It’s rivalry week in the SBAAC and there are some good matchups on tap for Friday.
The game of the week is New Richmond at Goshen with pride and a possible playoff berth on the line.
Also, Wilmington is at Clinton-Massie and Blanchester is at East Clinton. Wins by the Falcons and Wildcats will give those teams unbeaten division championships – Falcons in the American and Wildcats in the National.
Other games have Western Brown at Batavia, Fayetteville-Perry at Bethel-Tate and Williamsburg at Clermont Northeastern. All games are set for 7 p.m. Friday kickoffs.
Here’s a look at playoff situations:
• Clinton-Massie is the only team in the league to have clinched a playoff berth. The only question is where the Falcons finish in Div. IV Region 16. Currently they are No. 2 behind Wyoming. The Cowboys face arch-rival Indian Hill this week and the Braves are right behind the Falcons at No. 3. The Wyoming-Indian Hill winner could be No. 1 in the region. Batavia is No. 8 but aren’t assured a playoff berth with a win this week. They need help, primarily in the form of a Taft win over Aiken and a Shawnee loss to Jonathan Alder.
• Blanchester is 12th in Div. V Region 20. At 4-5, BHS is the highest ranked team with a losing record. Oh, but for a win in those first five weeks and the Wildcats would be knocking on the playoff door. Clermont Northeastern is one spot ahead of BHS. The Rockets would be helped greatly if East Clinton defeated Blanchester this week. Truth is, the SBAAC will likely not advance a team in this region to Week 11.
• In Div. III Region 11, Goshen is 12th and New Richmond 13th. They play this week and the winner has a shot at making the playoffs with three spots up for bid in the region. On a side note, Hillsboro has clinched a Region 11 playoff berth under Blanchester graduate Jack O’Rourke.
Here’s a look at Week 9 games:
• Clinton-Massie 21 New Richmond 7. Brendan Lamb ran for 221 yards and three TDs after a three-game absence. Josh Anderson of New Richmond was effective with 84 yards passing and 116 yards and touchdown rushing. Brice Seaman led CM with 10 tackles while Thomas Myers had nine, three of which were behind the line of scrimmage. Mitchell Williamson of New Richmond had 11 tackles.
• Wilmington 38 Western Brown 37. The Hurricane had a balanced offense – 36 rushes for 195 yards and 30 passes for 239 yards. Grant Mayer ran for 117 yards and a TD. In a battle of the top wide receivers in the league, Cameron Coomer of WHS had 12 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns while Yani Williams of Western Brown caught nine balls for 192 yards and two scores. Josh Taylor was his usual high yardage self – 302 yards passing and three touchdowns, and 185 yards rushing and two scores.
• Blanchester 69 Fayetteville 0. Nine different Wildcats scored touchdowns in the win – James Peters, Brent Hopkins, Clayton Schirmer, Jacksson Waialae, Blake Richard, Destin Ashcraft, Derick Bowman, Junior Torres and Brady Phillips. The BHS defense had no fewer than eight stops behind the line of scrimmage. Mark Wolfer of Fayetteville had 15 tackles.
• Clermont NE 13 East Clinton 7. The Rockets stayed with the run most of the night. Cole Joslin had 158 yards on the ground with a score. David Pride garnered 2.5 sacks among his three tackles.
• Goshen 21 Batavia 20. Goshen’s Adam and Hunter Slusher combined for 202 yards and two touchdowns rushing, slightly better than Batavia’s Kaleb Moell and Jason Griffin who combined for 178 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Moell had 14 tackles for the Bulldogs.
• Bethel-Tate 28 Williamsburg 17. Alex Manz, the Bethel-Tate quarterback, had a big night with 162 yards and two touchdowns passing to go along with 186 yards rushing. Williamsburg’s Dakota Roberts was credited with 14 tackles.
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @wnjsports