GREENE COUNTY — With one game left in the regular season, the Greene County area still has three of its seven football teams still mathematically in the hunt for a coveted playoff spot.
Some of the scenarios are a lot more likely than other, but there’s still hope for undefeated Greeneview and 6-3 teams Beavercreek and Bellbrook.
According to Joe Eitel.com, Greeneview controls its own destiny. If they win on the road at Madison-Plains, they’re in. M-P hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record yet this season.
Lose, and the Rams will need to see how the other contenders in Division V’s Region 20 fare. A loss, with potentially a Carlisle win over Dixie, could see Greeneview staying home for the post season. And should Brookville manage to upset Franklin, it’s possible that they too could leap frog past the Rams.
Just win, Rams.
Beavercreek probably has the toughest task of all the county teams: Beat state-ranked and Division I region-best Centerville on the road. … then hope Springfield beats Fairmont, and that Lancaster and Hillard Darby are both upset. Should Fairmont beat Springfield, the Beavers chances get even slimmer, as a Fairmont win would get them in the postseason.
And if ever there were a Cinderella scenario for a team getting in the playoffs, Bellbrook’s situation is it.
The Golden Eagles are in contention at No. 14 in Division III’s region 12, but here’s the crazy part: five of the nine teams ahead of Bellbrook (Chaminade Julienne, Wapakoneta, New Richmond, Piqua and Wilmington) stand a good shot at losing their final games, as they each play teams with records of 7-2 or better.
Two others — Dunbar and McNicholas — are playing teams with identical records, so they could potentially be in for a loss as well.
Only Celina and Elida have week 10 games against teams with losing records.
So Bellbrook’s scenario is this: Beat Oakwood (5-4) on the road, and then hope those favored teams and maybe some others beat the guys ahead of the Golden Eagles.
Stranger things have happened. The Golden Eagles still have a shot.
1. Greeneview (9-0) +380
2. Bellbrook (6-3) +142
3. Beavercreek (6-3) +58
4. Fairborn (3-5) -80
5. Xenia (2-7) -143
6. Carroll (1-8) -229
7. Cedarville (0-9) -214
Friday, Oct. 27
Beavercreek at Centerville
Bellbrook at Oakwood
Carroll at Fenwick
Catholic Central at Cedarville
Greeneview at Madison-Plains
Xenia at Fairborn
LAST WEEK’S SCORES
Beavercreek 21, Miamisburg 0
Bellbrook 35, Monroe 0
Fairborn 35, West Carrollton 21
Greeneview 56, Catholic Central 0
Greenon 7, Cedarville 6
Purcell Marian 48, Carroll 28
Trotwood-Madison 68, Xenia 21
Wesley Watts, Quarterback, Fairborn — The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior QB threw three TD passes to senior wideout Dawson Blakely (5-11, 175) in Fairborn’s road win over West Carrollton last week. Watts has now completed 49.4 percent of his passes this season (120 of 243) for 1,462 yards and nine touchdowns.
K.J. Redmon, Running Back, Fairborn — The senior back turned in his second best rushing performance of the season, gaining 140 yards on 23 carries, and scoring twice, in Fairborn’s win. Redmon (6-0, 195) now has 815 yards gained this season on 172 attempts.
Gavin Murphy, Hunter Warner, Brandon Becraft, Fairborn defense — This Fairborn trio combined to make 46 tackles in the Skyhawks’ road win over West Carrollton. Murphy, a 5-9, 235-pound junior lineman, made 17 tackles (12 solo); freshman linebacker Warner (5-9, 170) had 16 tackles (8 solo); and senior defensive end Becraft (6-2, 250) had 13, with three solo tackles.
Kaden Wenger, Cody Hocker, Drew Nanda, Beavercreek offense — The senior Beavers trio combined for 231 yards rushing in Beavercreek’s shutout win over Miamisburg. Nanda (5-10, 150) led the attack with 79 yards rushing on 12 carries, Wenger (5-10, 170) churned for 74 yards on 24 carries, and the 5-10, 165-pound Hocker scored all three Beavercreek touchdowns (15 carries for 78 yards) from close range.
Corey Burnette, Running Back, Xenia — The 5-10, 165-pound junior saw duty as a kick returner and made the most of it in a loss to state-ranked Trotwood-Madison. Burnette returned seven kickoffs for 156 yards (a 22.3-yard average), including one all the way back for a 90-yard score.
Frederick Butts, Running Back, Carroll — A 6-3, 225-pound junior running back/linebacker, Butts ran for two touchdowns, and caught a 25-yard pass from senior quarterback Jacob Heil for another, in the Patriots’ home loss to Purcell Marian. Butts now has nine touchdowns this season.
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