Like most of his teammates, senior Matt Guyer is too young to remember when the Shawnee Braves reached the state championship game. That 21-14 loss to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in Canton happened eight years ago when Guyer was in elementary school.
Of course, all the Shawnee players know about that 2011 team because the coaches mention the team often, especially as a way to motivate the team to practice hard. Those Braves came closer than any team in Clark County history to winning a state title — nearly scoring the tying touchdown in the final two minutes.
“They talk about how we can be just like them,” Guyer said Wednesday after practice. “It tells us how good we can be if we focus.”
Shawnee finished the regular season 10-0 in 2011. It lost its season opener 56-39 to Greenon this season but takes a five-game winning streak into a Week 7 home game against Tecumseh (1-5) on Friday.
Guyer is one reason Shawnee’s offense has been so hard to stop. The Braves have scored at least 36 points in every game.
“It’s amazing,” Guyer said. “We’ve made a lot of progress since last year.”
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Shawnee hit its season low in points last week but recorded its biggest victory of the season, winning 36-29 at Bellefontaine. With the Braves trailing by a point, Drew Mitch threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to Robie Glass in the final minute.
Guyer was held to a season-low 25 rushing yards but recovered a fumble for a touchdown and scored on a 5-yard run. He’s averaging 101.5 yards per game and is one of six players tied for the Central Buckeye Conference lead with 10 rushing touchdowns.
“The last couple of years, he’s been a bruiser,” Shawnee coach Rick Meeks “Him and Jaden Hall, they split time there.”
Top Week 7 games
Springfield (5-1) at Springboro (6-0): If the season ended after six weeks, these teams would have met in the first round of the playoffs. Springboro ranks fourth in Division I, Region 2. Springfield ranks fifth. The programs have not met since Springfield High School opened in 2008.
Springboro ranks first in the Greater Western Ohio Conference in points scored (230), and Springfield is second (221). Springfield has allowed the fewest points (54), and Springboro’s defense ranks second (69).
Tecumseh (1-5) at Shawnee (5-1): Tecumseh beat Shawnee 17-14 last season, but the Braves have won seven of the last 10 meetings. The Arrows rank second to last in the CBC with 55 points scored. Shawnee ranks second with 245.
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Kenton Ridge (4-2) at London (6-0): The Cougars play their second undefeated team in a row. Their four-game winning streak ended last week with a 35-16 loss at home to Jonathan Alder.
Northwestern (3-3) at Indian Lake (3-3): The Warriors have lost 12 straight games in the series but almost ended the streak last season. The Lakers won 8-7 on a touchdown and two-point conversion with 42 seconds remaining.
Madison Plains (4-2) at Greenon (4-2): Both teams are on the edge of the playoff picture in Division V, Region 20. Greenon ranks ninth. Madison Plains is 11th. The Knights rebounded from a 52-0 loss at Mechanicsburg (5-1) with a 63-0 victory against Catholic Central (0-6) last week. Cade Rice leads the Ohio Heritage Conference with 19 touchdown passes.
West Liberty-Salem (6-0) at Fairbanks (4-2): The Tigers have won this game the last two years by three points: 27-24 in 2017 and 38-35 in 2018.
Mechanicsburg (5-1) at Triad (2-4): Mechanicsburg has won five straight games in the series.
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