Springboro beats Miamisburg in 122-point shootout

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 11:41 PM

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Springboro QB Cameron Rountree unloads. Centerville defeated visiting Springboro 31-19 in a Week 5 high school football GWOC crossover game on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(Staff Writer)

Springboro High School quarterback Cameron Rountree ran 50 yards for a touchdown with two minutes left to beat Miamisburg in a 66-56 football game that saw the teams combine for 1300 yards, 122 points and 55 first downs.

Tyler Johnson of Miamisburg caught a 92-yard touchdown from Tate Vongsy to give the Vikings a 28-14 lead in the second quarter, but the scoring was just getting started. Springboro scores twice on two runs and pass from Rountree to Kris Hughes for 65 yards tied the game 35-35 at halftime.

Miamisburg didn’t lead again. The Vikings were within three with 2:58 left in the fourth quarter after Vongsy ran four yards for a touchdown. Fifty-four seconds later, Rountree put the game away with his touchdown run.

Rountree was 9-of-11 for 155 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 15 times for 170 yards and another three touchdowns. Payton Standifer had 203 yards rushing two touchdowns while Kris Hughes caught five passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

Vongsy finished 22-off-33 for 420 yards and four touchdowns for Miamisburg. TOny Clark and Jon Yerkins each rushed for over 100 yards. Tyler Johnson caught nine passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns. 

Neither team turned the ball over. Springboro combined for 612 yards while Miamisburg had 705. The Panthers averaged 12 yards per rush. 

After losing four of its first five games, Springboro is 3-4 and 1-0 in the GWOC National West. Miamisburg (3-4, 1-0) has lost its fourth in a row after starting the season with three wins. The Vikings have given up an average 45 points in those losses. 

Nebraska football mailbag: Has social media changed how fans see recruits once on campus?

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

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Have Nebraska football questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Nebraska mailbag to talk all things Huskers. This week, we’ll discuss the affect social media recruiting has on fans’ perception of players, if any verbal commitments are in jeopardy and more.

This is a great question, because it’s something I’ve thought about a little bit recently. As social media has grown, so have the social media recruiters surrounding every program. It’s not something unique to just Nebraska, though. It’s also not something specific to coach Mike Riley.

While Twitter has grown exponentially in the last several years, it was around for Bo Pelini’s tenure at Nebraska, too. I remember seeing fans tweet at recruits then, but the impact and reach were obviously smaller. That’s grown over the last few years, which also coincides with Riley’s time at the helm.

To answer your question, I suppose some fans could feel less invested in the older players because they weren’t as active in their recruitment. These days, you have notebooks like Brendan Radley-Hiles’ that really connect you with the athlete. That makes people feel as if they really know the players before they ever sign on the dotted line.

However, in Nebraska’s case, I think some of the criticism for the older players is a direct result of the talent we’re seeing from the younger players. In fact, I recently ran down a list of the younger players and their contributions so far. It’s a pretty impressive list. The talent is still a little raw and disorganized, but the potential is there.

In my opinion, that’s where more of your criticism is coming from. But I agree that it’s easier to feel invested when you’ve spent time “getting to know” a kid from the time he was in high school to the day he steps on the field, which is easier than ever now thanks to social media.

I think the one worrying most Nebraska fans right now is wide receiver Joshua Moore. He originally did not intend to take any more official visits after the Wisconsin matchup, and then this happened:

Moore also has Houston Griffith in his ear about Florida State, so it’s created some concern about how solid his commitment is right now.

Regardless of what’s happening on the field or with the coaches, recruiting is a fluid game. These are young men that are prone to change their minds, and they will do that regardless of a situation. What’s happening at Nebraska could escalate a decision though, so I won’t downplay that. I understand the affect it could potentially have on the 2018 class.

As for Moore, I’ll let his own words explain what’s going on. Here’s what he recently had to say in his senior notebook with Hail Varsity:

“There have been a lot of people talking on social media about me flipping my commitment to Florida State or Alabama. That goes back to me making the right decision for me and my future. As I said before, I only get this opportunity once and I will take complete advantage of it.”

