Tri-Village running back, Reed Wehr scores six touchdowns in the Patriots win over undefeated Arcanum. (Dale Barger photo)

‘Cats, Bro’s and Wild Cards


How about those University of Cincinnati Bearcats?!? With a huge win Saturday up in South Bend over Notre Dame the ‘Cats earned a tremendous amount of credibility in moving up to number five in the latest AP rankings.

By basically dominating the Fighting Irish the ‘Cats have at least established themselves as a legitimate contender for Playoff consideration. There is a lot of football yet to be played but Luke Fickell’s crew seem to be the real deal this year and have made my neighbor and UC alum Gary Lloyd a happy camper!!

Speaking of Notre Dame, it is a great game-day experience to attend a contest in South Bend! I’ll be heading north for the USC-ND game on the 23rd of this month with my two sonsin-law and one of their friends.

The tailgating starts around mid-morning and will continue on until kickoff at 7:30 that evening; personally I’m thrilled that a bunch of young guys want to be around the old man that long!! If you haven’t been to an Irish home game, put it on your bucket list!

Wow, was the Piqua football team impressive Friday night in their one-sided win over the Green Wave! It would be hard to find any weaknesses on an Indian team that was ranked fifth in Ohio D-II last week—speed, power, offensive and defensive lines with size and quickness, good athletes at every position—it would seem that Bill Nees’ club is poised to make a deep run in the upcoming playoffs.

The Wave will need to regroup quickly as they go on the road this Friday to take on Butler before finishing the season against Troy and Tipp. This is really the meat and potatoes of the schedule and hopefully the boys rise to the occasion!

Down at New Madison Friday the overwhelming ground game of Tri-Village’s Patriots brought a halt to Arcanum’s unbeaten streak. The six touchdowns by sophomore running back Reed Wehr and a steady defense that held the Trojan’s vaunted air attack in check for the most part of the second half led the way to a convincing 53-28 victory.

T-V and Arcanum are now tied for second place in the WOAC, trailing only undefeated Preble Shawnee. The Arrows host a huge game this week as the Trojans make the journey down to Preble County.

Some great wild card games are on tap this week as the baseball playoffs begin. Tuesday the Red Sox host the Yankees for the right to meet the Rays while Wednesday sees the Cardinals traveling to the Dodgers with a matchup versus the Giants awaiting the winner. Talk about pressure, a one-game loser goes home for the winter!

An interesting week and hopefully more as several GHS teams swing into postseason action. Both boys and girls cross country teams have the MVL meet at Tipp City on the 16th, while the boys and girls golf teams have sectional play this Tuesday the 5th at Springfield’s Reid Park.

Meanwhile the volleyball team has a hectic schedule next week with four crucial matches, three of which are MVL contests. Good luck to all concerned, now’s the time to start to peak performance-wise!

Alabama and Georgia continue to be ranked one and two in the national football polls and appear to be headed for a potential SEC championship game. But beware, there are still a few pitfalls in the SEC along the way!

There’s a huge game in Iowa City Saturday as the third ranked Hawkeyes prepare to host the fourth ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State. Who among Buckeye fans would have thought that two other Big Ten teams would be ranked ahead of THE at this point of the campaign?

After Oregon (the Buck’s nemesis) dropped out of the Top Ten, the School Up North moved up into rarified air to the distress of all Buckeye fans!!

Finally, I had a great weekend down in Oxford as a group of over 40 Theta Chi fraternity brothers from my time at Miami in the early ‘70s came together for a first of its kind event. Golf, tailgating, a RedHawk win over Central Michigan, and an evening banquet at the Hueston Woods Lodge all made for great times and memories!

It was amazing how easily conversations flowed after not seeing some of the guys for almost 50 years. I guess the Theta Chi motto of “Brotherhood of Closest Ties” held true!! Until next time, stay healthy and active!

Dr. Alex Warner | Correspondent for Darke County Now

Dr. Alex Warner / Correspondent

Alex Warner is a retired Greenville chiropractor as well as a former educator and high school coach. He has over 30 years experience in broadcasting high school sports on both radio and public access television in addition to producing over 50 episodes of the local television series “Our Town”. A man of many interests, he is naturally curious with a “gift of gab”. He currently writes the weekly sports column “Shots in the Darke” and hosts “Talk of the Town” featuring people, places, and events that make Darke County the place we choose to reside.

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