by Ricky Mulvey
This match-up against Winton Woods on Friday is not only the biggest regular season football game Loveland will face this year, but one of the biggest high school football games taking place in the state that night. Both teams are undefeated Division II heavyweights, and while the Tigers are ranked higher than the Warriors, a coin flip will give you just as good a prediction that any expert will give. It’s going to be that close of a game-- or it should be at least.
Loveland Athletic Director, Juliann Renner said, "This Friday's Winton Woods Football game is a huge battle in the Cincinnati area of two unbeatened schools in Division II. But more than just the two teams going into the game unbeatened, is the talent that will be on both sides of the ball for each of the teams. These two football teams are the best in Division II in Cincinnati and the game might be considered the best for this regular season."
The Warriors have multiple seniors that will be playing D1 football in college. 6’3, 275 pound defensive tackle Daniel Cage has offers from 18 schools including Florida and Michigan State, and defensive back Mike Edwards has committed to the University of Kentucky. This talent and size on defensive will create one of the toughest challenges for the offensively adept Tigers. Winton Woods quarterback Shemar Hooks has also led a high powered offense which has scored over 40 points in four of their six games this season. The Tiger defense, while filled with D1 talent as well, should have its hands full against the solid passing and running quarterback.
This game is important because it will show what kind of team Loveland can be in the state tournament. A good showing against Winton Woods will prove that they are a threat for the state title, and prove that they are not overhyped.
Renner said, "The Loveland fans and students have been awesome with their support and this game is no different. There will be student buses going again to get the kids to and from the game safely. So please come out strong to cheer on our Loveland Tigers in one of the biggest game of the season."
The AP coaches and sports writers poll has Winton Woods #3 and Loveland #6 in Ohio Division II schools.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association's computer rankings has Loveland #1 and Winton Woods # 3 in Region 6 schools. The top eight teams in each region qualify for post season play.
The game is at Winton Woods High School and the start time is 7:30 PM. (MAP)
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Watch Ricky Mulvey's LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV Post Game Wrap and interview with Head Coach Fred Cranford