Just two weeks remain in the football regular season. Mount Healthy has a stranglehold on the top spot in the conference. The Owls clinch a share of the league with a win Friday at home against Edgewood.
The race is still close and this week's matchup between Northwest and Harrison will have a huge impact on the final standings. The Knights and Wildcats are both 3-1 in the conference, the winner will have a chance to split the title with Mount Healthy, although they will need some help for that to happen.
Talawanda's Maurice Thomas has planted himself at the top of the conference rushing records. Thomas' senior season is already the best, in terms of rushing, we've ever seen in the SWOC. Last Friday, Thomas (Miami University commit) set a school-record with 339 yards on 38 touches and three touchdowns in a 34-28 win over Edgewood. With two games to go, Thomas has 1,931 rushing yards. That total is already a single-season conference record. As a sophomore, Thomas led the SWOC in rushing.
The Edgewood boys and Ross girls took home conference cross country championships Saturday at Harrison High School. Harrison finished second for the girls and Mount Healthy was second for the boys.
The Rams were led by Katelyn Goins (20:09.65) and Emily Casaceli (20:36.08) who finished first and second overall. Goins was named the Runner of the Year.
Edgewood was led by Andrew Testas (17:30.27) who finished fourth in the boys competition.
Little Miami's Ian Thunhorst, SWOC Runner of the Year, put a pace on the field and never let up. Thunhorst ran away with the best overall time (16:28.34). Mount Healthy's Tyler Holley was second (17:16.30) and Talawanda's Michael Phillips was third (17:18.12).
Harrison's Megan Bernhardt finished fourth (21:22.58) for the girls.
Visit the fall sports tab above and go to cross country to see the complete list of results. All-conference teams are also posted. Congratulations to all that competed Saturday, there was no shortage of sportsmanship.
Northwest completed one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Knights went 18-1 in the regular season and won the SWOC title, their first conference title in 23 years, according to the school. That's the best record in school history.
Northwest went undefeated in its non-conference schedule, earning the Knights a three seed in the District 2 sectional tournament. Northwest takes on sixth-seeded Chaminade Julienne on Monday (Oct. 13) at Fenwick High School.
Northwest's last conference title, in 1991, came in the Queen City Conference.
Good luck to the Knights, and the rest of the SWOC as postseason play is nearly here!
Week six didn't shy away from the tough, exciting football we've seen through the first five weeks. Mount Healthy hammered Ross, 49-14, to get to 6-0 on the season. The Owls are the last remaining unbeaten in the conference after Harrison fell to Western Brown, 50-49, in overtime.
Mount Healthy quarterback David Montgomery was 5 of 7 passing for 45 yards and a touchdown. The junior did most of his damage on the ground; 16 rushes for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
Talawanda took a step back in the right direction with a 20-7 win over Northwest. Talawanda senior Maurice Thomas remained formidable rushing 43 times for for 207 yards and three touchdowns.
Edgewood beat Little Miami, 21-7. The Cougars were led by quarterback Trace Reynolds who finished with 160 yards and two touchdowns on 8 of 12 passing.
Edgewood golfer Drake Couch, the SWOC player of the year, fired a 76 in a Division I sectional golf tournament Wednesday (Oct. 1) at Beavercreek, earning him a spot at next week's district tournament.
Talawanda's Curran Persinger also qualified for the district tournament after shooting 83 earlier this week.