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Mohawks, Bulldogs bringing 4-1 records into SWBL showdown

Steve Poff is waiting for his Madison High School football team to find its groove. It’s a testament to the Mohawks’ success in recent years that the squad is 4-1 and still searching for some answers. “We’re happy for the wins we have, but we’ve been our own worst enemy ...

Valley View’s PJ Varnadoe is hit by Franklin’s Konnor Black as he catches the ball during their Week 5 game last Friday at Veterans Memorial Field at Atrium Stadium in Franklin. The Wildcats won, 41-8. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Franklin pads lead in D-III, Region 12 computer ratings

Unbeaten Franklin (5-0) remains No. 1 in this week’s high school football computer ratings that were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. Coming off a decisive 41-8 defeat of previously unbeaten Valley View, the Wildcats increased their Division III, Region 12 lead to 3.45 points over ...

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes motions to his team against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Is Urban Meyer right to oppose college football early signing period?

Should there be an early signing period for college football recruits?Urban Meyer says no.Emphatically.https://twitter.com/BigTenNetwork/status/780442630660337664His two-minute speech Monday represented at least the second or third time he has shared this opinion in some form or another.He made some excellent points about giving prospects more time to make their final decisions, but ...

A Brave new world: Talawanda ends 15-game losing streak

The new winning streak has created a much better feeling within Talawanda High School’s football program. The Braves were losers of 15 straight games before last Friday night, when they held off visiting Little Miami for a wild 45-44 victory that ended with THS students storming the field. “Oh my ...

Carroll’s Cameron Najarian looks to make a move as Alter’s Scott Beinlich applies pressure. Alter, the sixth-ranked team in the state, knocked off second-ranked Carroll 2-0 Tuesday night at Alter High School. John Cummings/Contributed

High School Soccer: Boys, Girls state polls

Below is the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association state soccer poll for the week of Sept. 26:BOYS DIVISION I1. St. Ignatius (Cleveland) 7-0-1 1002. St. Charles Prep School (Columbus) 9-0-1 873. Medina 10-0-1 794. Beavercreek 7-0-0 61Mason 7-0-2 616. Coffman (Dublin) 8-1-1 377. Anderson (Cincinnati) 9-1-1 328. Anthony Wayne (Whitehouse) ...

HS Highlights for Sept. 26: Graham boys beat Indian Lake

The Graham boys soccer team edged Indian Lake 3-2 on Monday.Hunter Kauffman put in all three of Graham’s goals off assists from Will Rembold, Brady Oder and David Bailey. Keeper Dalton Oder racked up 12 saves to hold on for the win.Alter 6, Brookville 0: Jakob Tremblay scored a goal ...

Valley View’s Lane Murphy tries to tackle Franklin’s Ryan Montgomery during their Week 5 game at Veterans Memorial Field at Atrium Stadium in Franklin. Valley View won, 41-8. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Franklin, Valley View among top teams in football polls

Southwestern Buckeye League rivals Franklin and Valley View remain the only Journal-News are teams to be ranked among the state’s top high school football teams. Franklin (5-0) is No. 4 in Division III and Valley View (4-1) No. 15 in D-IV. Franklin defeated Valley View in a Week 5 showdown, ...

Franklin’s Ryan Montgomery dives for a touchdown during their game against Valley View Friday, Sept. 23 at Veterans Memorial Field at Atrium Stadium in Franklin. The Wildcats defeated the Spartans 41-8. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

7 things you may have missed from Week 5 of high school football

1. Madison and Oakwood may have played the game of the week. The two combined for over 900 total yards as the Mohawks improved to 4-1 with a 47-37 victory. Cameron Svarda and Tyler Baumgartner both ran for over 100 yards for Madison while Oakwood’s Brian Erbe threw for 378 ...

Prep Highlights for Sept. 24: WLS wins Caverns Invitational

The West Liberty-Salem boys and girls cross country teams won the Max Evans Ohio Caverns Invitational on Saturday.Nick Williams ran a career-best 17:15.0 to lead the boys with a second place finish. Noah Smith was third with a 17:43.1 and Michael Conley fourth at 17:57.5.Grace Adams paced the girls with ...

