Jordan Benson Headed to West Liberty
Thursday 02-12-2009 5:28pm ET
A second Cavalier is headed to West Liberty State College.
Defensive Back Jordan Benson will become a Hilltopper with his formaer Cavs teammate Clay Beeler. Beeler was selected Division II Lineman of the Year for last season.
Benson helped the Cavs reach the playoffs in 2008, and hopes to carry that success in to his college career. He told those at the signing ceremony he chose West Liberty because the coaches made him feel comfortable. He also asked himself if he weren't playing football, where he'd like to go to school.
Benson, who played with shoulder problems last fall, had surgery recently which ended his basketball season just five games in. He's anxious to get back in the weight room and to get pads back on.
West Liberty is in Wheeling, West Virginia.
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Knights is headed to the U.S. Air Force Academy
Thursday 02-12-2009 5:26pm ET
After juggling the three, Cavalier quarterback Caleb Knights has picked the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Fitting enough, Chillicothe's all-time leading passer would become an Airman. He made his announcement 8 days after National Signing Day due mostly in respect for Cavs Head Coach Bill Davidson. Davidson had hip replacement surgery the day before the rest of the athletes were signing their letters of intent.
Knights said keeping his decision a secret was tougher than making his choice. He hadn't even told his parents what his pick would be.
Knights says after school, he'll honor a five year commitment to the Air Force. He plans to major in Business Administration.
Falcons head coach Terry Calhoun declined an opportunity to coach the Denver Broncos, opting to accept a 5-year contract extension with Air Force. That was also a factor in Knights' decision.
As for West Point and the Naval Academy... they'll still get to see Knights each season, only on the other side of the field.
Also on the Falcons' schedule, a trip to Minnesota this season, they'll play at Oklahoma in 2010 and there are a couple of dates with Florida State as well.
Knights threw for more than 5,000 yards in his CHS career. Front: (L to R) Father Keith Knights, Mother Linda Knights, Caleb Knights.
Back: Rev. Obadiah Harris, CHS Princpal John Payne, Chillicothe Superintendent Roger Crago, Athletic Director Rey Bradley, Head Football Coach Bill Davidson, Rev. J. Troy Gray. Photo Credit: Jim Day
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Knights dubbed with National Award
Thursday 01-08-2009 8:02am ET
QB/DB Caleb Knights has been selected as one of 50 National Award winners in the Red Zone player of the year contest.
Knights was selected from an entry list of over 6,000 nominees nationwide to receive this award. He will receive the award from the Red Zone company and the national award winners will appear in USA Today newspaper on February 4th.
Knights was a 4 year starter who led the Cavaliers to 2 playoff appearances and the second ever win in the playoffs in school history.
He owns the school record in passing yardage and is considering football offers from West Point, The Naval Academy, and The Air Force Academy among others. Over 4 seasons Knights passed for over 5,000 yards and rushed for an additional 2,500 yards.
Russell Leads Cavs on All-Ohio List
Wednesday 11-26-2008 7:04am ET
The 2008 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio High School Football Team lists a notable number of local talents.
The first team offense is anchored by Chillicothe's Danny Russell, a four year starter at center for the Cavs. Also on the first team, Logan Elm's Adam Blake
Cody Cordle of Logan Elm was the only local name receiving All-Ohio first team defense.
Second team honors were given to Cavs Quarterback Caleb Knights as well as Kicker Drew Basil.
Numerous All-Ohio special mentions were awarded to area players including Eric Young, Tyler Dunkle, Shay Netter, Ron Smith and Jordan Benson of Chillicothe. For Logan Elm Johnnie Brown, Chase Minor, Lance Konkle and Taylor Steed pick up mentions.
Logan Elm Head Coach Scott Bartholomew is awarded the Division III Coach of the Year award.
Logan Elm stops Chillicothe in Sweet 16, 28-14
Sunday 11-09-2008 3:20pm ET
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The Logan Elm Braves built a 21-0 lead at halftime, and held on for a 28-14 victory over the Chillicothe Cavaliers Saturday to advance to the Division 3 Regional Finals next Saturday.
The Braves will face Columbus Eastmoor, who tromped previously unbeaten Thornville Sheridan 28-6.
Logan Elm opened the scoring on a 7 play/38 yard drive when Adam Blake ran 9 yards for a TD and a 7-0 lead.
