The defense ranks third in the GMC with just 271.1 yards and 18.6 points allowed per game. Nathan Rosario registers a team-leading 45 tackles, Ethan Evans has two forced fumbles and two interceptions and Caleb Vanhosser has the team’s lone defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery.
Meanwhile, West has been steamrolling through its competition since dropping a 31-14 loss to defending state champion St. Xavier in the opener.
Heading into Friday’s home game against Middletown (0-7), the Firebirds have outscored their last six opponents 231-54, averaging 38.5 points per game on offense with quarterback Mitch Bolden leading the GMC with 1,122 yards passing and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions. Bolden adds 386 yards on the ground and six rushing touchdowns, while Cameron Goode has 543 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.
Aden Miller leads the defense with 51 tackles, while Joshua Fussell has three interceptions.
SWOC action heating up
Ross (5-1), Edgewood (4-2) and Harrison (3-3) all remain 2-0 in Southwest Ohio Conference play, but at least one of those teams will have a blip on their conference record after Friday.
The Rams play host to Harrison, while Edgewood is looking to extend a four-game winning streak while hosting Talawanda (1-5, 0-2 SWOC). Edgewood and Ross play next week in Trenton before the Cougars finish up at Harrison.
Ross won its first SWOC title last year, Harrison won it in 2019 and Edgewood had titles three straight seasons before that in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the last one shared with Harrison.
Also on a roll…
Monroe and Badin keep piling up wins as well and will be looking to keep their momentum going into Week 8 games.
The Hornets (6-1) earned a big 28-7 win over Franklin last week to improve to 3-0 in the Southwestern Buckeye League East with a fifth straight victory overall. They travel to Waynesville (4-3, 1-3 SWBL) on Friday as the only team in the SWBL without a league loss.
Badin (7-0, 2-0 GCLC) is coming off a 31-0 win over Alter last week and remains one of two undefeated teams in the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed division, setting up a potential title game against McNicholas (7-0, 2-0 GCLC) on Oct. 22.
The Rams, who have shut out three opponents this season, travel to play Chaminadeulienne on Friday.