Prep football: Franklin gets defensive to score homecoming win

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:30 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 2:26 AM

Edgewood running back Elijah Williams (24) is stood up by the Franklin defense during their game at Atrium Stadium in Franklin on Sept. 1. The host Wildcats won 49-21. GREG LYNCH/STAFF
Edgewood running back Elijah Williams (24) is stood up by the Franklin defense during their game at Atrium Stadium in Franklin on Sept. 1. The host Wildcats won 49-21. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Blindsided by bad luck in recent weeks, Franklin High School’s dream football season hit a nightmarish snag last week with the loss of senior running back Ryan Montgomery.

Already down a standout senior with quarterback Braden White sidelined, the Wildcats were searching for answers and an identity Friday.

They found both — and a win.


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Led by a still-stout defense, Franklin edged Bellbrook 21-16 on homecoming in a pivotal game featuring Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division heavyweights and Division III, Region 12 playoff contenders at Atrium Stadium.

Franklin improved to 6-1, 2-1, and solidified its No. 2 spot in the regional computer rankings.

Bellbrook, which dropped its second straight and falls to 4-3, 2-2, is likely knocked out of postseason play. The Golden Eagles were fourth in Region 12 computer points entering Friday. Win out and there’s a slim chance Bellbrook still earns a bid.

Franklin’s win was fueled by four-second half turnovers, including a third-quarter pick-six by Jared Kinzer that broke a 7-7 halftime tie and gave the hosts the lead for good. It was one of two second-half interceptions for Kinzer.

“As a former defensive coordinator, I told our coaches that defense wins championships,” Franklin coach Brad Childers said. “We’ve played great defense at Franklin for years, and we’re going to continue to do that. The defense put our offense in great position to score all night and got seven points themselves. What a program win.”


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Said Kinzer: “This whole week we talked about the next-man-up mentality. It’s tough having both those guys out, but Coach Childers said someone had to step up, and I said ‘Why not?’ ”

Kinzer’s second interception set up sophomore quarterback Braden Woods’ 9-yard touchdown run with 3:31 to play. A huge reception by Kinzer from Woods help set up Franklin’s first score — a 12-yard pass from Woods to John Harris — with less than a minute to go in the second quarter.

Said Kinzer: “Our team handled adversity well tonight.”

Considered one of the state’s top teams —regardless of division — after three weeks, Franklin’s high hopes dissipated some with the losses of White and Montgomery.

White was lost for the season with a knee injury in a Week 3 win over Piqua. Montgomery went down with a season-ending knee injury last week in a win over Waynesville. One of the state’s top prospects, Montgomery committed to Cincinnati on Wednesday.

In Franklin’s last 18 games, White and Montgomery produced 77 touchdowns combined. Overcoming their absence was no small feat.

“We have a really good group of kids and coaches,” Childers said. “We told them to trust the process. We just told them to focus on the next play and they did that. The kids were dialed in.”

Bellbrook cut the deficit to five on a 10-yard touchdown run by Brendan Labensky with 1:26 to play and then recovered the ensuing onside kick. After two plays advanced the ball to the Franklin 32, Bellbrook suffered its fourth turnover of the half when Franklin’s Kyle Rickard corralled a deflection off a Golden Eagles receiver with 40 seconds to play.

Bellbrook fumbled on Franklin’s 6 in the third quarter.

“Turnovers have been the main cause of our three losses,” Bellbrook coach Jeff Jenkins said. “Defensively, I thought both teams played a good game. Offensively, you just can’t give the ball away.”

Next Friday, the Wildcats will travel to Monroe, while the Golden Eagles visit Northridge.

Bellbrook 0-7-3-6—16

Franklin 0-7-7-7—21

B: Jack Campbell 24 pass from Brendan Labensky (Caden Kooken kick)

F: John Harris 12 pass from Braden Woods (Matt Schneider kick)

F: Jared Kinzer 35 interception retrun (Schneider kick)

B: Kooken 28 field goal

F: Woods 9 run (Schneider kick)

B: Labensky 10 run (Run failed)

USC plans to follow Clemson’s winning example to get title shot

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:34 PM

The USC football team is — well, complicated is what it is. The Trojans entered the season with arguably more hype than any college football team, though much of that is due to Alabama’s presumed role as the nation’s No. 1 football team — no hype necessary.

Quarterback Sam Darnold’s face adorned nearly every college football magazine preview. Sports writers gushed over the talent in the secondary and the exceptional athleticism that Darnold would have in his receivers. Running backs Stephen Carr and Ronald Jones were thought to be one of the nation’s top duos in the backfield.

