West Carrollton football pride: "I see a great future for this program"
But when it was announced that Dion Black was leaving last winter to take over Trotwood-Madison staff, it created a boom in pirates that had disappeared. Black was an Aries defense coordinator on the undefeated 2017 Division III state team.
"There was word around the school that we would get something this year," recalls Jones, who had only won four university wins in the previous three seasons. “I see a great future for this program. He brings motivation and more empathy to do things. … It was different. We haven't had a national championship coach before. "
West Carrollton High School Football QB Club Kamaury Cleveland coaches Dion Black (left) during training on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Through the first half of the season, West Carrollton won the region's first major offense when it visited Piqua (3-3) 39-34 last week. Remember, this was the pirates' first victory; it was an epic stuff for an athletic program that for the most part has fallen behind in the last decade.
This also includes football teams that have won 13 combined games in the last nine seasons. West Carrollton had not won more than three games in any season during this period and had not won since the 2009 team was 8-3 and lost to Tecumseh in the first round of the D-II Preliminary Round.
"It was a dream to be my head coach," said Black, a 1998 Patterson fellow who played defensive at Urbana University. “I liked it at Trotwood. If I hadn't had the opportunity to head coach, I would still be there. (Rams head coach) Jeff Graham is my biggest supporter. He told me I knew you wanted to do it. Go ahead and make that leap of faith. "
West Carrollton hasn't been the same since Black fired sophomore Kamaury Cleveland. He got 353 yards and three touchdowns on 5-of-5 on the Tippecanoe. In Week 5 shooting defeat. But that was a record prerequisite for what he did to Piqua.
Cleveland led Piqua with just 21 of 30 passes, which is a game-record total of 383 yards and two touchdowns. When the Indians decided to stop this air strike, Cleveland responded, rushing for 158 yards and three more.
"He's all passion, hard work and leadership," said Cleveland. “He taught us that. He came from a good program. He taught us that you could turn a loser program into a winning program. That's pretty proud. If we can continue to do that, it will mean a lot to this school and community. "
Jones had 12 catches for 204 yards and two scores. He also became 16 all-time leading Pirates at TD receptions. As the Indians leaned on it, it created space for Cedric Anthony, who added 139 catches for 139 yards.
West Carrollton High School football fields Kamaury Cleveland (left), Austin Jones (center-back) and Cedric Anthony and head coach Dion Black train during training on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
This meant the Pirates (1-5, 1-2) the most significant victory of the decade. It was also announced that West Carrollton is unlikely to be the back side of their new Miami Valley League schedule, including Friday's Week 7 in Greenville (4-2, 3-1).
"I was something magical," said Black, who was being dragged by the assistant coaches and mixed with water by jubilant teammates. “The kids were so excited. The community was excited. The whole weekend was uninterrupted. "
Western Ohio Conference teams have not played since 2008, the first season since joining North and South. They both compete in Region D-2 playoffs. Neither team has defeated the winning team so far. Springfield lost to Fairfield unbeaten 16-12 in Week 2, though it will change for the rest of the regular season.
Booher did it for Northmont and Dayton's northern boundary, done by former Centerville coach Bob Gregg for the reindeer in the southern end of town. The Thunderbolts had five undefeated teams, two in the Southwestern Buckeye League and three in Miami Central Conference, under Booher's leadership.
He was the head of T-Bolts from 1962-85, setting an 182-53-5 record and producing many successful fellow players. The Journal Herald chose the Northmont the Decade team to succeed in the 1970s. Booher was invited to the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988.