|08/30||J'town Monroe||A||W 20-7||1-0||0-0|
|09/06||Big Walnut||A||W 21-14||2-0||0-0|
|09/13||Teays Valley||H||W 21-0||3-0||0-0|
|09/20||Miami Trace * OT
|09/27||Washignton CH *||A||W 56-6||5-0||2-0|
|10/04||G. McClain * +||H||W 61-0||6-0||3-0|
|10/11||Clinton Massie *||A||L 17-7||6-1||3-1|
|10/18||Hillsboro *||H||W 49-0||7-1||4-1|
|10/25||East Clinton *||H||W 28-0||8-1||5-1|
|11/08||Brookhaven ***||A||L 29-27||9-2||5-1|
* Denotes 2013 SCOL Game
*** 2013 Playoffs
+ Homecoming Game
Records vs 2013 Opponents *entering season
* Teays Valley opened in 1962, formerly Ashville
|Teays Valley *||1||0||1||0||1917|
2012 Season Results
* Denotes Away Game in 2012
(L to R) Jim Day, Dan Ramey, Pat Highland and photographer Dana Cousins
Dan Ramey and Pat Highland are in their 14th Cavalier football season.
Jim Day joined the team as sideline reporter in 2006. Dana Cousins has worked as the web photographer for wbex.com the last three seasons.
Dan is entering his 29th season as Voice of the Cavs and host of "Dan & Mike in the Morning" on WBEX.
Pat is a long time Cavs supporter, former president of the Cavalier Club.
Jim found his spot along the sideline and in the locker room as a photographer at football and basketball games. Visit Jim's photo website.
Dana is a retired Chillicothe Police Officer and has been coaching Cavalier athletics since his school years. Visit Dana's photo website.
Seven Cavaliers made the AP All-Ohio Football Teams this week.
Named 2nd Team Punter, Ryan Mathis, 3rd Team Lineback, Tyler Kelley and five Cavs landed Special Mention All-Ohio, Josh Leonard, Markel Cain, Devin Zehner, Caleb Price and Nate Rosenbauer.
At the Cavs Football banquet Wednesday, Team Awards were presented to:
Nate Rosenbauer - Offensive Back of the Year
Austin Mathis - Offensive Lineman of the Year
Michael Beard and Steve Bayless - Co-Defensive Backs of the Year
Caylib Holt - Defensive Lineman of the Year
Tyler Kelley and Devin Zehner - Co-Linebackers of the Year
Tyler Howard, Ryan Mathis and Carl Harris, Jr. - Special Teams Players of the Year
Receiving the most Head Hunter stickers (60 apiece) Ryan Mathis and Julius Lee.
The Cavs 2014 Football Schedule look similar to 2013, however Walnut Ridge replaces Big Walnut for a one year contract. Coach Ron hinton explained the 2015 schedule willl begin a long contract with the Jackson Ironmen. Wilmington begins play in the SCOL next season filling the Week 10 vacancy held by Portsmouth last month.
Cavs 2014 Football Schedule
August 29 vs Johnstown Monroe
Septmeber 5 vs Walnut Ridge
September 12 at Teays Valley
September 19 vs Miami Trace *
September 26 at Hillsboro *
October 3 at McClain *
October 10 vs Clinton Massie *
October 17 vs Washington CH *
October 24 at East Clinton *
October 31 at Wilmington *
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 2013 Associated Press Southeast All-District football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district (names are Cavaliers and their SCOL opponents only):
OFFENSE: Travis Leisure, Washington CH, 5-11, 185, sr.; Josh Leonard, Chillicothe, 6-3, 300, sr.; Austin Wilson, Washington CH 6-3, 225, jr.; Markel Cain, Chillicothe, 5-7, 154, sr.; Nate Rosenbauer, Chillicothe, 5-7, 148, soph
DEFENSE: Devin Zehner, Chillicothe, 5-10, 223, jr.; Tyler Kelley, Chillicothe, 6-0, 200, sr.; D.J. Merricks, Washington CH, 5-11, 220, sr.; Caylib Holt, Chillicothe, 5-10, 149, jr.; Ryan Mathis, Chillicothe, 6-1, 170, sr.
