Northwest is the only team to have two wins (2-1) at this point in the young season. Wilmington is 1-1 and Talawanda is 1-2. The five other SWOC teams are still in search of their first wins this season.
Wilmington's Jarron Cumberland is currently leading the conference in scoring with 29 points per game. His cousin, and teammate, Jaevin Cumberland is averaging 21.5 points per game which ranks second in the conference.
Little Miami point guard Austin Hinds is leading the conference in assists with five per game.
The girls' season is off to a competitive start. Wilmington and Little Miami both remain unbeaten at 5-0. Close behind are Ross and Talawanda at 4-1. Wilmington at Little Miami are also the only SWOC teams to average at least 60 points per game and hold opponents to under 40 points.
Little Miami senior Amy Bullimore is off to an impressive start averaging 20.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Edgewood's Brittany Marts is currently second in scoring with 17.0 points per game and Talawanda senior Ana Richter is third with 16.4.
Wilmington's Hannah Spurlock is leading the SWOC in assists with 5.2 a game.
Northwest is off to a 3-0 start and Harrison is 3-3. Little Miami's Gavin Vires has the highest series so far this season with a 526. Vires is also averaging 204.8 per game. Northwest is led by Colton Lipps with a 206.8 game average.
Northwest is 3-0, but Harrison has put up an impressive 5-1 mark early in the season. Mount Healthy is also 3-1. Northwest's Lindsey Gehlenborg leads the conference with a 192 game average a 430 high series. Harrison's Gabby Grubbs leads the Wildcats with a 163.6 game average.
Mount Healthy scored more points than Loveland had allowed all season, but the Owls allowed 21 unanswered points late and Loveland came back to win the Division II, Region 6 title game.
It was Mount Healthy's first regional final appearance in school history. Congratulations to the Owls (especially seniors) on a great senior and great playoff run.
In the second round of the Division II, Region 6 football playoffs Mount Healthy completed a comeback late to beat Winton Woods 13-10. The Owls will meet top-seeded Loveland, who beat Northwest 45-14. It will be Mount Healthy's first regional final appearance in school history, according to the school.
Mount Healthy trailed Winton Woods 10-7 late in the fourth quarter until DeShawn Jackson caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from David Montgomery with 1:11 left in the game. The Owls trailed Winton Woods 3-0 at the half.
Mount Healthy and Loveland will play Friday (Nov. 22) at Lockland's Roettinger Field at 7:30 p.m.
Northwest started out great against Loveland. The Knights and Tigers traded touchdowns in the game's opening eight minutes which featured a combined 28 points. But, that's all Northwest would get and another playoff season came to an end for a senior class that became the winningest class in Northwest history.
Northwest won its first playoff game in school history Friday night. The Knights, the No. 4 seed, beat fifth-seeded Harrison 56-35 in a Division II, Region 6 game that was played at Colerain.
No. 2 Mount Healthy beat up No. 7 Withrow, 40-19, for the Owls' first playoff win since 2010. Mount Healthy will face Winton Woods and Northwest will take on top-ranked Loveland in a pair of regional semifinal games.
Both regional semifinal games will take place on Friday (Nov. 15). Northwest and Loveland are at Lakota West at 7:30 p.m. and Mount Healthy-Winton Woods are at Lockland at 7:30 p.m.
For the second year in a row the SWOC has produced three Division II playoff football teams. Mount Healthy and Northwest were there last year, but Harrison is new to the party since joining the SWOC (made playoffs in 2011). The difference this season is that Harrison and Northwest face off in the first round and No. 2 Mount Healthy hosts No. 7 Withrow. Harrison, the No. 5 seed, will travel to No. 4 Northwest for a rematch of a week nine game that Harrison won 28-13.
Mount Healthy will have to play physical to beat Withrow.
“We have to control the line of scrimmage,” said Mount Healthy coach Arvie Crouch. “Whoever controls the line of scrimmage will win this game.”
Much depends on that line for the Owls who rely on a potent rushing attack and a stingy defense. The 28 points Mount Healthy allowed Northwest last week were the most they’ve allowed all season. The rushing attack is led by quarterback David Montgomery who had 213 yards and 4 TDs in the league-clinching win at Northwest. Montgomery posted a conference record for rushing yards in a single season this year with 1,386.
According to Crouch the Owls are “jacked up” for this Friday’s home game. But Mount Healthy also knows that in the playoffs anything can happen which is why it’s been a primary concern this week to clean up the style of play.
“We turned the ball over three times last week,” said Crouch. “We can’t turn the ball over or commit penalties, it will cost us.”
Withrow comes in at 8-2, the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference champion.
“They’re fast and physical,” said Crouch of Withrow. “They have big-play potential.”
Harrison (7-3) and Northwest (8-2) are familiar with each other. That has its advantages and disadvantages.
“On the surface, it’s nice to know an opponent we’ve already scouted and schemed for,” said Northwest coach Nate Mahon. “From that end, we’re not wasting a whole bunch of time.”
In their week nine meeting, Harrison jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead which clearly took the Knights out of their game.
“We want to play fast. I felt the first time we played we didn’t play fast, we can’t be tentative,” said Mahon.
Harrison coach Kent McCullough said his team’s excited after not making the postseason last year.
“It will come down to who can execute,” said McCullough. “We’ve worked on getting better week in and week out and it’s a credit to the senior class of demanding not an average performance, but their very best.”
Both teams are loaded with skill players on offense. Northwest is led by quarterback Cory Roberson and wide receiver Darius Johnson who set a conference record this season for touchdown catches with 13.
Harrison has a lethal combination of its own with quarterback Jake Weber and wideout AJ Glines who had over 800 yards receiving and 10 touchdown catches.