By DEL DUDUIT

Southern Ohio Today


Last week, Waverly’s defense took care of Norwood’s passing attack in dominating fashion in a 62-14 victory. This week, they will see a team that puts the emphasis on running the football.


Archbishop McNicholas (5-2) will bring a ground game into Waverly, the No. 4-seed, on Saturday to face the Tigers (7-0) in the quarterfinals of the Division IV, Region 16 Ohio high school playoffs.


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By CHUCK GREENSLATE

For Southern Ohio Today


PORTSMOUTH - Brandon Sheppard - of New Berlin, Illinois - earned $100,000 Saturday night at Portsmouth Raceway Park as he captured his fourth Dirt Track World Championship Late Model victory.


Portsmouth was again the host site for The 40th Annual DTWC and more than 200 race teams were on hand for the event, which was at the Portsmouth track for the ninth consecutive year.


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By MICHAEL MAROT 

AP Sports Writer


INDIANAPOLIS — Philip Rivers never flinched with the Indianapolis Colts facing a 21-0 first-half deficit Sunday.


He went back to work and joined MVP quarterbacks Bert Jones and Peyton Manning in the Indianapolis Colts' record book.


Rivers responded by throwing three touchdown passes, including the 14-yard go-ahead scoring throw to Jack Doyle on the first play of the fourth quarter, leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 31-27 victory over Cincinnati to match the greatest regular-season comeback in franchise history.


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Five area teams advance, head to quarterfinals

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Five area teams in Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties remain alive in the Ohio high school football playoffs.


Adena, Paint Valley, Waverly and Wheelersburg all recorded home victories on Saturday and advance to regional quarterfinals next week.


Valley, one of three SOC II teams remaining, went on the road as a 13 seed and knocked off fourth-seeded Worthington Christian 27-21.


A pair of Scioto Valley Conference teams are also still alive. Adena defeated Rockford Parkway 37-0 in Division VI Region Region 24, where Paint Valley advanced after a 42-7 win over Jamestown Greeneview.


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DIVISION III

Region 11

Friday

Dresden Tri-Valley 14, Jackson 12


DIVISION IV

Region 16

Saturday

Waverly 62, Norwood 14

Cin. Archbishop McNicholas 27, Unioto 0


DIVISION V

Region 19

Saturday

Wheelersburg 47, Portsmouth West 13

Johnsontown-Monroe 31, Wellston 6

Columbus Bishop Ready 52, Northwest 3

West Lafayette Ridgewood 49, Oak Hill 7

Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 41, Piketon 8

DIVISION VI

Region 23

Saturday

Valley 27, Worthington Christian 21

Region 24

Saturday

Paint Valley 42, Jamestown Greeneview 7

Adena 37, Rockford Parkway 0


DIVISION VII

Region 27

Friday

Sugar Grove Berne Union 28, Eastern 22

By RICK GREENE

Southern Ohio Today


WAVERLY – Waverly’s high school football playoff game against visiting Norwood on Saturday was supposed to be a matchup of two explosive offenses.


The Tigers defense wanted a different narrative and dominated the 13th-seeded Indians in a 62-14 win that sends fourth-seeded Waverly into the Division IV Region 16 quarterfinals at home next week against Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas.


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By DEL DUDUIT

Southern Ohio Today


WHEELERSBURG – The Wheelersburg Pirates made a bold statement on their first play from scrimmage Saturday.


Quarterback Jake Gregg led Mathew Miller down field for a 60-yard touchdown strike en route to a 47-13 win over Portsmouth West in the second round of the Division V, Region 19 high school football playoffs at Ed Miller Stadium.


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By BRET BEVENS

Southern Ohio Today


FRANKFORT – Adena Coach Hohn Penswell subscribes to a simple defensive philosophy.


“Anytime you get a shutout you’re guaranteed a win,” Penwell said. “If they can’t score, they can’t win.”


His Warriors did exactly that Saturday in a 37-0 win against visiting Rockford Parkway in the Division VI, Region 24 playoffs. This win moves Adena into the quarterfinals where it will play host to Minster on Saturday in Frankfort.


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This weekend was the opening round of the high school playoff football season, and already memories were made that will last a lifetime.


There is nothing more rewarding for a player, coach, or parent than to watch their son or daughter make a big play when it counts the most.

When the game is on the line.


When they come through in the clutch.


No one plans for that instant. It’s the result of years of practice and preparation.


It’s something they will never forget. It’s something they will talk about for years to come, or they will wear out the replay button on their laptop or phone reliving the moment. And they should.


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Dodgers-Rays rare Series of baseball's best teams

By RONALD BLUM 

AP Baseball Writer


ARLINGTON, Texas — The World Series matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays is a rare meeting of baseball’s best for the title, and a matchup of organizations with Andrew Friedman’s imprint.


Friedman was the Rays’ director of baseball operations from 2004-05 and then general manager from until he left in October 2014 to become the Dodgers' president of baseball operations.


Game 1 is Tuesday night.


Retired first baseman James Loney, a veteran of both organizations, describes the Rays as “feisty.”


“We were always fighting. But we always did feel like we were the better team,” he said Sunday. “I don’t ever feel like we went out there overmatched. We didn’t care who was pitching. We didn’t care what kind of lineup they had. We were bringing that mentality and I think the Rays team this year has that.”


