The SBAAC heads in to the home stretch with Week 8 games this week.
In the American Division, it’s a case of the winners and the winless. Clinton-Massie, Goshen and New Richmond are 2-0 in division games. Wilmington, Batavia and Western Brown are all 0-2.
The big showdown this week is a matchup at Frank M. Irelan Field where Clinton-Massie will host Goshen, without the services of head coach Dan McSurley who will miss this week’s game with a leg injury. Goshen ended Clinton-Massie’s 61-game league win streak last season with a 33-31 triumph.
New Richmond must be wary of high-scoring Western Brown this week, just seven days ahead of what could be an American Division Game of the Century Oct. 19 against Clinton-Massie.
In the National Division, it’s 2-0 Clermont Northeastern and Blanchester on top and squaring off this week in Clermont County.
The two 1-1 teams – Williamsburg and Fayetteville-Perry – will play in Fayetteville while the 0-2 National Division teams East Clinton and Bethel-Tate will play in Lees Creek.
While each team would like to win its league championship, I’m pretty sure they’d trade a playoff berth for league hardware.
With that in mind, the BHS-CNE winner may have to settle for a league crown. The Rockets are seventh in the Div. V Region 20 standings while the Wildcats are 16th. A win for CNE would give them a shot at the post-season with an 8-2 finish.
The American Division teams are in a bit better shape for now.
Clinton-Massie controls its own destiny. The Falcons are third in the Div. IV Region 16 standings. Batavia is hanging on to slim playoff hopes by standing eighth in the Region 16.
New Richmond is ninth in Div. III Region 11 while Goshen is 13th in Region 11. The winner of their matchup in Week 10 could be playing for a playoff berth.
To be sure of a Week 11 date, the Lions and Warriors would be in much better shape by beating Clinton-Massie before that regular season finale.
Around the SBAAC …
• Clinton-Massie defeated Western Brown 70-0 last week but totaled just 489 yards on offense. Garrett Trampler had an 80-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Kody Zantene had a 59-yard TD run and Carter Frank went 39 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter. Daulton Wolfe rushed nine times for 125 yards and two scores. Corey Stulz went for 89 yards and two scores on five tries. On defense, Tyler Beam had 13 tackles to lead the Falcons while Thomas Myers and Brock Speaks both had eight tackles and a sack. Western Brown didn’t post stats for this one but needless to say do-everything quarterback Josh Taylor did not have a great game.
• Cole Joslin of Clermont Northeastern ran for 118 yards and a score in the Rockets 24-21 win over Bethel-Tate. Gauge Dunn of Bethel-Tate caught 11 passes for 116 yards and a TD. Alex Manz for the Tigers threw for 256 yards and a score. CNE’s David Pride had 11 tackles and a sack. Alber Cory had a forced fumble and interception. For Bethel-Tate, Connor Glenn had 10 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Cole Grigsby and Normal Darnell Jr both had 11 tackles.
• Goshen and Wilmington combined for 1,000 yards according to the SBAAC website stats in a 48-28 shootout win by the Warriors. Adam Slusher rushed for 268 yards and three TDs against the Hurricane while Victor Hill had 117 yards on the ground. Goshen had 515 yards rushing. WHS went the air route to its yards with Brady Evans throwing for 323 yards and two TDs. Mason McIntosh had a monster game with 17 catches for 216 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Will Kilgore of GHS had 15 tackles while Michael Figgs had 11. Carter Huffman led Wilmington with six tackles.
• Despite 10 penalties for 130 yards, Blanchester roughed up Williamsburg 49-10. Brayden Sipple of BHS was 11 for 18 passing for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Brent Hopkins had 74 rushing yards on five attempts and caught three passes for 124 yards and a TD. Clayton Schirmer had 115 yards and a score receiving.
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