Posted: 4:36 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013

Unbeaten Badin won’t take Carroll lightly

By Rick Cassano

Staff Writer


Job No. 1 for Bill Tenore this week is simple, yet difficult: Keep his unbeaten Badin High School football team grounded.

The Rams are 4-0 for the first time since 1995 and ranked eighth in the Division V state poll after knocking off Greater Catholic League Coed Division rival Fenwick 13-7 last Saturday.

“I don’t think we’re going to look ahead to anybody. We’ve preached that to our players,” Tenore said. “You can’t go 10-0 until you go 5-0. We need to keep a level head and keep improving.”

Badin will head north to face Carroll on Friday, and it’s a Patriot squad that’s 1-3 and allowing 38.5 points per game.

Tenore said the series history tells him to expect a battle. The Rams hold a 17-6-1 advantage, but the last six meetings have been decided by eight points or less.

“You don’t want them to have their breakout game against us,” Tenore said. “Believe me, it’s not going to be an easy week. We’ve got to prevent the letdown after an emotional win.”

Badin, which hasn’t been 5-0 since winning its first nine games in 1994, is powered by its defense. Tenore wants to see more offensive production, especially on the ground, and the return of senior fullback Eric Murrell (ankle injury) this week should help.

Carroll has always been known for a run-based offense, but the Patriots are opening things up under coach Bob Levy. Their lone win came against Meadowdale — they lost to Beavercreek, Springfield Shawnee and McNicholas.

“There’s nowhere to hide on our schedule,” Levy said. “We’re atypical for Carroll. We’re playing 175-pound defensive linemen, and we’re not lining up and just pounding the ball at you because we just don’t have those kind of kids right now.”

Junior Patrick Shiner is the No. 1 quarterback, though a shoulder injury limited his playing time in the 42-20 loss to McNick last week. Levy said Shiner and sophomore Jacob Severt could both see action at QB against Badin.

“Offensively, we’ve moved the ball,” Levy said. “Defensively, we’ve had some issues. We’re not tackling well right now, and that’s a matter of you wanting to do it. Sometimes I watch us and wonder if we practice tackling each week.

“We’re a young, inexperienced team. We played as many as nine sophomores last Saturday. That’s a lot in the GCL.”

Levy said he’s been impressed with Badin on film. The Rams have only given up 34 points this year.

“They’re an opportunistic team, and they’re going to get after you,” Levy said. “Success speaks for itself.”

Friday’s game

What: Badin (4-0, 1-0 GCLC Central) at Carroll (1-3, 0-1 GCLC North)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Patriot Stadium, 4524 Linden Ave., Riverside

Last meeting: Badin won 29-21 in 2012


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