Unbeatens set for showdown
Centerville (3-0) travels to play Springfield (3-0) in GWOC National East.
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.