October 1, 2014

GWOC Central play begins this week with the following matchups:

Beavercreek @ Northmont — both teams come into this game at 2-3.  Over the past few years, these two programs have been very tough defensively but find themselves struggling this year with young personnel.  The Thunderbolts are surrendering 350 yards and 34.6 points per game while the Beavers are giving up 374 yards and 36.8 points per contest.  The stats suggest this one could be a high scoring affair, but both defenses are improving.  Northmont has been known to load the box and go all out to stop the run — look for the Thunderbolts to pull out all the stops to slow down the top rushing attack in the GWOC.  The Beavers need to avoid turnovers and be able to come away with points in the red zone.  Last week, junior Mikey Chuck hit 3 field goals.  This one could come down to a kick.

Springfield @ Wayne — Wayne begins Central play at 5-0 and has been dominant thus far in its nonconference schedule — scoring 242 points and only allowing 32, including three shutouts.  Lakota West is the only one of Wayne’s five opponents to score a touchdown against the Warriors.  Last week, Wayne humbled upstart Miamisburg 45-3.  Springfield on the other hand is in rebuilding mode at 2-3, but is coming off a 35-13 win at Butler last week.  But Wayne may be too much for the young Wildcats.

Centerville @ Fairmont — Fairmont has won three in a row and comes into this game at 3-2.  But, the Firebirds have struggled against tougher competition, dropping games to Miamisburg and Alter to begin the season.  Centerville on the other hand has already beaten Springboro and Trotwood Madison.  The 5-0 Elks, under new head coach Rodney Roberts, now have a balanced offense and average 190 yards on the ground and 145 yards through the air per game.  Also back is senior running back Damian Popp who rushed for 1,797 yards and 19 TDs last year — this year Popp has rushed for 529 yards and 6 scores.  Centerville will test Fairmont’s winning streak, and the Firebird defense.