The Beavercreek Beavers (4-1) enter week six of the high school football season coming off an impressive win. The Beavers scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to earn a 28-24 victory on the road at Columbus Bishop Hartley. Tim Bradshaw had another impressive performance with 153 yards rushing. The Beavercreek running back has the second-most rushing yards on the season in the Greater Western Ohio Conference with 792 yards.
With the win, the Beavers move to first place in the area poll. They have the second-highest point differential (total offensive points scored minus total defensive points given up) and the best record among area teams. The Beavers return home this week to host Northmont for Homecoming weekend, 7 p.m. Friday at Beavercreek High School.
Last week’s leader in the area poll, the Carroll Patriots (3-2) lost on the road to Cincinnati McNicholas Saturday. McNicholas quarterback Cameron Haynes was 11-for-16 passing with 146 yards. The Patriots, who still have the highest point differential in the area, host Hamilton Badin for their Homecoming weekend, Friday at Carroll High School.
The Greeneview Rams suffered a tough loss at home to West-Liberty Salem, 52-31, last week. The Rams (3-2) look to get their running game rolling again when they visit Springfield Catholic Central at 7 p.m. this Friday.
After losing their first three games of the season, the Xenia Buccaneers won their second game in a row, holding off Troy 45-42 last week. The Bucs (2-3) defeated Butler two weeks ago at home after losing to Beavercreek, Kings Mills Kings and Cincinnati Moeller.
Quarterback Danny Naylor was 26-for-37 passing with 371 yards and three touchdowns. Rocky James caught two of Naylor’s touchdown passes and Ray James caught the other. Naylor is third in the GWOC in passing yards with 1,259 yards. TeAndre Adams ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns for the Bucs in the win over the Trojans.
Xenia continues its road trip, playing the Pirates at 7 p.m. Friday at West Carrollton High School.
The Fairborn Skyhawks (1-4) lost on the road to Piqua 37-17. Wesley Watts and Brent Grody combined for 184 yards passing, finishing 18-for-30. The quarterback duo had two touchdowns and an interception. Brandon Easterling and Gracen Barnhart each caught a touchdown pass.
The Skyhawks face another tough task when they visit the Panthers at 7 p.m. Friday at Springboro High School.
Bellbrook suffered its fourth loss in a row when hosting Eaton last week, 34-7. The Golden Eagles (1-4) return to Southwestern Buckeye League action during their Homecoming weekend when they host Valley View at 7 p.m. Friday.
Cedarville and Greenon are both coming off losses and will be on the road this week. The Indians (1-4) will visit North Lewsiburg Triad and the Knights (0-5) will play at Urbana.
Week 5 Area Poll
(Team, record, season points differential)
1. Beavercreek (4-1) +31
2. Carroll (3-2) +50
3. Greeneview (3-2) -9
4. Xenia (2-3) -84
5. Fairborn (1-4) -32
6. Bellbrook (1-4) -63
7. Cedarville (1-4) -130
8. Greenon (0-5) -244
THIS WEEK:Northmont (1-4) at Beavercreek (4-1); Hamilton Badin (4-1) at Carroll (3-2); Greeneview (3-2) at Springfield Catholic Central (3-2); Xenia (2-3) at West Carrollton (2-3); Fairborn (1-4) at Springboro (4-1); Germantown Valley View (4-1) at Bellbrook (1-4); Cedarville (1-4) at North Lewisburg Triad (1-4); Greenon (0-5) at Urbana (1-4).
Reach Zach Gregory at 937-372-4444, ext. 2124.