Here’s a look around the South Central Ohio League as well as the Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference National Division, highlighting last week’s games as well as playoff standings for some of the higher rated teams.
Chillicothe: The Cavaliers were tied with Miami Trace 21-21 at halftime but then scored 35 unanswered points in the second half for a runaway win, 56-21. Brandon Maughmer, CHS quarterback, passed for 200 yards and three scores while running for 129 yards and three touchdowns.
The 4-1 start has the Cavaliers thinking playoffs. Currently they are No. 4 in the Div. III Region 11 standings behind a trio of 5-0 Columbus teams. Barring a complete second half collapse, the Cavaliers are a good bet for the post-season.
Hillsboro: The Indians seized a 15-0 lead over Wilmington last weekend but were unable to halt the Hurricane offense in a 61-29 loss. QB Hunter Chain accounted for 160 yards and three scores in the air and 58 yards and two TDs on the ground. Luke Gallimore rushed for 130 yards on 14 tries for Hillsboro.
McClain: The Tigers mustered very little in the way of offense against the stingy Clinton-Massie defense.
Washington: Despite playing with starting quarterback Jarett Patton, the Blue Lions were able to put 42 points on the board in a 42-22 win over East Clinton.
Washington is No. 7 in the Div. IV Region 16 playoff standings. The Blue Lions are the lowest ranked unbeaten team in this very difficult region, which includes Clinton-Massie, Archbishop Alter, Waverly and Wyoming. With all the SCOL powers remaining on the schedule, beginning this week with the Falcons, a playoff berth is not out of the question but they’ll likely need to go 8-2.
Miami Trace: In a first half shootout with Chillicothe, Miami Trace’s offense fizzled in the second of a 56-21 loss. The Panthers gave up 35 straight points in the third and fourth quarters.
The Panthers fell to No. 11 in the Div. III Region 11 playoff standings with last week’s loss to Chillicothe. There’s probably enough points out there to make a run for the playoffs but there can be no missteps.
Williamsburg: Minford piled up 464 yards of offense in a 49-28 win over the Wildcats. The two teams combined for 20 penalties for 219 yards.
The Clermont County Wildcats are No. 4 in the Div. VI Region 24 playoff standings, tied with Allen East. Those two trail Marion Local, Delphos Jefferson and Mechanicsburg. At 3-2, WHS is the top rated two-loss team in the region. A win this week against 3-2 Goshen would help their playoff chances immensely.
Bethel-Tate: Behind a 209-yard, two touchdown performance by running back Steven Cooper, the Tigers rallied for a 26-23 win over Amelia last week.
The Tigers are No. 11 in the Div. V Region 20 playoff standings. A perfect second half would put them in the playoff conversation but would not likely guarantee a berth.
Batavia: For the first time since the season opener, Batavia scored points. But it wasn’t enough in a 54-7 loss to Norwood.
Clermont NE: The Rockets have been in two close games the past two weeks — a 21-10 win over St. Bernard in Week 4 and a 29-24 loss to Miami Valley Christian in Week 5.