Friday, August 28 (Welcome Stadium – Dayton, Ohio)
Huber Heights Wayne vs. Cincinnati Princeton 8:30 p.m.
The Dayton section of the 12-th annual Crosstown Showdown will come to a close with a bang as Huber Heights Wayne will battle Cincinnati Princeton High School. Both teams have some big names but all eyes will be on two players.
Princeton quarterback Spencer Ware is a verbal pledge to LSU and will be the main weapon in the Vikings offense in the season opener.
Ware is one of Ohio’s most explosive offensive threats and is projected to move from quarterback to running back at the college level.
But while Ware is the big offensive weapon the Warriors must stop, they also know they have a major weapon of their own.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller is consider by many to be the top prospect in Ohio for the Class of 2011.
A super athlete who can beat you with his arm or his legs has seen the likes of Ohio State, Cincinnati and many others give early verbal offers.
But while all eyes will be on the pair, the Vikings and Warriors each know a fast start is something that is a major key in the always tough Region 4 playoff race.
Princeton ended up with a 5-5 record in 2008 and many feel the Vikings are in a rebuilding year even with Ware at the helms. If this is the case then this will be one of many tough games the Vikings will face this fall.
On defense the Vikings main player to watch is defensive lineman Rakeem Chandler who at 6-foot-4, 209-pounds will look to slow down the Warriors offensive attack.
Despite their youth many expect Princeton to have good athletic talent and be able to use that talent to keep this game close.
On the other hand the Warriors were off to a great start last season going 5-0 before Miller went down with an injury in week six ending his season.
Losing Miller changed the dynamic of the Warriors attack as head coach Jay Minton watched his team lose three of their final five games.
Because of the Warriors tough early schedule they finished the regular season with a 7-3 record and earned a berth in the Region 4 playoffs losing in the second round.
Miller is fully recovered and the Warriors have changed their offensive scheme to best use Miller's skills.
While Miller grabs the headlines there is plenty of talent around the Warriors as three players on defensive side of the ball have issued verbal pledges to play at the Division I college level.
Brothers Terry Talbott (defensive line) and Terrence Talbott (defensive back) have issued pledges to Michigan, while linebacker Josh Harrison has pledged to Wisconsin.
The Warriors are a lot like the Vikings as they'll use super athletes on both sides of the ball to win match-ups.
Because of the abilities of Ware and Miller this game has been circled by many as a can’t miss game to see.