MONTGOMERY — If there is one rivalry that always proves to have something on the line, it is the Battle of the Skies. The Mason Comets and the Sycamore Aves are two schools with similar attributes and they both seem to be in the hunt for athletic supremacy.
The major reason this game is of importance is because usually both have some sort of need to win the game. Maybe not necessarily for the GMC, but nearly always for the playoffs. When both are good and vying for the postseason, it comes down to the wire. When one seems to be better than the other…it still comes down to the wire. Which is what makes this rivalry such an intense and exciting matchup.
In case you don’t remember, last season this one had to be settled in overtime, with the Mason Comets getting the win on a Charley Sipe 42-yard field goal and then a defensive stand. The win proved to be very important as the Comets went to the playoffs in the end and the Aves did not. The Comets had also tied late in the fourth quarter on a 53-yard Logan Dalton run.
This season, the tables have turned slightly. Sycamore now hosts Mason and holds the superior record and playoff slot. At 3-1, Sycamore had beat up Loveland and held off Kings. The Aves then used a last second field goal to beat Princeton 16-13, but then had a let down as they were edged out by Lakota West last week, 28-21.
As for Mason, it has been a rough start to the season. The Comets were rolled in back to back weeks by Springboro and La Salle, then were edged out by Lakota East 20-14. The Comets did grab their first win of the season last week on the west side of Cincinnati, defeating Oak Hills 35-7 and look to get the season turned around.
The Aves want to keep their playoff hopes in check, while the Comets are looking to snatch some quality points to move up in the playoff hunt. Both are an even 1-1 in the conference.
The stipulations are usually the same, but sometimes the team’s seats are changed. However, one thing is certain…this will be one to keep your eyes on if you aren’t in attendance.
And if you are in attendance…buckle up for liftoff because this is going to be one wild ride.