One area football team is on an epic playoff run, and the numbers are staggering


In 2010, the Trotwood-Madison football team started a playoff run that is nearly unmatched in area history and continues this week.

The 14-0 Rams will play in a Division III state title game against Dresden Tri-Valley on Saturday after reaching the state semifinal level for an eighth straight season. That stretch includes five state final appearances and a state title in 2011 (during a 15-0 season).

» FROM 2016: Trotwood builds on state-title tradition

A look at the eight-season Trotwood run:

YearRecordPlayoff run
201012-3State final, lost 45-33 to Maple Heights
201115-0Won state championship, 42-28 against Avon
201212-3State final, lost 16-12 to Toledo Catholic Central
201311-3State final, lost 24-0 to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary
201412-2State semifinal, lost 17-14 to Toledo Central Catholic
201510-4State semifinal, lost 21-13 to Toledo Central Catholic
201612-3State final, lost 30-0 to Akron Hoban
201714-0Play in state title game on Saturday
Total97-18

Trotwood is one of seven area programs to reach at least nine state semifinals, and only Coldwater (2009-16) had a run of eight straight seasons into the semifinals. Coldwater lost to Marion Local (the area’s leader with 16 semifinal appearances) in last week’s regional final to stop its streak.

A look at area programs with at least six state semifinal appearances:

SchoolState semifinalsYears
Marion Local1617, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 09, 08, 07, 06, 03, 01, 00, 99, 81
Coldwater1516, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 07, 05, 04, 01, 00, 98, 95
Versailles1204, 03, 98, 96, 95, 94, 93, 90, 89, 88, 87, 86
Alter1016, 14, 10, 09, 08, 06, 02, 01, 87, 84
St. Henry1006, 04, 99, 96, 95, 94, 92, 91, 90, 86
Trotwood-Madison917, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 81
Fenwick915, 87, 84, 83, 78, 75, 74, 73, 72
Valley View702, 00, 97, 96, 94, 93, 92
Piqua606, 00, 94, 93, 92, 90

2010: 12-3 and state final appearance, 45-33 loss to Maple Heights

Running back Antwan Gilbert (pictured) rushed for 2,294 yards and 25 touchdowns in the season.

2011: 15-0 and state championship with a 42-28 victory against Avon

Running back Israel Green scored an all-division state championship game record six touchowns and set Division II title game records with 326 yards on 35 carries.

2012: 12-3 and state final appearance, 16-12 loss to Toledo Catholic Central

Ashton Jackson paired with Green in the Trotwood backfield, gaining 1,097 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns during the season.

2013: 11-3 and state final appearance, 24-0 loss to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary

As a sophomore, quarterback Messiah DeWeaver passed for 2,265 yards and 21 touchdowns.

2014: 12-2 and state semifinal appearance, 17-14 loss to Toledo Central Catholic

Defensive back Kei Beckham grapped nine interceptions and forced three fumbles for the season.

2015: 10-4 and state semifinal appearance, 21-13 loss to Toledo Central Catholic

Running back Raveion Hargrove, then a sophomore, exploded in the postseason and finished the year with 3,039 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns.

2016: 12-3 and state final appearance, 30-0 loss to Akron Hoban

Linebacker Kobe Vinegar was one of three Trotwood first-team All-Ohio players and led the team in tackles.


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