ROSS TWP. — The Ross High football team is a completely different squad than in Week 1, after suffering a 41-7 loss to Badin.
Since then, Ross (6-1) has won six straight.
The Rams’ offense has had a complete shift since, scoring over 35 points a game in all of their contests heading into Friday night’s Division III, Region 12 contest against the New Richmond Lions.
Ross is coming off of a 52-14 blowout of Butler County foe Monroe, as it racked up 522 yards on the ground. CJ Boze, Jackson Gifford and Brayden Fraasman all had over 100 yards rushing, and two scores to go along with it.
The New Richmond Lions defeated SBAAC rival Goshen last week 38-20 after losing to the Warriors 24-6 in the regular-season finale.
The Lions’ running game helped them past the Warriors as they ran for 330 yards on the ground. Dual threat quarterback Luke Lytle led the way with 157 yards with a touchdown and ended up with 67 yards with two touchdowns through the air.
Out of all of the brackets, this matchup would seem on paper to be the most evenly matched 4-5 matchup in the playoffs.
The Rams travel 50 minutes to New Richmond for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The winner will face off against No. 8 St. Mary’s Memorial or No. 1 Bellbrook.