High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 7

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 2:49 PM

            Wayne QB Rashad McKee. Centerville defeated host Wayne 39-22 in a Week 6 high school football game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Wayne QB Rashad McKee. Centerville defeated host Wayne 39-22 in a Week 6 high school football game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The seventh week of the high school football season finds plenty of Miami Valley teams in the hunt for division and league titles, not to mention playoff positioning during the final month of the regular season.

Here are five games to watch in Week 7, with a reminder that one of these games is interesting not due to winning records, but just the opposite.

Northmont at Springfield

The Thunberbolts can light up any scoreboard as the Lebanon Warriors found out last week in a 51-7 loss. Tony Broering’s team is averaging 40 points a game. This is a chance to pick up some big playoff points for a team that is currently ranked ninth in the Region 3 computer poll.

»RELATED: Week 6 recap — Centerville still perfect

For Springfield this is the start of a stretch of brutal games in the final month. The Wildcats also face Beavercreek, Wayne, and Fairmont in the coming weeks.

Wayne at Beavercreek

Three losses should be good enough to get into the Region 3 playoffs again this season, but Wayne faces a daunting task that starts Friday night at Beavercreek.

The Warriors were blitzed at home by Centerville last week and now face the once-beaten Beavers on the road.

Nic Black’s team is coming off its first loss of the season, a 27-24 setback at Springboro that saw the Panthers’ Connor Luksic kick the game winning field goal with 3 seconds to play.

Madison at Carlisle

The Mohawks have been a scoring machine the last three weeks after losing back-to-back games to Monroe and Valley View.

»RELATED: Madison overwhelms Milton-Union

Carlisle has been perfect since a season-opening loss to Franklin. The Indians also display a high-powered offense, so the scoreboard operator will be busy in Carlisle this week.

Brookville at Milton Union

This is the Touchdown 7 Arby’s Game of the Week, and it’s a tale of two teams seemingly headed in opposite directions.

»RELATED: Brookville outslugs Oakwood

Brookville is coming off a 63-42 win at Oakwood last Friday as Bailey Wallen ran for more than 300 yards.

Milton has only managed six points in the last two games, both losses. The Bulldogs are 2-4 in the first six weeks of the season.

Waynesville at Northridge

Last but not least, the Spartans and Polar Bears are both playing for pride…and the end of a losing streak.

Waynesville hasn’t won a game since 2015, the losing streak now stands at 16 in a row.

Northridge is giving up 53 points a game in their 0-6 start. The Polar Bears have lost nine games in a row.

Join us for all of the scores and highlights on Touchdown 7 on Newscenter 7 Friday night at 11:13 p.m.

Tennessee football podcast: Jeremy Pruitt challenged to jump start slumping recruiting class

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:21 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The first crisis of the Jeremy Pruitt Era at Tennessee has popped up, and it took less than a week.

The Vols, who entered last season with the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the SEC and No. 5 in the nation, have lost three commitments since Pruitt was hired and two in a 24-hour window.

The result is Tennessee recruiting now ranks No. 39 — right behind Syracuse and one spot ahead of Indiana — according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Players all say they commit to schools, but that’s clearly not the case, as the coaching change has resulted in great attrition for the Vols.

Tennessee, which one had 23 commitments in the 2018 class, now sits with 11 commitments with eight days left before that start of the early signing period and less than a week left before the dead period begins (Dec. 18).

Vols AD and former head coach Phillip Fulmer is pitching in to try to save the recruiting class, too.

RELATED: Phillip Fulmer back in the saddle recruiting for Tennessee

SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss the repercussions of Tennessee having a new coach.

Tennessee football podcast


Trae Young tops NBC Sports’ Player of the Year Power Rankings

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

Move over Marvin Bagley, Trae Young has arrived.

The Oklahoma freshman point guard is having a monster season so far for the Sooners. Oklahoma is 7-1 with wins over Oregon and USC, and it can make a huge statement with a win against Wichita State on Saturday.

Young’s scoring and passing ability has made him one of the most dangerous players in college basketball, and NBC Sports has placed Young at the top of its Player of the Year Power Rankings, updated on Tuesday.

“Assuming he stays on his current pace [I can’t imagine that he actually will, but he might] he’ll do things that have not been done for 27 years, and that may never have been done before,” NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster writes. “Young is currently averaging 28.8 points and 8.8 assists. The last player to do that was Loyola Marymount’s Terrell Lowery back in 1990-1991.”

It’s fair to say Young’s current pace would be insane to sustain throughout the season. But through eight games, Young looks like a special player and living up to his elite potential.

If he can keep up his pace and put Oklahoma in a position to make the NCAA Tournament as a top-4 seed, it’s going to be hard to ignore Young for college basketball’s Player of the Year awards.

CBS writer ranks ACC the worst of the Power 5 conferences in 2017 season

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

The ACC will be sending more teams to a bowl game this year than any other conference. But not only does CBS sports writer Barrett Sallee say the Atlantic Coast Conference doesn’t have an argument as the best conference in the country, it’s not even in his top 4.

In the conference rankings he released on Tuesday, Sallee ranked the ACC at No. 5 behind all the other four Power 5 conferences. Here was his argument:

If the SEC was top-heavy in 2016, the ACC was close to toppling over in 2017. Sure, Clemson is a monster. But Miami turned out to be a bit of a paper tiger down the stretch, Virginia Tech and NC State were decent and Florida State fell off a cliff (no, it wasn’t just the loss of quarterback Deondre Francois that caused it). Only four of the 14 ACC schools finished above .500 in conference play.


Report: Former Hurricanes star Warren Sapp among retired players accused of sexual misconduct at NFL Network

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

According to a report from TMZ, former Miami Hurricanes star Warren Sapp is among a group of retired players accused of sexual misconduct at NFL Network.

Marshall Faulk, Donovan McNabb, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans and Eric Davis are the other former players involved.

Jami Cantor, 51, is the accuser who is suing. Cantor was hired by NFL Network in 2006 as a wardrobe stylist before being fired in 2016.

The NFL Network suspended Faulk, Evans and Taylor after Cantor’s lawsuit.

Per TMZ, here’s Cantor’s details of the alleged harassment:

Marshall Faulk (current on-air talent) — asked invasive questions about sex, “such as favorite sex position, whether she liked oral sex, and whether she dated black men.”

“As time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting Plaintiff to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, ‘when are you gonna get on this already?’ He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down.”

Ike Taylor (current on-air talent) — sent Plaintiff sexually inappropriate pictures of himself, and a nude video while masturbating in the shower.

Warren Sapp (former on-air talent) — came into restroom while plaintiff was preparing clothes and urinated in front of her.

When she screamed at him to get out, Sapp said, “Sorry mama, but your office shouldn’t be our sh*tter.”

Sapp is also accused of giving the woman sex toys for Christmas 3 years in a row.

Donovan McNabb (former on-air talent) — sent text messages to plaintiff asking if “she was a squirter” and telling her she “looked like the kind of girl that squirted when getting f*cked.”

Heath Evans (current on-air talent) — sent nude pics of himself to plaintiff

Eric Davis (former on-air talent) — groped, grabbed and made sexually charged comments to plaintiff.

Eric Weinberger (former Exec Producer of NFL Network) — sent nude pics and graphic text messages including telling plaintiff she should be “getting f*cked every day.”

According to ESPN, Cantor originally filed a wrongful termination case in October and filed a more detailed complaint on Monday.

“The supervisors knew about it, the supervisors observed it,” Cantor’s lawyer, Laura Horton, told The New York Times on Monday. “It was insidious in this particular environment.”