But despite the 6-1 record that, on its surface, looks really good, the Trojans have been labeled somewhat of a disappointment. Darnold has been inconsistent — but he wins games. Jones and Carr have been good, not great. The defense allowed 31 points to Western Michigan.

With each win, confidence seemed to erode, not build, in Los Angeles.

“We could always be better. Everybody knows that,” safety Chris Hawkins said after a sloppy but dominant 38-10 win over Oregon State on Oct. 7. “We’ve got to start dominating teams. It seems the college football world takes us lightly. No matter if we win by a little or a lot. So we’ve just got to start dominating teams.”

The Trojans have not done that. They lost by 3 points to Washington State on the road, and they survived a white knuckler against Utah at home, requiring a stop on a 2-point conversion attempt to escape with another win. But win they do.

Their style — shaky, mercurial, yet winning nonetheless — has called to mind a similar team from a year ago, one that ended the season as national champions: the Clemson Tigers.

Just as USC has struggled with inferior opponents, Clemson opened 2016 with a 6-point win over an Auburn team that finished the season unranked. The following week, Troy, the darlings that toppled LSU at home on Sept. 30, nearly stunned the Tigers at Clemson, no less.

Louisville came within a touchdown. Pitt — unranked, 5-4 Pitt — upset Dabo Swinney’s Tigers 43-42.

It didn’t matter.

Clemson went on to win its next five games, including a 31-0 shutout of Ohio State and a 35-31 thriller over Alabama in the national title game.

“There were plenty of games where they won on a field goal or they were within 5 points and won,” USC coach Clay Helton said of Clemson. Indeed. And by year’s end, Clemson was hailed, earning the title of best team in college football.

It wasn’t easy or smooth for the Tigers, just as it hasn’t been easy or smooth for the Trojans. But how they get the wins doesn’t matter, only the fact that they get them.

“If we go all the way and win a national championship, no one’s gonna look back in 10 years and be like, ‘Oh, well they beat Texas in double-overtime,’ ” tight end Tyler Petite told the LA Times. “They’re gonna see how many wins we have.”

James Washington, Marcell Ateman out for history against Texas

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:04 AM

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph makes his job look easy at times. It’s made easier when he has a pair of targets like James Washington and Marcell Ateman.

Washington and Ateman are the first receiving duo in Big 12 history to both eclipse 100 yards in four consecutive games. They’re the first pair to do it for an FBS program since 1996.

Most consider Washington the best receiver in the country. He’s second in the FBS in both receiving yards and yards per catch. Ateman has managed to bounce back strongly after a missed season in 2016. ESPN considers him the Cowboys’ “X-factor” for the second half of the season. He supplies Rudolph a secondary option when opponents double-cover Washington.

The Cowboys carry confidence into their matchup with Texas on Saturday, and Washington and Ateman are a huge reason. Few, if any, teams in the country have one, let alone two, receivers of their caliber. Factor in a talented quarterback like Rudolph, and it’s understandable why Oklahoma State’s offense has been, for the most part, unstoppable in 2017.

Although Texas’ defense is stout, it’s hard to imagine will hold both Washington and Ateman below 100 yards. At least one of them should pass the mark, but if they both manage to do, it would further extend their hold on the Big 12 record.

The Cowboys are out for a victory. Washington and Ateman are out for that and history.

Week 9: Sidney’s Bowser goes over 2,000; Oakwood upsets Franklin; Northmont still hot

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

Wayne players gather around assistant coaches for video replay during a recent game. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Staff Writer
Wayne players gather around assistant coaches for video replay during a recent game. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(Staff Writer)

Rashad McKee threw four touchdown passes and Wayne beat Springfield 28-13 on senior night

The game was a key matchup for both - Wayne is 7-2 and fourth in their playoff region while Springfield is 6-3 and Springfield. The win for Wayne sets up a showdown with Trotwood next week. 

Chaminade Julienne kept hold of a playoff spot after holding off Badin 24-22

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Sidney 55, Butler 34: Isaiah Bowser passed the 2,000 rushing yard milestone for the season after rushing for 154 yards with three touchdowns in the first half. Bowser finished with 245 yards on the ground and Sidney racked up 579 yards of offense in the game. Logan Flatt had four rushing scores for Butler. 

Northmont 35, Springboro 10: Jabari Perkins hauled in two receiving scores and added a rushing TD, Cameron Rucker and Danny Lewis each grabbed a pair of interceptions and Devin Kenerly ran for 107 yards with a TD to lead Northmont. Cameron Rountree tallied 122 yards with a TD to lead ‘Boro. 

Beavercreek 21, Miamisburg 0: Cody Hocker ran in all three of Beavercreek’s scores and the defense held Miamisburg to 126 yards of offense while pitching the shutout and snapping a three-game losing streak.

