Un­beat­ens set for show­down

Cen­ter­ville (3-0) trav­els to play Spring­field (3-0) in GWOC Na­tional East.

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS - By Marc Pendle­ton Staff Writer

It’s not Cen­ter­ville vs. Spring­field South, but it’s the next best thing.

A Week 4 matchup of Greater Western Ohio Con­fer­ence Na­tional East con­tenders Cen­ter­ville at Spring­field has ev­ery­thing on the line. Both are un­beaten (3-0) headed into the di­vi­sion opener. Both are in early Di­vi­sion I, Re­gion 3 play­off con­tention.

Be­sides, this se­ries res­onates back when Spring­field was split with North and South. The Cen­ter­ville-South se­ries was es­pe­cially high-end en­ter­tain­ment, of­ten re­sult­ing in un­likely shootouts that weren’t de­cided un­til the end.

“I can re­mem­ber be­ing a ball boy back in the day and Spring­field South would roll into town and be just im­pres­sive,” said firstyear Cen­ter­ville coach Brent Ullery, a se­nior dur­ing the 2002 Cen­ter- ville-South matchup that the Elks won 42-41 in the fi­nal minute.

Cen­ter­ville and Spring­field have been high achiev­ers through three games. Cen­ter­ville, a fre­quent play­off par­tic­i­pant, missed the post­sea­son thep­ast two sea­sons.

Spring­field is com­ing off a play­off sea­son and ap­pears to have its best team since Mau­rice Dou­glass left an ul­tra-suc­cess­ful pro­gram at Trot­wood-Madison and took over the Wild­cats in 2014.

Both te a ms are loaded on the lines and at the skill po­si­tions. Spring­field se­nior quar­ter­back Leonard Tay­lor, a 6-foot-6, 238-pounder who also dou­bles as a de­fen­sive end, is sec­ond in the GWOC in pass­ing: 44 of 81 for 654 yards, five touch­downs and four

in­ter­cep­tions. He’s be­ing re­cruited by many ma­jor pro­grams, es­pe­cially Ken­tucky.

Cen­ter­ville coun­ters with Alec Grandin: 42 of 69 for 589 yards, five TDs and no INTs.

All five Na­tional East teams — Beaver­creek, Cen­ter­ville, Fair-

mont, Spring­field and Wayne — are in D-I, Re­gion 3. In­cred­i­bly, only Wayne (2-1) has a loss head­ing into Week 4 play. That means all of th­ese teams could land play­off re­matches should they ad­vance. The top eight in each re­gion qual­ify for the post­sea­son.

Spring­field won 26-20 last sea­son on a Hail Mary pass in the fi­nal sec­onds. Cen­ter­ville won 35-32 in 2015.

Prior to the game at Evans Sta­dium, Spring­field will honor the 1992 North team that won a Western Ohio League ti­tle and par­tic­i­pated in the play­offs. This year’s game will be tele­vised at 11 p.m. today on tape de­lay by Spec­trum chan­nels 1311, 311 and 99.

This is the fourth straight sea­son Mi­amis­burg has been un­de­feated when play­ing Wayne. But none of the three pre­vi­ous matchups worked out for the Vik­ings, who lost all three by a com­bined 139-29.

This is the first time Wayne (2-1) will have played an area team. The War­riors were blown out in a sea­son opener at Pitts­burgh on ESPN, won at Olen­tangy Lib­erty and last week took out an­other Cana­dian club. Mi­amis­burg (3-0) is com­ing off a 41-6 rout of Love­land.

The 50/50 ticket raf­fle should be a hot item when Mar­ion Lo­cal hosts Min­ster at Maria Stein on Fri­day if last week’s game at Cold­wa­ter is any in­di­ca­tion.

Mar­ion Lo­cal and Min­ster are 3-0, have im­pres­sive wins and are ranked No. 1 in the first As­so­ci­ated Press state polls. Mar­ion Lo­cal, com­ing off a 13-7 win at Cold­wa­ter, is No. 1 in D-VI and Min­ster No. 1 in D-VII.

Here are some im­pres­sive MAC stats: In the past three reg­u­lar-sea­son games be­tween Mar­ion Lo­cal and Cold­wa­ter, a com­bined $78,830 in the 50/50 raf­fle draw­ings has been col­lected. That means $39,415 has been given to lucky win­ners. The schools split the other half be­tween the ath­letic de­part­ments.

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