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Prep football: Wayne bounces back, batters Beavercreek

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:40 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 12:06 AM

            Wayne QB Rashad McKee (right) is pursued by Centerville’s Jevon Henderson. 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 (right) is pursued by Centerville’s Jevon Henderson. Centerville defeated host Wayne 39-22 in a Week 6 high school football game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Coming off a rare home loss to Centerville, Wayne High School coach Jay Minton offered a challenge to his team.

But just a little one.

“We challenged them 10 percent,” Minton said after his squad improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division with a 42-14 win at Beavercreek Friday night. “Ninety percent is how you react and I think we reacted pretty good.”

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A week after committing six turnovers, the Warriors did not turn the ball over and scored all four times they touched the ball in the first half for a 28-7 lead.

“We had to get that under control and put the points up,” Minton said. “We knew we had to get ahead of them because we knew their offense wasn’t made for big plays.”

The big plays were on the side of the Warriors early and often.

After benefitting from a pass interference penalty on their opening drive for a 7-0 lead, the Warriors needed just one snap on their second drive.

Ohio State commit L’Christian Smith battled a Beavercreek defender, hauled in a Rashad McKee pass at the 10 and drug the defender the final five yards into the end zone for a 14-0 advantage with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter.

“We gave up big plays,” Beavercreek coach Nic Black said after his squad lost for the second straight week to fall to 5-2 and 1-1. “The whole operation for our defense was to minimize the big plays and we were giving up one and two play drives.

“And, we had some penalties that just weren’t smart.”

Beavercreek cashed in on its second journey to Wayne territory on a 44-yard run by Kaden Wenger to trim the deficit to 14-7, but Wayne caught another break to take a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

Jake Maloney appeared to have wrestled a shared catch away from the Wayne receiver in the end zone for an interception, but the Beavers were flagged for roughing the passer. Two plays later, the Warriors were in the end zone again.

“That was a fabulous play,” Black said. “It would have taken seven points off the board and who knows what we would have done on offense, but it was a chance for us to stop their run.”

Beavercreek recovered the onside kick to begin the second half and cashed in when Sebastian Rendon made a diving catch in the end zone to cut the deficit to 28-14.

Wayne, however added a pair of scores for the final margin.

“We beat a 5-1 team,” Minton said. “There are a lot of points and that helps with our ability to solidify what we want to do. Week 11 is the number one goal at Wayne.”

The Beavers outgained Wayne 339-336 behind 137 yards by Wenger on 23 carries.

McKee was 6-for-7 for 161 yards and two scores for Wayne while Trace Kinnel finished with 110 yards on just seven carries.

The battle was better than 2016 when Wayne led 46-0 at the half en route to a 59-7 win.

“This was a significantly better performance,” Black said. “We laid down last year and let them steamroll over us.

“We didn’t lay down this time.”

NFL Network suspends several after sexual harassment allegations

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 11:51 PM

A former NFL Network employee has come forward claiming that she’d been sexually harassed by a former network executive and several former players who are either current or former NFL Network employees, according to a report from Bloomberg sports business reporters Scott Soshnick and Jordyn Holman.

Jami Cantor was a colleague Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp, Donovan McNabb, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans when she was an NFL Network employee. Cantor alleges all five former players sexually harassed her during her time at the network.

Cantor also claims that Eric Weinberger, who has gone on to become president of Bill Simmons’ media group, sent nude photos of himself and explicit messages while she was with the company. Weinberger was an executive producer at the time.

An amended complaint details the nature of the harassment by all six of the individuals mentioned and Holman and Soshnick detailed nude photos and videos along with lewd text messages. Cantor also claims that she informed talent coordinator Marc Watts of the issues and that he told her, “Its part of the job when you look the way you do.”

NFL Network issued a statement claiming that Faulk, Taylor and Evans, who are still employed by the company, have been suspended.

Cantor is suing NFL Network for wrongful termination after she was terminated in Oct. 2016. She was a wardrobe stylist for the company. The lawsuit originated in California Superior Court.

Oregon forward MiKyle McIntosh reaches 1,000 career points

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 11:46 PM

Oregon senior forward MiKyle McIntosh joined the 1,000 career point club on Monday night during the Ducks’ home game against Texas Southern.

The 6’7” forward, a graduate transfer who played his first three seasons at Illinois State before joining Oregon this year, reached the milestone with 17:31 left in the second half on a 3-point play. That gave the Ducks a 39-31 lead, part of a 14-0 run to break open a game that was 32-31 at halftime.

McIntosh is the third Pac-12 player to reach 1,000 career points this season after USC’s Elijah Stewart and Colorado’s George King. Next in line to hit that milestone is Stanford’s Reid Travis, who has 962 points.

Devon Matthews commits to Indiana: Hoosiers add 3-star safety from Florida

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 11:17 PM

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On Monday night, the Indiana Hoosiers received a boost to its 2018 class.

Via Twitter, 3-star safety Devon Matthews gave a verbal commitment to Indiana.

