Week 8: League titles, playoff berths up for grabs, down the stretch

Mark Huber - mhuber@civitasmedia.com

There are three weeks remaining in the high school football season.

Both the South Central Ohio League and the Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference National Division are still up for grabs.

And several teams in both leagues are squarely in the hunt for playoff berths.

Wilmington is No. 9 in the playoff rankings in Region 12. The top eight teams advance to the post-season. Still plenty of points available for the Hurricane with a brutal finishing schedule.

Chillicothe controls its playoff destiny and is currently No. 5 in Region 11.Miami Trace is No. 11 in Region 11 while Washington has plummeted to No. 13 in Region 16.

In Region 16, Clinton-Massie has in third place and controls its playoff destiny. The Falcons have Wilmington and Chillicothe remaining.

In Region 20, Bethel-Tate is No. 12 in the rankings while Blanchester is No. 17. The two teams meet in two weeks.

Williamsburg has slipped to No. 9 in Region 24 after a three-game losing streak but could likely still sneak in with a 6-4 record.

Around the SCOL:

Miami Trace: The Panthers had five different players rush for touchdowns in last week’s win over East Clinton. The Panthers forced five turnovers and held East Clinton to 82 yards on offense.

McClain: The Tigers lost to Chillicothe but did manage 223 yards rushing. Gabe Adams had 100 yards on 16 tries while Tristan Pitzer had 89 yards on 13 rushes.

Washington: The Blue Lions are seeing a great season slip away, having lost two straight by a combined 128-22. Washington did put up 382 yards of offense in Jarett Patton’s return at quarterback but Wilmington rolled to 619 yards on offense in the 58-22 win. Jacob Rice ran for 123 yards for WCH.

Chillicothe: The balanced attack of the Cavaliers continues to be led by quarterback Brandon Maughmer. Chillicothe had 207 yards on the ground and 213 in the air in a 49-8 win over McClain.

Hillsboro: The Indians have struggled this season and are officially eliminated from any post-season hopes. They will celebrate Homecoming this week at Richards Memorial Field.

Around the SBAAC National:

Bethel-Tate: The Tigers rallied from a 17-7 deficit and defeated Williamsburg 28-24. Steven Cooper had 174 yards rushing and 76 yards receiving to go along with four touchdowns. He has 1,231 yards and 14 touchdowns for the year. The Tigers have won three straight games.

Williamsburg: The Wildcats have dropped three in a row, including a heart-breaking 28-24 loss to Bethel-Tate last week. WHS led 17-7. Nate Bogan has eight rushing and eight passing touchdowns on the year.

Clermont Northeastern: Despite a season-high 32 points last week, the Rockets lost to Norwood 50-32. CNE did have two 100-yard rushers – Luke Newton with 150 yards and two touchdowns and Trevor Braun with 115 yards. Gavin Hickey had two receiving touchdowns.

Batavia: The Bulldogs started the year with a promising win but have been hurt by injuries and have lost six in a row. Batavia has scored just 14 points in those six games.

Mark Huber


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