, WHS.
• Kicking: Evan Grimes, WB, 32; Ean McGuinness, CM, 28; Luke Lindsey, Wbg, 26; Parker Henry, WHS, 24
• Punting: Tracker Newberry, Gos, 42.0; Jared Smith, EC, 40.5; Trystan Gries, Wbg, 40.0