Archbishop Moeller defensive tackle Elijah Taylor (6'3"-285#) put the Bombers offense on notice with a shout after one of his game leading 15 tackles confirming this was going to be a long evening for St X. Moellers defense was filthy stuffing the Bombers on four separate occasions on 4th down, linebacker Ryan Stofko was so active behind Taylor tallying 11 tackles in the 21-0 shutout. On money downs the Crusaders denied the Bombers on 12 out of 14 attempts. Add a pick 6 by defensive back Noah Able to close out the scoring shut the door on any kind of a miracle as the X fans made a mass exit to the parking lot.
Offensively the Crusaders did just enough to win the game and punch their final 4 ticket as the two time defending DI state champions look to keep the hardware in Cincinnati! Senior QB Matt Crable hit blue chip TE (Jr) Jake Hausmann on a 1 yard dig in the 2nd quarter which was all the scoring needed on this night. RB (Jr) Hunter Hughes adding a 2 yard dive as insurance TD to start the 4th quarter, Crusaders kept the pressure up on defense only allowing 59 yards on the ground forcing the 2nd string signal caller for St X to make a play but the 2 picks proved to be very costly.
Only down side to the night was (Jr) Matt Coghlin's two field goal attempts that missed the mark but kicking 50 and 52 yards is a tall order but rest assured #1 has more than enough leg! Upside to the special teams play was senior punter Jacob Rogan pinning the Bombers deep inside their 15 three times after some penalties that were very questionable late in the 2nd quarter.
Moeller's stout defense will meet Huber Heights Wayne Warriors next Saturday the 29th of November at Mason high school with a start time of 7:00pm. Be sure to get there early because this should be a great contest pitting firepower vs. lockdown, one thing for sure the winner will have earn their trip to Columbus.
DI / REGION II SCORES
ARCHBISHOP MOELLER CRUSADERS 21 – 0 St. Xavier Bombers – FINAL
WAYNE WARRIORS 38 - 3 Lakota West Firebirds - FINAL
This game took four overtimes to decide but no player came up bigger than All SW District defensive player of the year, Kei Beckham who made the play of the game! Wapakoneta's Keaton Metz took the toss to start the 4th overtime period and looked to have nothing but daylight until UK pledge Beckham closed and delivered the knockout punch. This fumble seemed to stun what looked like the entire town of Wapakoneta who made the trek to Sidney Memorial Stadium. Junior signal caller Messiah DeWeaver on the Rams possession took a QB draw up the gut to seal the 34-28 victory sending the Rams to the final four versus Toledo Central Catholic at a site to be determined.
The Redskins harassed the Rams offense all night long coming up with big play after big play when they needed it allowing Trotwood to move the ball until they entered the red zone. This contest was a game for the ages and one of the all-time classics for SWOF, I still cannot get over how tough and resilient this group from Wapak was on a brutally cold evening. Trotwood was lead by Michigan pledge (Jr) Messiah DeWeaver who had success on his first drive but a dropped pass in the end zone stymied the Rams and seem to pump up the Redskins confidence.
First year head coach Travis Moyer seem to have the right game plan attacking the Rams off the edge on money downs and frustrating the Trotwood running game. Wapakoneta offense led by (#14) Kody Morgan at quarterback was a thing of beauty as he was picking the shotgun snap up off the ground all night long! I was amazed at how he could still make plays and the misdirection attack the overzealous pass rush allowing the Redskins to exploit the gaps to move the chains.
Biggest thing I take away from this game is how both teams never seem to stop competing, this game was the thing of beauty for the football dire hard. My only knock on this game was that it wasn't played in week 15 for the DIII championship, it was that GREAT!
DIII / REGION I0 FINAL
TROTWOOD-MADISON RAMS 34 - 28 Wapakoneta Redskins – FINAL
#1 Wapakoneta (12-0) vs. #3 Trotwood-Madison (11-1)
Friday November 21st @ Sydney Memorial Stadium 7:30pm Kick Off
This game is so intriguing when you break down both of these two quality opponents having seen the Rams first hand and the Redskins via game video. Here at SW Ohio Football we hang our hat on seeing teams in person before we give our assessment, with that said here is how SWOF thinks this DIII region 10 final plays out!
On one side of the football field is a seasoned Trotwood-Madison squad that is loaded with college recruits and oh so gifted. This 2014 Rams are loaded with enough talent to blow the doors off opponent when clicking on all cylinders. On the other side of the field is a Wapakoneta squad that is in untested waters playing in week 13 of the post season. I am sure some folks think Wapak has no chance in this contest having to play so many players on both sides of the ball versus a team that views anything less than playing in week 15 as a failure. We love this matchup looking forward to seeing how this game plays out, that is why they suit up folks! If Wapak is anything like a former player (coaches at Springboro) who is as fierce a competitor as I have ever had the pleasure to stand on the sidelines with these Redskins will show up and compete until the final tick of the clock!
