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

Nov 21, 2017
  • By Staff Report
Staff Writer
Trotwood-Madison senior Ra’veion Hargrove is the D-III Southwest District offensive player of the year. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

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:

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:

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.

Trotwood-Madison High School running back Antwan Gilbert (5) makes his way through Troy’s defense Friday night at Trotwood-Madison. Gilbert carried the ball 35 times in the Rams’ GWOC win.

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.

Trotwood Madison's Isreal Green runs against Avon's Kevin Skotko in the second quarter in the Division II high school state championship football game, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, in Massillon, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Photo: OHNO

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.

Trotwood's Ashton Jackson, 26, looks for room to run with Springfield's Kawambee Moss, 42, in pursuit Friday night at Welcome Stadium. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF Photo: Marshall Gorby

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.

Trotwood-Madison's quarterback Messiah Deweaver passes in the first quarter against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in the Ohio Division III high school football championship game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Massillon, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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.

Trotwood cornerback Kei Beckham (2) returns an interception during Friday night's playoff game against Franklin at Atrium Field in Franklin Nov. 8, 2013. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

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.

Trotwood RB Raveion Hargrove. Toledo Central Catholic defeated Trotwood-Madison 21-13 in a D-III high school football state semifinal at Sidney’s Memorial Stadium on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

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.

Trotwood-Madison senior linebacker and Divisions II-III defensive player of the year Kobe Vinegar (21) helped the Rams defeat St. Marys Memorial 34-27 in a D-III, Region 12 final at Piqua last week. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF Photo: Staff Writer