Co-Coach of the year: Ron Hinton, Chillicothe
Julius Lee, Chillicothe; Alec Sparkman, Washington CH; Josh Williams, Washington CH; Toby Warrington, Hillsboro
OFFENSE: Hayden Bottorff, Miami Trace, 6-0, 295, sr.; Dalton Hennes, Miami Trace, 6-2, 230, jr.; Jimmy Stroker, Miami Trace, 6-0, 200, sr.;Trevor Haines, Miami Trace, 5-9, 175, sr.;
DEFENSE: Cedric Pettiford, Miami Trace, 6-5, 200, jr.; Russell Miller, Miami Trace, 5-9, 180, jr.; Chris Sellman, McClain, 5-7, 170, sr.;Ryan Faulconer, McClain, 6-3, 215,
Defensive player of the year: Cedric Pettiford, Miami Trace
Coaches of the year: Steve Bartlett, Miami Trace
Mykal Massaropian, Miami Trace; Dylan Trefz, McClain.
(*** Editor's note:Original was written at 1:31am ET Saturday. After getting some sleep, I noticed a couple of errors which have now been corrected. Thanks for understanding and as always, Go Cavs!" - Dan Ramey)
All season long, when the Cavaliers needed to reach down deep, they found a way to get it done.
Trailing 29-14 at Brookhaven with under nine minutes remaining, Chillicothe needed some magic and they got it only to fall short 29-27 in the Division III Regional Quarterfinals.
The Cavs’s rallied with a 19 yard Ryan Mathis pass to D.J. Vinson to whittle the Bearcats’ lead to eight at 29-21 and with 1:36 remaining, Daiquan Hall plunged in for a one yard touchdown run on 4th and goal to go. Going for two on the PAT, Mathis found Jalen Michal in the corner of the end zone, but the ball fell from his hands and the Cavs come back was thwarted.
“I’m really proud of how we battled back” said Cavs Coach Ron Hinton. “We came right down to the last second to score, and by golly we did.”
Chillicothe was handed an opportunity to tie when Brookhaven’s Macyah Fleming tried to roll left on a punt from his own goal line. The sophomore slipped and Michael Beard tackled him at the Bearcats’ seven yard line.
After the Cavs’ TD, Jacob Weber’s on side kick deflected off a Bearcat and was recovered by Eddie Wells. The recovery with 1:34 remaining would have given the Cavs another opportunity in a night where the game had more twists than the plot of a Jerry Brukheimer adventure. An offsides penalty nullified the recovery and Brookhaven ran out the clock to secure the victory.
“I should’ve had a plan on the sideline before when we scored. I’ll take the blame for that” said Hinton of the two-point try.
The Bearcats were turned away from the end zone on the game’s opening possession when Beard intercepted a pass at the goal line. On the next play, the Cavs fumbled. Brookhaven recovered and missed an opportunity with Ceesay Abass’ 33 yard field goal hit the right upright.
Two plays later, the Cavs fumbled again. This time, Brookhaven capitalized with a six yard run by David Peoples for the early 7-0 lead.
On their next possession, Markel Cain reeled in a Mathis pass for 42 yards and a face mask call put Chillicothe deep into Bearcats territory. On a pass to the end zone, Davon Grant intercepted the ball.
The Cavs got the ball back on Beard's second interception at the Brookhaven 37. This time, Cain popped outside and raced to the end zone on first down to tie the game at seven.
The Bearcats got a 32 yard field goal by Abass for a 10-7 edge, but that was short lived as Cain raced 95 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff for a 14-10 Chillicothe lead.
The Cavs worked inside the Bearcat five yard line but fumbled the ball again.
The Cavs had half of their season total of fumbles (9) in the first half at Brookhaven.
The Bearcats regained the lead at 23-14 when Asan Crego grabbed a Fleming pass at the Cavs' 40 and slipped past Chillicothe’s Steve Bayless. Brookhaven extended their lead to 29-14 on a 37 yard strike to Terry Barker with 8:54 remaining.
“Their athletes played in space and we missed some tackles” said Hinton, “But the biggest thing, our defense was on the field entirely too much.”
Chillicothe finishes its season 9-2.
Coach Ron Hinton describes the five game stretch of the OHSAA State Football Tournament “where the elite meet to compete”.
It’s a grueling 10 game schedule to get to the post season, a spot the Cavaliers have been only six times in school history, but it’s a road well-traveled by Hinton and his longtime coaching partner Jeff Arndt.
The two produced numerous playoff appearances over their 29 years at Amanda Clearcreek, including two State Championships. Friday, it’s their first as Cavaliers.
“We talked about that (Monday) in our pregame stuff” said Hinton, in his fourth season at CHS. “What it means to be there, what it takes to stay there… Coach Arndt and I have learned the good, the bad, and the ugly.”
