CENTERVILLE TRAVLES TO HUBER HEIGHTS FOR A GWOC EAST BATTLE
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I call this THE GAME because that's just what it is. When Centerville heads into Huber Heights on Friday night, THE GAME will have been all the talk in both towns. This much is known, Centerville people can't stand Wayne. In the same breath the same holds true with Huber Heights people when talking about C-ville.
While both cities will give the other some respect, its always the subject when talking football in either town. Many in the Miami Valley can talk about longer rivals, but the Elk's and Warriors bring a whole new meaning to THE GAME.
In looking back at the past few years much has changed in The Game. For many years the Elk's or the Evil Empire as many in the Heights would say, were coached by Darth Vader himself. Long time coach Bog Gregg ( 1973 - 1999 ) knew how to win football games. While he may not have had the best talent, he knew how to get the most out of it. His Elk's, were the leading big school team in the area for many years and set the mark for other schools to match.
During this time Huber Heights saw its city and school grow. What was once a struggling program found a coach of its own when it hired Mike Schneider as its head coach. In what would be many battles during both coaches time, the Elk's always found the way to hold the upper hand. THE GAME saw some changes in 1998 when Coach Schneider left the Warrior program and Jay Minton was hired to lead the Warriors.
In 1998 Coach Minton learned first hand about THE GAME. In the same way Ohio State fans want wins against Michigan, Warrior fans want victories against Centerville. The 1998 game held at Centerville saw a battle, but another Elk victory and a trip to the playoffs. This game set the mark for what would become an even bigger game in 1999.
In 1999 both teams had squads that were looking for a conference crown and playoff trip. Coming into THE GAME both teams were undefeated and Huber Heights became the center of Ohio High School Football for the night. With ONN and many other media outlets covering the game, a sellout crowd of over 13,000 people many standing watched as the upstart Warriors look to beat the Elk's and regain respect from the local media and statewide media.
The Warriors came up short on this night, but not on the season. Both teams made the playoffs and won First Round games. The win was the first playoff victory for the Warriors. Week two found the Elk's playing Cincinnati Elder and the Warriors playing St. Xavier. While many felt the Elk's would beat the Panthers few gave Wayne any chance in beating a St. Xavier team ranked in Ohio and in the USA Today Top 25. As the Warrior game finished, the question by many were did the Elk's win? At the end of the game it was said that THE GAME II would be taking place in week three. By the time the Warriors returned back to Huber Heights it was learned that the Elk's didn't win and Part II wouldn't happen
In the few years since the 99 season I have spoken with many Warrior and Elk players and asked each a question. To the Warrior players I asked: Would you have traded the playoff run for a victory over Centerville? While I felt this was an easy question, I was surprised to see many think for a few minutes before answering. For the most part they all said that was a hard question. They all wanted a win over the Elk's but the run to the State finals was very special and one to remember the rest of their lives. But they all added, they felt not beating Centerville was the biggest thing they didn't do in their High School career. In talking with Elk players I asked: Would you have traded your victory over Wayne for a chance to play in the state finals? While I expected many to say yes, I was surprised to hear NO! Many stated that they wouldn't trade the win for a longer time in the playoffs. Some even felt that they were to blame for not getting a second game against the Warriors in round three of the playoffs. Some of the comments I heard were: We should have beaten Elder, it's our fault that we didn't. We could have changed history if we played a second game in 99. While we didn't get the chance to play them, many of us went to the games and cheered them on. They were a team we respected and we beat them.
The 2000 game saw another change in THE GAME. With the retirement of Coach Gregg, a new leader for the Elk's was on the sidelines when the Warriors traveled to Centerville. Coach Ron Ullery was the new leader of the Elk's. Coach Ullery was not new to THE GAME, having been an assistant for many years he knew what to expect and what was expected from his Elk squad.
Since Coach Ullery has taken the helm of the Elk's, he hasn't found the formula in beating the Warriors. While trying to rebuild from all the lost talent in 1999/2000 Coach Ullery is seeing his Elk's return to the top in 2003. With five assistant coaches who are grads of Centerville, the Elk's head into THE GAME with a 6-1 record, and know a victory would give them the lead in the GWOC East and the computer points needed for a playoff run.
Wayne comes into the game knowing a victory could give them another title and a possible first round playoff game at home. Sitting at 6-1 the Warriors have been working one week at a time since its opening loss to Cincinnati Oak Hills.
In what will be the biggest game in SW Ohio in week 9, both teams look to be matched very even in all areas of the game. Here is a look at each team after 8 weeks of the 2003 season.
RUSH YARDS: 2,121
PASS YARDS: 452
TOTAL YARDS: 2,573
SCORING: 223 POINTS
AVG SCORE: 27.88
FIRST DOWNS: 142
RUSH YARDS: 1,408
PASS YARDS: 1,015
TOTAL YARDS: 2,423
AVG SCORE: 29.38
FIRST DOWNS: 114
PASS YARDS: 1,081
TOTAL YARDS: 1,689
AVG GAME: 211.13
POINTS ALLOWED: 96
AVG PTS GAME: 12.00
AVG PTS GAME: 9.77
POINTS ALLOWED: 79
AVG GAME: 226.38
TOTAL YARDS: 1,811
PASS YARDS: 606
RUSH YARDS: 1,205
PENALTY AGAINST: 37
PENALTY YARDS: 317 FUMBLES: 16 - LOST: 7
BLOCK PUNTS: 2
PENALTY AGAINST: 33
PENALTY YARDS: 269
FUMBLES: 13 - LOST: 9
BLOCK PUNTS: 2
TOM TAMASKA: 740 RUSHING YARDS - CENTERVILLE
THOMAS MOUSER: 813 RUSHING YARDS - WAYNE
BRENT MIDDLETON: 583 RUSHING YARDS - CENTERVILLE
MARCUS FREEMAN: 371 RUSHING YARDS - WAYNE
JEFF GATES: 494 RUSHING YARDS - CENTERVILLE
GREG ORTON: 573 RECEIVING YARDS - WAYNE
SCOTT CHILLINSKY: 104 RECEIVING YARDS - CENTERVILLE
THOMAS MOUSER: 155 RECEIVING YARDS - WAYNE
BILLY VIERS: 91 RECEIVING YARDS - WAYNE
PJ POWELL: 5 - 6 FG MADE - 11-16 XP MADE - CENTERVILLE
DREW EBY: 7-13 FG MADE - 27- 27 XP MADE - WAYNE
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