Mount Healthy wins fourth SWOC football title
Mount Healthy and Northwest battled all night Friday in the regular season finale. The Owls prevailed 27-24 to clinch their fourth consecutive conference football title, going unbeaten in conference action (6-0).
Mount Healthy senior quarterback David Montgomery had arguably one of the best offensive seasons we've ever seen (Talawanda's Maurice Thomas in 2014 can certainly make an argument). Montgomery finished his final regular season with 211 carries, 2,227 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. He also threw for 628 yards and six TDs.
First round playoff pairing will be released later today. According to playoff projections from several area analysts, Mount Healthy looks to be the only SWOC playoff team.
Harrison and Edgewood also played in a barnburner Friday night. Harrison held off Edgewood's second half surge, 20-16. The winner of the game had a chance to slip into the postseason, but both programs needed some help from nonlocal results.
According to playoff projection analyst Steve Shuck, who works closely with The Enquirer each year in determining the playoff picture, projected that Edgewood and Harrison will both miss the postseason. Harrison and Edgewood both finished the year 7-3. The Wildcats have won seven games in each of the last three seasons. Edgewood had quite the turnaround this season, after going a combined 3-17 the last two seasons.
Ross ended its season with a 30-24 win over Talawanda. Ross quarterback Dustin Foley threw for 216 yards, TD; rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns.
Little Miami defeated Aiken 30-8 to close the regular season with a win.