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Trotwood-Madison pounced on Western Brown early and cruised to a 55-13 victory at Good Samaritan Field to advance to the second round of the Division III playoffs.
Trotwood-Madison (10-1) scored five touchdowns in the first quarter alone, and at one point was up 42-0 seconds into the second quarter. The game was all but over by halftime as the Rams took a 42-7 at the break.
The Rams' defense controlled the line of scrimmage, allowing only 42 yards on 21 carries. Western Brown (9-2) doubled Trotwood-Madison in time of possession, mainly because of the quick scoring drives by the Rams and the four interceptions the Rams secondary returned for touchdowns.
Defensive back Kei Beckham returned an interception 43 yards in the first quarter, Dalaquan McGuire returned a pick in the second quarter, and Kobe Vinegar and Ta’ron Bentley each had interceptions that both returned to the end zone in the third quarter.
Western Brown quarterback Chaiten Tomlin threw only six interceptions in the entire regular season.
Tomlin threw for 216 yards on 48 attempts. He finished the season with over 3,500 passing yards. Wide receiver Christian Dawson was targeted most of the night, totaling 111 receiving yards.
Rams Quarterback Messiah DeWeaver completed all but one of his nine passes for 91 yards and added two touchdowns to help the Rams to their seven straight win. Their only loss came to Centerville, who is the top seed in Division I, Region 2.
This was the fourth time during that winning stretch where Trotwood-Madison scored over 40 points in a game. That includes the 80 points it scored against Sidney.
Trotwood-Madison will play Bellbrook next Friday in the second round after the No. 7 seed upset the second seed Bellefontaine on Friday.
This is Mark's first season writing for TriStateFootball.com. His experience includes working for six years at ESPN in studio production and he has been published in ESPN Magazine, Baseball America and Rotowire.com. Mark has lived in Northern Cincinnati for the past four years. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.