Wapak, Coldwater, Elida face big playoff challenges on Friday

Division II, Region 8
At Piqua, Alexander Stadium

Trotwood-Madison (11-0) vs. Wapakoneta (10-1), 7:30 p.m.

Wapakoneta earned its second-ever playoff win last Friday. Tonight the Redskins face the odds-on favorite to win the Division II state title this season.

Trotwood-Madison advanced all the way to the Division II title game last year before falling 44-33 to Maple Heights.

Along the way, Trotwood has earned a reputation as a factory for college athletes.  Trotwood-Madison has sent dozens of players to Division I colleges, including Mike Shaw and Roy Roundtree, who transferred from other schools to Trotwood prior to their senior seasons and now play on Saturdays for the Michigan Wolverines.

The 2011 Rams got a much needed boost when Dayton Chaminade-Julienne quarterback Michael Simpson transferred to Trotwood during the offseason.

“Obviously they have all the combinations of a great football team,” Wapakoneta head coach Doug Frye said.  “But if you’re going to proceed in the playoffs, you’re going to run into a team like this, whether it be Week 12, Week 13, Week 14."

Simpson, who is getting interest from Michigan, among others, was the final piece in a puzzle that was flush with blue-chip athletes.

Among them:

— Senior safety Bam Bradley (6-foot-2, 215 pounds)

Bradley is the most heavily recruited of the Rams, with offers from as many as seven BCS schools.

— Junior safety Cam Burroughs (6-1, 190)

The University of Alabama flew Burroughs down to Tuscaloosa for last Saturday’s epic battle against LSU.  Ohio State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Stanford are also reportedly interested.

— Senior fullback Darion Heath (6-0, 257)

At 257 pounds, Heath is the No. 15 ranked fullback in the nation according to one recruiting Web site.

Others include senior offensive linemen Lawrence “L.J.” Mosley (6-4, 328) and Jordan Ashe (6-1, 260).

Divison V, Region 20
At Dayton Welcome Stadium
Versailles (8-3) vs. Coldwater (8-3), 7:30

The Midwest Athletic Conference foes Versailles and Coldwater face off tonight at Welcome Stadium in Dayton with identical records and a long history between the two schools that dates back to 1936.

Coldwater won the regular season match-up 36-19.

Coldwater statkeeper Chris Cron this week reported that Versaille holds a 28-25-2 advantage in the all-time series.

Versailles also has a 2-0 advantage in the postseason meetings between the two Western Ohio powers. The Tigers beat Coldwater 12-7 in a game played at Skip Baughman Stadium in 1997.

In 2004, Versailles beat Coldwater 14-0 at UD’s Welcome Stadium.

Coldwater spreads the wealth offensively. No rusher has more than 555 yards rushing (Quarterback Austin Bruns) and no receiver has more than 480 yards (Caleb Siefring), but the Cavs hold opposing offenses to an average of just 261 yards of total offense per game and hold opposing rushers to just 3.2 yards per carry.

Division III, Region 10
At Clayton Northmont
Columbus DeSales (7-3) vs. Elida (8-3), 7:30 p.m.

Elida hopes it can overcome a Columbus area school with playoff pedigree this year.

A season after bowing out of the playoffs in Week 12 to Watterson, The Bulldogs face Columbus DeSales tonight.

DeSales features standout running back Warren Ball, who has gone over 1,000 yards and has 27 rushing touchdowns this season for the Stallions.

Reggie McAdams has thrown for 3,017 yards and 31 touchdowns, connecting with wideout Austin Etzler 64 times for 1,354 yards and 17 TDs.