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Cincinnati Bengals unveil Color Rush uniforms

Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 2:18 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 2:32 PM

Bengals unveil Color Rush jerseys

The Cincinnati Bengals today unveiled the Color Rush uniforms they will wear in their nationally televised Thursday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 29.

Bengals players Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Tyler Boyd modeled the uniforms during the unveiling at the Cincinnati Zoo’s white tiger exhibit.

The uniforms resemble the look of the zoo’s famous white tigers with white pants and jerseys accented with black stripes.

“The albino tiger is rare, so this is going to be rare that the Bengals actually change their color combination,” Dunlap said. “We know how they are about sticking to tradition. This is going to be a new tradition, and I like the way the jerseys look.”

Boyd agreed.

“We didn’t have an idea what they were going to look like, but I knew at the end of the day whichever combination they chose I knew they were going to be sweet and we were going to be able to swag with them,” he said.

The NFL began using Color Rush uniforms on a limited basis in four Thursday night games last year, beginning with the New York Jets wearing all three and the Buffalo Bills all red on Nov. 12.

But unlike those teams, whose uniforms matched their helmets, the Bengals will stick with the traditional orange helmets due to logistics.

Three years ago the NFL put in a rule that teams could only have one helmet, and there would be no way to ship off 53 helmets to be painted — both the shells and the stripes — after the Sept. 25 Denver game and get them back in time for the Sept. 29 Miami game.

“That would be pretty dope if the orange was white on this helmet,” Dunlap said. “That would really set it off. But I think it’s still sweet.”

The orange helmets will accent the orange striped ‘B’ logo on the breastplate of the uniform as well as an orange Nike swoosh.

This year all 32 teams will wear a Color Rush scheme for one game. The Dolphins will counter the Bengals’ all-white scheme with an all-orange look.

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Friday Basketball: Northmont beats Miamisburg; Trotwood wins big

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:38 PM

Northmont rallied in the second half and pulled away in overtime for a 63-58 win against Miamisburg in boys basketball on Friday. 

Dawson Walker led the way with 15 points, Danny Lewis tacked on 14 and Ryan Foy 12 for Northmont. 

Duncan Hall had 17 points for Miamisburg. 

 

Trotwood 100, Xenia 57: Amari Davis poured in 42 points, Myles Belyeu added 23 and Justin Stephens 11 to help Trotwood move to 3-0 in conference play. Samari Curtis scored 17 for Xenia. 

Butler 68, Troy 42: Kort Justice paced Butler with 17 points, Braedon Norman added 14 and Michael Kreill 12 to help Butler improve to 5-0. 

Sidney 69, Piqua 61: Andre Gordon poured in 23 points and Ratez Roberts tacked on 14 as Sidney scored 47 points in the second half to earn the rally victory. Ben Schmiesing paced Piqua with 21 and Devon Brown added 18. 

Fairmont 48, Springboro 40: Kellan Bochenek finished with 10 points for Fairmont. 

Tippecanoe 66, Greenville 51: Cade Gingrich totaled 16 for Tipp. Marcus Wood had 12 for Greenville.

Fairfield 67, Hamilton 65: Devin Turner scored 12 points for Fairfield and Blake Spaulding chipped in 10. Hamilton, which had 28 points in the final quarter in a rally effort, was led by Jaylen Robinson with 21. 

Lakota West 65, Sycamore 60: Max Kiker led West with 16 points and Myles Greenwood tacked on 14. 

Oak Hills 42, Lakota East 41: Jarett Cox had 16 points with nine rebounds but East fell prey to an Oak Hills rally. 

Mason 58, Middletown 49: Landen Long led Mason with 22 points. Jawunn Bailey put up 13 points with 11 rebounds for Middletown.

Roger Bacon 42, Chaminade Julienne 27: Greg Phelia paced Roger Bacon with 15 points. Milton Gage had nine for CJ.

McNicholas 54, Alter 40: Connor Bazelak scored 18 points and Connor Meyer 13 in a losing effort for Alter. 

Dunbar 77, Ponitz 58: Johnathan Allen led Dunbar with 16 points. Damonte Bailey put up 24 points with 14 rebounds in a losing effort for Ponitz. 

Belmont 62, Meadowdale 39: Philip Harewood had 18 for Belmont, which started the second half on a 20-0 run. Jabali Leonard led Meadowdale with 19. 

