Prep football: MVC Gray title, D-VII playoff berth earned by New Miami

MIAMISBURG — New Miami High School’s football team secured its first Miami Valley Conference championship since 1988 and the second playoff berth in school history Friday with a 13-6 triumph over Dayton Christian at Harmon Field.

Trey Robinette connected with Jordan Robinette for an 8-yard touchdown off a fake field goal for the Vikings, and David Cunningham ran 14 times for 68 yards and a TD.

Dalton Garrett and Donovan Howard led the defensive effort as New Miami moved to 6-4 overall and 5-0 in the MVC Gray Division. The Warriors finished 7-3, 4-1.

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Dayton Christian got 123 yards on 14 carries from Seth Griswold, and 58 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries from Ethan Powell.

The Vikings are set to travel to Fort Loramie (9-1) for a Division VII, Region 28 playoff opener next Saturday — that will be confirmed when the Ohio High School Athletic Association releases the pairings Sunday. New Miami’s only other postseason appearance came in 2008.

“I’m just super excited for these kids,” Vikings coach Jessie Hubbard said. “They are great, hard-working young men that get very little respect. That was our motivation tonight. We preached to them if someone doesn’t respect you, prove them wrong and go out and earn that respect and show them what the village is all about. Show them you are hard-nosed, nothing-ever-comes-easy type of kids.

“My guys played their tails off. I’m super proud of them. They are definitely a part of me and my family for the rest of my life. The MVC title is what we strived for since May … now we get to play Week 11. Just maybe we can earn Fort Loramie’s respect.”

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