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Division I Region 2 Final
Hollywood could not have written a movie script for what has transpired this post season here in SW Ohio leading up to this titanic game! This game didn't disappoint as it was a back and forth affair that will be an instant classic! Wayne's split end Ahmad Wagner's (Iowa B-ball Pledge) 36 yard TD catch in the corner of the end zone from D'Mitrik Trice sealed the Warriors trip to Columbus with 1:27 to play 29-22. Moeller did make a push to Wayne's 30 yard line before Richard Carpenter (Jr) picked off a Crable pass punching Wayne's return trip to the DI championship game. Saturdays game at Ohio Stadium will be a rematch of 2010 (L35-28) championship game versus Lakewood St. Edward, just maybe the 3rd time is the charm?
Moeller has been the model of consistency the last three years while winning back to back DI titles their first state title since 1985. Head coach John Rodenberg has brought back the pride of the proud program writing his own legacy through commitment and hard work! This Crusader team had a great run when most of the media had all about written them off thinking St. Xavier was the team in region 2. SWOF thought Wayne was the most talented squad in region 2 after seeing them in pre season and against Springfield. Only question we had was, would nasty weather derail the Wayne Train high octane offense?
Huber Heights Wayne is the public program every school in Southern Ohio would like to emulate, 2014 is head coach Jay Minton's 3rd trip to the championship game. The Warriors have a great mix on offense starting up front with their massive “O” line that allows DI All-Ohio Offensive player of the year, QB D'Mitrik Trice to make plays! Trice has had a magical run (224-366 for 3,614 yards, 39 TD's & 10 INT's) spreading the ball to a stable of skill guys in something like NFL Madden. The Warriors seasoned staff is always ready for a run to state title makes this group scary.
Defensively the Warriors are peaking at the right time which showed in the semi final as Robert Landers (WVU Pledge), Tyree Kinnel (UM Pledge), Guy Victoria (9 tackles), Jordan Davis (9 tackles) led this group making key stops when needed. Every time I looked up it seemed like Wayne had 5-8 hats on the ball, if they can duplicate that play Saturday, Warriors Nation will have Christmas arrive early ;D
DI / REGION II
HUBER HEIGHTS WAYNE WARRIORS 29 – 22 ARCHBISHOP MOELLER CRUSADERS – FINAL
DI / REGION I
LAKEWOOD ST. EDWARDS EAGLES 42 - 14 Hudson Explorers
SWOF is proud to announce the DI ALL-OHIO players from SW Ohio.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Huber Heights Wayne QB D'Mitrik Trice 6'0" / 175# Sr
OFFENSE / 1st Team
Huber Heights Wayne - WR / Ahmad Wagner 6'5" / 215# Sr
West Chester Lakota West - OL George Asafo-Adjei 6'4" / 305# Sr
Dublin Coffman - QB Gunnar Hoak 6'3" / 195# Jr
Huber Heights Wayne - QB D'Mitrik Trice 6'0" / 175# Sr
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cincinnati St. Xavier LB Justin Hilliard 6'2" / 230# Sr
DEFENSE / 1st Team
Cincinnati Colerain - DL Demetrius Colbert 6'0" / 235#Sr
Cincinnati St. Xavier - DL Simeon Lane 6'0" / 285# Sr
Cincinnati Moeller - DL (LB) Elijah Taylor 6'3" / 285# Sr
Cincinnati St. Xavier - LB Justin Hilliard 6'2" / 230# Sr
West Chester Lakota West - LB C.J. Stalker 6'3" / 225# Sr
Huber Heights Wayne - FS Tyree Kinnel 6'0" / 205# Sr
COACH OF THE YEAR
Springboro Ryan Wilhite
Only question from us coming into the DII region semi final between Lewis Center Olentangy (14-0) and La Salle (13-1) was how bad would the Lancers destroy the Braves! Coming into this contest the region 6 champions from Cincinnati had ran all over opponents with a gaudy 30 point margin of victory in the playoffs. Sorry but Olentangy you might want to play someone before tugging on Superman's cape because the Lancers were chomping after navigating through arguable the toughest high school conference in the nation, the GCL South.
It didn't take long for the Lancers to answer who would strike first and wouldn't you know the Braves kicked off to the most dangerous skill guy in the class of 2016 in SW Ohio, Jeremy Larkin! La Salle's star running back came into the contest averaging 223.5 yards per contest and finding the end zone 9 times now that is Madden like folks. Larkin didn't disappoint taking the kickoff 98 yards un-touched to open the scoring for the Red Storm as the Braves moved the ball before the Lancers defense bowed up only allowing a 38 and 40 yard field goals by Olentangy Jacob Bell. Both squads were sparring offensively as the defenses were dominating early with Olentangy loading the box with 8 and sometimes 9 within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage keeping Larkin hemmed in.
