• Fairmont coach Dave Miller didn’t consider it a long shot to switch promising quarterback Garrett Baker to defensive tackle. According to Miller, Baker could excel at multiple positions for the Firebirds.
“He’s a really good athlete, strong and has very good leverage,” Miller said after Baker’s partial blocked punt led to a 25-24 defeat of host Miamisburg in the final seconds. “That’s why he’s down there. He could play a lot of positions.”
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A 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior, Baker is a cousin of Fairmont standout senior linebacker Trey Baker. The punt block was the first of Garrett’s career. He blew through the middle of Miamisburg’s line untouched and deflected the ball with an elbow.
“I was so excited,” he said. “I didn’t say anything and no one knew I blocked it until the game was over.”
• Troy senior running back Jaydon Culp-Bishop remained the GWOC’s No. 2 rusher with 262 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-14 defeat of Tippecanoe. He has 974 yards rushing and 16 TDs. Troy (5-1) is at Butler (4-2) in Week 7.
Xenia senior Sincere Wells maintained his GWOC rushing lead (1,038 yards, 12 TDs), but was limited to a season-low 66 yards in that loss at Springfield.
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• Northmont senior quarterback Miles Johnson torched Lebanon by completing 24 of 33 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-7 win. Justin Golson had 10 catches for 152 yards and two scores. Jazz Keys had just two catches, but was good for 100 yards, including a 70-yard TD catch in the first minute to ignite the rout.
Johnson took over the GWOC lead in passing (1,316 yards, 16 TDs). Northmont (5-1) hosts Springfield (6-0) in a Week 7 GWOC crossover showdown.
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• Piqua (4-2) stopped Sidney’s two-point conversion with five minutes left for a 14-12 win in its GWOC American North opener. Micah Karn’s TD midway through the fourth quarter was the game winner.
• Willieon Yates accounted for 225 yards of offense and five touchdowns in Springboro’s 34-7 defeat of Beavercreek.
• Streaking Alter (5-1) won its fifth straight by overwhelming Purcell Marian 55-0. It was the Knights’ 18th consecutive defeat of the Cavaliers.
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Alter remains in a tie with CJ for the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North lead at 3-0. CJ’s Quincy Johnson scored on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard-line with 1:39 left to dodge Roger Bacon, 35-28.
Carroll senior Fred Butts had 155 yards rushing and scored twice but the Patriots (4-2, 1-2) dropped their second straight, falling 24-21 at Badin.
Jack Fessler rushed for 279 yards and five TDs in Fenwick’s 57-26 defeat of McNicholas. Fenwick (4-2, 2-1) hosts CJ in Week 7.
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• Marion Local stretched its win streak to 33 by scoring 21 second-half points and shutting down St. Henry, 28-7. The Flyers remain tied with Coldwater for the Midwest Athletic Conference lead at 4-0 and remain on course for a Week 10 showdown that likely will decide the MAC title.
Coldwater QB Jake Hemmelgarn completed 19 of 24 passes for 169 yards and two TDs in a 28-0 blanking of New Bremen.
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• Covington re-emerged into Cross County Conference contention following a late Cade Schmelzer to Andrew Cates touchdown pass to stun defending champ Miami East, 19-17.
Fort Loramie (5-1, 4-0) maintained its CCC lead with a 52-6 rout of Twin Valley South. Covington (3-3, 3-1) is tied with Tri-County North (4-2, 3-1) for second in the conference. Miami East (4-2, 2-2) and Bethel (4-2, 2-2) are tied for fourth. Bethel dodged Arcanum 21-20 and Tri-County North did the same with National Trail, 24-21.
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• There are two area Week 7 games on Thursday: Ponitz (0-6) at Cincinnati Gamble Montessori (2-4) and Tri-Village (3-3) at Twin Valley South (3-3).