The value in having them meet with a potential athletic director is understanding the connection between the AD and the student-athlete. Let’s say the student-athlete meets the individual and immediately gets the sense that this person doesn’t really care about the players. It may not be make or break the hire, but don’t you think it would be valuable for a chancellor to know that?

The bigger reason, though, is making student-athletes a part of a decision that will directly impact them. It gives the student-athletes more skin in the game, if you will, to feel like this person is a hire they helped directly impact. They feel valued in the decision-making process and feel like they better understand the person hired.

I think it’s a good idea all-around. Doesn’t hurt, at least.

I’m sort of in the same camp I was a week ago on this topic. At the time, I wasn’t sure when the new athletic director would be hired so I questioned timing. Now that we have that answer, I still think there’s value in keeping Riley around for at least one more year.

From all that I’ve heard, athletic director Bill Moos is someone who may give a coach more time. I still think Riley deserves a fourth year, especially with the young talent. By the end of the 2018 season, I think you have a reasonable answer either way depending on results. Right now just seems a little premature, and here’s why:

I know some people will roll their eyes at that. They’ll think it doesn’t matter, as long as you find the right coaches and pay them well. Sure, that could happen but it also couldn’t. Nebraska needs to tread lightly here.

As for the offensive staff if Riley is retained, I do think at least one assistant coach will be let go. Who it is doesn’t really matter as much. It would be sacrificial and a statement of good will. Whether it works or not? Guess we need to find out what happens with Riley before we start down that road.

All right, I’m assuming you’re referencing JD Spielman and Stanley Morgan Jr. Let’s take a quick look at their season statistics to date:

  • Spielman: 31 receptions for 475 yards and 2 TDs
  • Morgan: 33 receptions for 540 yards and 6 TDs

Now, 200 of Spielman’s yards came against Ohio State alone. If that happens every game, he’ll hit the 1,000 mark easily. But we’ll assume it doesn’t, because that would be borderline insane.

There are five games left in the season. Morgan was averaging between 90 and 100 yards per game until Ohio State, when he gained only 30. Spielman was more sporadic, with a game as low as 25 yards (Illinois) and another at 79 (Wisconsin) before facing the Buckeyes.

As of now, Morgan would need to average 92 yards per game and Spielman would need to average 105. I’m not going to take both, but I could see one of them hitting the 1,000-yard mark. The question is now who gets there first.

I don’t even know where to begin. Are we talking all fans? Just media? Just Adam Jacobi?

Let’s just put it this way: There have already been a lot of puns. There will continue to be more. It’ll probably be a lot.

This is a terrifying question, which is why I included it. I’m going with hummingbirds with fangs. If you had an army of hummingbirds that can fly fast and attack? We’re toast.

Have a question about Nebraska football? Tweet us @Landof10Huskers, and we’ll try to answer your question in a future mailbag. Check to see if your question already was answered by reading previous Nebraska football mailbags here.

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Trio of Iowa State football players earn midseason All-Big 12 honors from All-American

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

Three Iowa State football players have earned recognition for their strong performances in the first half of the 2017 college football season.

Running back David Montgomery, cornerback Brian Peavy and all-position player Joel Lanning earned midseason All-Big 12 honors from the All-American’s Max Olson, according to a tweet from Iowa State football.

Montgomery has arguably been the most valuable piece on offense for the Cyclones this season. The sophomore has rushed for 478 yards and 8 touchdowns out of the backfield through six games, including a season-high of three touchdowns one week ago versus Kansas.

Peavy, a junior from Houston, Texas, has recorded three games of at least eight tackles on the season. His season-high of 10 total tackles came against Northern Iowa in Week 1 of the season.

But of all three, Lanning may be the most versatile. The quarterback-turned-linebacker came to the rescue against Oklahoma on Oct. 7, playing in both positions as the Cyclones pulled off an improbable upset over the Sooners. Iowa State was without starting quarterback Jacob Park in the win due to an unexpected leave of absence — forcing Lanning and backup Kyle Kempt to share duties against Oklahoma.