Matthews, a 6-foot-2 safety, is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 107 safety in his class. The play-maker in the secondary was offered by the Hoosiers on Sept. 14 and took an official visit on Dec. 1. He was once committed to USF, but de-committed on Nov. 20.

The Jacksonville, Fla. native will add to what was the No. 8-ranked class in the Big Ten and No. 41-ranked nationally. He has offers from Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi State and Cincinnati, among others.

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Cincinnati Bengals: What head coach Marvin Lewis said during Monday’s press conference

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:35 PM

Marvin Lewis press conference

Initial comments…

“Like I told the guys a little bit ago, we go through the week and we talk to them about our expectations about how the game should unfold — on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday evening, or even prior to the game. Then, we went into the game and (went) against that route. We created penalties on special teams early in the game that changed field position, and that did not help us, in a game where I felt like holding field position was important for us to do. It gives us more opportunity and makes it more difficult (for the opponent). As the game wore on defensively, we pressed. We have guys that that made some errors, but then we pressed the guys that know what to do all the time. That never bodes well for anything. That really hurt us. Offensively, we have to rely on our fine plyers to make good plays all the time. They have to be consistent. We didn’t get enough things done in the passing game, obviously. We had some positive run looks, and did a good job in those areas. But, it wasn’t enough to sustain drives, make first downs, and keep the ball moving down the field to score. You’re going to have trouble winning any game when you score seven points. It was not a very good (game), and it didn’t look any better watching the tape.”

Where do you think that message got lost?

“It’s not as though it’s a lack of trying to do it right. It’s doing it right within the confines of what you’re asked to do. You don’t have to go over and above and put us in jeopardy of getting a foul. It’s the same way with third downs offensively — keeping the defense on defense, preventing some of the runs and passes they had, and staying true to that.”

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In your experience with young players after they get their first test, does their awareness go up pretty quickly after that?

“There are going to be some plays that they — and us — wish they had over. But, we kind of lumped a bunch of those plays together at inopportune times too many times. It started right away, and we just never got back on solid ground or stopped the bleeding.”

To what can you attribute the offensive struggles yesterday?

“We were a tick off in the passing game all day. I mean literally, it was off our hands. We have to go into the week, and the football game, and do better. Point blank. We have to ask more and be better, and get it done that way. Whether it be the development of the route, or the protection — all of it. Balls have to be accurate throws and where they belong. Give the runner a chance to make the first down. We don’t want to put balls behind people, but that’s going to happen occasionally. Yesterday, we had way too many of those, and that makes it hard when the runner can’t turn and run when he has to go back and catch the ball first. The vertical throws down the field — we left them inbounds, where we want them, and we have to come up and find a way to make the plays. We’ve seen all those things happen correctly, and we have to make it happen. We didn’t make it happen yesterday.”

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Do you think there was miscommunication between Andy Dalton and the receivers? There was a play earlier in the game where Dalton and Tyler Boyd didn’t seem to be on the same page …

“There wasn’t a miscommunication. The receiver has got to recognize what’s going on around him and he’s got to make the proper adjustment. Andy (Dalton) saw things correctly and the receiver has to do it right.”

So it wasn’t the wrong route?

“It’s not necessarily the wrong route. He has to understand what’s going around him as well. He’s got to see what’s going on outside of him, as well as (what’s going on when) he takes his release.”

A couple of people have said that the energy wasn’t there in yesterday’s game. If that’s the case, how do get the energy back?

“As I told them (the team), sometimes they got to make their own music (laughs).”

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This was a young team on Sunday. Is that were some leadership from older guys could have made a difference?

“We got to make some plays. You got to make some plays to turn the music up. Make some football plays that get everybody going. There were two teams out there fighting the same way. They (the Bears) made plays, and they got momentum from making those plays, and they started feeling good about themselves. That’s what you have to do. We (also) can make plays, and we have to make those plays. Those are things that have to happen. It started with the first third down of the game, where I’ve got to challenge a play because we can’t even get it right from the officials (smiles). So I got to waste a challenge there — it kills what was a good play and now we got to go back. Then the next time, we don’t make the third down. We miss it by that far. All those things we got to have. We got to make it happen, and it’s an excuse not to. That’s what their jobs are — to make it happen.”

Does that come from the veterans?

“Well, we got to do it within, because the veteran can’t get out of his own responsibility. He’s got to do his thing. He can’t be worried about what’s going on behind him, around him, and so forth. When it comes to Sunday, you’re competing against the guy across from you — win your battles.”

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There’s still a small chance of making the playoffs, but this appears to be the second year in a row where you haven’t gotten in. How disappointing is it?

“Well, you don’t want this. I don’t think anybody does. These guys have a lot to play for, and it’s not my responsibility to get them — as I said — to turn up the music. (We’ve got to) figure out a way to get momentum going and put good football plays together. If we got young guys in there, they’re going to have to grow up in a hurry, because we are going to play three good football teams.”

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 29: Marvin Lewis the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the action in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)