Obstacles abound at the Bellbrook Cross Country Invitational

There are at least three water crossings — including one through a creek that immediately challenges footing on a muddy, slippery hill. There are three large rocks waiting to greet runners’ shins should they cut a zig-zagging pattern too close. Then there’s those barking dogs as the course runs past ...

Trotwood Madison quarterback Markell Stephens-Peppers is tackled by Middletown’s Cameron Dillingham during their game Friday, Sept. 9 at Barnitz Stadium in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF PHOTO

High School roundup: Ground game, defense leads East past Middies

Middletown fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the Greater Miami Conference with a 40-3 loss to Lakota East (2-3, 1-1) on Friday night.Middletown got on the board first on a 37-yard field goal by Cole Smith, but after that it was all Lakota East.The East defense held Middletown to ...

Edgewood dominates second half, rolls past Wildcats 44-28

Friday was a head-banging night for Edgewood High School’s football team, and the Cougars did most of the pounding. Devon Garrett had 170 of Edgewood’s 344 yards on the ground and the visitors dominated the second half en route to a 44-28 victory over Harrison at Bill Kuntz Field. “That ...

Franklin’s Ryan Montgomery carries the ball during their game against Valley View on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field at Atrium Stadium in Franklin. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Franklin routs Valley View in SWBL showdown, improves to 5-0

Once Ryan Montgomery got going for the Franklin High School football team, Valley View had no chance.Montgomery threw the go-ahead touchdown pass on the final play of the second quarter and ran for another four scores as Franklin buried the Spartans 41-8 in a battle of Southwestern Buckeye League unbeatens ...

Fairfield takes advantage of West miscues in 29-7 victory

The Fairfield High School football team forced four turnovers and scored twice on special teams Friday night as they posted a 29-7 road victory over Lakota West.Senior defensive back Josiah Scott accounted for both of the Indians’ special-teams touchdowns, returning a kickoff 98 yards in the first quarter to give ...

Hamilton’s Alex Little sacks Mason quarterback Preston Hutchinson during Friday night’s game at Virgil Schwarm Stadium in Hamilton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

Early turnovers sink Big Blue in 34-14 loss to Mason

For the second week in a row, missed early opportunities hurt the Hamilton High School football team. HHS turned the ball over on its first two possessions and visiting Mason scored on its first three drives for a 34-14 win at Virgil Schwarm Stadium on Friday night. “Those early turnovers ...

Springfield comes up short against Lebanon 28-27

Lebanon High School’s football team stopped a two-point conversion run by Springfield with 17 seconds left to beat the Wildcats 28-27 at Evans Stadium on Friday night.Danny Davis caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Leonard Taylor on the previous play, and Springfield decided to go for the win. The Warriors ...

Alter runs away from Fenwick for sweet 52-3 win

Alter High School running back Holden Rushing made no secret that the Knights had Friday’s football game against Fenwick circled on the calendar from the time the schedule was released.The Falcons had eliminated the Knights from the playoffs in 2015 to finish a season sweep, but the Knights were bent ...

Springfield's Danny Davis carries the ball against Lebanon on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Evans Stadium in Springfield.

Ohio State commit Josh Myers, Springfield recruit Davis shake off injuries

UPDATE - Sept. 24, 8:12 p.m.:  Ohio State commit Josh Myers, considered the top player in Ohio for the 2017 graduation class by many recruiting sites, returned later during Miamisburg's 21-17 win over unbeaten Troy to help the Vikings off the Trojans. Myers left the game early after tweaking his ...

WEEK 5: High School Football Scores

Troy's undefeated, but it faced its biggest test against Miamisburg and Ohio State commit Josh Myers. Northmont football has undergone a revival, but faces its greatest test against state-contender Wayne.

Badin High School athletes (from left) Josh Wolpert, Shelby Schmitt and Noah Connaughton have committed to Bowling Green, Rio Grande and Dayton, respectively, to continue their academic and athletic careers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Three more Badin student-athletes make college commitments

Three more Badin High School student-athletes have committed to play college sports upon their graduation in 2017. Noah Connaughton (tennis, University of Dayton), Shelby Schmitt (softball, University of Rio Grande) and Josh Wolpert (cross country and track, Bowling Green State University) brings to five the number of Badin athletic commitments ...

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