Hinton reminded his Cavaliers they need to mimic the 2013 SCOL champions. “We’ve got to become the Clinton-Massie in this game (vs Brookhaven). We’ve got to become the team that executes, does everything fundamentally sound, does all the right things and play for them (the Bearcats) to make mistakes.”
Hinton has learned to appreciate the moment, but not to forget what job number-1 is Friday night. “Everybody’s so excited about what’s going on and that’s great, but you still have a job to do. Your job is to play between the white lines… it’s a bigger stage, you’re one of the elite teams of Ohio and we’ve got to go in with the right mindset and right attitude to complete there.”
The Bearcats average 335 yards and 34.5 points per game and have been balanced in how they’ve scored touchdowns (15 receiving, 16 rushing). One thing you can count on with any Columbus City League team, they pack a lot of offensive speed which causes problems for many of their non-conference opponents.
The Cavaliers have allowed just 8.5 points per game this season (6.4 before surrendering 27 at Portsmouth Friday). But theirs is a defense which has risen to the occasion time and time again in 2013, even limiting Clinton-Massie to 17 points.
“Do I wonder if these guys are gonna answer the bell?” asked Hinton. “I have no doubt. We’re gonna show up and we’re gonna play, and play hard. We’re gonna get after it.”
Game coverage on WBEX (1490 AM/92.7 FM and iheartradio on line at wbex.com) begins at 7:05pm.
Click on the photo to see the Cavs photo galleries. Photos by Dana Cousins for wbex.com. Purchase photos at danacousinsphotography.com
Chillicothe will travel to Brookhaven Friday night for Round one of the OHSAA playoffs.
It’s the 6th playoff season for Chillicothe, returning for the first time since 2008. The Cavs are 2-5 in their seven previous appearances.
Tickets for Friday’s game will be $7 pre-sale for ages 6 and up. Kids 5 and under are free. Tickets at the gate will be $9. Tickets will be on sale at Chillicothe High School Tuesday through Friday in the Athletic Department from 9:00a to 2:15pm and during lunch for students. Tickets will be available after school from 4:30p to 6:30p Tuesday through Thursday at the ticket booth at Hatton Gym.
|1986||John Sines||Worthington||L 42-0|
|1987||John Sines||Gahanna||L 17-7|
|1999||Bill Dennis||Dayton Caroll||W 14-7|
|1999||Bill Dennis||Trenton Edgewood||L 34-21|
|2006||Bill Davidson||Bishop Watterson||L 18-7|
|2008||Bill Davdison||Canal Winchester||W 13-7|
|2008||Bill Davidson||Logan Elm||L 28-14|
2013 OHSAA Football Playoffs – First Round Pairings
Pairings are shows with seeds and regular-season records
Division I – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
16 Shaker Heights (6-4) at 1 Lakewood St. Edward (8-1)
15 Brunswick (6-4) at 2 Mentor (9-1)
14 Toledo Whitmer (6-4) at 3 Hudson (9-1)
13 Marysville (7-3) at 4 Austintown Fitch (10-0)
12 Solon (6-4) at 5 Westerville Central (9-1)
11 Cle. St. Ignatius (6-4) at 6 Canton McKinley (9-1)
10 Elyria (7-3) at 7 Stow-Munroe Falls (9-1)
9 Cleveland Heights (9-1) at 8 Wadsworth (9-1)
16 Miamisburg (7-3) at 1 Hilliard Davidson (10-0)
15 Cin. St. Xavier (5-5) at 2 Cin. Archbishop Moeller (9-1)
14 Pickerington Central (7-2) at 3 West Chester Lakota West (9-1)
13 Dublin Coffman (7-3) at 4 Centerville (8-2)
12 Hilliard Darby (8-2) at 5 Huber Heights Wayne (9-1)
11 Springboro (9-1) at 6 Cin. Colerain (10-0)
10 Clayton Northmont (8-2) at 7 Cin. Elder (8-2)
9 Fairfield (9-1) at 8 Pickerington North (9-1)
Division II – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