Trotwood 68, Xenia 21: Raveion Hargrove had 13 carries for 141 yards with four touchdowns and Dallas Daniels racked up 190 yards receiving on six catches with two scores to pace Trotwood. Meechi Harris caught three balls for 91 yards with a TD to lead Xenia.

Lebanon 41, Stebbins 0: Kyle Short connected with Jake Tewart on a pair of touchdowns and also hit Derrick Allen and Cole McGinness with TD passes to lead Lebanon. Short finished 9-of-11 with 189 yards through the air and Allen hauled in five catches for 126 yards. 

Fairborn 35, West Carrollton 21: Wesley Watts passed for 228 yards with three touchdowns and K.J. Redmon added 140 yards rushing with two scores for Fairborn. Dakoldes Turner had 102 yards rushing with two scores in a losing effort for WC.

Troy 42, Greenville 0: With a sixth consecutive win Troy clinched a share of the GWOC North title. Sam Coleman led the way with a 14-of-16 night passing with 207 yards and two touchdowns, both to Matt McGillivary. John Wehrkamp added a pair of sacks to lead the Troy defense.

Piqua 40, Tippecanoe 28: Austin Davis tallied 230 yards on a 17-of-19 night with two TD passes and Ben Schmiesing rushed for 155 yards with two scores to pace Piqua. Cole Barhorst had 106 yards rushing with three touchdowns for Tipp. 

Middletown 28, Oak Hills 21: Blake Marshall scored all four of Middletown’s touchdowns, racking up 166 yards on 18 carries to help Middletown snap an 18-game losing streak. Diondre Cooper added 98 yards rushing and Shadon Williams had a fumble recovery and an interception.

Sycamore 40, Lakota East 13: Sean Church ran a punt back 55 yards for a score and Chris Whitehead added a rushing TD for East. 

Colerain 52, Lakota West 24: MyJaden Horton tossed touchdowns to Dylan Jones and Cameron Wehby and David Afari added 121 yards rushing in a losing effort for West. 

Madison 62, Waynesville 14: Cam Svarda tallied four rushing touchdowns, a punt return for a score and a fumble recovery to pace Madison. Tyler Baumgartner added a pair of rushing touchdowns. 

Oakwood 35, Franklin 22: Oakwood rumbled out to a 27-7 lead early and held on for the huge upset win. Brian Erbe tossed three touchdowns, including two to Jake Sargent, to lead the way. Braden Woods tallied two touchdowns for Franklin.

Dixie 38, Milton Union 35: Devin Worley punched the ball in with 15 seconds to play to seal the win for Dixie in a back-and-forth game. Worley and Dakota Grise each had two scores to lead Dixie. 

Ross 33, Logan 21: The victory marked the first of the season for Ross, snapping a 15-game losing streak. 

Northwest 29, Talawanda 6: Adam Crank hit Blake Ryan on a seven-yard strike for Talawanda’s lone TD.

Northwestern 37, Graham 18: Eli Berner had scoring runs of 37 and 32 yards in the final quarter to help Northwestern seal the win. Berner finished with 206 yards rushing and three scores. Gage Braun threw two touchdowns and Austin Brayton added a rushing and receiving TD for Graham.

Urbana 34, Ben Logan 22: Preston Shields threw two touchdowns and ran in a fourth for and Kaleb Bowdle recovered a blocked punt for a score to pace Urbana. Trent Berry had two rushing touchdowns for Ben Logan.

Jonathan Alder 35, Spg. Shawnee 21: Robie Glass scampered for two touchdown runs and threw a 61-yard TD pass to Jackson Smith but Shawnee fell victim to an Alder rally. 

Miami East 42, Tri-County North 0: Justin Brown racked up 125 yards rushing with three touchdowns on eight carries and Vincent Villela and Caleb Nickels each added a rushing score as East clinched a share of the CCC title. 

Arcanum 26, Mississinawa Valley 22: Devin Keckler answered Mississinawa Valley’s go-ahead score in the fourth quarter with a game-winning kickoff return TD for Arcanum.

Mechanicsburg 42, Northeastern 14: Logan Hurst passed for 290 yards, Dustin Knapp added 125 yards on the ground with two scores and Justin Hunt hauled in 97 yards receiving to pace ‘Burg. 

Greeneview 56, Catholic Central 0: Griffin Mangan and Tyler Robinette each had two rushing touchdowns to lead Greeneview. 

Greenon 7, Cedarville 6: Cooper Chaffin scampered for 100 yards on the ground with the lone TD for Greenon. 

Clinton-Massie 44, New Richmond 14: Massie benefitted from mistakes and turnovers to get back in the win column. 