At four wins, Iowa State has already eclipsed its win total from one season ago. The Cyclones still have plenty of tests on their way, including three ranked opponents, but it’s been a promising first half of the year in Ames compared to what Iowa State fans have been accustomed to in recent seasons.

Things are so rough, is Arkansas capable of pulling an upset?

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Few coaches in college football have had a rougher go of things in the 2017 season than Arkansas’ Bret Bielema.

The Razorbacks have not had the year most projected. Most. The South Carolina game ended in massive disappointment and dejection. Austin Allen’s injury dampens his legacy. Alabama never gave Arkansas a chance. TCU put them away with a flurry in the late rounds. Texas A&M broke their heart.

If it could have gone wrong on the field this season, within reason, it has. The 2017 year is not worst-case-scenario, but it’s not far off.

All that is said in preface to this:

More people should have seen it coming. The massive losses sustained at wide receiver, the absence of an NFL tight end, the lack of depth and loss on the defensive line, the struggles at linebacker — these were never going to be quickly fixed. And never mind the offensive line and it’s perpetual state of chaos.

Things are not all, bad, though. Anyone looking for hope for the future of Arkansas football can find it and it doesn’t take a deep dive to do so.

In fact, let’s do it. It’s the midway point of the football season. Everything has enough of a sample size for a statistical look and we have all seen enough for an eye-test analysis of what Arkansas football and what it is not.

The Positive

  • De’Jon Harris, inside linebacker, sophomore

The potential was there a year ago with Harris. It has blossomed in 2017, though. He has been getting regular snaps for about a calendar year having seen more time after Dre Greenlaw was lost for the season at last year’s midway point. Linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves did the smart thing long-term with Harris, too, not throwing him completely into the mix. Harris wasn’t ready. But he logged time in preparation for this season. Now he leads the team by double-digits in tackles with 55. Some All-SEC consideration will be warranted going into 2018.

  • Seeing the future at quarterback

Cole Kelley’s trial-by-fire had mixed, mostly negative, results. But it did get him on-the-field time in the SEC. There are no more firsts for him to go through now that his first action and his first start and his first game against Alabama are over. Nothing is more intimidating than that defense. And while I saw little to suggest he was going to be a future star (“not terrible” is not the same thing as “going to be good”), none of us saw it in Brandon Allen his freshman year in his first career start against Alabama, either. It could happen.

The Negative

  • Offensive line stinks

The notion that last year’s problems would be fixed this year is silly. It was blind thinking. If something is crummy to begin with and it all returns the next season, won’t it still be crummy? Yes is the answer. And that’s what’s transpired. Arkansas’ offensive line is a disaster. And that’s with the best offensive lineman in the country playing on it. Blame whatever you want — offensive line coach Kurt Anderson, Bielema, the players, the recruiting – it’s a bit of all of it. This is, by far, the most embarrassing shame of the last season-and-a-half of Arkansas football.

  • Defensive line lacks playmakers

McTelvin Agim, we all think, is a stud. We just haven’t found out for sure yet. He regularly gets double-teamed, which makes sense. Teams are afraid of him. But things are exacerbated with Arkansas’ one-fewer defensive lineman to soak up a blocker. The move to the 3-4 has not done Agim favors individually. Plus, the guys on the line – like Bijhon Jackson, TJ Smith, Austin Capps – have not made much of an impact. If they’re not playmakers, teams needn’t focus on them and can shift everything to ensuring Agim gets blocked instead. Arkansas is 123rd in the nation in tackles for-loss. There are 130 teams in FBS. Figure it out

The Gross

  • Austin Allen’s injury

The man took too many shots in his season-and-a-half as starter. It finally got to him against South Carolina. He deserved better.

  • Heart

This team has had a tendency to phone things in when the going gets tough the last two years. The q-word has been thrown about and it isn’t completely unfair.

  • Bielema’s future

When the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette had the story that Bielema’s buyout total was lower than the $15 million most thought, it sent shockwaves. Most of them behind the scenes. It was an ugly week in the Arkansas athletic department. Bielema is about the only one keeping a level head, to which he deserves credit.

