Tornadoes fail to (score a) touch down


By John Bombatch - jbombatch@civitasmedia.com



Tornadoes running Back Jerry Williams III poses with two of his littlest fans, after Saturday’s June 10 Blue Collar Football League game on the AIA Sports Complex football field in Xenia.


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Cincinnati Gators running back Tracey Barnes (20) gets flipped after a hit by Xenia Tornadoes safety Ben Anderson, during Saturday’s BCFL football game at Xenia’s Athletes In Action Sports Complex football field.


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DeShawn Threats was the third of three Tornadoes quarterbacks, in a 48-0 home loss, June 10 to the visiting Cincinnati Gators.


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Tornadoes defensive back Donta Holder (32) blocks an extra-point try by Cincinnati’s Kyle Kostoff (92) in the second half of Saturday’s BCFL game on the Athletes In Action Sports Complex football field in Xenia.


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The Gators’ Tracey Barnes rushed for 90 yards on 10 carries, including a fumble and a touchdown, in Cincinnati’s 48-0 win over the host Xenia Tornadoes, June 10 at the AIA Sports Complex.


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Xenia’s Matt Lindsay (22) finds himself surrounded by Cincinnati Gators, during first-half action June 10 on the Athletes In Action Sports Complex football field in Xenia. Cincinnati won the game, 48-0.


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Tornadoes quarterback DeShawn Threats gathers his linemen on the Xenia sideline to go over blocking assignments, during the second half of Saturday’s 48-0 loss to the Cincinnati Gators, at the AIA Sports Complex.


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The temperature may have been in the mid-80s, but that didn’t limit the intensity of play during Saturday’s Blue Collar Football League game between the visiting Cincinnati Gators and the host Xenia Tornadoes.


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Battered and soaked in sweat, the two teams showed sportsmanship and class after Saturday’s BCFL semi-pro game on the AIA Sports Complex football field in Xenia.


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XENIA — With a team with several new faces and little time to practice together, Xenia Tornadoes coach Doug Edwards knew there would be games like Saturday’s June 10 shutout loss to the Cincinnati Gators.

Playing in 80-degree weather in full football pads is tough on any man. Playing in pads on an often unorganized Xenia bunch and losing 48-0 is even tougher. But the players gave it their all until the final whistle.

“We’re a very young team,” Edwards said. “About half the team has worked together for a year, the other half has not. So, it’s molding that together, like putting together a big puzzle. That’s what we’re working on right now.

“The longer you play together, the better you know each other. That’s our goal right now: To get these guys together every week, and then come out here, keep playing together so we can get better at playing this game.”

And the Xenia players love this game.

Despite the game’s outcome having been decided, there were still guys like safety Ben Anderson upending Gators running back Tracey Barnes before Cincinnati’s top running back could get in for a late-game score.

And while the Tornadoes were on their third quarterback, DeShawn Threats could be found gathering the offensive linemen — and really, anyone on the team who had an interest in learning the blocking assignments a little better — on the sideline before their next offensive series.

It’s no fun to lose a game 48-0 in any weather, and tempers heated up at one point in the second half. Regardless of all the trash talking and the occasional finger pointing, both teams shook hands after the Blue Collar Football League contest, and met after the game for a team prayer at midfield.

The Xenia players work full-time jobs when they’re not decked out in their Red & Black Tornadoes uniforms, and they’re from all over the Miami Valley. Oftentimes, the only way Edwards can hold a practice is by going online. He’ll go live on Facebook, and his team will tune in to his chalk talks to learn the plays.

“I just think we just gotta be better prepared,” Xenia running back Tarrel Jackson said after the game. “We gotta get in our playbooks, we gotta listen to our coaches and we just gotta execute when we come out here.”

Jackson was given the opportunity to recognize a teammate whom he thought played well in Saturday’s game. In true teammate fashion, he wouldn’t point any one player out among the 40-some men who sweated their tails off in the lopsided loss.

“I’d like to recognize the whole team. Man, we come out here and we fight and we struggle together. I can’t put anybody down, and I can’t put anybody in the spotlight. We all come out here and play our hearts out, that’s all you can ask for,” Jackson said.

Jackson, Matt Lindsey and Corielle Rayford combined for 58 yards rushing on 11 carries, but it was a rough day for Xenia quarterbacks Threats, Donta Holder and Khristian Avery. The often scrambling trio was sacked seven times for minus-39 yards, and threw three interceptions.

Meanwhile, Gators quarterback and former Toledo Rocket Blake Moore scrambled six times for 115 yards and three touchdowns. Moore also threw for a 20-yard TD pass in the win. Cincinnati’s Barnes, who played at Muskingum University, led all rushers with 90 yards and a TD (and one fumble) on 10 carries.