Coldwater 28, Anna 21: Ben Wenning ran three touchdowns, all in the final quarter as Coldwater won in rally fashion.

Fort Recovery 38, New Bremen 7: Will Homan rushed for 291 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns for Fort Recovery. 

St. Marys 50, Defiance 0: St. Marys clinched the WBL title outright with the victory. 


Prep football: Badin rally falls short as CJ gets seventh straight win

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:21 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 2:44 AM

            Badin’s Lavassa Martin (6) is brought down by Chaminade Julienne’s Brendan Kadel (7) during Friday night’s game at Roger Glass Stadium in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY NICK DUDUKOVICH
Badin’s Lavassa Martin (6) is brought down by Chaminade Julienne’s Brendan Kadel (7) during Friday night’s game at Roger Glass Stadium in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY NICK DUDUKOVICH

Chaminade Julienne High School football coach Marcus Colvin fell to his knees after Badin’s Ethan Krug missed what would’ve been a 44-yard game-winning field goal.

“Exhausting,” the seventh-year head coach said with a laugh of relief as his team improved to 7-2 following a 24-22 victory over Badin at Roger Glass Stadium on Friday night.

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The Eagles had a lot riding on the Week 9 contest as CJ entered the game ranked No. 6 in the Division III, Region 12 Harbin computer rankings.

The top eight squads in each region qualify for the playoffs, and No. 4 Alter, which beat McNicholas to improve to 8-1, will visit CJ’s new home field for the first time next Friday to end the regular season. Both teams are 6-0 in the Greater Catholic League Coed North Division.

CJ’s victory over Badin dramatically increased the Eagles’ chances of qualifying for the playoffs, no matter the result against the Knights.

It wasn’t easy, as Colvin’s actions suggest. Badin feverishly worked to eradicate CJ’s nine-point lead with 1:27 to play.

The Rams got a shot to steal the game. Following a 3-yard touchdown from Jordan Flaig with 35 seconds remaining, Badin successfully executed an onside kick.

A defensive holding call on a pass play moved the Rams into scoring range.

“That’s why you play ’em,” Badin coach Nick Yordy said. “We recovered the onside kick. That was big. Our kicker can make those, and I thought we had a shot. I can’t complain about being in a game like that with a chance to win.”

The Eagles, who have won seven straight, entertained the home crowd with a sense of urgency from the outset.

“We know the league we play in. We looked at our schedule and thought we could get seven or eight wins this year.” Colvin said. “We understood what was on the line, but we understood the challenge we had. I’m just proud of the kids finishing the game and giving me a heart attack with the way we finished.”


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CJ didn’t waste any time stepping on the gas as quarterback Ryan Peltier scored on a 1-yard run just 9:24 into the game. The score was set up by a 32-yard pass to Matthew Willis and a 16-yard run by Keshaun Owens.

Badin answered 11 plays and five minutes later with 4-yard TD run from Luke Tabler. The sequence was motored by senior halfback Lavassa Martin, who carried the ball three times for 23 yards during the drive.

Halfway through the second quarter, Badin took the lead after Martin scampered for 38 of his 225 yards en route to a touchdown.

“He’s a special kid and a special football player,” Yordy said. “Our line blocked well for him, and he runs hard.”

CJ took control just before halftime, with Jonathan Bell cashing in a 3-yard touchdown. To start the second half, CJ built its lead to 21-12 after Peltier added his second rushing score of the game (4 yards).

“Our QB gets us where we need to be,” Colvin said of his senior field general. “I’m always glad he’s our quarterback.”

Badin outscored CJ 7-3 in the final 9:23 and fought like its playoff life depended on it, mostly because it did. Despite being ranked No. 19 in Region 12, the Rams still had an outside shot of qualifying.

“We knew that it was a long shot to get in the playoffs, but we’re still going to come out and compete,” Yordy said. “A lot of credit to our kids. Their effort’s been tremendous, and we’re going to keep battling.”

As for CJ, the student section chant of “We want Alter,” will soon become reality.

“The goal’s always the same: Beat Alter,” Peltier said. “That’d be amazing to cap off my senior year like that.”

The GCLC Central Division title will be on the line next Saturday afternoon when Badin (5-4, 3-3) visits McNicholas (5-4, 3-3).

Badin 6-6-0-10—22

CJ 7-7-7-3—24

C: Ryan Peltier 1 run (Zachary Bridget kick)

B: Luke Tabler 4 run (Kick blocked)

B: Lavassa Martin 38 run (Run failed)

C: Jonathan Bell 3 run (Bridget kick)

C: Peltier 4 run (Bridget kick)

B: Ethan Krug 20 field goal

C: Bridget 29 field goal

B: Jordan Flaig 3 run (Krug kick)