8 Lyndhurst Brush (7-3) at 1 Cle. Glenville (9-1)
7 Painesville Riverside (7-3) at 2 Brecksville-Broadview Heights (9-1)
6 Madison (8-2) at 3 Willoughby South (8-2)
5 Bedford (9-1) at 4 Kent Roosevelt (9-1)
8 Avon Lake (8-2) at 1 Medina Highland (10-0)
7 Toledo St. Francis de Sales (8-2) at 2 Avon (10-0)
6 Perrysburg (8-2) at 3 Akron Ellet (10-0)
5 Macedonia Nordonia (8-2) at 4 Massillon Washington (8-2)
8 Cols. Northland (7-2) at 1 New Albany (9-1)
7 Dublin Scioto (6-4) at 2 Worthington Kilbourne (9-1)
6 Cols. St. Charles (7-2) at 3 Zanesville (10-0)
5 Pataskala Licking Heights (9-1) at 4 Mansfield Senior (10-0)
8 Vandalia Butler (6-4) at 1 Loveland (10-0)
7 Cin. Withrow (8-2) at 2 Cin. Mount Healthy (9-1)
6 Kings Mills Kings (7-3) at 3 Cin. Winton Woods (8-2)
5 Harrison (7-3) at 4 Cin. Northwest (8-2)
Division III – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
8 Chagrin Falls Kenston (7-3) at 1 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (10-0)
7 Alliance Marlington (8-2) at 2 Hubbard (10-0)
6 Aurora (9-1) at 3 Louisville (10-0)
5 Poland Seminary (9-1) vs. 4 Chesterland West Geauga (7-3)
8 Defiance (6-4) at 1 Toledo Central Catholic (10-0)
7 Medina Buckeye (6-4) at 2 Clyde (9-1)
6 Napoleon (6-4) at 3 Sandusky Perkins (10-0)
5 Norwalk (9-1) at 4 Tiffin Columbian (9-1)
8 Logan Elm (7-3) at 1 Athens (10-0)
7 Dover (7-3) at 2 Cols. Marion-Franklin (9-1)
6 Chillicothe (9-1) at 3 Cols. Brookhaven (8-2)
5 New Philadelphia (9-1) at 4 Dresden Tri-Valley (8-2)
8 Springfield Kenton Ridge (7-3) at 1 Tipp City Tippecanoe (10-0)
7 Trotwood-Madison (7-2) at 2 Franklin (9-1)
6 Springfield Shawnee (9-1) at 3 Wapakoneta (9-1)
5 Dayton Thurgood Marshall (6-3) at 4 Mount Orab Western Brown (10-0)
Division IV – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
8 Cle. Central Catholic (8-2) at 1 Chagrin Falls (8-2)
7 Cortland Lakeview (7-3) at 2 Struthers (8-2)
6 Cle. John Hay (8-2) at 3 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (6-4)
5 Cle. Benedictine (7-3) at 4 Peninsula Woodridge (8-2)
8 Millbury Lake (8-2) at 1 Caledonia River Valley (10-0)
7 Galion (9-1) at 2 Kenton (10-0)
6 Wauseon (9-1) at 3 Wooster Triway (8-2)
5 Bryan (10-0) at 4 Genoa Area (10-0)
8 Steubenville (6-4) at 1 Newark Licking Valley (8-2)
7 Carroll Bloom-Carroll (6-4) at 2 Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (8-2)
6 New Concord John Glenn (7-3) at 3 Duncan Falls Philo (8-2)
5 Bexley (7-3) at 4 Zanesville Maysville (7-3)
8 Cin. Wyoming (8-2) at 1 Kettering Archbishop Alter (9-1)
7 Miami Trace (7-3) at 2 Clinton-Massie (9-1)
6 Urbana (10-0) at 3 Cin. Archbishop McNicholas (8-2)
5 Circleville (8-2) at 4 Germantown Valley View (9-1)
Division V – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
8 Youngstown Ursuline (4-5) at 1 Akron Manchester (8-2)
7 Youngstown Liberty (7-3) at 2 Columbiana Crestview (9-1)
6 Beachwood (6-4) at 3 Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (8-2)
5 Navarre Fairless (7-3) at 4 Sullivan Black River (7-3)
8 Doylestown Chippewa (8-2) at 1 Columbia Station Columbia (10-0)
7 Huron (7-3) at 2 Findlay Liberty-Benton (9-0)
6 Loudonville (9-1) at 3 West Salem Northwestern (9-1)
5 Coldwater (8-2) at 4 Pemberville Eastwood (8-2)
8 Zane Trace (5-5) at 1 Cols. Bishop Hartley (9-1)
7 Westfall (5-5) at 2 Martins Ferry (9-1)
6 Proctorville Fairland (7-3) at 3 Wheelersburg (9-1)
5 Baltimore Liberty Union (8-2) at 4 St. Clairsville (9-1)
8 Waynesville (8-2) at 1 West Jefferson (9-1)
7 Cin. Madeira (8-2) at 2 Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (10-0)
