- By Staff Report
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).
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.
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.