We preview the second round of the Ohio High School Athletic Associations football playoffs with a focus on the Division Three teams from Southwest Ohio in Region 12. Games are set for Friday night.




I have a hard time remembering the last time Alter went 6-4 during regular season play. However, Knights head coach Ed Domsitz knows the playoffs provide his team a chance to redeem themselves.

A season after leading the Knights to the state title game, Domsitz may have his work cut out for him this year as the Knights have seen their share of struggles.

This is a rematch from Week Six that saw Badin dominating the Knights 42-7 as senior quarterback Zach Switzer threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns while Knights quarterback Kale Steneman threw three interceptions.

Alter has already shown their ability to responded to a previous loss coming back from their Week Ten 35-28 loss to Chaminade Julienne last week with a 10-7 win over the Eagles.  

Big name players to watch for Alter are sophomore CJ Hicks Jr who can play on both sides of the ball but is best suited on defense and junior runningback/linebacker Branden McDonald who has rushed for over 1,00 yards and eight touchdowns.

However, Badin has been the hot team after getting off to an 0-2 start of the season with four straight wins.

On paper it would be easy to pick Badin as the team to beat. However, the experience of the Knights could be an advantage when the teams take the field.


Many may not be giving Trotwood-Madison much thought this year but if you look at what the Rams accomplished against a schedule with eight Division One teams as well as Division Two program Winton Woods, they deserve a lot more credit for the season they had.

Junior quarterback Cooper Stewart is solid having thrown for over 1,400 yards with 15 touchdowns and only four interceptions. His main target has been senior receiver Carl Blanton Jr with 28 receptions for 556 yards and seven touchdowns. But the big story has been freshman running back Hezekiah Hudson-Davis has been solid with over 1,000 yards rushing and 11 scores.

On defense two seniors lead the way with linebacker Ke’shawn Huguely leading the team with 68 tackles followed by defensive back Quentin Davis with 61 tackles.

The player everyone watches is senior Sammy Anderson who can play on both sides of the ball with teams staying away from him for the most part. Anderson holds several reported scholarship offers with many favoring him to Cincinnati.

The Roughriders enter the game with a 9-2 record after a round one win over Franklin. A common opponent for the two was Wapakoneta with the Roughriders losing 19-13 in overtime in Week Two and the Rams beating the Redskins last week 33-21.

Over the years the Roughriders have been one of the top teams in the Western Buckeye League with 25 league championships and can not be taken lightly. However, this Rams squad has proven they are not one player and one of the more complete teams this season.


Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (, a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.