Xenia completes 10-0 regular season


By Steven Wright - [email protected]



Xenia senior Tremell Wright helps display the banner created to celebrate his team’s 10-0 regular season.

Xenia senior Tremell Wright helps display the banner created to celebrate his team’s 10-0 regular season.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Zach Salyers (8) is all smiles as he runs to celebrate with the crowd.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Xenia head coach Maurice Harden gets a water bath from Tremell Wright as the team walks off the field.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Jaxen Lewis hugs wrestling coach Andy Lewis as he lets the happy tears flow following the win.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Jackson Tate (85) secured a fourth down touchdown pass with a near one-handed catch during the second quarter.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Tremell Wright (7) takes the jet pass from Gavin McManus (16). His three catches helped him surpassing 1,000 receiving yards for the season.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Junior Juan Underwood (6) runs back the opening kickoff.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Ronnie Butler (36) is congratulated by junior Ayden Brewer (58) after his sack during Sidney's first offensive drive.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Zach Salyers (8) helps make a hard tackle on the Sidney ball carrier.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Junior Jace Jones (43) leaps in celebration with freshman Otis Boyette (19) after his second touchdown run of the game.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Jamell Smith (9) brings down the Sidney runner from behind.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Xenia players chant the school fight song with the many fans in attendance who made the trip to watch the Buccaneers complete their undefeated regular season.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

SIDNEY — 10 games. 10 wins.

The Xenia Buccaneers have secured their spot in the record book by completing an undefeated regular season.

A 34-0 win at Sidney on Friday completes a perfect run to a 10-0 record which ties the 1902 team. It’s a season 120 years in the making.

“We did it,” head coach Maurice Harden said. “We’ve accomplished something that’s never been done before. I’m kind of at a loss for words because of what we were able to do and how we were able to do it.”

Xenia has often spoke through the season about being where their feet are at that moment. The players and coaches certainly did not overlook that after their accomplishment.

Tears of joy and smiles were shared with one another throughout the postgame celebration. Harden received multiple ice water baths from his players. Music blared from the Xenia locker room as the team got set to travel home. And awaiting them when they arrived were a convoy of Xenia’s finest police officers to head back into Doug Adams Stadium where the celebration would continue.

“It’s everything that we’ve worked for all year,” Jaxen Lewis said. “Every game, every week, brick by brick and we just put this tenth brick down and it feels so good.”

It was a total team effort on both sides of the ball to wrap up the regular season.

Trei’Shaun Sanders ran for 237 yards on 33 carries. Jace Jones scored two touchdowns, including one to open the scoring. Jackson Tate hauled in a three-yard pass with one hand on a fourth down play. Tremell Wright eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards for the season on his third catch of the game. Xenia never punted.

Best of all was the Buccaneers defense. Ronnie Butler got an early sack to set the tone. Xenia held Sidney to five total yards in the first half and without a first down. Trenton Lee then picked things right up where they left off with an interception on the second play after halftime. Trent Smith later broke up a fourth and long pass as the third quarter winded down.

“They were dominant,” Harden said. “We talked about being dominant all week and that’s all we wanted to do.”

Xenia’s senior class began their high school journey with a 9-1 season in 2019. They went through the rigors of the 2020 and 2021 campaigns to try and get back to the same feelings they had as freshman. Now they have eclipsed it.

“It means everything,” Jamell Smith said. “We put in the work. We’ve been going since January 3. Everybody was there and we continued all summer. It just feel great to see it all come through.”

“They are in immortality forever,” Harden said. “It lets them know what they’ve accomplished will always be a part of Xenia football.”

In addition to the unbeaten season, Xenia also clinched the overall Miami Valley League championship.

Its season is not over. A fourth straight playoff appearance is upcoming for the Buccaneers where they will start at home after clinching the No. 2-seed in Division II, Region 8.

“We will process this on the high end of things,” Smith said. “We know we still got next week and then weeks after. We’re coming back 0-0 into the week and will be ready to roll.”

But for one night, there’s a lot of celebration to be had for the history that was created.

“These guys are my brothers,” Lewis said. “I love them to death. There’s nothing greater than this feeling right now and it’s the best day of my life.”

“I’m just proud,” Harden said. “I’m honored to be their head coach. I’m honored to be the commander-in-chief of this football team. And I’m just elated that we were able to do something like this for our community.”

Xenia senior Tremell Wright helps display the banner created to celebrate his team’s 10-0 regular season.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0093-1.jpgXenia senior Tremell Wright helps display the banner created to celebrate his team’s 10-0 regular season. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Zach Salyers (8) is all smiles as he runs to celebrate with the crowd.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0124-1.jpgSenior Zach Salyers (8) is all smiles as he runs to celebrate with the crowd. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Xenia head coach Maurice Harden gets a water bath from Tremell Wright as the team walks off the field.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0160-1.jpgXenia head coach Maurice Harden gets a water bath from Tremell Wright as the team walks off the field. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Jaxen Lewis hugs wrestling coach Andy Lewis as he lets the happy tears flow following the win.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0163-1.jpgSenior Jaxen Lewis hugs wrestling coach Andy Lewis as he lets the happy tears flow following the win. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Jackson Tate (85) secured a fourth down touchdown pass with a near one-handed catch during the second quarter.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedIMG_8562-1.jpgSenior Jackson Tate (85) secured a fourth down touchdown pass with a near one-handed catch during the second quarter.Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Tremell Wright (7) takes the jet pass from Gavin McManus (16). His three catches helped him surpassing 1,000 receiving yards for the season.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0066-1.jpgSenior Tremell Wright (7) takes the jet pass from Gavin McManus (16). His three catches helped him surpassing 1,000 receiving yards for the season.Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Junior Juan Underwood (6) runs back the opening kickoff.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0017-3.jpgJunior Juan Underwood (6) runs back the opening kickoff.Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Ronnie Butler (36) is congratulated by junior Ayden Brewer (58) after his sack during Sidney’s first offensive drive.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0021-1.jpgSenior Ronnie Butler (36) is congratulated by junior Ayden Brewer (58) after his sack during Sidney’s first offensive drive.Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Zach Salyers (8) helps make a hard tackle on the Sidney ball carrier.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0048-1.jpgSenior Zach Salyers (8) helps make a hard tackle on the Sidney ball carrier.Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Junior Jace Jones (43) leaps in celebration with freshman Otis Boyette (19) after his second touchdown run of the game.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0053-4.jpgJunior Jace Jones (43) leaps in celebration with freshman Otis Boyette (19) after his second touchdown run of the game.Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Jamell Smith (9) brings down the Sidney runner from behind.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0063-1.jpgSenior Jamell Smith (9) brings down the Sidney runner from behind.Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Xenia players chant the school fight song with the many fans in attendance who made the trip to watch the Buccaneers complete their undefeated regular season.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/10/web1_CMYKeditedDSC_0137-1.jpgXenia players chant the school fight song with the many fans in attendance who made the trip to watch the Buccaneers complete their undefeated regular season. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

By Steven Wright

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Contact Steven Wright at 937-502-4498 and follow on Twitter @Steven_Wright_.

Contact Steven Wright at 937-502-4498 and follow on Twitter @Steven_Wright_.