Bielema knows Arkansas needs to win football games. It’s that basic. If it happens, the rest of the mess disappears on its own. Sure, there would  be problems, issues, but winning football games is all that matters. Cures all ills.

With Auburn, also in a state of tension, visiting this weekend, Arkansas could go a long way in restoring some of its sheen by pulling an upset.

The question is whether they can even do that anymore.


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College football rankings: Greatest SEC QBs of 2017, Week 8

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

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LSU-Auburn was the biggest SEC upset of the season thus far, and it gave Danny Etling new life in our QB Greatness (QBG) standings. The fifth-year senior threw a beautiful touchdown pass in the second quarter and converted a key third-and-5 on the Tigers’ game-winning drive. His final numbers weren’t eye-popping, but they were enough for a come-from-behind win and a shakeup of the college football rankings.

Among the other quarterback headlines this week: Alabama’s Jalen Hurts was once again a victim of the Crimson Tide’s plethora of scoring options, Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald is back to scoring touchdowns, and Missouri’s Drew Lock and Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson are developing into All-SEC candidates.

To give you an idea of how our custom formula (QBG) works, here are the core factors:

  • Passing yardage
  • Rushing yardage/sack yardage
  • Total points (touchdowns plus team conversions)
  • Interceptions
  • Efficiency (output vs. above-average number of attempts)
  • Win/loss
  • Strength of opponent
  • Era (output pitted against contemporary stats)

Note: This is not a ranking of the “best” quarterbacks with the tightest spirals or the quickest decision-making abilities or the fastest 40 times. It’s about “greatness,” that all-important factor that — until now — was unquantifiable.

NATIONAL: Week 2 • Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7 Week 8
SEC: Week 2Week 3 • Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7

Here’s how the SEC QB rankings shake out entering Week 8 (key below):

⬆️⬆️⬆️ Major mover
⬆️ Notable mover
🔥 Consecutive great games
❄️ Consecutive disappointing games
⛔️ Negative score in most recent game

1. Jalen Hurts, Alabama

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National ranking: No. 10. Whenever ‘Bama beats the tar out of somebody, it’s a toss-up as to whether Hurts will put up big numbers. There are so many mouths to feed, and starting running back Damien Harris — for one — has been coming up with many of the big plays and touchdowns that Hurts might have claimed last season. We’ll spin the wheel again this weekend, as Alabama is expected to destroy Tennessee in Tuscaloosa.

2. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

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National ranking: No. 15. It’s troublesome that Fitzgerald failed to take care of the ball against a BYU team that’s been walked over all fall. But he proved his nose for the end zone didn’t vanish after big losses to Georgia and Auburn. Expect a few more touchdowns vs. Kentucky this weekend, provided MSU can dictate the pace of the game.

3. Shea Patterson, Ole Miss ⬆️

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National ranking: No. 23. He’s not quite Archie Manning, but it’s hard not to think of No. 18 when you see Patterson dragging his below-average Rebels to victory. Patterson averaged 10 yards per throw in a shootout vs. Vanderbilt, and figures to make a solid run at the 4,000 mark by the time November is over.

4. Drew Lock, Missouri ⬆️🔥

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National ranking: No. 28. The Missouri defense is still MIA, but the offense has come alive the past two weeks. Lock dazzled in the first half at No. 4 Georgia, most notably on a flat-footed touchdown pass that traveled 65 yards in the air. He and the Tigers will undoubtedly go deep a few times against Idaho on Saturday, but that lightweight Mizzou defense could spell trouble vs. the Vandals.

5. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt

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National ranking: No. 36. Vandy’s offense ran out of gas against Ole Miss, and that’s a bad sign. The ‘Dores defense has been subpar, but Shurmur himself needs to have a more consistent impact when the game is on the line; he’s faded late in two consecutive winnable games (at Florida on Sept. 30 and at Mississippi last Saturday).

