No. 21 Notre Dame looks to keep running at North Carolina

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:27 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

Notre Dame has leaned on its running game to spark a turnaround from a four-win season. Now the 21st-ranked Fighting Irish bring one of the nation's best ground attacks to face a North Carolina run defense that has struggled for stops.

Notre Dame (4-1) enters Saturday's game at UNC ranked second nationally with 20 rushing touchdowns, third in yards per carry (7.14) and seventh in rushing yards per game (301.4). Those numbers are all up significantly from last season, and coach Brian Kelly points to that success as a reason why the Irish has been one of the nation's best red-zone offenses, too.

"I think it has a lot to do with the running of the football and then what we're setting up off of the run, more so than trying to take shots on first down in the end zone," Kelly said. "We're staying ahead of the chains there."

Junior running back Josh Adams has led that attack, ranking third nationally by averaging 131.6 yards per game. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush — whose role is in question Saturday due to a foot injury — is second at better than 80 yards per game.

Compare that production to 2016, when Notre Dame averaged just 163.6 yards rushing and had 18 touchdowns on the ground for all last season. The Irish averaged about 31 points per game, roughly 10 points fewer than this season.

"I think as an offense, I think we know we can do more," Adams said. "I think we have guys that want to do more. We're never just satisfied with where we're at. We always want to do better. We always want to improve. I don't think we're even close to being at the level we know we can be at."

Notre Dame could be set for a big afternoon against North Carolina (1-4), which ranks 112th nationally by allowing nearly 222 yards rushing per game. The Tar Heels surrendered 403 yards rushing to Georgia Tech's triple-option attack last week.

"You're going to have to do the best job we can," UNC coach Larry Fedora said. "We're going to have to be very disciplined in our gaps. Our guys are going to have to get off the blocks and our guys are going to have to get multiple hats to the ball. We need to create turnovers and limit their possessions."


Here are some other things to know about Saturday's Notre Dame-UNC game:

WIMBUSH'S STATUS: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has said he won't name a starting quarterback until kickoff as starter Brandon Wimbush deals with a right foot strain. Wimbush has been limited in practice while sharing reps with Ian Book.

SURRATT'S DEVELOPMENT: Redshirt freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt has seized control of the starting job for the Tar Heels, though they're coming off their worst performance (247 yards) of the season at Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels could use more of Surratt's big-play ability through the air and on the ground.

BANGED-UP TAR HEELS: North Carolina has an injury problem. The Tar Heels had 13 players listed on last week's injury report as being out with season-ending injuries, including starters such as receiver Austin Proehl and linebacker Andre Smith.

MISSING MOMENTUM: The Tar Heels have been struggling dating to the final month of last season. North Carolina has lost seven of nine games since beating Georgia Tech last November, which was the program's last win against a power-conference opponent.

TURNOVER EDGE: Notre Dame has a clear edge on opponents when it comes to dealing with turnovers. The Irish is plus-6 in turnover margin this season, has scored 70 points off 11 turnovers by opponents and allowed just three points off their five turnovers.


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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:52 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75
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  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503


  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202


  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Most at Beavercreek meeting oppose medical marijuana in community

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:14 PM

Most of the two dozen residents who gave feedback about medical marijuana told city leaders they don’t want to see it in any form.

Right now, Beavercreek law allows for dispensaries, cultivation and processing sites. No one has applied for a license in Beavercreek, and the deadline is Friday.

“The issue is will you be able to sell your house?” Denise Buell said. “And the next question may not be for it, if you have a cultivation facility right down the street you may have difficulty selling it, so why bother even buying there?”

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Not everyone was against it, including Beavercreek resident Mary Lou Hopun, who said she suffers from a chronic illness.

“There's no discussion being held here about the science of medical marijuana and how it's not addictive, and they talk about the type of people that will come to this area and the property values that will go down. This is all just conjecture," Hopun said.

After Friday’s state application deadline, city leaders will get another nine months to decide whether to change rules. Earlier this week, council members decided against a moratorium.

“We’re hearing the public ... You’re going to have three new council members come January on council, they could have a total different perspective,” City Manager Pete Landrum said.

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Another public meeting is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, with a state representative. The meeting also will be held at Beavercreek City Hall, 1368 Research Park Drive.

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Police, children services investigating circumstances of infant’s injuries

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:55 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:20 PM

Police respond to Dayton Children's Hospital for a three-month old with a brain bleed

UPDATE @ 11:05 p.m.: Police and Montgomery County Children Services are investigating how an infant suffered injuries that prompted her mother to bring her to Dayton Children's Hospital on Thursday morning. 

The mother said her 3-month-old daughter, who was suffering from bleeding on the brain, fell off the couch, according to recordings from county regional dispatch this news organization obtained through a public records request. 

"The doctors are saying that the child's injury don't match the story that was given. So I need an officer to come out," the social worker said on the 9-1-1 call. 

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Doctors said testing confirmed their suspicions. 

"We just recently got the results back on the head C-T," the caller told dispatchers. 

The baby was going into surgery Thursday morning when the call from the hospital was made to police. Police were also at the mother's apartment on Thursday. 

Montgomery County Children Services officials said their office had an open investigation into the mother before Thursday's incident. The agency could not confirm how many children live in the home.

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Neighbors told News Center 7's John Bedell the infant is the youngest of the children in the home. 

Neighbor Letisha Hardin said she saw police cars at the home Thursday. 

"Yes, when I took my kids to school this morning I noticed it was a couple police cars over there but I didn't know what was going on," Hardin said of the apartment on Elsmere Avenue. 

Hardin said she knows the family. 

"My kids play with their kids and so yeah it is … concerning," she said. "I would hope that nobody would hurt a little child but these days, you never know."

The mother is not being identified by name in this report because no charges have been filed.

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Overnight temperatures fall into the teens; warmer Friday

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 3:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Finally a quiet day after several rounds of snow earlier this week.

Expect some breaks in the clouds with temperatures falling into the upper teens, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

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  • Clouds break overnight, cold
  • Few passing flurries north Friday
  • Temperatures near normal this weekend

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Friday: More clouds arrive. Cool and breezy with a few flurries possible across the northern Miami Valley. Highs will be in the lower 30s.

Saturday: Skies will be mostly sunny with more seasonable temperatures rising into the lower 40s. It will be breezy.

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Sunday: Clouds increase with showers developing. Temperatures will rise into the lower 40s.

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Sunday: Clouds increase with showers developing. Temperatures will rise into the lower 40s.

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Monday: Clouds will linger with a chance for a few early morning showers. Highs will be in the lower to middle 40s.

Tuesday: Skies will be mostly cloudy with highs in the middle 40s.