Bowser scores 4 TDs, carries Sidney over Belmont

Like all his teammates, Braydon Dean took it to heart when Sidney football coach Adam Doenges challenged the Yellow Jackets to up their considerable game.

“This is the playoffs, man,” said Dean after accepting and delivering an ultimate defensive challenge that resulted in a 46-33 defeat of visiting Belmont in a playoff opener on Friday night. “It was a big challenge. Like coach says all the time, we’ve got to overcome adversity and give it our all. That’s what we did.”

»WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: About “death threat” allegations

»MIDDLETOWN FOOTBALL: Former Middies coaches on “death threats” resignation

»1ST ROUND: 5 things to know about football playoffs

»FAMILY TIES: Jim Place resigns at Ponitz

»DOWN A WARRIOR: Shawn Lamb resigns at Lebanon

»MIKE AND MARC: The boys talk playoff football

»STATE POLL CHAMPS: Trotwood-Madison, Marion Local No. 1 in football

»FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: First-round pairings for area teams

»2,000-YARDS: Brookville senior Bailey Wallen joins the elite club

»RELATED: Top 7 all-time, Dayton-area football players

»LET’S GET TECHNICAL: Instant replay assists teams

The payoff is immense. Sidney (10-1) will play three-time defending champion Cincinnati LaSalle (9-2) of the mighty Greater Catholic League South in a Division II, Region 8 semifinal next. The Ohio High School Athletic Association will announce all neutral sites on Sunday.

Sidney has ridden senior running back Isaiah Bowser and junior quarter Andre Gordon all season and they delivered again.

Bowser, the area’s leading rusher and among the front-runners for Ohio’s Mr. Football, answered a two-way calling. Offensively, he rushed for 228 yards and had four touchdown runs that covered 68, 30, 8 and 3 yards. He also had several key tackles as a roving old-school monster back. His interception on the final play of the first half nearly was returned the entire field for a score.

“Coach told me he needed me more on defense this week,” Bowser said. “I told him, I’ve got it.”

Gordon rushed for 85 yards and scored once. He also threw for 114 yards and two more scores.

All of that was needed because Belmont (9-1) pushed Sidney to its defensive limit. Featuring a unique misdirection and often double-handoff, Wing-T offense, Belmont stayed even until Bowser struck late in the third quarter.

Belmont senior Dawson Martin had 132 yards rushing and scored. Another Bison senior, Elijah Malcolm, added 81 yards rushing and three scores.

Belmont allowed just nine points through the regular season and no TDs had been scored on its defense.

“We’ve got our fair share of stuff and there was definitely some stuff that didn’t work, but when it’s Andre Gordon and it doesn’t work, it usually turns into something good every once in a while,” Doenges said. “We’ve got some special kids and special athletes who are able to weather the storm and I’m pretty darn proud of them.”

It’s only the second time for Sidney to be in the playoffs. The 1989 Yellow Jackets won two postseason games and reached a D-II state semifinal. It was the third straight playoff appearance for Belmont, which has lost all three playoff openers.

Unlike many first-round mismatches, this was an intriguing matchup of an emerging Greater Western Ohio Conference program – Sidney – and an equally upstart Dayton City League program in Belmont. The Bison play in the football-only Southwest Ohio Public League, a combination of Cincinnati and Dayton urban schools, and overtook rival Dunbar – at least this season – for football supremacy.

“We knew it was going to be a challenge and they’re really, really good,” Doenges said amid hugs and well-wishers. “I give all the respect in the world to (Belmont) coach (Earl) White and what he’s been able to do at the Dayton Public Schools over the years. It’s been neat.”

»FACEBOOK: For more high school sports you should like Marc Pendleton

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Wittenberg climbs two spots in poll
Wittenberg climbs two spots in poll

The Wittenberg Tigers climbed two spots in the poll Monday, rising from No. 5 to No. 3. It’s the program’s highest ranking since it was No. 2 in the final poll of the 2005-06 season. It lost to Virginia Wesleyan in the national championship game that season. Wittenberg (17-0, 10-0) is one of two unbeaten teams remaining in the...
Andy Dalton or Nick Foles? Depends on the month
Andy Dalton or Nick Foles? Depends on the month

On the heels of our wildly successful discussion about whether or not Andy Dalton is better than Blake Bortles (anymore), there is only one logical next step.  Who is better: Andy Dalton or Tom Brady?  Just kidding… But seriously, have you seen the guy who is quarterbacking the team that will oppose Brady’s Patriots in the Super...
Fenwick takes competitive balance hit in football; moves up to D-III
Fenwick takes competitive balance hit in football; moves up to D-III

Fenwick is the only area football program to take a hit in the revised competitive balance figures for the upcoming football season. A Greater Catholic League North Division member, the Falcons were bumped up from Division IV to D-III. That wasn’t unexpected. Fenwick missed the cutoff for being lumped in D-III last season by one boy. “Obviously...
TCU coach Jamie Dixon no stranger to West Virginia after years at Pittsburgh
TCU coach Jamie Dixon no stranger to West Virginia after years at Pittsburgh

FORT WORTH — TCU men’s basketball has never defeated West Virginia. The Horned Frogs are 0-11 all-time vs. Bob Huggins and the No. 7 Mountaineers. And while he hasn’t been able to solve West Virginia in two tries since arriving in Fort Worth, Jamie Dixon is certainly someone the Horned Frogs want guiding them...
Ryan Day expected to remain with Ohio State football after Titans offer, per report
Ryan Day expected to remain with Ohio State football after Titans offer, per report

Just days after former Ohio State player and assistant coach Mike Vrabel took the head coaching job for the Tennessee Titans, news broke that current Buckeyes co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will not be joining him and is remaining in Columbus. ESPN’s Adam Schefter had the report. Schefter had...
More Stories