Thurgood Marshall 43, Stivers 40: Chance Amerson carried Thurgood with 13 points. 

Edgewood 60, Harrison 46: Trent Allen carried Edgewood with 15 points. C.J. Young had 12 for Harrison.

Preble Shawnee 57, Dixie 37: Levi Lewis scored 15 points, Austin Moore 13 and Andrew Monnin 10 to help Preble Shawnee improve to 5-0. Dakota Grise had 12 for Dixie. 

Carlisle 57, Madison 49, OT: Jake Moore scored 12 of his 14 points in overtime for Carlisle. Justin Flor led the way with 19 points. Grant Whisman had 14 for Madison. 

Valley View 34, Monroe 32: Austin Clark carried Valley View with 12 points. Tristan Backas had 14 for Monroe. 

Oakwood 62, Eaton 59: Darren Ruben and Andy Neff scored 15 points apiece to carry Oakwood. Grant Sullender scored 30 for Eaton. 

Tri-County North 58, Brookville 42: Dillon McCullough tallied 21 points for TCN. Wes Turner had 22 for Brookville. 

Twin Valley South 45, National Trail 41: Willie Bowman poured in 24 points and Travis Lovely tacked on 10 for TVS. Hunter Michael had 10 for Trail. 

Miami East 39, Arcanum 22: Austin Rutledge scored a game-high 16 points for East. Carter Gray had 10 for Arcanum. 

Newton 58, Tri-Village 57: Ryan Mollette scored 17 points and Treg Jackson 16 as Newton held off a TV rally. Jared Buckley led TV with 22. 

Greenon 50, Greeneview 42: Cade Rice recorded 28 points for Greenon, including five three-point shots. Mason Schneider had 18 for Greeneview. 

Fairbanks 48, West Liberty-Salem 47: James Loffing had 13 points but WLS fell short against Fairbanks. 

Triad 51, Mechanicsburg 41: Briley Harlan tallied 18 points and Hadley LeVan 10 for Triad. Chris Taylor totaled 20 for Burg. 

Dayton Christian 44, Troy Christian 36: Matt Welker scored 16 points and DC had a 17-point swing in the final quarter to take control. Jackson Kremer tallied 10 for TC. 

Middletown Christian 51, Emmanuel Christian 49: Casey Swank scored 15 points in a losing effort for EC. 

Versailles 55, New Bremen 51: Justin and A.J. Ahrens combined for 32 points for Versailles. Avery Powers led New Bremen with 17. 

Fort Loramie 67, Fairlawn 21: Dillon Braun put up 22 points and Tyler Siegel had 10 points with 10 rebounds for FL. 

New Knoxville 65, Parkway 47: Nathan Tinnerman poured in 27 points for New Knoxville and Ben Lammers added 14. Logan Huff paced Parkway with 13. 

Fort Recovery 48, Delphos SJ’s 45: Payton Jutte put up 26 points and Cade Wendel added 12 for FR. 

 

Girls Basketball

Piqua 46, Sidney 34: Lily Stewart had 17 points and Lauren Williams 10 with 10 rebounds to pace Piqua. 

 

Boys Bowling

Ben Logan 2290, Riverside 1847, Greeneview 1763: 

 

Girls Bowling

Ben Logan 2135, Greeneview 1504: Kaylee Nicholas rolled a 342 series and Makayla Cayot added a 324 for Ben Logan.

Mount Union caps perfect season with 13th national title

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:28 PM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:28 PM


            Mount Union’s Gabe Brown(27) celebrates with his teammates after defeating Mary Hardin-Baylor during the second half of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl NCAA Division III college football championship Friday, Dec.15, 2017, in Salem,Va. (AP Photo/Lee Luther Jr.)
Mount Union’s Gabe Brown(27) celebrates with his teammates after defeating Mary Hardin-Baylor during the second half of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl NCAA Division III college football championship Friday, Dec.15, 2017, in Salem,Va. (AP Photo/Lee Luther Jr.)

D’Angelo Fulford hit Justin Hill for a 42-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter and Mount Union won its 13th Division III football national championship with a 12-0 victory over defending champion Mary Hardin-Baylor on Friday night.

