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As always the GWOC Central is loaded with great talent and teams. The teams in the division aspire to reach the heights that rival Wayne has hit over the past several years. The chase to beat the Warriors is on once again as the boys from Huber Heights appear headed for another stellar season.
Here is a look at some of the GWOC Central’s top returnees and teams this season:
--A Clark County Clunker: It was a rough year running the football for Springfield in 2013. The Wildcats managed just 325 yards on 262 carries, 1.2 YPC for the entire season. There were 15 players on the other five GWOC Central teams that ran for more yards that the “kitties” did in 2013.
--Blues Central: Springfield has lost their last 13 GWOC Central tilts. The Wildcats last division win was at Fairmont on October, 7th, 2011.
--It’s “Wayning” Points : In nine of Wayne’s 11 wins in 2013 the Warriors scored at least 31 points. They had 20 or more points at halftime in eight of those victories.
--Secondary Stars: The Wayne defensive backfield includes a pair of game changers in senior Tyree Kinnel and junior Tobias Gilliam. Kinnel, who has verbally committed to Michigan, was a Division I All-Ohio selection in 2013. He has nine takeaways (seven interceptions, two fumble recoveries) in his career. Gibson has offers from Toledo and Bowling Green.
--Tremendous Trice: D’Mitrik Trice had a monster junior year for Wayne in 2013 throwing for 3,103 yards with 34 touchdowns tosses and only eight interceptions. He threw at least one touchdown pass in all 13 Warriors tilts. Eleven times Trice threw at least two scoring strikes.
--Futile Fairmont: Since their playoff appearance in 2008, Fairborn has gone 4-21 in GWOC Central games. The Firebirds have beaten Springfield three times in that span. The last time they beat a team in the division other than the Wildcats was a win at Beavercreek on October 2nd, 2009. Fairmont is a combined 0-15 versus Wayne, Northmont and Centerville in that span.
--4 x 100: Four of the six head coaches in the league have won at least 100 games during their careers. Jay Minton leads the way with 186 victories, 132 of them with Wayne. Lance Schneider has won 103 tilts while losing just 57 in 15 years, all at Northmont. Rodney Roberts enters his first season at Centerville having won 108 contests at several other schools, including Franklin and Springboro, in 18 years on the sidelines. Maurice Douglass led his alma mater, Trotwood-Madison, to 102 wins in 13 seasons. Now he takes over for a Springfield team that has gone a combined 2-18 the past two campaigns and one of those was a forfeit victory.
--The ‘Creek On A Streak: Beavercreek hasn’t had a losing season since 2010. In the last eight seasons the Beavers have been around .500 every year except in 2010 when they finished 1-9. Their record since ’06 is 38-32 minus the 2010 campaign.
--Top Transfers: Several teams will be looking for transfers to make an impact in 2014. A pair of quarterbacks top the list as Saalih Muhammad moves from Springfield Shawnee back to Springfield High where he started as a freshman. Northmont hopes that former Dunbar player, Lamar Florence, can fill the Thunderbolts void under center. Defensive stud Guy Victoria will suit up for Wayne after three seasons with Springfeild.
--Popp Music: Centerville running back Damian Popp shined in big games as a junior last fall. Popp ran 1,982 yards and 20 touchdowns on his way to Special Mention All-Ohio honors. He ran for 215 yards or more on four occasions and all against teams with winning records, including three squads that made the playoffs.
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