Unbeaten Springfield at winless Centerville in GWOC East opener

Unbeaten Springfield (3-0) has a chance to do what few Wildcats teams have accomplished, including North and South: knock Centerville out of high school football playoff contention.

It’s only Week 4, but that likely would be the result should Springfield keep its win streak intact at Centerville (0-3) on Friday night. It’ll be the Greater Western Ohio Conference National East opener for both teams.

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Springfield has had three close wins over visiting Lancaster and road wins at Fairfield and Hudson by a combined 13 points. However, Lancaster and Hudson are both 0-3, as is Centerville. The defeat of Fairfield (2-1) was enough to rocket Springfield among the top four teams in the unofficial Division I, Region 3 computer rankings.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association will release its first computer rankings on Tuesday following Week 4 games.

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Centerville, the defending GWOC National East champ, would likely have to win out to make a return to the D-I, Region 3 playoffs. Last season Centerville (10-2) won 24-12 at Springfield and were the only area D-I team to post an opening playoff win. Centerville lost 10-7 to visiting Alter (2-1) in the final 90 seconds last week.

Senior quarterback RaHeim Moss leads the Wildcats in passing (406 yards, two touchdowns) and rushing (254 yards, one TD). Michael Brown-Stephens has nine catches for 221 yards (24.6).

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• Northwestern senior quarterback Chris Hart and sophomore receiver Ben VanNoord continue to lead the Central Buckeye Conference in passing and receiving.

Hart has completed 50 of 85 passes (59 percent) for 893 yards, 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions. VanNoord extended his breakout season with five catches for 218 yards and two scores during last week’s 35-21 defeat of Milton-Union. He has just 14 overall catches, but that’s good for 404 yards and a whooping 28.9 per catch average.

Northwestern (3-0) hosts Tecumseh (1-2) on Friday.

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• Other CBC leaders are Urbana senior running back Nic Dorsey (434 yards rushing, five TDs) and Tecumseh senior linebacker Andrew Betleyoun (36 tackles). Shawnee junior Skylar Wood and freshman David Hawk and Graham senior Logan Thompson all have two interceptions.

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• Mechanicsburg senior running back Joey Mascadri (451 yards, seven TDs) and sophomore receiver Keither Bebout (14 catches, 273 yards, three TDs) are tops in the Ohio Heritage Conference. The Indians (3-0) are at Greeneview (3-0) what likely will decide the mythical overall OHC championship on Friday.

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The crossover game won’t count in CBC divisional standings. Triad (3-0) has kept pace with Mechanicsburg in the North Division and Greeneview is a heavy favorite to win another South Division title.

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