CONVOY — It wasn’t all that long ago that football wasn’t played in Convoy, yet for the sixth straight season the Knights will be playing in the postseason.

The Knights will host Miami Valley Christian Academy on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs. MVCA is from all the way down on the east side of Cincinnati. To be quite honest, I grew up in Cincinnati, worked 15 minutes from this school (a quick Google search showed me this) and I had never even heard of it till this week.

Here’s what we know about the Lions of MVCA. They average scoring 43 points per game from a power rushing attack that keeps two half-backs in the back field. Through nine games they only tried to go through the air 58 times. They lost two games on the season to Summit Country Day and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (I have heard of those schools).

“They are running the ball very well,” said Crestview head coach Jared Owens of his opponent on Saturday night. “They run a lot of power football at you, and their quarterback throws it effective enough when has too. It’s going to be a really good challenge for our defense.”

Though, as I’m sure you know, the Knights offense is nothing to scoff at either.

Crestview is averaging 44 points on the season and is coming off a 50-8 route over the Paulding Panthers to secure the Knights third NWC football title the first two coming in ‘05 and ‘13. Behind the electric play of four year starter and two time NWC offensive player of the year Drew Kline, the Knights offense shines.

Kline threw for 15 touchdowns and over 1,200 yards while still netting nearly 1,000 on the ground. Though a quarterback is nothing without his offensive line and his weapons. Brody Brecht ran for 735 yards out of the back field and 12 scores while perennial outside threat Wade Sheets scored seven times on 574 yards and 31 receptions.

As previously mentioned the Knights have been here before. A year ago the Knights were in the playoffs, won their first game then lost to the future state champions—Minster. The Knights have made their name known in playoff discussions. The first year a team makes the playoffs you can perhaps chalk it up to a ‘magical season.’ The second or third straight season you can elude to a talented class of kids making their way through. By year six you can erase all of that, because at that point it is a tradition.

“We are definitely blessed to have the type of players that are good enough to play beyond week 10,” said Owens of his program. “You never take that for granted because very few teams are able to do that, at any division. We have been lucky enough and worked hard enough and earned the right to be able to [make the playoffs.] So we look forward to the opportunity and we are going to make the most of it.”

In certain aspects you learn more about your team during the few games in the postseason, than you could ever during ten regular season games. For Coach Owens this rings true.

“I think what we have learned through our experience in the postseason is that teams that win, are the teams that are able to run the football and play good defense,” said the Knights head coach. “So our focus is trying to establish the run, and then on defense being sound and trying to eliminate the big plays.”

“We also have to continue to keep improving in the kicking game and special teams,” continued Owens. “That is another place where big plays can happen, so those are things we are looking to focus on and try to do well.”

In Division VII iron man football is not only a reality, but it is a necessity. The Knights employ Brecht as a tail-back and linebacker, Kline as quarterback and defensive back, etc. For the Lions of MVCA and their roster of just 19 players, iron man football is the only way they know how to play.

It will interesting to see how smash-mouth option wears on a roster of 19 players, especially with how aggressive the defense plays. With 19 players you can’t even run a full scout team in practice. Regardless of what happens Saturday night, props to the Lions for even making it this far.

Game time is at 7:00, Saturday in Convoy. The winner of the contest will face off against DeGraff Riverside or Minster next Saturday at a neutral site.