The Purple Raiders (15-0) limited Mary Hardin-Baylor to 144 yards. Mount Union led just 3-0 until Fulford found Hill just behind defensive backs Reginald Cole and Jefferson Fritz. It was the 50th scoring pass of the season for the sophomore, and Hill’s 20th touchdown catch.

The Crusaders (14-1) had not trailed all season and had their 29-game winning streak snapped. They also were shut out for just the second time in the 20-year history of their program. The only other was a 28-0 loss to Mississippi College on Oct. 17, 1998, the first season Mary Hardin-Baylor fielded a team.

The Purple Raiders took a 3-0 lead on Alex Louthan’s 31-yard field goal 1:15 before halftime. The drive was set up by Gabe Brown’s interception of Carl Robinson III at the Crusaders 47 yard-line. Brown’s interception came one play after Mount Union’s Fulford was intercepted by Jefferson Fritz near the goal line.

Fritz picked off Fulford again in the third quarter, giving the Crusaders the ball at their own 31, but four plays later, Louis Berry made a diving interception to get the ball back for Mount Union. They drove to the Crusaders 25, but Jawanza Evans-Morris was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-1.

Mount Union finished with eight sacks.

The shutout was the first in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl since West Georgia beat Augustana 14-0 in 1982.

Barrett: No setbacks with knee since Big Ten title game

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 6:09 PM

Ohio State's J.T. Barrett talks about life after football

Eight days before they leave for Texas and 14 days before they play in the Cotton Bowl, the Ohio State Buckeyes bid farewell to one part of the season. They met with members of the local media Friday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the last time in Columbus before their final game.

Among the players to speak after practice was J.T. Barrett, a veteran of these interviews. He sat at a circular table surrounded by reporters and TV cameras just as he’s done dozens of times in the last four seasons.

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Near the end of a session, a TV reporter asked Barrett, “Will you miss us?”

Barrett said, “No, I won’t.”

Here are other highlights from Barrett’s interview:

Looking back: Barrett will miss playing at Ohio State. There’s little doubt about that. He led the Buckeyes to a 27-21 victory against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 2, six days after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He shed a little more light on his thinking about that surgery Friday.

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“Going into it, I just prayed about it,” Barrett said. “After praying about it, I let God handle it. I didn’t really worry about it. I just put in the work to put myself into position to play.”

Good to go: A day after the Big Ten Championship, Barrett said he would play against Southern California on Dec. 29 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and he confirmed Friday he hasn’t had any problems with the knee in practice.

“No setbacks, no restrictions, nothing like that,” Barrett said.

Homecoming: Barrett will play his final game in his home state. He’s from Wichita Falls, Texas. He said his mom is handling ticket requests so he can focus on the game.

“It’s fair to say there’s going to be a lot of Barretts in the house,” Barrett said.

Long career: The fifth-year senior Barrett will start his 44th game and appear in his 50th game. He’s already the all-time winningest quarterback in school history, and he owns numerous other records. He’s 37-6 as a starter.

“I’ve been here a while, guys,” Barrett said. “People joke around and say I’ve been playing college football for seven years. I think that’s a little extreme. When I look back, I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be at a place like Ohio State.”

The doubters: Despite his record-breaking career, Barrett has had to deal with critics throughout his career. That continued this season with the losses to Oklahoma and Iowa.

“A lot of people don’t like me, and they don’t like that it’s me playing the position,” Barrett said. “They want somebody else doing it. There’s a lot of negativity coming along with the production I’ve had. You can let that weigh on you as a person, or you can embrace it and learn to like people hating you.”

Looking ahead: Barrett wants to play in the NFL next year and got some feedback on his prospects last year. He said he has no interest in coaching when his football career ends but didn’t give many details about what he wants to do with his life beyond football.

“I want to be living a non-stressful life,” Barrett said. “I want to not have to set an alarm clock.”

Recruiting: Early signing period coming to college football, ready or not

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:16 PM

Urban Meyer on Wayne's Robert Landers

On Dec. 20, high school football seniors will be able to do something they never were allowed to before: Sign a letter of intent with the college of their choice before Christmas. 

Their counterparts in basketball have had two signing periods — one in November, one in April — for years, but for at least as long as more than a few diehards have cared about recruiting, football players weren’t allowed to sign until early February. 

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The path for that to change was cleared last spring when the NCAA Division I council passed several changes to college football’s recruiting model. 

Since then, people in and around the industry have wondered what effects might be wrought. 

