It was a year ago that Winton Woods began a magical run that would result with them being crowned Division II State Champions. Now, the Warriors begin their bid for a repeat as they host Carroll in an opening-round playoff game.
Kings earned the two seed en route to the FAVC Cardinal crown with a win over Tuprin last week. They are going to be a tough out.
Trotwood-Madison began the season ranked No. 1 in the QueenCityHigh.com / FOX19 Ohio Division II-III Rankings. Whether or not they can finish the season there remains to be seen.
Let's take a closer look at this week's matchups:
DIVISION II, REGION 8
games played on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
#8 Dayton Carroll (7-3) at #1 Winton Woods (9-1)
Carroll needed a thrilling, last-minute touchdown against Bishop Fenwick to get here. Now that the Patriots are back in the post-season they get the unenviable task of trying to knock out the defending state champions. It won't be easy as Winton Woods comes into the game on a roll with nine wins in a row. The Warriors are running downhill at this point of the season and that does not bode well for opponents. Winton Woods averages 356 yards and five touchdowns per game rushing.
#7 New Carlisle Tecumseh (7-3) at #2 Kings (9-1)
Head coach Andy Olds has been raving about Kings' defensive front for several weeks now. He should be howling about them because the Knights have shutout three of their last seven opponents and not allowed more than 14 points the last five outings. Tecumseh lost games in Weeks 8 and 9 to Division III playoff teams Shawnee and Tippecanoe who are a combined 18-2. Don't let their record fool you they are post-season tested and will give Kings all they can handle.
#6 Mount Healthy (8-2) at #3 Turpin (9-1)
If ever there was a right time for Mount Healthy to draw a battered Turpin team now would be it. The Owls must put continuous pressure on Spartans' quarterback Conner Jansen. If Joel Heath and company can do that and not allow the big play then they have a legitimate shot at a victory. Turpin's defense is capable of shutting down the Mount Healthy offense it will be up to their offense to make plays. The home crown will be a plus in this affair.
#5 Harrison (5-5) at #4Trotwood-Madison (8-2)
Harrison hobbles into this having lost four of their last five games, all to Division I teams. Trotwood-Madison is going the opposite direction winning five in a row while getting tailback Antwan Gilbert healthy. The Rams have scored 56 and 57 points the last two weeks. Expect another large scoring output as the Wildcats are prone to giving up big points to running teams. If Trotwood-Madison can force Harrison into third and long passing situations and force quarterback Marcus Woelfel to force the ball downfield into a talented secondary it will mean good things are going to happen for the Rams.
Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com