Early Results, Future Riches, and a Lonely Road

Shots in the Darke

The first week of the high school football season is in the books and Darke County teams experienced mixed results. On the plus side Ansonia took down Riverside, Versailles manhandled Celina, and Tri-Village looked awfully strong in defeating Troy Christian. Arcanum fell to South Adams of Berne, Indiana, Mississinawa Valley was outscored by Bucyrus, and Greenville lost to Eaton as those three squads seek win number one.

The Wave were down 14-13 late in the first half to an Eaton team coming off a 10-win season with many returning lettermen. The Eagles punched in a touchdown with 14 seconds left in the second quarter to go to the locker room up 21-13, then put up 23 unanswered points  in the second half to win going away by a 44-13 count.

Wave senior running back Brock Short, coming off of last year’s 1,627 yards season rushing record, had a stellar game in a losing effort. Short rushed for 131 yards and a TD, caught three passes for 74-yards and another TD, had a punt return for 46-yards, a kickoff return for 72 -yards, and led the defense with 8-tackles. All in all quite an evening’s work! Junior QB Evan Manix made his first varsity start and played well completing 7 of 11 passes for 106-yards and  a TD.

The Wave need to improve defensively if they are to be competitive in the MVL. Head coach Bart Schmitz and defensive coordinator Adam Eberwein will get things straightened out  in the next few weeks. The Wave host a strong Stebbins team Friday at Harmon Field in what should be a challenging contest.

In other county action this Friday a huge early season game takes place in New Madison as the Patriots of T-V tangle with last year’s WOAC champion Preble Shawnee. Meanwhile, Versailles takes on always tough Fort Laramie in Tiger Country in a key MAC matchup.

County cross country, girls tennis, soccer, and volleyball teams start their seasons this week with many events scheduled while boys and girls golf continue into the third week of their campaigns. Greenville senior Kenna Jenkinson is off to a scintillating start, averaging 36.75 strokes per nine holes, best in the MVL by almost 8 strokes, as the Lady Wave remain undefeated in early action with a 4-0 mark.

Boy, do the rich get richer!! The Big Ten finalized a seven-year agreement with CBS, Fox, and NBC beginning in 2023 that calls for over $7 BILLION in television rights. What that means is that on Fall Saturdays Big Ten football will be on from noon until 11:00 p.m. on a combination of those three networks. With the upcoming addition of USC and UCLA to form a 16-team conference, each member school will receive almost $70 million annually! That kind of money will go a long way in paying for those travel expenses when such epic matchups as  Maryland and USC in women’s soccer and UCLA versus Penn State in men’s lacrosse take  place!

How about a trivia question? Recently a national study named the loneliest roads in each  state, based on Annual Average Daily Traffic on interstate highways, US routes, and state

highways over 10 miles long. What is Ohio’s loneliest road? A clue—it’s located in west  central Ohio—answer to follow!

Sports Illustrated’s annual NFL and college football preview issue came out this week. The  experts of SI predict that the Bengals will go 11-6 this year, falling in the first round of the  playoffs to the Ravens, with the Bills beating the Bucs in Super Bowl LVII. On the college side  (read professional minor leagues thanks to NIL and the transfer portal!) Alabama is projected to  defeat THE in the national championship game with (go figure!) Georgia and Clemson rounding  out the four playoff competitors.

Finally, Route 571 from Union City to Bethel Township, a total of 50 miles, is ranked Ohio’s  loneliest stretch of roadway. Hard to believe with the congestion when going through  Coletown, Painter’s Creek and Laura!! Have a great week, enjoy the Fair!



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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