Trotwood is lead by Michigan pledge (Jr) Messiah DeWeaver (100-199 for 1,517 yards & 22 TD's) running the offense with so many weapons and another massive line paving the way. Look for (#18) Breland Cospy (12 TD's) out of the backfield with (#6) Dontay White (Jr) lining up all over the field finding the end zone 8 times. SWOF thinks (#4) Ryan Lucas could be the difference using his height and speed to expose the Redskins DB's adding to his 10 TD's on the season.
The Rams defense is led by All Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year Kei Beckman leading SW Ohio with nine interceptions who is committed to University of Kentucky. Once again Trotwood is loaded up front starting with (Jr) Roland Walder (6'3"-220#) who leads the team in tackles and complements (#19) Vance Byrd on the opposite side.
Wapakoneta on offense is led by (#14) Kody Morgan at quarterback with solid protection of (#65) Blake Pfenning (6'5"-290#) and (#53) Corey Crawford (Jr), keep an eye on this matchup vs. the Rams edge players. On defense the Redskins have some excellent backers that will be a key to containing the Rams skill guys. Having not seen Wapak up close and live it is tough to make an opinion since team speed and other intangibles can't assessed until seeing a live game!
DIII / REGION I0 SCORES
WAPAKONETA REDSKINS 28 –7 Tippecanoe Red Devils – FINAL
TROTWOOD-MADISON RAMS 41 - 6 Bellbrook Eagles - FINAL
Saturday November 15th 2014 – Mason HS / Lakota West vs. Lakota East
Lakota West has been what many of us in the media have preached for years, loaded with DI talent this program should be a public school juggernaut year in and year out. Unfortunately West has been a post season disappointment every year unlike their Greater Miami Conference rivals the Colerain Cardinals! This 2014 version of the Firebirds has risen from the ashes accomplishing what many classes before them have never accomplished, playoff wins.
Lakota West knocked off previously unbeaten Centerville who just so happened to be the #1 seed in the playoffs which never happens. West followed this up by knocking off West Chester rival Lakota East a second time 52-27 and generating almost 500 yards of offense in the game. Ending the season thumping the Thunderhawks 24-7 has propelled West on a current 3 game win streak becoming the first ever Lakota school to make it to the 3rd round of the Ohio HS Playoffs! Week 13 will test the Firebirds defense as they battle the high octane Wayne Warriors offense, SWOF will break down this game Friday morning.
What is so special about this Firebird squad is the senior leadership and the way they go about their business and never seem to panic. Quarterback Blake Darland (2,392 yards passing, 17 TD's) has been instrumental in spreading the ball to so many weapons. Up front West has probable the best offensive line in SW Ohio starting with UK pledge (#74) George Asafo-Adjei (6'4"-315#) who is so nimble on his feet and a beast but don't over look the opposite side with (#70) Nolan Ulizio who is garnering DI attention (6'5"-285) with all the attention on his linemate.
Defensively the core is led by 3 year starter and Virginia bound linebacker C.J. Stalker (6'3"-228#) who always seems to be around the ball. Defensive end Donte Horton (6'4"-208#) coming off the edge is a real load while (#92) Devin Pearson (6'0"-285#) and (#56) Troy Jones (6'0"-265#) wreck havoc in the middle eating up interior lineman. This group will face its biggest challenge with the Huber Heights Wayne Warriors but I have a feeling this group loves being the underdog!
DI / REGION II SCORES
LAKOTA WEST FIREBIRDS 52-27 Lakota East Thunderhawks – FINAL
HUBER HEIGHTS WAYNE WARRIORS 44-35 Dublin Coffman Rocks - FINAL
ST. XAVIER BOMBERS 29-21 Colerain Cardinals - FINAL
ARCHBISHOP MOELLER CRUSADERS 21-13 Pickerington Central Tigers - FINAL
Friday November 14th 2014 – Lakota West HS / Kings Mills vs. Mount Healthy
Mount Healthy football team has been on a magical run in 2014 destroying opponents by an average of four touchdowns after squeaking by Beechwood 40-34 in week one! The Owls (#7) David Montgomery masking as a quarterback showed why he is on everyone’s target list as an athlete never coming off the field! Any time Montgomery touches the ball it is special finding the end zone three times Friday night versus the Knights squashing their playoff run 47-14!
If you haven’t witnessed Montgomery this season you may want to catch this week’s titanic contest versus the LaSalle Lancers (Mason HS) pitting two of the most explosive offensive threats in the 2016 recruiting class Friday night. LaSalle will suit up running back (#28) Jeremy Larkin (2,139 yards & 32 TD’s) who set a school record with 5 touchdowns and over 300 yards rushing vs. Harrison in week 12. Larkin is garnering DI attention from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and many others after a Northwestern offer. Mount Healthy counters with Montgomery (2,535 total yards & 29 TD’s) who is garnering the same attention and what a great game to see both going head to head for a college coach! This game could be a preview of Ohio Mr. Football award for next season if both candidates are not on the radar in 2014.
SW Ohio Football is on the fence after seeing both teams in 2014; the LaSalle Lancers are a DI squad playing in division II. Before you get your dander up let me explain, the Red Storm is a legit DI team after brawling in the GCL South with their only loss to. The Lancers are the most complete squad SWOF has seen all season long, we haven’t seen a DII squad that can stand in the way of the Lancers hoisting the Trophy in Columbus in week 15.