“Both teams are really committed to winning and trying to find any kind of edge they could,” added Loney, who played for the Dodgers from 2006-11 and the Rays from 2013-15. “The Rays are really known for their analytics and getting in there, trying to find different ways to beat hard teams: Is it a bullpen guy that we need to use in maybe an unorthodox situation? And the Dodgers, I felt we kind of started doing that towards the end of my career.”


Despite the shortened schedule and expanded playoffs, the teams with the best record in each league meet in the World Series for just the fourth time since Major League Baseball realigned each league into three divisions in 1995.


Reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger, newcomer Mookie Betts and manager Dave Roberts' Dodgers went 43-17, the best record in the National League by eight wins. They overcame a 3-1 deficit in the NL Championship Series, beat Atlanta 4-3 on Bellinger's late home run in Game 7 Sunday night and reached the World Series for the third time in four years.


Rookie sensation Randy Arozarena and skipper Kevin Cash's bullpen-rich Rays were 40-20 and topped the American League by four victories. They also won a Game 7, topping Houston 4-2 in the ALCS and earning the second World Series trip in franchise history.


“Going to be a fun Series,” Bellinger said.


Because of its superior record, Los Angeles has “home field advantage” when the neutral-site Series starts in Arlington, Texas, and will bat last in Games 1 and 2, and then in 6 and 7, if necessary.


“From the moment that we were able to put a season together, once they figured out that COVID thing, everybody was expecting us to get to the World Series. We were expecting to get to the World Series,” said Kiké Hernández, who tied Game 7 with a pinch-hit home run in the sixth inning.


About 11,000 fans will be allowed at Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers with a retractable roof, for each game.


Corey Seager and AJ Pollock boost LA's offense and Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw head the pitching staff. The Dodgers won their 24th pennant by getting past Milwaukee, San Diego and Atlanta, but have not won a title since 1988, falling short in a seven-game Series loss to Houston in 2017 and a five-game defeat to Boston the following year.


The Dodgers have won half their pennants since leaving Brooklyn for Los Angeles after the 1957 season.


Tampa Bay is in the Series for the second time and is among six current franchises that have never won, joined by Colorado, Milwaukee, Texas, San Diego and Seattle. The Rays lost to Philadelphia in five games in 2008.


While the Dodgers topped the major leagues with a $95.6 million prorated payroll as of Aug. 1, the Rays were 28th at $29.3 million, according to figures compiled by Major League Baseball. Only Baltimore ($23.8 million) and Pittsburgh ($23.6 million) were lower.


Tampa Bay’s offense is much less known to most fans. The Rays’ top hitter during the season was Brandon Lowe with 14 homers and 37 RBIs, but he slumped to .115 (6 for 52) with two RBIs in the playoffs. Arozarena has been the breakout star of the postseason, hitting .382 with seven homers and 10 RBIs.


Pitching has been key, with Tyler Glasnow, Blake Snell and Charlie Morton leading the Rays past Toronto, the New York Yankees and Houston. Tampa Bay also is known for taking an innovative approach to the game, employing a versatile staff and occasionally using a four-man outfield.

Since the postseason doubled to eight teams in 1995, the only World Series between the top regular-season records in each league were Atlanta’s victory over Cleveland in 1995, the New York Yankees’ win over the Braves in 1998 and Boston’s triumph over St. Louis in 2013 — all in six games.


Baseball’s postseason keeps getting bigger, expanding to 10 teams in 2012 and 16 this year, when the coronavirus pandemic caused the regular-season schedule for each team to be cut from the normal 162 games.


The Rays and Dodgers haven't played that much over the years, only 17 times overall. LA has won 10 of them.


Loney is among a group to have played for both teams that includes Carl Crawford, Jose Cruz, Logan Forsythe, Dioner Navarro and J.P. Howell.


And they share a notorious player in common: Manny Ramirez was acquired by the Dodgers from Boston in July 2008 and stayed until August 2010. He signed with the Rays for the 2011 season but retired after five games rather than face a 100-game suspension for a positive drug test.


Tampa Bay began as an expansion team in 1998 and transformed from Devil Rays to plain old Rays for the 2008 season, the first after Stuart Sternberg bought control from founding owner Vince Naimoli. The Rays beat Boston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series that year as Matt Garza outpitched Jon Lester. Evan Longoria, Willy Aybar and Rocco Baldelli then lost to Philadelphia in a World Series that remains the second-lowest viewed since television ratings are available dating to 1968.


In an attempt to become more of a regional draw, Tampa Bay moved a three-game home series to the Braves’ then-spring training ballpark in Kissimmee in May 2007 and another in April 2008.


The Dodgers are among baseball’s most traditional teams, playing at two ballparks for most of the past century-plus: Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field (1913-57) and Dodger Stadium (since 1962), with a short stop at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (from 1958-61). Dodger Stadium remains one of baseball’s iconic venues, with seats of yellow, light orange, foam green and light blue, and the San Gabriel Mountains beyond the outfield pavilions.


Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg is known for its quirky catwalks that obstruct popups and its largely empty seats. The ballpark was known previously as the Florida Suncoast Dome (1990-93) and ThunderDome (1993-96), and team has fought unsuccessfully for ballpark projects at the site of nearby Al Lang Field (abandoned in 2009) and Ybor City (abandoned in 2018).