A Week 1 loss to Thurgood Marshall exposed every weakness Northmont could encounter. After reeling off eight straight high school football wins since, consider the Thunderbolts fully rebooted.
“We’ve become the team that I’ve thought we were going to become,” Northmont coach Lance Schneider said.
Northmont (8-1) can take another step in championship direction at Wayne (8-1) today. The game was postponed from Thursday because of worsening weather conditions.
The game was originally moved from Friday to Thursday to accommodate a live showing by Fox Sports Ohio. A Fox representative has not confirmed if the game will be aired on tape delay today. The Ohio High School Athletic Association prohibits live TV broadcasts of regular-season Friday night games, but not on other days.
That move has also prompted the Alter (8-1) vs. Chaminade Julienne (6-3) game that was scheduled for today at Wayne to be rescheduled for Saturday at Wayne. Both rescheduled games will start at 7 p.m.
CJ has used Wayne as its home field this season following a 20-year run at West Carrollton Junior High. Alter already has locked up a Greater Catholic League Co-ed North Division title. All four teams have already secured spots in next week’s playoffs.
“For us, it was important that we play at Wayne,” CJ athletic director Scott Pierce said. “We wanted to have the opportunity to play Alter on a field that we consider a quality home field.”
The three Greater Western Ohio Conference division titles will be decided today. The Northmont-Wayne game is for a Central championship, Trotwood-Madison (6-2) at Vandalia Butler (6-3) for the North title and Lebanon (7-2) at Springboro (8-1) for the South title.
Wayne has won six straight since losing in Week 3 to Lakota West (8-1). Northmont beat Wayne 14-11 in Week 10 last season to earn a share of the Central title with Beavercreek. This time it’s winner takes all.
Wayne, Northmont, Centerville and Springboro all have secured spots in the upcoming Division I playoffs. Trotwood must beat Butler to make the D-III playoff field. Likewise, a loss would likely knock the Aviators out of the D-II playoff field.
The OHSAA will release first-round playoff pairings Sunday afternoon. Higher-seeded teams will host first-round games, then the playoffs shift to neutral sites. It takes five wins to earn a state championship.