With the big day finally near, one thing looks to be clear: Almost everyone is going to take advantage

Colleges are making plans to welcome recruits’ signatures on Dec. 20 as if it were the old February date, and nearly every player in the area who has verbally committed to a school has indicated an intent to sign rather than wait. 

The alternative would be to hold off until February to see what options remain — and some recruits who are undecided appear ready to do just that — but signing in late December may just become the new normal. 

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An early signing period was discussed from time to time over the years with the date of it fluctuating with various proposals. 

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spoke out against a potential summer date multiple times but said he could live with the December date after it became the new law of the land in May. 

“I was really opposed to a (signing day in) June and August,” Meyer told WSYX TV in Columbus. “I think December is OK.” 

Along with the new signing date will come a change in when players are allowed to make official visits, too. 

Class of 2018 prospects still had to wait until the beginning of their senior year to take official visits, which are paid for by the school. Many also make unofficial visits, but the prospect has to pay for those on their own. 

Beginning next year, juniors are eligible to take official visits as early as April 1. 

Meyer is happy about that but expressed concern about moving up the recruiting calendar. 

However, in many ways the new dates for visits and signing reflect changes that already occurred. 

Recruits of every pedigree — from five-star blue chips to lightly recruited three-star prospects — have been making unofficial visits as underclassmen and issuing verbal commitments earlier and earlier for a decade or more. 

Filling nearly every slot in a recruiting class by the end of the summer has gone from unheard of to the norm at many schools, including Ohio State, so letting players go ahead and put pen to paper made a certain amount of sense. 

Miami University coach Chuck Martin said in July he would prefer to see an even more drastic change. 

“It should be before the senior year,” Martin told this news organization at MAC football media days in July. "That's an early signing period. All these kids are committed now. How many kids in America that are juniors are committed right now? Why don't we have them sign? Because a few of the big boys don't want them to sign so they can poach them. No one wants to say it, but it's a fact.”

Not that the former Notre Dame assistant blames the big schools for throwing their weight around when they need to. 

“And if I was at Alabama, I wouldn't want an early signing period either,” Martin said. “I would want to be able on Jan. 28 to go steal somebody. If we're trying to teach kids what commitment is and what your word is, it makes no sense.” 

He also noted another unfortunate reality of recruiting: Sometimes schools pull offers, even from players who have been committed for months. 

“There are teams in our league that have dropped guys in January,” he said. "I'm not going to name names, but I know who they are. They just dropped them. Well, if they had signed, it protects the high school kid. It makes, no one has ever given me a compelling argument why we don't have one, but we still don't have it, so go figure."  

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If the new early signing period is an improvement —giving players who sign some piece of mind six weeks early — in some ways, it’s still far from perfect. 

Meyer lamented in late November being unsure how many players he can or needs to sign this recruiting cycle because he has an untold number of players with eligibility remaining who could enter the NFL draft early. 

They don’t have to make that decision until the middle of January, so his roster might have a different look than expected less than a month after the early signing period. 

“The other thing you’re going to see is the guy you keep on the back burner and try to flip him at the end, he signs on (Dec.) 20th, you don’t have those guys either,” Meyer said Nov. 13. “So it’s going to be an interesting year.”

Ah, yes, there is that issue Martin mentioned, too: Wooing players who are committed elsewhere. 

Meyer speaks often of saving a few spots for late-bloomers, those who might grow into high-level prospects only as seniors. 

Everyone does it, but Meyer more than most coaches has a reputation for flipping players who are committed to other schools, sometimes shortly before the old February signing day. 

Among the many players he lured away from previous commitments is Dwayne Haskins, his likely starting quarterback for next season. 

Two weeks before signing day in 2016, he decided to be a Buckeye rather than play for his home-state school, Maryland. 

Current Buckeye defensive tackle Robert Landers, a Wayne graduate, was going to West Virginia before his senior season convinced Meyer to offer him an OSU scholarship in December 2014. 

Wayne grad Robert Landers is one of Ohio State's key defensive linemen and one of the best interviews on the team. His mom made sure of the second one while he was growing up, and he explained how.

That is just two examples, but they serve as a reminder everyone has a unique situation. 

So while there is no doubt recruiting has entered a new world, just what consequences — intended or not — will come remains to be seen. 

Only time will tell — and it’s almost time to start finding out.