The days are getting much shorter, the leaves are changing colors, the wind is getting a little brisk and the World Series is under way. Those happenings can only mean one thing: the high school football playoffs are approaching.
It's week nine and there is still a lot of moving that can be done for teams to sneak into the playoffs over the last two games. It all starts tonight and there are several teams who can clinch district titles tonight with wins.
Clash in Cement
The Cement Bulldogs have had a nice bounce-back season this year after going winless in 2011. Cement is 4-4 overall and sits at 4-3 in the district which is good for the final playoff spot in District C-2 at this point.
If the Bulldogs want to make the playoffs, they either have to beat Class C No. 1 Tipton tonight and have Temple go 1-1 the last two weeks or have Temple lose its final two games against Gracemont and Mt. View-Gotebo.
"We're really proud of how far the kids have come this season. They've faced a lot of adversity the last couple years with the numerous coaching changes," head coach Matt Seid said. "We've been really special since the Temple game. The kids have bought in to our system and it's the best year they have had.
"We know Tipton is the standard in Class C football and we have a lot of respect for them. We've got nothing to lose so we're just going to be aggressive and try to make things happen. Being an average team isn't good enough, we need to keep building."
The Bulldogs are led by the talented senior trio of Codey Chaney, Cody White and Anthony Muse. White has more than 1,200 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns. Muse, who ironically played for Seid last year in Ohio before his family moved to Cement, has contributed 1,794 yards off offense between running, passing and receiving. Chaney made a big position switch this year after the coach instituted a spread offense.
"Chaney has really bought into a team-first mentality, he switched from quarterback to offensive line and sometimes fullback. He's a captain and has done a great job for us," Seid said. "White has a great athleticism and can stretch defenses. Muse knows what I expect after having been with me in Ohio and he has helped guys understand what needs to happen for us to improve."