Dayton Roundup: GCL North Flexes Muscles in Region 12

Three of the four teams in the GCL North advanced to the semi-finals in the OHSAA Division III, Region 12 playoffs. The only member that didn’t was Chaminade Julienne who lost to league rival Fenwick.

A balanced offensive assault saw Fenwick (9-2) get past Chaminade Julienne (7-4) for the second time in five weeks. It was the Falcons sixth consecutive victory and first in the playoffs since 2015. Fenwick accrued 408 yards of total offense (218 rush, 190 pass).  Sully Janeck threw for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns. A healthy Kaleb Davis adds big-time depth to the Falcons backfield. The senior ran for 126 yards in just his third game of the year. Classmate Jack Fessler ran for two scores, giving him 24 rushing touchdowns this season. Fenwick will face Wapakoneta (10-1) at Alexander Stadium (Piqua High School) on Friday night in the Division III, Region 12 semi-finals

It took just seven days for Springfield (9-2) to avenge a 14-7 loss to Fairmont (7-4) in the regular season finale. For the ninth time this season the Wildcats defense held an opponent to 14 points or less. The Springfield defense also forced three Firebirds turnovers. Moses Douglass forced one of those fumbles and was in on 16 total tackles (11 solo) for the victors. On offense, Tavion Smoot ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns including the would be game-winner, less than a minute into the fourth quarter. The sweet revenge for Springfield means they will take on Davidson (10-1) who knocked off the Wildcats GWOC National East rival, Wayne on Friday night.

Springfield DB Moses Douglass (photo courtesy of

First quarter running by Northmont (10-1) by junior Michael Franklin set up quarterback Miles Johnson to pick apart Darby (8-3) with a precision-like passing attack as the Thunderbolts advanced to the Division I, Region 3 semi-finals round of the playoffs. Franklin had first quarter touchdown runs of 57 and five-yards in a span of 1:47 to kick start the Northmont offense. He finished with 96 yards on 20 carries. Franklin also topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season (1,049). With the game tied at 14 just before halftime, Johnson went to work throwing three touchdown passes over the games next 10 minutes. The Thunderbolts scored 21 unanswered points to put this one out of reach by the time the third quarter had ended. Johnson finished 20-23 for 318 yards and three touchdown passes with no interceptions. Drake Hickman led all receivers with seven receptions for 118 yards and two trips to the end zone. Jazz Keys reeled in five catches for a game high 140 receiving yards including a 64-yard touchdown. Northmont will take on Pickerington Central (9-2) on Friday night at Evans Stadium in Springfield.

From Week 1 Madison Senior (11-0) has been on a mission, to win a state title and Saturday night was no different. The Mohawks were sensational on defense blanking Portsmouth (7-4), 26-0 in the first round of the Division V, Region 20 playoffs. It was the seventh shutout of the year for unbeaten Madison Senior who has allowed a grand total of 45 points in 11 games. The Mohawks held Portsmouth to four yards of total offense and 1-10 on third and fourth down conversion attempts. Cameron Svarda paced the Madison Senior offense with 153 yards and a pair of scores on the ground. Teammate Evan Crim added 136 yards rushing. Next up for the Mohawks is a regional semi-final rematch with CHCA (8-2) at Lakota East High School. The two teams played in this same game, at this same venue, a year ago with Madison Senior coming out on top, 35-27.

Madison Senior RB/DB Cameron Svarda (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

Hilliard Davidson 28, Wayne 21 (Division I, Region 3)
Troy 48, Harrison 7 (Division II, Region 8)
Wapakoneta 24, Trotwood-Madison 21 (Division III, Region 12)
Badin 33, Butler 22 (Division III, Region 12)

Alter 14, Mount Healthy 12 (Division III, Region 12)

Sheridan 27, Bellbrook 19 (Division III, Region 11)

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