H.S. playoff road smoother for some than others


By John Bombatch - jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com



A flock of Golden Eagles tackle a Valley View ball carrier in Bellbrook’s home loss, Sept. 29.


Don Tate | Greene County News

The Fairborn High football team charges onto the field prior to Thursday’s Sept. 28 homecoming win over Riverside Stebbins.


Barb Slone | Greene County News

Xenia senior wideout Meechi Harris eludes a Springfield defender on his way to a touchdown in Friday’s Sept. 29 loss at Doug Adams Stadium.


Barb Slone | Greene County News

GREENE COUNTY — Heading into Week 7 of the 10-game high school football regular season, the Greene County area has three teams still with a very good shot at qualifying for the postseason playoffs in their respective state divisions.

Undefeated Greeneview (Division V, Region 20) finds itself sitting fourth in the computer rankings. Given the records of their remaining four opponents, the Rams should win out. Opponents South Charleston Southeastern, Cedarville, Springfield Catholic Central and London Madison Plains currently have a combined record of 7-17 this season.

With Beavercreek’s narrow road loss last week at Springboro, the Beavers (Division I, Region 3) find themselves on the bubble in that eighth and final qualifying spot in their region. And they have a much harder row to hoe in their final four contests.

Beavercreek’s final four games are against state-ranked opponents Huber Heights Wayne and Centerville, plus 5-1 Springfield, and Miamisburg. The four teams have a combined 18-6 record, with Miamisburg as the only team on that slate without a winning record at 3-3.

Bellbrook took a hit with last week’s 41-34 loss to state-ranked Germantown Valley View, but the Golden Eagles are still in the thick of things in Division III, Region 12. Bellbrook sits fourth in the region and has a key game against Franklin (No. 2 in the region) this week.

Franklin is 5-1 so far, with their only loss coming to Valley View. After that, Bellbrook’s schedule gets a lot easier. The Golden Eagles then would face winless Northridge, one-win Monroe and 3-3 Oakwood. The four teams have a combined record of 9-15.

AREA RANKINGS

1. Greeneview (6-0) +180

2. Beavercreek (5-1) +101

3. Bellbrook (4-2) +91

4. Fairborn (2-4) -24

5. Carroll (1-5) -164

6. Xenia (0-6) -140

7. Cedarville (0-6) -213

THIS WEEK

Friday, Oct. 6

Badin at Carroll

Bellbrook at Franklin

Cedarville at London Madison Plains

Fairborn at Trotwood-Madison

Greeneview at South Charleston Southeastern

Huber Heights Wayne at Beavercreek

Xenia at Riverside Stebbins

LAST WEEK’S SCORES

Fairborn 38, Stebbins 0

Greeneview 63, Greenon 20

McNicholas 28, Carroll 0

Southeastern 54, Cedarville 22

Springboro 27, Beavercreek 24

Springfield 55, Xenia 12

Valley View 41, Bellbrook 34

TOP PERFORMERS

Wesley Watts, Quarterback, Fairborn — The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior QB ran for a touchdown and passed for another in the Skyhawks’ win over Riverside Stebbins on Thursday, Sept. 28. Watts completed 9 of 18 passes for 129 yards, including a 15-yard TD pass to Jordan Greene. He also ran in for a score from a yard out.

K.J. Redmon, Running Back/Defensive Back, Fairborn — Redmon matched his season-best 5.3 yards per carry average in Fairborn’s 38-0 homecoming win over Stebbins. Redmon gained 132 yards on 25 carries, scoring touchdown runs of 1, 1 and 9 yards. He’s gained 586 yards so far this season on 126 carries.

Beavercreek Running Game — Led by Sebastian Rendon (11 carries, 96 yards on touchdown) and Cody Hocker (86 yards on 17 carries and a TD), the Beavers running attack (with Kaden Wenger, Drew Nanda, Jake Maloney and Jordan Williams) gained 315 yards on 60 carries in a narrow loss at Springboro.

Meechi Harris, Wide Receiver/Safety, Xenia — Harris took a 38-yard lateral pass in for one score, then hauled in a 17-yard pass from Bucs quarterback Christian Severt for another TD in Xenia’s loss to Springfield.

Xenia Tacklers — Halijah McBeth (5-foot-10, 160-pound sophomore defensive back), Roman Johnson (6-1, 21o senior nose guard) and Nick Willis (junior 5-10, 190 linebacker) combined for 30 tackles in the Buccaneers’ loss to Springfield. McBeth had 11 tackles, Johnson had 10 and Willis added nine.

A flock of Golden Eagles tackle a Valley View ball carrier in Bellbrook’s home loss, Sept. 29.
http://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/10/web1_BellbrookTackling_PS.jpgA flock of Golden Eagles tackle a Valley View ball carrier in Bellbrook’s home loss, Sept. 29. Don Tate | Greene County News

The Fairborn High football team charges onto the field prior to Thursday’s Sept. 28 homecoming win over Riverside Stebbins.
http://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/10/web1_FairbornFlags_PS.jpgThe Fairborn High football team charges onto the field prior to Thursday’s Sept. 28 homecoming win over Riverside Stebbins. Barb Slone | Greene County News

Xenia senior wideout Meechi Harris eludes a Springfield defender on his way to a touchdown in Friday’s Sept. 29 loss at Doug Adams Stadium.
http://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/10/web1_MeechiHarris_PS.jpgXenia senior wideout Meechi Harris eludes a Springfield defender on his way to a touchdown in Friday’s Sept. 29 loss at Doug Adams Stadium. Barb Slone | Greene County News

By John Bombatch

jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com

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