6 Cin. Mariemont (7-3) at 3 Hamilton Badin (8-2)
5 Dayton Chaminade Julienne (6-4) at 4 Richwood North Union (9-1)
Division VI – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
8 McDonald (7-3) at 1 Kirtland (10-0)
7 Cuyahoga Heights (6-4) at 2 Canfield South Range (10-0)
6 Cle. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (9-1) at 3 Mogadore (9-1)
5 Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (8-2) at 4 Brookfield (8-2)
8 Northwood (8-2) at 1 Defiance Tinora (9-1)
7 Ada (7-3) at 2 Delphos Jefferson (9-1)
6 Convoy Crestview (8-2) at 3 Lima Central Catholic (8-2)
5 Haviland Wayne Trace (9-1) at 4 North Robinson Colonel Crawford (9-1)
8 Beverly Fort Frye (8-2) at 1 Lucasville Valley (10-0)
7 Oak Hill (8-2) at 2 Cols. Bishop Ready (9-1)
6 Woodsfield Monroe Central (7-3) at 3 Centerburg (10-0)
5 Bellaire (7-3) at 4 Newark Catholic (9-1)
8 Lewisburg Tri-County North (7-3) at 1 Casstown Miami East (9-1)
7 Cin. Summit Country Day (8-2) at 2 Cin. Country Day (10-0)
6 West Liberty-Salem (8-2) at 3 Williamsburg (7-3)
5 New Paris National Trail (8-2) at 4 Mechanicsburg (8-2)
Division VII – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
8 Garfield Heights Trinity (4-6) at 1 Berlin Center Western Reserve (10-0)
7 Southington Chalker (5-5) at 2 Norwalk St. Paul (9-1)
6 Ashland Mapleton (6-4) at 3 Wellsville (8-2)
5 Lowellville (6-4) at 4 Danville (8-2)
8 Delphos St. John’s (6-4) at 1 Leipsic (8-2)
7 Hicksville (6-4) at 2 McComb (8-2)
6 Arlington (7-3) at 3 Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic (7-3)
5 Edon (8-2) at 4 Tiffin Calvert (6-4)
8 Beallsville (6-4) at 1 Glouster Trimble (10-0)
7 Lancaster Fairfield Christian Academy (7-3) at 2 Shadyside (10-0)
6 Caldwell (8-2) at 3 Malvern (8-2)
5 Racine Southern (8-2) at 4 Steubenville Catholic Central (8-2)
8 Cedarville (7-3) at 1 North Lewisburg Triad (10-0)
7 Portsmouth Notre Dame (8-2) at 2 Covington (10-0)
6 Fort Loramie (8-2) at 3 Maria Stein Marion Local (10-0)
5 Paint Valley (8-2) at 4 Sidney Lehman Catholic (9-1)
The Cavaliers put their series with Portsmouth to rest with a 57-27 victory Friday night to close out the 2013 regular season.
With the win, Chillicothe has secured a playoff spot, but the Trojans didn’t make it easy.
Prior to Friday, the Chillicothe defense had allowed just 58 points. But that stat didn’t seem to matter to Portsmouth as the Trojans touched the Cavs for 27 points.
Sky Oliver tossed two if his three touchdown passes in a stretch in which the two teams swapped scores six times in the first half.
Oliver got the ball rolling with a 35 yard run to put Portsmouth on top at 6:07 to make it 7-0. Chillicothe answered on a 26 yard Ryan Mathis pass to D.J. Vinson.
Less than a minute later, Oliver found Isiaha Lisath on a 47 yard strike but missed the PAT. The Cavs drove 68 yards and Markel Cain punched in an 18 yard run to close out the first quarter with a 14-13 lead.
In the second quarter, Oliver hit Brandon Wedebrook to complete a seven play 72 yard drive and a 19-14 advantage. It was the last time the Trojans had the lead.
Nate Rosenbauer ran 42 yards to the Portsmouth five yard line before Cain walked into the end zone with 10 minutes left before the break. Rosenbauer crossed the goal line to lift the Cavs to 28-19.
One of the night’s more exciting plays came just before intermission. Carl Harris blocked a Trojans punt and Kyle Mays scooped up the ball at the Portsmouth 17 yard line and scored. Cain tacked on a two-point conversion and Chillicothe owned a 36-19 lead at halftime.
