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Years from now people are going to look back at what Trotwood-Madison is currently doing and been even more impressed than those who are currently still building upon these already stunning achievements. The Rams who are peaking at the right time once again are seeking a fifth straight regional title. There isn’t a player in the Trotwood-Madison program (that isn’t a transfer) who hasn’t been to the regional finals every season in which they have suited up.
Upstart and unbeaten Wapakoneta will have something to say about that. The Redskins are making the program’s first ever regional championship appearance. This team has gotten to where they are by playing defense. Wapak has not allowed more than 14 points in a game all season. They will need another stellar performance to unseat the heirs to the throne.
#2 TROTWOOD-MADISON RAMS (11-1) at #1 WAPAKONETA REDSKINS (12-0)
Kickoff: Friday, November 21st @, 7:30 p.m.at Sidney Memorial Stadium
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PLAYERS TO WATCH: Trotwood-Madison secondary has been spectacular. They are led by senior Kei Beckham who has nine interceptions five of which he has returned for touchdowns. He has committed to play for Kentucky next fall. Classmates Harrison Johnson (4), Dalaquan McGuire (5) and DeShawn Gay (2) have combined for 11 interceptions out of the defensive backfield. Johnson has two pick sixes while McGuire and Gay each have one.
Only a junior, quarterback Messiah Weaver has been under center for 10 playoff wins at Trotwood-Madison. He has thrown 56 career touchdowns and ran for another 11. In his last eight post-season starts the Rams have scored 42 points or more five times.
Wapakoneta will use a bevy of runners on offense. Quarterback Kodi Morgan will hand the ball to whoever is hot. That could be top option Keaton Metz, Jon Eaton, Cameron Lauck or Adam Henderson. The Redskins like to wear teams down with this group which more often than not they can keep fresh.
TEAM TRENDS: One thing that Trotwood-Madison excels at is putting unconventional points up on the scoreboard. The Rams have scored 20 touchdowns on returns this season (11 on interceptions, four on fumble recoveries, four on kickoffs & one on a punt). Those opportunities have come about in large part to a defense which is forcing three turnover a game (12 fumble recoveries, 24 interceptions).
The Redskins have allowed only 74 points all season including 21 points in the playoffs. One of Wapakoneta’s wins came against the No. 2 seed in Region 10, Bellefontaine, 28-6, to open the season. The 'Skins are loaded with athletes. Any time you can not only beat Kenton and its high-powered passing attack but hold them to 14 points you have some players who can really cover some ground.
TROTWOOD-MADISON’S KEYS TO VICTORY: This is a ballclub that thrives on others mistakes. That’s when their biggest asset takes over – speed. The Rams can force the action on defense and be very successful. On the other side of the ball just the opposite is true. Taking what the opposition gives will open up the passing game for DeWeaver. From there he can distribute the ball to an array of playmakers who can take the ball to the house on any touch.
WAPAKONETA’S KEYS TO VICTORY: Winning the war in the trenches is what has gotten the Redskins this far. There is no need to fix what isn’t broken. Wapakoneta's experience up front must lead by example and control the clock. If they get down there will be no need to panic. That when errors happen. Miscues are the one thing you must avoid versus Trotwood-Madison.
TROTWOOD-MADISON 31, WAPAKONETA 16
Greg is a co-founder of TSF and is now entering his ninth season as a Featured Analyst for the website. The Xavier University grad also serves as the Content Manager for the website and is widely considered one of the top high school football experts in the region. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.