Weekend Review: Bengals’ exits overshadow high school football’s return

The Jaguars beat the Bengals Sunday night, but of course that wasn’t the biggest headline to come out of Jacksonville.

While a gaggle of Cincinnati players were already out, the night saw A.J. Green, Adam Jones and Cedric Peerman join the list of injured. Peerman’s appears to be the most serious.

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While wins and losses don’t mean anything during the preseason, NBC football analyst and former Bengal Cris Collinsworth brought up an important point during the game broadcast.

Even if the team ends up being fairly close to whole when the season starts or even by the end of September, youngsters such as offensive tackles Jake Fischer and Cedric Ogbuehi, tight end Tyler Kroft (backing up injured Tyler Eifert) and cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson III lost key development time in the preseason…

Archie Miller kept building the Dayton basketball program for the future, securing a verbal committment from South Carolina prep shooting guard Jordan Davis, who is described as a gym rat.

While Ohio State football starts this week, it was the basketball team making news this weekend as Thad Matta got verbal commitments from a pair of southwest Ohio standouts.

As for football, Ohio State announced four new captains Friday to join the trio coach Urban Meyer annointed in January…

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The Reds lost two of three to the awful Diamondbacks, who were rude hosts to Homer Bailey on Sunday. The veteran of the starting rotation didn’t have his good stuff as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery, and he ran into some hard luck in his only inning of work, coaxing four grounders to shortstop that yielded only two outs. That included an RBI single that would have been a routine play for Zack Cozart if not for a defensive shift.

That all came one day after the Reds drubbed Arizona 13-0…

Back in the East, Middletown native and Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison showed off her gold medals at Fenway Park…

On Friday night, the Browns lost a preseason game to Tampa Bay. The offense continued to show some promise as Josh Gordon caught a long TD pass in his first game back from injury, but the defense has the look of a unit that could give up points in bunches…

And of course high school football got started this weekend all over the Miami Valley. Many games spilled over into Saturday thanks to inclement weather, including Springfield’s dramatic and potentially significant 22-20 win over Dublin Coffman at Wittenberg.

Other notable results from week one included Alter’s victory over Fairmont in the Battle of Kettering, Marion Local spoiling the first game at Chaminade-Julienne’s new stadium for the Eagles and Fairfield edging Centerville.

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