Defensively the Owls will compete but by the 4th quarter the Biggs up front on the Lancers massive offensive front will wear down the under sized Owls. Mount Healthy will be hard pressed to last 48 minutes and contain the duel headed monster of Larkin and (#2) Sophomore Jarell White who has amassed 1,053 yards and another 18 touchdowns on the ground. The Owls will counter with Montgomery and (#21) Hjavier Pitts (1,468 yards) who is a Red Zone magnet with 28 touchdowns in 2014, offense is the key word and defense will be the answer!
Offensively Mount Healthy will be able to answer the scoring power of the Lancers until the LaSalle coaches make adjustments finding the weak spots in the Owls offensive machine. The Lancers defense is opportunistic finding the weakness like a heavy weight boxing match before they land the knock out and by the time you wake up to answer the bell it is too late!
DII / REGION 6 SCORES
MOUNT HEALTHY OWLS 47 – 14 Kings Mills Knights – FINAL
LASALLE LANCERS 56 - 24 Harrison Wildcats - FINAL
They say it is tough to beat a quality opponent twice in a season and Hilliard Davidson proved to be just that as Dublin Coffman stuffed the Wildcats offense at the 1 yard line with 10 seconds on the clock. The Rocks defense had flexed many times this cold crisp evening in the opening round of DI region II playoffs but no drive was more important as Dublin denied Head Coach Brian Whites team on four straights attempts to win the game. Earlier in the regular season the Rocks beat the Cats handling 24-7 on the same field but this time around it was a battle between the Ohio Capital rivals with the Rocks moving on with a 14-10 win, next up the high powered offense of Huber Heights Wayne who throttled the Elder Panthers 42-13!
Dublin young gun slinger (Jr) Gunner Hoak brought his team back going to the air twice on a 12 yeard strike to TE Alex Berling and 52 yards to cap the scoring to WR Kyle Marcinik over coming 2 costly fumbles in the running game. Dublin Coffman's defense was given a short field to defend twice but this group of grinders found a way to shut down the Cats when they needed too. The Rocks will need another performance like Saturday night at Bellefotaine if they are looking to make it deep into the post season dance!
DI - REGION II RESULTS
Lakota West Firebirds 21-15 Centerville Elks
Lakota East Thunderhawks 7-0 Springboro Panthers
Huber Heights Wayne Warriors 42-13 Elder Panthers
St. Xavier Bombers 50-13 Grove City Central Crossing Comets
Colerain Cardinals 28-7 Hilliard Darby Panthers
Pickerington Central Tigers 7-0 Gahanna Lincoln Lions
Archbishop Moeller Crusaders 28-7 Miamisburg Vikings
Kings Mills Knights made some second half adjustments blitzing the Knights of Northwest 42-7 in first round DII playoffs kicking off region 6 post season. If not for an ill advised slip screen pass from (So) QB-Tyler Knecht of Kings that turned into a pick six for Northwest Cortez McGinnis midway through the 2nd quarter this could have been an ugly route. Kings opening offensive drive quickly showed this was going to be a long cold night for Northwest as (So) QB Tyler Knecht hit (Sr) Cole Palmer for a 7 yard touchdown 3 minutes into the game. Closing out the 1st quarter (Sr) RB-DeAndre Barnett (10 carries 101 yards) hit the hole like he was shot out of a cannon and 74 yards later was celebrating a 14-0 lead.
Kings Mills Senior Captains, LB-Kyle Handorf, DE-Tommy Bruns, RB-DeAndre Barnett & OL-Connor McCollum
Kings Mill defense would not be denied on a cold night @ Kings Stadium when (Jr) #23 Avery Koller returned the 1st of two pick 6's 28 yards to snuff out any Northwest thoughts of getting back in the game. Northwest did hit a 45 yard post late in the 2nd quarter but the Knights defense flexed in the Red Zone stuffing Northwest on 4th down heading into halftime leading 21-7.
Head Coach Andy Olds is the master of 2nd half adjustments and tonight was no different as his staff motivated his team which equated to 21 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter. Tyler Knecht found the end zone again but this time with his legs powering in 3 yards while the defense supplied the rest of the scoring. (Jr) MLB-Jared Dorsa picked up a fumble rumbling 14 yards before Avery Koller returned a 48 yard pick 6 which closed out the scoring. Best defense for Northwest this night was the running clock and Kings emptying the bench in rewarding the 2nd and 3rd string players.
Kings Mills DB-Avery Koller
Folks this Kings Mill squad is solid in all 3 phases of the game with a clutch kicker, #39 (Sr) Adam Woeste who has the best leg in SW Ohio for a senior who is a real weapon. Up next for Kings is Mount Healthy Owls who will poise a tougher challenge with all the athletes but rest assured Coach Olds will have the Knights ready to charge!
DII - REGION II RESULTS
#1 LaSalle Lancers 48 - 28 Glen Este
#5 Harrison Wildcats 37 - 36 Lima Senior
#2 Mount Healthy Owls 39 - 0 Tecumseh
#3 Kings Mills Knights 42 - 7 Northwest