Wyoming Advances To Football Regional Finals

11/12/2018

For the second time in two weeks, Indian Hill & Wyoming met in football.  This time, it was the Division IV regional semifinals at Lakota West High School.  The game was filled with big plays and big mistakes. The first of the big plays came early as Dimetrious Bayor (Indian Hill) took the opening kickoff back 75 yards to set the Braves up with a short field.  They took advantage of the field position as couple of plays later John Mark Williams ran it in from 14 yards out.  Luke Lundberg's PAT gave Indian Hill a 7-0 lead less than 2 minutes into the game.  The rest of the quarter, teams traded punts as the Braves held on for 7-0 lead after the 1st quarter.  In the 2nd quarter, Indian Hill got good field position on a Wyoming punt.  Cole Dein pass to Amari Whitehead for 30+ yards to the 3 yard line.  Baylor took it into the end zone from there.  The Lundberg PAT gave Indian Hill a 14-0 lead.  It was the first time all season that Wyoming had been down by two touchdowns.  The score stayed the same the rest of the 1st half. In the 2nd half, Indian Hill fumbles & Wyoming recovers at the Braves 22.  The next play, quarterback Evan Prater scores from 22 yards out.  AJ Washienko PAT close the gap to 14-7 Indian Hill with 10:13 left in the 3rd quarter.  After trading punts again, Wyoming gets the ball on an odd play.  On the Cowboy punt, the Indian Hill player trips on the ball as it was still rolling and Wyoming recovers.  But the Braves stop the drive when Charlie DiGennero intercepts the Wyoming pass in the end zone.  Late in the 3rd quarter, another Brave's fumble gives Wyoming the ball at the Indian Hill 25.  Early in the 4th quarter Pierson Rogers runs the ball in from 7 yards out.  Washienko PAT ties the game at 14 all.  Most of the rest of the quarter, teams again trade punts. Less than a minute to go, Indian Hill fumbles and Wyoming recovers again at the Indian Hill 25 yard line.  With 28 seconds left in the game Whitehead intercepts a Wyoming pass.  The Braves take over at their 5 yard line and let the time run out with the score tied at 14 after regulation.  In high school overtime, each team gets a chance to score from the 20 yard line.  Indian Hill got the ball first and after their drive stalled at the 11 yard line, Lundberg kicked a 28 yard field goal to give Indian Hill a 17-14 lead.  On Wyoming's first play, Prater found Rogers open for a 20 yard TD and a 20-14 win.  It was the Cowboy's first lead of the game.  Despite being down by two scores for the first time all season and giving up the most points all season, Wyoming (12-0) survives to move on to the regional finals for the 3rd year in a row.  Their opponent will be #6 seed London who upset #2 seed Clinton Massie 28-7 in the other regional semifinal.  The game will be Saturday at 7:00 at Centerville Stadium.  The winner of that game will move on to the state final four.  Wyoming is looking to make it there for the 5th time and first time since 2009 when they were Division III.  In the final D4 state rankings, Wyoming was 1st & London 10th. Indian Hill finishes a great season 9-3.
SID Note - According to the final state rankings, Regional 16 in Division IV is the toughest D4 region in Ohio. Six of the eight teams in the regional playoffs were ranked in the top 16 in the state!