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Bengals lose to Baltimore; make AFC playoffs as sixth seed with Clements as key figure

 

Nate Clements Bengals in 2011 (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

Eventhough the Cincinnati Bengals lost their final game to the Baltimore Ravens, the team still will be amongst the top 6 in the AFC Playoffs next weekend as the sixth seed.

The Bengals received help on Sunday when the Jets, Raiders and Broncos all lost but they earned the wildcard spot in a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tennessee Titans, the only other AFC team with that same record of 9-7. The Bengals beat the Titans at Tennessee in November, 24-17. That’s why every game in the NFL is important.

They’ll be traveling to Houston to play the 10-6 Texans who they lost two three weeks ago in the final seconds.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who is from the Houston area, is 3-0 in Reliant Stadium home of the Texans. He played there during his college career at TCU.

Cincinnati defied all the odds playing with a rookie QB and won 9 games even after trading away veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders.

One of the reasons the Bengals made the playoffs was the play of former Ohio State defensive back Nate Clements, who they signed in the off-season to release Johnathan Joseph who bolted for Houston after the team had a losing season in 2010.

The 32-year-old native of the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, had never made the playoffs as his career has taken him to Buffalo and San Francisco after being drafted in the first round at #21 by the Bills in 2001.

Clements felt the Bengals, even being a young team had a chance at the playoffs and he was right.

The 2011 free agent signee who has been a standout player in the Cincinnati secondary this season, missed only one game with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice on December 1.

After sitting out the December 4 Pittsburgh game, he has been back at the Left cornerback spot the past three games against Houston, St. Louis and Arizona.

Clements was not fully healed for the December 11 game vs. the Texans, and he had just one tackle in very limited action. But returned to his big-play capabilities on December 18 at St. Louis, and also on December 24 vs. Arizona.

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Clements has made big plays all season:

* On October 16 against Indianapolis, he blocked a 52-yard FG attempt by Adam Vinatieri with 5;43 to play. Also in the opening quarter of the game, he forced a fumble by Colts TE Dallas Clark.

* On October 30 at Seattle, Clements stopped a two-point try by stripping the ball from WR Ben Obomanu in the end zone.

* On November 6 at Tennessee with under four minutes to play, and the Bengals up 21-17, Clements separated TE Jared Cook from the ball and recovered it at the Titans 20. From there, the Bengals scored a field goal for the final margin of 24-17.

* On November 27 vs. Cleveland, with the score 20-20, Clements ripped the ball away from WR Greg Little for an incompletion which would’ve given the Browns a first down. It forced the Browns to kick a 55-yard field goal which missed and the Bengals started their game-winning drive on their 45-yard line.

* On December 18 at St. Louis, Clements was responsible for making four, huge third down plays that caused the Rams to punt on three of them and kick a field goal on another.

* On December 24, against Arizona, his second-quarter interception against John Skelton set up the Bengals TD drive for a 17-0 lead.

With Right cornerback Leon Hall going down with an injury a few games ago, the free agent signing of Clements has been huge for Cincinnati’s defense.

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Trotwood-Madison wins first state title

Game report from Jim Murdoch

(courtesy of Free-Extras.com)

Trotwood-Madison High School in the West Dayton, Ohio suburb of Trotwood has had several top-notch athletes pass through their doors. They include: Chris Wright, former basketball star at University of Dayton, Andre Hutson, former Michigan State basketball star, LaVonna Martin, Olympic Silver Medalist, Maurice Douglass, current head coach and former NFL player, Roy Roundtree, current wide receiver at the University of Michigan and Vincent M. Ward, actor & public speaker.

This weekend, the Rams football program put itself on the map for winning its first Ohio state championship.

Isreal Green rushed for Division II records of six touchdowns and 326 yards to lead the Rams over Avon in Massillon, 42-28.

Green scored on touchdown runs of 74, 38 and 4 yards and three runs from 1-yard out.

Trotwood-Madison finishes at 15-0, while Avon drops to 13-2.

The Eagles of Avon were led by their quarterback Justin O’Rourke who passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns.

 

COLORADO AT OHIO STATE GAMEWEEK: Buffaloes beats arch-rival Colorado State for first win of 2011

 

The Colorado Buffaloes won their first game of the season and it came against their in-state arch-rivals in Denver at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Senior quarterback Tyler Hansen marched CU on an 85-yard, 10-minute fourth-quarter drive, topping it off with a 2-yard sneak to help get the Buffs past Colorado State 28-14.

The win was CU’s first of the new season and the first in the coaching career of former Buffaloes star tight end Jon Embree.

Colorado which buried CSU 24-3 in 2010, has won seven of the 11 games with its intrastate rival played in Denver. The game in 2011 of the Rocky Mountain showdown, now sponsored by Cinch Jeans, drew just 57,186, the lowest crowd in 11 CU-CSU games played off campus.

The Buffaloes are 1-2 and play at Ohio State this coming Saturday.

Rodney Stewart

Senior tailback Rodney “Speedy” Stewart was nearly a one-man offensive show for Colorado, rushing 19 times for 98 yards and catching seven passes for 93 to account for 191 yards in total offense. Hansen completed 17 of 32  passes for 215 yards. He led the Buffaloes to 4 TD’s, two rushing and two passing.

The CU defense shut down the Rams. They allowed just 67 yards rushing and held Rams quarterback Pete Thomas to 18 of 28 passing for 157 yards. He came into the game averaging 218.5 yards a game through the air.

One bug-a-boo Colorado has is penalties. They have 29 in three games, including 10 for 114 yards against Colorado State.

Info, photo & logo courtesy of University of Colorado athletics

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Greeneview star Bradds chooses Ohio Bobcats

 

Evan Bradds (courtesy of Greeneview High School athletics)

Jamestown Greeneview High School basketball player Evan Bradds decided to make his college choice now and get it out of the way.

At the end of verbally committed to the Ohio University Bobcats basketball program saying “that it was the right fit for him.”

Bradds, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound post player, averaged 17.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and shot 52 percent from the field as a sophomore last season.

He helped lead the Rams to their second straight appearance in the Division III district championship game, and was named Division III District 9 Player of the Year.

Bradds also considered offers from Miami (Ohio), Akron, Toledo, Wright State, James Madison and Albany.

If the name Bradds sounds familiar, it should. His dad, David, played at the University of Dayton, and his grandfather, Gary, a former legend at Ohio State, was an NBA first-round draft pick.

Bradds, who’ll graduate from high school in 2013, has the ability to be a big-time scorer shooter, he’s tough in the lane and can drive the basketball according to scouting reports.

 

Special thanks goes out to the Bradds’ family and Greeneview athletic director Mark Rinehart for giving permission to use Evan’s photo

Info compiled from staff, recruiting news, Radio & TV news

VCU coach Smart wins BCA coaching award

 

(courtesy of BCA via wikipedia commons)

Virginia Commonwealth University head basketball coach Shaka Smart has won the Fritz Pollard male coach of the year award from the Black Coaches and Administrators after leading his Rams team to their first Final four appearance this past season.

Coquese Washington, the women’s head basketball coach at Penn State, who rebuilt a struggling program, was the winner of the women’s award.

Dan Guerrero, the athletic director of UCLA, was selected as the Myles Brand Award as the nation’s top administrator. Guerrero has served as the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee chairman.

 

Info courtesy of the Black Coaches & Administrators organization, Radio & TV news

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