6. Danny Etling, LSU ⬆️

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National ranking: No. 45. Do you know how many Top-10 SEC teams have been upset this season? Just one, and the engineer was Daniel P. Etling. The beleaguered senior threw a beautiful second-quarter touchdown pass that cut Auburn’s lead to 23-14, and he completed a key third-and-5 to keep the Tigers’ game-winning drive alive. It’s unlikely that he’ll rise much higher than No. 6 on this list (he still hasn’t thrown for more than 227 yards in a game this year) but let’s give LSU fans a chance to enjoy the moment.

7. Jake Fromm, Georgia

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National ranking: No. 46. Georgia allowed its freshman to pass a little more than usual vs. Missouri, and he racked up some impressive numbers. Granted, the Tigers have the conference’s worst defense, and Fromm did throw an ugly interception, but he continued to prove that he’s not just some game manager; he’s a future star.

8. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

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National ranking: No. 57. Stidham might be the best passer in the conference, but he still has something to prove against quality defenses. His combined numbers in losses against Clemson and LSU: 22 of 50 for 244 yards and 1 touchdown. Factor in that Auburn’s running game and defense have been leading the team during victories, and you’ve got a guy who has not quite announced his arrival.

9. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M

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National ranking: No. 62. Mond did just enough to help Texas A&M win at Florida, and little else. He and the Aggies offense were especially disappointing when they got near the red zone, settling for three field goals over the final 12 minutes, 35 seconds. But the final kick gave A&M a 19-17 edge, so it’s hard to knock the freshman for orchestrating a crucial road win.

10. Jake Bentley, South Carolina

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National ranking: No. 74. South Carolina’s offensive struggles are the biggest reason the 5-2 Gamecocks will probably be sitting at home on SEC championship weekend. Bentley is a promising quarterback, but he continues to put forth average or below-average performances as the defense wins games.

11. Stephen Johnson, Kentucky (5.46)
12. Austin Allen, Arkansas (3.49)
13. Feleipe Franks, Florida (2.83) ❄️
14. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (2.25)
15. Quinten Dormady, Tennessee (1.96) ❄️

16. Cole Kelley, Arkansas (1.19)
17. Malik Willis, Auburn (0.62)
18. Luke Del Rio, Florida (0.58)
19. Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee (0.52) ⬆️
20. Keytaon Thompson, Mississippi State (0.40)

21. Myles Brennan, LSU (0.29)
22. Deuce Wallace, Vanderbilt (0.27) ⬆️
23. Malik Zaire, Florida (0.23)
24. Jake Hubenak, Texas A&M (0.11)
25. Nick Starkel, Texas A&M (0.09)
26. Jacob Eason, Georgia (0.04)
27. Devin Adams, Auburn (0.01)
28. Shawn Stankavage, Vanderbilt (0.00)
29. Drew Barker, Kentucky (-0.03)
30. Brice Ramsey, Georgia (-0.33)

Top 10 greatest single-game QB performances

QB Game PAtt-Yds-TD-Int RAtt-Yds-TD QBG
1 Nick Fitzgerald, MSU vs. #12 LSU 23 — 180 — 2 — 0 14 — 88 — 2 21.24
2 Drew Lock, MIZ @ #4 UGA 25 — 253 — 4 — 1 2 — 15 — 0 11.05
3 Jalen Hurts, ALA vs. #3 FSU 18 — 96 — 1 — 0 15 — 55 — 0 9.86
4 Shea Patterson, OLE vs. Vandy 35 — 351 — 4 — 0 7 — 8 — 1 9.45 
5 Jalen Hurts, ALA vs. Col. St. 17 — 248 — 2 — 0 11 — 103 — 1 9.26
6 Shea Patterson, OLE vs. So. Ala. 35 — 429 — 4 — 0 6 — 6 — 0 8.74
7 Jalen Hurts, ALA vs. Ole Miss 19 — 197 — 2 — 0 10 — 101 — 1 7.68
8 Danny Etling, LSU vs. #10 AUB 24 — 206 — 1 — 0 6 — (-9) — 0 7.64 
9 Kyle Shurmur, VAN vs. #18 KSU 23 — 205 — 1 — 0 2 — 0 — 1 6.76
10 Jake Fromm, UGA vs. #17 MSU 12 — 201 — 2 — 0 1 — 0 — 0 6.59

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