Centerville at Northmont among key Week 7 games

If you’re unable to attend the Centerville (6-0) at Northmont (5-1) high school football game today, Time Warner Cable is your next-best ticket. The key Greater Western Ohio Conference contest will be shown at 11 p.m. today on Channels 311 and 1311 (HD).

Regardless of the outcome, these two Central Division heavyweights and Wayne (5-1) all appear to be locks to make the expanded D-I, Region 2 playoffs.

There is no immediate road relief for Centerville, which is at Wayne next week.

  • Covington (6-0) gets its second straight matchup against an unbeaten Cross County Conference foe at Miami East (6-0) today. Last week Covington handed Tri-County North (5-1) its first setback, 22-14.

The third of the three key CCC games has East at TC North next week. All three teams also appear to be playoff bound, East and TC North in D-VI, Region 22 and Covington in D-II, Region 26.

  • Franklin (5-1) is cruising as expected, especially with talented junior Luke Kennard at quarterback. It’s Valley View (6-0) and Eaton (5-1) that is the surprise of the Southwestern Buckeye League.

Franklin is at Valley View today in a matchup that could determine the Southwestern Division title. If not, Eaton’s game at Franklin in Week 8 could. If the divisional championship is still up for grabs after all that, it won’t be following Valley View’s Week 9 game at Eaton.

  • It’s no contest; Sidney (4-2) is the surprise of the GWOC. The Yellow Jackets have pounced on winless St. Marys Memorial, West Carrollton and Belmont. Last week’s 42-28 shootout defeat of Troy carries a lot more clout.
  • Thurgood Marshall (3-2) could punch its D-III, Region 10 playoff ticket by beating top-ranked and defending D-III state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (6-0) on Saturday.

The Cougars are No. 4 in the computer rankings but won’t get much second-level point help should they win out as expected against Belmont, Dunbar and Ponitz Tech.

Saturday’s game at Welcome Stadium (7 p.m.) will be televised live on TWC Channels 311 and 1311 (HD).

  • Here’s hoping that Ohio doesn’t follow Kentucky’s lead in dropping the postgame handshake. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association mandated that its teams in all sports drop the handshake. However, teams can choose to ignore the order.

A confrontation between girls volleyball players this fall was among several high-profile incidents that prompted the KHSAA to take action.

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