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Playoff Primer: Ohio DIV – Region 16

November 2, 2012
By Brandon Saho of TriStateFootball

The question here is can anyone raise their level of play to match the high-powered offense of reigning Region 16 champion, Clinton-Massie? The Falcons look to be head and shoulders above the rest of this group. All comers will be hungry to upset the #1 seed, but in order to do that they are going to have to play flawless football for 48 minutes. 

Norwood, CHCA, and Madeira all enter the postseason with just one loss on their resumes. All three teams will prove to be tough outs in the days and weeks to come. 

Here is a look at Friday night’s action inside Ohio Division IV action in Southwest Ohio: 

(All games played Friday, November, 2nd @ 7:30 pm) 

#8 Madeira (9-1) @ #1 Clinton-Massie (10-0) – This will be Clinton-Massie’s 12th trip to the postseason (all since 1998). The Falcons won the Regional title for the first time in 2011. This team is potent on offense (606 points during the regular season) and loaded with playoff experience. Quarterback Tyler Uetrecht will be making his seventh start in November. The backfield of Bayle Wolf and Wyatt Running are arguably the best running tandem in Region 16. Trent Smart, a major college recruit, causes havoc from his defensive end position. Madeira is making their seventh playoff appearance. Kelson Gauden pairs with Smart to bring bunches of pressure on opposing backfields. The Mustangs are looking for their first-ever victory in Week 11. Ironic balance – Madeira quarterback Zack Jansen threw for 1,693 yards and top runner Timmy James rushed for the same amount on the ground. The duo accounted for 44 scores. On defense, Andrew McDulin finished the year with 111 total tackles and 18.0 sacks. 

#5 CHCA (9-1) @ #4 Batavia (10-0) – For the second time in five years Batavia head coach Don Sizer has led an SBAAC team to an undefeated campaign (he did it with Western Brown in 2008). The Bulldogs have two 1,000-yard runners with quarterback Keyshawn Foley and running back Zainn Ison. Expect a healthy Ryan Gormley to get a large portion of the carries on Friday night if the weather is bad. Gabe Archer has been a beast for the Batavia defense with 14.0 sacks and six takeaways. This is CHCA’s third straight trip to the postseason and eighth overall (all since 2002). Junior quarterback Conner Osborne was under center last fall when the Eagles knocked off previously unbeaten Madeira out of the playoffs. 

#7 Milton-Union (8-2) @ #2 Westfall (9-1) – Tyler Brown, Joe Thoele and David Karns lead the Milton-Union offensive attack. Brown has over 1,000 yards rushing and over 30 career touchdowns. This is the Bulldogs’ sixth overall playoff appearance, all coming since 2002. Kicker Nick Fields might just be the x-factor for M-U as he can change field position with his punting or be sent out to kick a long field goal to finish off a drive for the offense. Westfall is making their ninth overall post-season appearance. The Mustangs won the regional back in 2007. 

#6 Fenwick (8-2) @ #3 Norwood (9-1) – This affair pits two squads that mirror each other with their toughness. Fenwick’s only two losses were by one point in overtime. The Falcons can be scored upon as they are allowing 25.6 points per game. The Indians have held nine of their opponents to 17 points or fewer. Norwood quarterback Andrew Conover set the school record for passing yards. His favorite target is classmate Jared Peters, who has 11 touchdowns and 886 yards receiving. Running back Gabe Rice has 1,022 yards and 13 scores rushing for Norwood. Fenwick is led by quarterback Ricky Davis. The senior has thrown for 1,213 yards and accounted for 21 touchdowns (16 passing and five rushing). Frank Catrine does it all for the Falcons with 2,190 all-purpose yards and 21 total touchdowns.

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