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Quietly the CBC Kenton has become a postseason force in Southwest Ohio Division II and Division III football to start the 21st century.
Shawnee made it to the state finals in 2011.
Tippecanoe and Tecumseh have combined for 18 playoff appearances since 2001.
Kenton Ridge is looking for back-to-back trips to Week 11 for the first time in school history.
Toss in Bellefontaine’s big turnaround last fall under its first-year, veteran head coach Toby Smith and the future is bright to say the least.
Here is a look at some teams and players of note in the CBC Kenton for 2014:
--TURNING IT AROUND: Bellefontaine (5-5) lost all five of their games in 2013 to playoff teams. The last two were to Kenton Ridge by six and Shawnee by one point. The Chieftans had won a grand total of three contests the previous two years.
--BAUGHMAN CONQUERS CONSISTENCY: Bellefontaine running back Jordan Baughman ran for 912 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. He only ran for 100 or more yards twice, but never had less than 67 in the Chieftans’ 10 tilts. He ran for at least two touchdowns on seven occasions. In 2012 as a sophomore Baughman ran for 100 yards or more six times and he never scored more than once in a game.
--BITTERSWEET ENDING: Kenton Ridge made the playoffs for the second time in school history last season. As great as the achievement was the Cougars will head into 2014 on a three-game losing streak. It is second longest winless draught in the league behind Stebbins current slide of six defeats in a row.
--NOSES FOR THE END ZONE: Kenton Ridge returns six players who have scored at least six touchdowns during their careers. Mitchell Schneider leads the group, crossing the goal line 15 times. Also in that mix are juniors Jayden Davis (10), Brandon Davis (6) along with seniors Joey Conley (7), Justin Conley (6) and Christian Smith (5).
-- SETTING THE BAR: Stebbins defensive back Calvin Bransford was a tackling machine to end the 2013 season. Over the last eight games of his junior year Bransford was in on 86 total tackles for the Indians. Four times he had at least 12 total tackles and never had less than seven during that span. Bansford has registered 185 tackles with six takeaways during his career (two fumble recoveries, four interceptions).
--TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: Four of Tecumseh’s final nine games in 2013 were decided by seven points. The Arrows went 2-2 in those affairs.
--ARROWS AIMING HIGH: Three 2014 Tecumseh returnees were named Division II Honorable Mention All-Southwest District last season. The trio earned the honors for their efforts on the defensive side of the ball - DE Seth Martin and LB Cameron Moore and DB Malik Quisenberry. Moore and Quisenberry are primed to make huge impacts for the Tecumseh offense in 2014.
--A BRAVES NEW WORLD: It was quite a varsity debut for several Shawnee sophomores in 2013. On offense WR David Barnett was named 1st Team All-CBC Kenton. Two class of 2016 members DB Zach Avery and LB Wade Smiddy showed that they were big game performers for the Braves.
--HIGH-MILEAGE FORD: Tippecanoe senior RB/WR/DB Sean Ford will be looking to earn his fourth letter for the Red Devils this fall. Ford has been very productive during his career with 233 total tackles, eight interceptions, 900 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns.
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