MIAMISBURG — It's not often you offer a team congratulations following a bitter defeat.
Waynesfield-Goshen ended its regular season on a sour note as they dropped a 45-12 decision to Dayton Christian Friday, but still found itself sitting in the postseason.
Despite the loss, the Tigers got help from Jefferson Township, South Charleston Southeastern Local, and New Miami. Those three teams came into the game as the only three teams able to catch the Tigers, and all three lost.
"Hopefully, it will breathe new life into the guys," W-G varsity coach Gary Spencer said. "There is nothing finn about losing and we have lost three in a row. Maybe this was just the thing we needed to get back going again."
Dayton Christian running back Heath Hartings and his 4.3 40-yard dash speed were on display constantly in rainy conditions Friday. Harting carried the ball 17 times for 337 yards sand rushed for five touchdowns. Hartings has been touted by many as the fastest running back in the state and showed why. He eclipsed 2,000 yards for the season during the game sand scored the 100th touchdown of his career.
"He is the real deal," Spencer said. He is as solid of a player as it gets."
The Tigers now look to spend the week recovering from nagging injuries and will travel to Ada next week to open the playoffs. He said the team will need to catch some of the fire it had in the midseason.
"It seems we need to have something happen good early to get us going," Spencer said. "When something bad happens we let our chins go down. We will have them ready to play next week."