The Braves took a 14-0 lead as Johnnie Brown capped-off a 9 play drive with a 2 yard run early in the second period. That lead extended to 21-0 as Luke Konkle returned a Caleb Knights fumble 34 yards for a score.
Logan Elm's defense gets the game ball in their win as they held Chillicothe out of the end zone on four possessions deep in Braves territory throughout the game, including a drive in the closing seconds of the first half. The Cavs missed on a 37 yard field goal try, to trail 21-0 at the break.
Chillicothe scored on their opening drive of the second half as Eric Young scored on a 2 yard run to cut the margin to 21-7.
The Braves came right back to score on a 4 play/84 yard drive, when Johnnie Brown connected with Taylor Steed on a 56 yard scoring strike for a 28-7 lead.
Eric Young would add another 2 yard TD run to make it 28-14, then Casey Blake recovered a short kick off to give Chillicothe the ball back at the Logan Elm 22. The Braves thwarted that possession, taking the ball over on downs at their own 33.
The Cavs had two critical second half turnovers near the end-zone to keep them away from scores, along with two TD's that were called back by penalties.
Despite losing, Chillicothe rolled-up 322 total yards, with quarterback Caleb Knights running for 133 of his teams 189 rushing, and throwing 13/29 for another 144 yards. Logan Elm rushed for 208 yards, and threw for another 75.
Chillicothe ends their season at (8-4) runners up to Logan in the SEOAL and their second ever Sweet 16 appearance. Logan Elm improves to (12-0) and will face (11-1) Columbus Eastmoor Saturday at a site to be named later. This is the deepest that any Pickaway County football team has ever gone into the post-season.
Saturday: Division 3 Sweet 16 at Teays Valley
Saturday 11-08-2008 12:06am ET
Teays Valley's Viking Stadium is in Ashville, Ohio. Takes US 23 north through South Bloomfield to SR 752, turn right two miles.
In 1999, the Chillicothe Cavaliers advanced to the Sweet 16 with a home win over Dayton Carroll. The Cavs fell to Trenton Edgewood at Xenia 34-21.
Nine years later, Chillicothe has repeated history by gaining a win at Herrnstein Field over Canal Winchester. Now, the 8-3 Cavaliers will attempt to make history when they travel to Pickaway County to meet the Logan Elm Braves.
The Braves have followed up a winless season to reel off 11 straight wins in 2008. Coach Scott Bartholomew in his first season at Logan Elm credits a mix of a senior class who’s grown during two trying seasons, a schedule with four home games over the first five weeks and some fresh blood with some move in players in addition to the new coaching staff.
Logan Elm’s early success, sweeping their non-league schedule, combined with home wins over Circleville and Amanda to open the Mid State League Buckeye Division, has allowed the team’s confidence to build with every week.
Coach Bartholomew adds, having some timely breaks have helped, too. Logan Elm has scored just enough to keep winning, getting what they need, when they’ve needed it. That includes a late field goal in their League championship game with Canal.
The Braves have surrendered 13 points per game this season, which has held true over the last four weeks. Fairfield Union and Canal Winchester scored 13 each while Bloom Carroll and Bexley both hit for 14.
Chillicothe’s offense has posted 26 points on average, but in recent weeks has generated 13 points total. Coach Bill Davidson hopes that changes at Teays Valley Saturday night. In a 23-13 loss to Logan, the Cavs’ Isaac Beverly recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown, and last weekend returned an interception for what turned out to be the game’s winning score.
The Cavs have two thousand yard rushers in SEOAL South Division Player of the Year, quarterback Caleb Knights (1,028 – 11tds) and SEOAL First Teamer Eric Young (1,305 – 9tds) at running back. Logan Elm counters with a running game that averages 213 yards per game guided by quarterback Johnny Brown and running back Cody Cordle.
With stingy defenses, determined offenses and special teams that can turn the tide of a game, this first battle between the schools on the gridiron has all the makings of a great one. The winner plays the the Sheridan/Eastmoor winner next Saturday.
Coverage on 1490 WBEX begins at 6:30pm Saturday.
Week 12 Playoffs Tickets Available Tuesday
Tuesday 11-04-2008 10:10am ET
Presale tickets for Saturday's playoff game with Logan Elm will be sold beginning Tuesday at the back door of the CHS Athletic Department office from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. They will also be sold at the Athletic Offce during school hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30am to 3:00pm.
