Clinton-Massie and Blanchester are one win away from clinching at least a share of their respective SBAAC divisional crowns.
With wins Friday night, the Falcons and Wildcats will be 4-0 with a week to go in the season and can do no worse than a share of the championship. Massie plays at New Richmond in an American Division battle while the Wildcats will host Fayetteville-Perry in a National Division tussle at Barbour Memorial Field.
• As far as the playoffs go, Clinton-Massie controls its own destiny but could miss out with two losses in the final two weeks. The Falcons are second in Div. IV Region 16 while Batavia is hanging on at No. 7. Even with two wins, the Bulldogs are not guaranteed a playoff berth.
Clermont Northeastern is No. 8 in Div. V Region 20 but, like Batavia, can finish with two wins and miss out on a Week 11 game.
• Teams mathematically eliminated from playoff contention are Wilmington in Div. III Region 11, East Clinton in Div. V Region 20, Fayetteville-Perry in Div. VI Region 24. All the rest are still hopeful but most are not likely to continue their season after next week.
• In one of the season’s dominant defensive performances, Clinton-Massie defeated Goshen 21-2 and held the Warriors high-powered offense to 98 yards. Nathan Allgeyer had nine tackles and Thomas Myers was in on eight. Griffin Laake and Tyler Beam had seven tackles each as the Falcons swarmed the Warriors at every turn.
• In a game with defense optional, Batavia outslugged Wilmington 64-49. The ‘Dogs had 638 yards and the Hurricane 417 yards. With Jason Griffin running roughshod over the WHS defensive 11, Batavia had 530 yards rushing. Griffin had 311 yards and five TDs on 25 attempts. But Kaleb Moell had 157 yards and three scores on 11 totes. Moell also was credited with 17 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Grant Mayer’s modest numbers were 118 yards and two TDs on the ground. Brady Evans threw for 272 yards and three scores, distributing the yardage evenly among Cameron Coomer, Chris Custis, Ryan Camp and Isaiah Rigling.
• Despite committing six turnovers, that’s right SIX, Blanchester had no trouble defeating Clermont Northeastern 20-0. Brayden Sipple had two TD tosses and Clayton Schirmer caught four for 80 yards and TD. James Peters rumbled for 96 yards on the ground. Destin Ashcraft had 61 yards and a score.
• Williamsburg’s ground game went for 442 yards in a win over Fayetteville-Perry. Drew McKibben had 201 yards and four TDs rushing but Seth Lindsey ran for 101 and Max Boland had 107. Fayetteville-Perry’s Mark Wolfer was credited with 27 tackles, no doubt chasing those RBs.
• Bethel-Tate won big over winless East Clinton and totaled 577 yards – 291 on the ground and 286 through the air. Noah Macko ran for 149 and two TDs and team Alex Manz had 142 yards and a score. Dylan Poff had 132 yards receiving and a touchdown.
• From the I Told You So Dept., New Richmond was upset by Western Brown 22-14 last week. In this column prior to the game, the Lions were warned about the offensive exploits of the Broncos as well as not looking past WB to the big showdown this week against Massie. Josh Taylor, the top offensive player in the SBAAC, rushed for 236 yards and threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns.
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