Best Bets: Dayton – Week 6

Divisional play begins for the Greater Western Ohio Conference and Central Buckeye Conference and many teams are in serious need of big wins to stay alive in the race for playoff berths. It’s time to see who is ready to take the next step in separating from their peers.

Here is a look at the Best Bets for Dayton this weekend.

Lebanon (2-3) at Miamisburg (4-1) – Even though Lebanon is sitting under .500 the Warriors still have a chance to turnaround their season. In order for that to happen Lebanon has to tighten things up on defense The Warriors are allowing 35 points per outing. Miamisburg doesn’t want to fall behind and play catch up. The Vikings aren’t built to throw the ball 20-30 times. Coming up with some timely takeaways and controlling the clock with the ground game will be the way to victory for Miamisburg.


Trotwood-Madison (4-1) at Sidney (4-1) – Sidney freshman quarterback Andre Gordon hasn’t seen anything like the speed and ferocity that the Trotwood-Madison defense will unleash on him. Gordon has accounted for 1,169 yards of total offense (660 passing, 509 rushing) and 15 touchdowns (six passing, nine rushing). He is the motor that keeps the Yellow Jackets offense humming. Sophomore Raveion Hargorve just continues to get better each week for Trotwood-Madison. He has run for 216 yards in four of the Rams five contests to go along with 14 touchdowns on the ground. The scary part about Hargrove is that he seems to get play better versus top competition. Trotwood-Madison has three victories by 10 points or less.

Butler (3-2) at Piqua (3-2) – This will be the fourth straight game away from home for road weary Butler who has dropped two straight. The Aviators have given up more than 900 yards and 12 touchdowns (nine passing) in their two losses. Piqua is two eight point losses away from being perfect. The Indians are led by running back Darien Topps-Clemons who has run for 691 yards and 11 touchdowns. They won’t stray far from the game plan of making Butler try to stop Tipps-Clemons.

Kenton Ridge (3-1) at Tecumseh (3-2) – Containing game-breakers Jayden Davis and Jordan Bailey will be a top priority for Tecumseh. Slowing them down will make the Arrows quest for victory that much easier. Bailey has touched the ball 16 times and has six touchdowns for the Kenton Ridge offense. All of his scores are from 28 yards or longer. Davis is a workhorse on both sides of the ball for the Cougars. He can ill-afford to get worn down late in this contest. Tecumseh gave up 93 points in its first two losses. The Arrows have played much better on defense during their current three game winning streak allowing just 38 points overall. They will need another stellar effort versus a Cougars offense that has scored 101 points over the last two weeks.

Milton-Union (4-1, 2-0) at Madison Senior (2-3, 1-0) – Things are starting to slip away from Madison Senior. This was supposed to be a special season for the Mohawks but with three losses the next two contests are pivotal in the chase for a playoff berth. Madison Senior is in need of a quality win and Milton-Union provides that opportunity. The Bulldogs are back to playing grind it out football with Zach Shields and his 686 yards on the ground. A win makes Milton-Union a serious contender for a SWBL Buckeye title.

McNicholas (2-3, 1-1) at Bishop Fenwick (5-0, 2-0) – This has all the makings of a letdown game for Bishop Fenwick. McNicholas is in dire need of a big win to keep its playoff hopes alive. Expect a low scoring affair. Both teams have played in three games in which there have been 30 combined or less points scored. The lower the score the more it favors McNick.

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