Evening hours sales will be 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Hatton Memorial Gymnasium ticket booth Tuesday and Wednesday.
Presale tickets are $7.00 each with the CHS Athletic Department retaining a percentage of the sales.
Tickets at the Teays Valley gate on Saturday will be $9.00 each.
All tickets are general admission.
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Cavs 13, Indians 7; Play Logan Elm Next
Tuesday 11-04-2008 10:11am ET
Eric Young had 29 carries for 176 yards
Photo Credit: Dana Cousins
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#3 Chillicothe scored two touchdowns in 17 seconds to beat #6 Canal Winchester at Herrnstein Field. The 13-7 victory puts the Cavs into a Regional Semi-Final matchup with Logan Elm next Saturday night at Teays Valley High School.
The #2 Braves were 21-14 winners over #7 Bexley.
The two clubs played a defensive struggle for three quarters, until Chillicothe's Eric Young scored on a 4 yard run with 8:12 remaining. It was the capper to a 7 play 71 yard drive. It was Young's 9th touchdown of the season. On the night, Young had 29 carries for 176 yards.
On their next possession, Canal fumbled the ball on the first play. Chillicothe safety Isaac Beverly scooped up the loose football and ran 37 yards to put Chillicothe ahead 13-0. A celebration penalty moved the PAT attempt back and the kick was wide.
The Cavs' Ron Smith intercepted a Canal Winchester pass on the next possession, but Chillicothe couldn't do anything with the ball.
A Cavs punt pinned Canal back to their 9 yard line. The Indians marched 91 yards and scored on a pass wit 3:25 left.
Chillicothe ran the clock down to 35 seconds in regulation and time ran out for the Indians.
The Cavs were turned away by Canal in the first quarter. Chillicothe drove inside the Indians' 15, but a 22 yard field goal attempt from the left hash was wide left by right footed kicker Drew Basil. A third quarter field goal try was also blocked by Canal Winchester.
Quarterback Caleb Knights had 14 carries for 70 yards. That pushes him across the 1,000 yard mark for rushing, giving Chillicothe two 1,000 yard rushers on the season. Young has rushed for 1,307 yards.
It's Chillicothe's second playoff victory, both at Herrnstein Field (previous was a 14-7 win over Dayton Carroll in 1999).
NOTES: Next Saturday's game will be the initial meeting for Chillicothe and Logan Elm... The Braves and Cavs are the only teams to have beaten Canal Winchester in 2008... Chillicothe has never played at Teays Valley, but did play Ashville High School, a loss, in 1917... Logan Elm's Head Coach, Scott Bartholomew, has guided his Braves to an 11-0 mark in his first season at the school... Logan Elm beat Teays Valley 28-20 October 3rd... Bartholomew and Cavs broadcaster Dan Ramey are 1980 graduates of Teays Valley High School.
All SEOAL Football Team Released, Cavs Lead South Mentions
Tuesday 11-04-2008 7:32am ET
Chillicothe landed five Cavaliers on All-SEOAL First Team, two Honorable Mention.
Caleb Knights is the South Division "Player of the Year".
GAME DAY: Cavs, Indians in Week 11 Showdown
Saturday 11-01-2008 12:24am ET
Cavs coach Bill Davidson says "everybody playing this week are pretty good".
While that includes Chillicothe, it includes their opponent, Canal Winchester.
Indians coach Phil Mauro told WBEX he's excited to get to play Chillicothe. Mauro is in his second season at Canal. In 2006, the Indians finished 2-8. He credits his senor class for getting the team into the Saturday's game at Herrnstein Field. As juniors, they earned the Mid State League Buckeye Division championship and made Canal's first ever post season appearance. They beat Valley View on a late field goal before falling to Monroe in Week 12. He was pleased to see their determination to make a return trip to the playoffs this season.
To hear Dan Ramey's interviews with both coaches, listen to 1490 WBEX at 6:35pm Saturday night.
Other games in Division 3, Region 12 tonight, Logan Elm will host Bexley. Doug McFarland will be reporting from Pickaway County with updates on WBEX. Number-1 Sheridan will host Franklin and Eastmoor will entertain Valley View.
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