Journal-News | Friday, September 25, 2020 C SPORTS COLLEGE HOOPS: TOP-50 RECRUIT PUTS DAYTON IN HIS FINAL FOUR C6 News: Delivery: More local sports coverage. firstname.lastname@example.org 937- 610- 7555 | journal-news.com/subscribe or (877) 267-0018 | OHIOSTATEBUCKEYES CINCINNATIREDS NFL ONLINE Get the latest on theBuckeyes’ recruiting efffffffffffforts at Keep upwith the latest updates on the Reds andMLB at Get the latest on the Bengals, Browns andNFLnews at EXTRAS Journal-News.com. Journal-News.com. Journal-News.com. PREPFOOTBALL Ross looks to secure a winning record for the second straight year. Commins expects a physical battle. The Rams have won the last two meetings against the Cougars by five points combined, including a 21-20 overtime victory in 2019. Edgewood can keep its SWOC title hopes alive with a win, as the four teams all have two conference losses already. “I’d be lying to you if I said we haven’t discussed the idea of a league championship, but the fact it’s Edgewood is enough,” Commins said. “Whatever comes “I don’t knowif (the opening 41-7 loss to Badin) was a ‘wakeup call,’ but we’ve played well since then,” said Ross coach Kenyon Commins, whose team is on a 3-game winning streak. TODAY’S GAMES ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Carlisle at Waynesville Carroll vs. Badin at Edgewood C-J at Fenwick Edgewood at Ross Fairfield at Lakota East Franklin at Eaton Madison at Northridge Mason at Hamilton Middletown at Princeton Monroe at Oakwood NewMiami atCin. CountryDay Talawanda at Mount Healthy ByLaurelPfahler ContributingWriter other Ross football team has a chance to clinch the Southwest Ohio Conference title with a win coach Kenyon Commins doesn’t want his playersoverthinking anopportunity to lift a trophy. Ross (3-1, 3-0SWOC) hostsEdgewood (2-2, 2-1SWOC) tonight, and The overEdgewoodtonight, but NICK Prepfootball continued onC6 GRAHAM / STAFF REDS BENGALS StarWRmissed 2019 with injury, preseason because of pandemic. ByLaurelPfahler ContributingWriter A.J. Green said he’s still shaking offff some of the rust from not playing for 18 months. Joe Mixon believes he’s doing everything he should be out of backfifield but just can’t get explosive plays to Earlier this week, center Trey Hopkins put the onus on the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line to turn things around for rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, but the teamcould use a littlemagic from its biggest weapons. The Bengals (0-2) travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles (0-2) on Sunday, looking to get the running game going and for deep shots to open up things up for the offffffffffffense. “I like to work, I like to feel comfortable,” said Green, who is playing his games since Dec. 2, 2018, because of toe and ankle injuries. “Not even having an offseason, I missed a lot of training camp (because of hamstring tightness). Thenwe didn’t have any preseason, so that’s a lot of to miss then go into the game and feel comfortable. But I make no excuses, I just go out there work. I knowit’s going to be tough, but I accept the challenge. That’s part of being great.” Cincinnati opened last week’s game against the Browns with a 35-yard pass to Green down the CINCINNATI— The Reds grounds crewreacts after Eugenio Suarez’s home run against the Brewers onWednesday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. DAVID JABLONSKI / STAFF the pop. A. J. Green’s longest catch so far is 15 yards, and he had just three receptions for 29 yards inWeek 2, despite 13 targets. AP As grounds crew member, inventive Elam his voice. shade more often. Fromthatposition, the grounds crewalsowas better able to cheer on the team, and they did sowith gusto. It was a storyline all season as Reds played in front of a mostly-empty ballpark. Fans never got to attend because of the coronavirus pandemic. “When you’re the only spectators in the stands, it’s hard to cheer,” Elam said Thursday. “It just naturally tookover. I think the players appreciatedthat helped with that effffffffffffort by supplying uswith the noisemakers.” The Reds (29-28) playedthe last of 30 home games Wednesday. TODAY’S GAME SUNDAY’S GAME fifinds Red ds atTwins, 1 0p.m., FS o, 700,1410 8: Ohio Bengals Be at agles, 1p.m., BS, 1530, 02.7,104.7 the ByDavidJablonski Ea StaffffWriter CB fifirst 10 Nick Elam is sort of a renaissance man. The Madison High School and University of Dayton graduate is a professor at Ball State University. He created the Elam Ending, the rule that transformed the ends of games in The Basketball Tournament and was even used in NBA All-Star Game earlier this year. Also, for the last 15 years, Elam has found to work for Reds grounds crew at Great American Ball Park. He got his start in that line of work in 2003 with the Dayton Dragons when he needed a summer job, and it led to a position three years later in Cincinnati. I n 2 02 0 , E l am’ s long groundskeeping career led to a unique opportunity. He was one of the fewpeoplewho got to watch the Cincinnati Reds in person. Not even the players’ families had that access. The grounds crew started the season watching games from the left- side then moved to the rightfifield line, near the Reds dugout, because they would be in the not left which he caught, but the play was reviewed and reversed as being out of bounds. Bengals still moved the ball downfifield, but they settled for a goal and ended up playing catchup after the Browns scored touchdowns two drives. Burrow has completed one of 12 pass attempts for more than sideline, andeven has time fifirst and The the fifield and their fifirst time Cincinnati the Redscontinued onC2 fifield and ALSOINSIDE » Bauer will likely pitch one more time in regular season, Bengals continued onC2 C2 BROWNS Browns rookie on Chase Young: ‘He’s just a freak of nature’ Former Ohio State standout will be a big challenge for Wills. lot of speed and power, which is a goodcombinationof everything you need.” The Brownswere careful not to overwhelm Wills with too much Garrett intraining campashewas comingupthesteeplearningcurve fromright tackle at Alabama toleft in the pros. But he may have gotten just to inoculate himself against what he’ll experience onSundayatFirstEnergyStadium. Young is tied for the first in the Heading into Sunday’s game, Chase Young (99) not only leads Washington with 2.5 sacks, but has eight tackles, twoQB hits, two tackles for a loss and one forced fumble. SUNDAY’S GAME Washington W at rowns, 1p.m., ox, 1290,95.7 Br Fo ByMaryKayCabot cleveland.com Browns rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. consumed microdoses of Myles Garrett inpractice, ready for a full aguyjust likethat onSunday inChase Young, Washington’s No. 2 pick out of CLEVELAND— enough has Ohio State. “He’s just a freak of nature,” Wills saidWednesday on a video call. “You don’t see a lot of guys likehimaroundtheleague. Hejust has a lot of size and ability and a andfeels injectionof DARRYL overall Brownscontinued onC2 WEBB / AP YOUR TRUSTED SOURCE FOR SAVINGS THE FIRST PLACE TO LOOK FOR DEALS AND VALUE. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . 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