Cincinnati is now 2-1 in the BCFL, while Xenia slips to 0-2. Xenia’s next game will be at 5 p.m. June 17 when they’ll host the Southern Ohio Blaze, on the Athletes In Action Sports Complex football field.

THANK YOU, CRICKET!: The Xenia team is self-sufficient, so it always helps when a local business like Wireless Choices of Dayton, a Cricket wireless-authorized dealer located in the Fairfield Commons Mall in Beavercreek, lends a helping hand. The team wanted to make sure that their support didn’t go unnoticed.

Tornadoes running Back Jerry Williams III poses with two of his littlest fans, after Saturday’s June 10 Blue Collar Football League game on the AIA Sports Complex football field in Xenia.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_JWilliamsIIIFans_PS.jpgTornadoes running Back Jerry Williams III poses with two of his littlest fans, after Saturday’s June 10 Blue Collar Football League game on the AIA Sports Complex football field in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Cincinnati Gators running back Tracey Barnes (20) gets flipped after a hit by Xenia Tornadoes safety Ben Anderson, during Saturday’s BCFL football game at Xenia’s Athletes In Action Sports Complex football field.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_BenAndersonCG20_PS.jpgCincinnati Gators running back Tracey Barnes (20) gets flipped after a hit by Xenia Tornadoes safety Ben Anderson, during Saturday’s BCFL football game at Xenia’s Athletes In Action Sports Complex football field. John Bombatch | Greene County News

DeShawn Threats was the third of three Tornadoes quarterbacks, in a 48-0 home loss, June 10 to the visiting Cincinnati Gators.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_DeShawnThreats_PS.jpgDeShawn Threats was the third of three Tornadoes quarterbacks, in a 48-0 home loss, June 10 to the visiting Cincinnati Gators. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Tornadoes defensive back Donta Holder (32) blocks an extra-point try by Cincinnati’s Kyle Kostoff (92) in the second half of Saturday’s BCFL game on the Athletes In Action Sports Complex football field in Xenia.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_DontaHolderblock_PS.jpgTornadoes defensive back Donta Holder (32) blocks an extra-point try by Cincinnati’s Kyle Kostoff (92) in the second half of Saturday’s BCFL game on the Athletes In Action Sports Complex football field in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

The Gators’ Tracey Barnes rushed for 90 yards on 10 carries, including a fumble and a touchdown, in Cincinnati’s 48-0 win over the host Xenia Tornadoes, June 10 at the AIA Sports Complex.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_TraceyBarnes20_PS.jpgThe Gators’ Tracey Barnes rushed for 90 yards on 10 carries, including a fumble and a touchdown, in Cincinnati’s 48-0 win over the host Xenia Tornadoes, June 10 at the AIA Sports Complex. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Xenia’s Matt Lindsay (22) finds himself surrounded by Cincinnati Gators, during first-half action June 10 on the Athletes In Action Sports Complex football field in Xenia. Cincinnati won the game, 48-0.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_MattLindsey_PS.jpgXenia’s Matt Lindsay (22) finds himself surrounded by Cincinnati Gators, during first-half action June 10 on the Athletes In Action Sports Complex football field in Xenia. Cincinnati won the game, 48-0. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Tornadoes quarterback DeShawn Threats gathers his linemen on the Xenia sideline to go over blocking assignments, during the second half of Saturday’s 48-0 loss to the Cincinnati Gators, at the AIA Sports Complex.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_ThreatsHuddle_PS.jpgTornadoes quarterback DeShawn Threats gathers his linemen on the Xenia sideline to go over blocking assignments, during the second half of Saturday’s 48-0 loss to the Cincinnati Gators, at the AIA Sports Complex. John Bombatch | Greene County News

The temperature may have been in the mid-80s, but that didn’t limit the intensity of play during Saturday’s Blue Collar Football League game between the visiting Cincinnati Gators and the host Xenia Tornadoes.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_Scrimmage_PS.jpgThe temperature may have been in the mid-80s, but that didn’t limit the intensity of play during Saturday’s Blue Collar Football League game between the visiting Cincinnati Gators and the host Xenia Tornadoes. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Battered and soaked in sweat, the two teams showed sportsmanship and class after Saturday’s BCFL semi-pro game on the AIA Sports Complex football field in Xenia.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_Handshakes_PS.jpgBattered and soaked in sweat, the two teams showed sportsmanship and class after Saturday’s BCFL semi-pro game on the AIA Sports Complex football field in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

By John Bombatch

jbombatch@civitasmedia.com

You can contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123. For more information on the Xenia Tornadoes football team, visit their page on Facebook at: facebook.com/XENIATORNADOES.

You can contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123. For more information on the Xenia Tornadoes football team, visit their page on Facebook at: facebook.com/XENIATORNADOES.