Badin overpowers Ross in season-opening rivalry Showdown

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Badin High School junior Davon Starks talks about Friday's 36-6 triumph over Ross at Hamilton's Virgil Schwarm Stadium.

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It was a long, trying offseason for Badin High School’s football team. It was even worse for Davon Starks.

He missed most of last year with a heart issue, but his play Friday night loudly announced that he is definitely back.

Starks totaled three touchdowns and 112 offensive yards as the Rams, coming off a 2-8 campaign, opened the 2017 season by thrashing Ross 36-6 in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium.

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“To be back healthy so far, I’m trying to make up for last year,” Starks said. “So I’m not slowing down anytime soon.”

A versatile runner and receiver in Badin’s offense, the junior ran 11 times for 76 yards and two scores. He also caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Flaig.

Lavassa Martin added 125 yards and two TDs on 10 carries as the host Rams kicked off the Nick Yordy era in grand style before a big crowd, storming to a 36-0 halftime lead that prompted a running clock after the break.

Badin’s Lavassa Martin (6) and Chase Luckett (66) celebrate a fumble recovery during Friday night’s 36-6 triumph over Ross in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE
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Badin’s Lavassa Martin (6) and Chase Luckett (66) celebrate a fumble recovery during Friday night’s 36-6 triumph over Ross in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

“It’s pretty neat,” said Yordy, a 1997 Badin graduate in his first head coaching job. “I’m still kind of numb a little bit … it might sink in tomorrow. My family made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen, so it’s very special.”

Ross began the night with a 61-yard kickoff return by Ryan Price. It was one of the few highlights in a terrible first half for the visitors.

Jackson Mills recovered three RHS fumbles in a span of just under seven minutes. All three led to Badin touchdowns.

“I just never quit moving,” said Mills, a junior end. “We’re pretty good up front. We’ve been prepping for weeks too, which helps. It feels amazing to win like this. I think this is the biggest crowd we’ve ever had, which makes it even better.”

Ethan Mills (23) of Ross tries to elude Badin’s Davon Starks (1) on Friday night at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. Badin recorded a 36-6 victory in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown contest. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE
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Ethan Mills (23) of Ross tries to elude Badin’s Davon Starks (1) on Friday night at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. Badin recorded a 36-6 victory in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown contest. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

Ross got outgained 247-36 in first-half yardage. The visitors avoided the shutout when Jacob Brewer scored on a 29-yard run in the third period.

“I’m happy for the kids. They were pretty locked in all week,” Yordy said. “Our guys up front did a great job offensively and defensively, our backs ran hard, and we put points on the board when we got in the red zone.”

Kenyon Commins, making his head coaching debut for Ross, was less than thrilled with his squad’s three turnovers and numerous penalties.

“First of all, hats off to Coach Yordy and his staff,” Commins said. “Obviously they prepared very well, and their kids played extremely hard. That’s one thing you know you’re going to get when you play Badin.

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Badin High School senior Ethan Krug kicks a 32-yard field goal during Friday's 36-6 victory over Ross at Hamilton's Virgil Schwarm Stadium.

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“For us, it was just undisciplined football. We’ve got to be mentally tougher, and there’s nobody to blame but me. It all starts at the top. We’ve got to make some changes and hopefully have a lot of growth from Week 1 to Week 2.”

Brewer (six carries, 42 yards) and quarterback Dylan Zimmerman (18 carries, 47 yards) were the top runners in Ross’ new triple-option offense. Zimmerman was 2-of-2 for 8 yards through the air.

Badin only threw two passes as well. Flaig was 1-of-2, and his completion to Starks opened the scoring with 4:49 left in the first stanza. Starks got behind the Ross defense in the middle of the field and caught the Flaig aerial in stride.

“They came out and told me the night before we were going to run that play and see what we can get,” Starks said. “Apparently it’s an old play too … just bringing a little bit of that old fire back into it.”

Ethan Krug chipped in a 32-yard field goal and three extra points for Badin.

Commins said during the week that Game 1 wasn’t going to make or break his team’s season. He repeated that notion after the contest.

“It’s a 10-week season for a reason,” Commins said. “The funny thing is my brother’s first game as a head coach at Mt. Healthy, we played Roger Bacon, a (Greater Catholic League) school. We got the ever-living snot kicked out of us, and we went 9-1. Now I’m not saying we’re going to go 9-1, but I’m saying the opportunity is there. Now it’s whether the kids want to take advantage of it.”

Friday’s game marked the renewal of the Badin-Ross football rivalry — the schools’ last meeting came in 2010. Badin improved to 13-0 in the series.

Badin’s Nick Yordy has his game face on during his head coaching debut Friday night, a 36-6 victory over Ross in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE
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Badin’s Nick Yordy has his game face on during his head coaching debut Friday night, a 36-6 victory over Ross in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

The Showdown’s Most Valuable Player awards went to Starks and Ross linebacker/punter Joe Valentine.

Next Friday, Badin will travel to Talawanda and Ross will host Walnut Hills.

Ross 0-0-6-0—6

Badin 12-24-0-0—36

B: Davon Starks 36 pass from Jordan Flaig (Kick failed)

B: Lavassa Martin 41 run (Run failed)

B: Ethan Krug 32 field goal

B: Starks 2 run (Krug kick)

B: Martin 22 run (Krug kick)

B: Starks 27 run (Krug kick)

R: Jacob Brewer 29 run (Run failed)

Badin’s Davon Starks hauls in a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Flaig on Friday night in a 36-6 win over Ross in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE
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Badin’s Davon Starks hauls in a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Flaig on Friday night in a 36-6 win over Ross in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

Jacob Brewer heads up the field on a run for Ross on Friday night at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. Brewer had the lone touchdown in a 36-6 loss to Badin in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE
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Jacob Brewer heads up the field on a run for Ross on Friday night at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. Brewer had the lone touchdown in a 36-6 loss to Badin in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

Shay Mather of Ross looks for running room Friday night during Badin’s 36-6 win in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE
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Shay Mather of Ross looks for running room Friday night during Badin’s 36-6 win in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

Badin’s Davon Starks finds some running room during the first quarter of the Rams’ season opener against Ross on Friday night in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. Starks scored three touchdowns as Badin won 36-6. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE
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Badin’s Davon Starks finds some running room during the first quarter of the Rams’ season opener against Ross on Friday night in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. Starks scored three touchdowns as Badin won 36-6. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

Badin’s Lavassa Martin gets past Ross defenders Anthony Records (33) and Logan Lange (72) during a 36-6 triumph in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE
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Badin’s Lavassa Martin gets past Ross defenders Anthony Records (33) and Logan Lange (72) during a 36-6 triumph in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

Badin’s Davon Starks (1) and Pat Mignery (2) celebrate after Starks caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Flaig on Friday night in a 36-6 win over Ross in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE
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Badin’s Davon Starks (1) and Pat Mignery (2) celebrate after Starks caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Flaig on Friday night in a 36-6 win over Ross in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

Kenyon Commins made his head coaching debut for Ross on Friday night in a 36-6 loss to Badin in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE
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Kenyon Commins made his head coaching debut for Ross on Friday night in a 36-6 loss to Badin in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE