For the past two weeks the Trotwood-Madison (11-2) offense has looked extremely comfortable and they were in command on Pat Mancuso Field at Viking Stadium at Princeton High School. The Rams have put up 95 points and won back-to-back games over FAVC opponents Winton Woods and Kings en route to the Regional Championship and representing the Dayton area in Ohio's Division II final four.
Antwan Gilbert ran for five touchdowns in the first three quarters and 241 yards as the Rams' offense executed flawlessly for a second straight week in Cincinnati, beating Kings (11-2) handily. Gilbert has been sensational in the postseason with over 600 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns in the three victories for Trotwood-Madison. His five touchdowns in the contest equal a career high for the senior running back.
The Rams' defense has bent, but never broke against great running backs in Zach Lonneman, Aaron Kemper and Jamire Westbrook the past three Fridays. They have done enough to win. Even though these back have gotten their yards they have gone unnoticed because of T-Mad's dominant play on offense.
--Postgame: Antwan Gilbert, Trotwood-Madison
--Postgame: Andy Olds, Kings
--Postgame: Jonny Brewster, Kings
Kings took a 7-6 lead after one quarter of play but then it was an offensive explosion by the Rams. Trotwood-Madison scored three touchdowns in a nine-minute span of the second quarter. The Knights would halt that streak as Evan Berg hit a 40-yard field goal to end the half at 25-10 Trotwood-Madison.
The third period would not fair much better for the Knights as the Rams saw eight minutes go off the clock before they crossed the goal on two more runs to push the advantage to 39-17 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Quarterback Jensen Gebhardt completed 16-of-25 for 216 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Westbrook gained 108 yards on 22 carries for Kings in defeat. They are just two of several juniors set to return for a Kings' team that will be highly-rated.
Trotwood-Madison moves on to play Uniontown Lake (10-3) next Friday night at a site to still be determined.
Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com