Chillicothe scored the next three touchdowns (Rosenbauer 1 yard run, Harris 26 yard run & Cain 9 yard run) to post a 57-19 lead. Oliver hit Khalil Lattimore on a 46 yard strike to close out the scoring.
Cain led all rushers with 187 yards on 21 carries and three TDs. Rosenbauer had 8 carries for 117 yards and two scores while Mathis tallied 73 yards on just 6 lugs.
The Cavs improved to 9-1 while Portsmouth finished its 2013 campaign 3-7.
The victory puts Chillicothe in the playoffs for the first time since 2008 when they fell to Logan Elm in the second round. The official announcement will be made by the OHSAA Sunday as to who and where the Cavaliers will play next Friday, but earlier speculation has Chillicothe heading to play Brookhaven (8-2).
Chillicothe travels to Portsmouth Friday for what may be the last time the two schools will meet on the gridiron for a few years.
The two institutions have met for football since 1898 in a series weighted in Portsmouth’s favor (45-31-4). When the SEOAL expanded in 2006, it rekindled the rivalry. They swapped victories every other year with the Cavs winning the league series 4-3 including a 63-0 thumping in Week 10 of last season.
The series has become a casualty of scheduling as Chillicothe rejoined the SCOL this season and in a decision made two weeks ago, Portsmouth will leave for the OVC after next season. Friday’s game was made possible by a vacancy on both teams schedule (to be taken by Wilmington when the Hurricane joins the SCOL in 2014).
Cavs Coach Ron Hinton says “They’re dangerous” when describing the Trojans. “Look at their scores… they’re right there with everybody (and) they haven’t forgotten about last year… in their Region (of the OHSAA Computer Rankings) at 3-6, they’re not out of the playoff picture yet.”
So, in many eyes, there’s much on the line Friday night at Trojans Coliseum, namely pride but also playoff ramifications.
It’s been an up and down season for new coach Jason Sparks’ team of Trojans. After their 1-3 start, Portsmouth knocked off Ohio River rival Ironton but then lost three straight. Three weeks ago the Trojans were outscored 55-49 by Gallia Academy and then tripped up by Jackson 26-19. Last Friday they picked up a 26-12 victory at Warren.
“It has been kind of a rollercoaster” Sparks said Thursday. “But the one constant… we’ve gotten better every week.”
Sparks replaced longtime Trojans Coach Curt Clifford who retired after the 2012 season. Sparks says he was pleased to get the necessary team support for building the future of his Portsmouth program.
“We’ve got a solid group of seniors who have bought into being the first step of the foundation.” Sparks came to Portsmouth after posting three seasons at Southern Pines (N.C.) Pinecrest High School.
Containing Chillicothe’s team speed is among Sparks’ concerns for Friday. The Trojans need to be careful plugging up the inside of the Cavalier offense for fear of giving up the outside spaces where the Cavs’ speed can be lethal.
“Speed… and they’re very tough and physical on defense” said Sparks. “We’ve got to match the intensity… obviously we can’t make up the speed in a week.”
That speed is in the feet of Cavs running backs Markel Cain and Nate Rosenbauer who Sparks described as backs who “can break away at any time. If we don’t make the open field tackle, we may not be able to make the tackle.”
Sky Oliver took over at quarterback after an injury to Brandon Wedebrook about a month into the season. Sparks says he’s seen progression in Oliver’s play and Wedebrook is now able to play on both offense (as a receiver) and in the defensive backfield.
The Cavs QB spot had a similar twist when Ryan Mathis was held out last week in favor of Caleb Price. While Mathis heals his shoulder, Price managed to throw for more than 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
For Ron Hinton, it’s about getting to Week 11. He explains his team won season one (3-0 through non-conference start), made it through league play and hope to finish the second season 6-1 and get into the playoffs.
While for Chillicothe the playoff picture is about 93% clear (that they’ll make it), it may not be complete until Saturday night. Logan Elm’s 24-21 loss to Hamilton Township Thursday helps, but there are some big matchups beneath Chillicothe’s (3rd in Region 9 of Division III) that will have the Cavs on their seats without a win over Portsmouth.
Game night coverage begins at 7:05pm on News Radio WBEX (1490AM and 92.7FM) and on wbex.com via iheartradio.
Those who were able to stick around for after Friday's 28-0 Cavalier victory of East Clinton got to see the video presentation by Cavs assistant coach Nathan Strange. It was a complete surprise to Coach hinton as he was asked to turn at watch the video board at the Obadiah Harris Family Athletic Complex.
Strange has made the video available to wbex.com.
Congratulations Coach Hinton!