Late in the 2nd quarter the beef of the Lancers "O" line had worn down the Braves in the trenches as Jeremy scored on 3, 30 and 45 yard runs leading La Salle into halftime up 28-6 over the region 5 champs. The Lancers defense frustrated the Braves only giving up a -4 yards rushing forcing (Jr) Deeb Haber to go to the air if Olentangy had any chance. Up front (Northwestern Pledge) Jordan Thompson was dominate (8 total tackles) in the trenches with team mate John Wilcox (Jr) who led the team with 2-1/2 sacks wrecked havoc all night. Linebacker Hayden Jester (Jr) was very active totaling 7 total tackles and1-1/2 sacks but SWOF lunch pail award goes to strong safety Drew Meister who sold out all night long totaling 8 tackles with his gritty play!
Olentangy came out of the locker room and scored on the opening drive to close the gap 28-13 after a Haber 10 yard pass to wide out Obi Anunike, that is as close as it got. QB Nick Watson was masterful running the offense to perfection getting the ball into his skill guys hands and knowing when he needed to run for a key first down to move the chains! A major should out to the "O" line who helped paved the way for Larkin who finished with 22 carries for 232 yards and 5 touchdowns, goodness that is downright scary! Munford, Doeger, Roell, Mouch and Lester is the Hoggs up front to keep on keeping on as ol "Joe Dirt" would say and see you at the Shoe!
REGION 5 vs. 6 SEMI FINAL
LASALLE LANCERS 44 - 13 Olentangy Braves – FINAL
REGION 3 vs. 4 SEMI FINAL
NORDONIA KNIGHTS 52 - 14 Mayfield Wildcats – FINAL
Archbishop Moeller defensive tackle Elijah Taylor (6'3"-285#) put the Bombers offense on notice with a shout after one of his game leading 15 tackles confirming this was going to be a long evening for St X. Moellers defense was filthy stuffing the Bombers on four separate occasions on 4th down, linebacker Ryan Stofko was so active behind Taylor tallying 11 tackles in the 21-0 shutout. On money downs the Crusaders denied the Bombers on 12 out of 14 attempts. Add a pick 6 by defensive back Noah Able to close out the scoring shut the door on any kind of a miracle as the X fans made a mass exit to the parking lot.
Offensively the Crusaders did just enough to win the game and punch their final 4 ticket as the two time defending DI state champions look to keep the hardware in Cincinnati! Senior QB Matt Crable hit blue chip TE (Jr) Jake Hausmann on a 1 yard dig in the 2nd quarter which was all the scoring needed on this night. RB (Jr) Hunter Hughes adding a 2 yard dive as insurance TD to start the 4th quarter, Crusaders kept the pressure up on defense only allowing 59 yards on the ground forcing the 2nd string signal caller for St X to make a play but the 2 picks proved to be very costly.
Only down side to the night was (Jr) Matt Coghlin's two field goal attempts that missed the mark but kicking 50 and 52 yards is a tall order but rest assured #1 has more than enough leg! Upside to the special teams play was senior punter Jacob Rogan pinning the Bombers deep inside their 15 three times after some penalties that were very questionable late in the 2nd quarter.
Moeller's stout defense will meet Huber Heights Wayne Warriors next Saturday the 29th of November at Mason high school with a start time of 7:00pm. Be sure to get there early because this should be a great contest pitting firepower vs. lockdown, one thing for sure the winner will have earn their trip to Columbus.
DI / REGION II SCORES
ARCHBISHOP MOELLER CRUSADERS 21 – 0 St. Xavier Bombers – FINAL
WAYNE WARRIORS 38 - 3 Lakota West Firebirds - FINAL
This game took four overtimes to decide but no player came up bigger than All SW District defensive player of the year, Kei Beckham who made the play of the game! Wapakoneta's Keaton Metz took the toss to start the 4th overtime period and looked to have nothing but daylight until UK pledge Beckham closed and delivered the knockout punch. This fumble seemed to stun what looked like the entire town of Wapakoneta who made the trek to Sidney Memorial Stadium. Junior signal caller Messiah DeWeaver on the Rams possession took a QB draw up the gut to seal the 34-28 victory sending the Rams to the final four versus Toledo Central Catholic at a site to be determined.
The Redskins harassed the Rams offense all night long coming up with big play after big play when they needed it allowing Trotwood to move the ball until they entered the red zone. This contest was a game for the ages and one of the all-time classics for SWOF, I still cannot get over how tough and resilient this group from Wapak was on a brutally cold evening. Trotwood was lead by Michigan pledge (Jr) Messiah DeWeaver who had success on his first drive but a dropped pass in the end zone stymied the Rams and seem to pump up the Redskins confidence.
First year head coach Travis Moyer seem to have the right game plan attacking the Rams off the edge on money downs and frustrating the Trotwood running game. Wapakoneta offense led by (#14) Kody Morgan at quarterback was a thing of beauty as he was picking the shotgun snap up off the ground all night long! I was amazed at how he could still make plays and the misdirection attack the overzealous pass rush allowing the Redskins to exploit the gaps to move the chains.
Biggest thing I take away from this game is how both teams never seem to stop competing, this game was the thing of beauty for the football dire hard. My only knock on this game was that it wasn't played in week 15 for the DIII championship, it was that GREAT!
