Alter (6-1) is now the team to beat in the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North. That’s been a long-running challenge for Hamilton Badin (5-2), which will play Alter at Fairmont in a Week 8 GCL Co-Ed crossover game at 7 p.m. Friday. Badin hasn’t beaten Alter since 1999, a span of 20 games that includes the playoffs.
Alter’s Ed Domitz is in his 43rd season as a high school football head coach. Alter participated in a four-way scrimmage at Beavercreek on Sat., Aug. 11, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Alter (4-0) is alone in first place in the GCL North. CJ and Fenwick (both 3-1) are tied for second and Carroll (1-3) fourth. CJ was ranked No. 1 in the midseason debut of the Associated Press Division III state poll and is still No. 1 in the D-III, Region 12 computer rankings.
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However, CJ lost most of its starting backfield after Week 5 because of the new Ohio High School Athletic Association transfer rule and dropped its first game last week at Fenwick, 34-19.
Alter is at McNicholas in Week 9 and “hosts” CJ at Fairmont in Week 10. Like last season, Alter and CJ could be paired again the following week in a D-III, Region 12 playoff opener.
Alter QB Connor Bazelak had a career night, with personal highs for attempts, completions and yards. Alter defeated host Centerville 10-7 in a Week 3 high school football game on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Domsitz likes how the Knights recovered from that Week 1 loss, again.
“These kids have been ready to play every game,” he said, “so I can’t complain about that.”
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• Wayne (5-2, 2-0) will host Fairmont (6-1, 1-0) in another high-stakes Greater Western Ohio Conference National East matchup. Both teams are in D-I, Region 3 playoff contention, Fairmont at No. 2 and Wayne No. 10.
Wayne is in playoff preview mode. The Warriors are at Springfield (6-1, 1-0) in Week 9 and host Trotwood-Madison (5-2) in Week 10. Wayne likely would host a playoff game if it sweeps those games.
Fairmont is on a five-game win streak after falling 24-21 at Northmont in a Week 2 game that was completed the next day because of multiple Friday lightning delays. Wayne handed Northmont its only loss, 49-20 in Week 4.
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• Covington (4-3) has emerged at the hottest team in the Cross County Conference. The Buccaneers roasted Bethel 54-7 last week and could run out the regular season with a seven-game win streak. If that happens, it should vault the Buccs into the D-VI, Region 24 playoffs. Covington is No. 10 this week.
Fort Loramie (6-1) has won six straight and should be favored to win the CCC title. Loramie defeated Covington 33-14 in Week 3.
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• Bellbrook (7-0, 3-0) hosts Brookville (6-1, 3-0) in what will go a long way to decide the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern title. The Golden Eagles are No. 2 in the D-III state poll. Brookville lost only at Anna 48-27 in Week 2.
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