DIII / REGION I0 FINAL
TROTWOOD-MADISON RAMS 34 - 28 Wapakoneta Redskins – FINAL
#1 Wapakoneta (12-0) vs. #3 Trotwood-Madison (11-1)
Friday November 21st @ Sydney Memorial Stadium 7:30pm Kick Off
This game is so intriguing when you break down both of these two quality opponents having seen the Rams first hand and the Redskins via game video. Here at SW Ohio Football we hang our hat on seeing teams in person before we give our assessment, with that said here is how SWOF thinks this DIII region 10 final plays out!
On one side of the football field is a seasoned Trotwood-Madison squad that is loaded with college recruits and oh so gifted. This 2014 Rams are loaded with enough talent to blow the doors off opponent when clicking on all cylinders. On the other side of the field is a Wapakoneta squad that is in untested waters playing in week 13 of the post season. I am sure some folks think Wapak has no chance in this contest having to play so many players on both sides of the ball versus a team that views anything less than playing in week 15 as a failure. We love this matchup looking forward to seeing how this game plays out, that is why they suit up folks! If Wapak is anything like a former player (coaches at Springboro) who is as fierce a competitor as I have ever had the pleasure to stand on the sidelines with these Redskins will show up and compete until the final tick of the clock!
Trotwood is lead by Michigan pledge (Jr) Messiah DeWeaver (100-199 for 1,517 yards & 22 TD's) running the offense with so many weapons and another massive line paving the way. Look for (#18) Breland Cospy (12 TD's) out of the backfield with (#6) Dontay White (Jr) lining up all over the field finding the end zone 8 times. SWOF thinks (#4) Ryan Lucas could be the difference using his height and speed to expose the Redskins DB's adding to his 10 TD's on the season.
The Rams defense is led by All Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year Kei Beckman leading SW Ohio with nine interceptions who is committed to University of Kentucky. Once again Trotwood is loaded up front starting with (Jr) Roland Walder (6'3"-220#) who leads the team in tackles and complements (#19) Vance Byrd on the opposite side.
Wapakoneta on offense is led by (#14) Kody Morgan at quarterback with solid protection of (#65) Blake Pfenning (6'5"-290#) and (#53) Corey Crawford (Jr), keep an eye on this matchup vs. the Rams edge players. On defense the Redskins have some excellent backers that will be a key to containing the Rams skill guys. Having not seen Wapak up close and live it is tough to make an opinion since team speed and other intangibles can't assessed until seeing a live game!
DIII / REGION I0 SCORES
WAPAKONETA REDSKINS 28 –7 Tippecanoe Red Devils – FINAL
TROTWOOD-MADISON RAMS 41 - 6 Bellbrook Eagles - FINAL
Saturday November 15th 2014 – Mason HS / Lakota West vs. Lakota East
Lakota West has been what many of us in the media have preached for years, loaded with DI talent this program should be a public school juggernaut year in and year out. Unfortunately West has been a post season disappointment every year unlike their Greater Miami Conference rivals the Colerain Cardinals! This 2014 version of the Firebirds has risen from the ashes accomplishing what many classes before them have never accomplished, playoff wins.
Lakota West knocked off previously unbeaten Centerville who just so happened to be the #1 seed in the playoffs which never happens. West followed this up by knocking off West Chester rival Lakota East a second time 52-27 and generating almost 500 yards of offense in the game. Ending the season thumping the Thunderhawks 24-7 has propelled West on a current 3 game win streak becoming the first ever Lakota school to make it to the 3rd round of the Ohio HS Playoffs! Week 13 will test the Firebirds defense as they battle the high octane Wayne Warriors offense, SWOF will break down this game Friday morning.
What is so special about this Firebird squad is the senior leadership and the way they go about their business and never seem to panic. Quarterback Blake Darland (2,392 yards passing, 17 TD's) has been instrumental in spreading the ball to so many weapons. Up front West has probable the best offensive line in SW Ohio starting with UK pledge (#74) George Asafo-Adjei (6'4"-315#) who is so nimble on his feet and a beast but don't over look the opposite side with (#70) Nolan Ulizio who is garnering DI attention (6'5"-285) with all the attention on his linemate.
Defensively the core is led by 3 year starter and Virginia bound linebacker C.J. Stalker (6'3"-228#) who always seems to be around the ball. Defensive end Donte Horton (6'4"-208#) coming off the edge is a real load while (#92) Devin Pearson (6'0"-285#) and (#56) Troy Jones (6'0"-265#) wreck havoc in the middle eating up interior lineman. This group will face its biggest challenge with the Huber Heights Wayne Warriors but I have a feeling this group loves being the underdog!
DI / REGION II SCORES
LAKOTA WEST FIREBIRDS 52-27 Lakota East Thunderhawks – FINAL
HUBER HEIGHTS WAYNE WARRIORS 44-35 Dublin Coffman Rocks - FINAL
ST. XAVIER BOMBERS 29-21 Colerain Cardinals - FINAL
ARCHBISHOP MOELLER CRUSADERS 21-13 Pickerington Central Tigers - FINAL