Glen Este was handed its first loss of the season, Goshen’s winning streak was ended, Clermont Northeastern won its fourth game in the last five weeks, New Richmond won its second straight, and Amelia returned to the winners’ column to highlight Week Eight of the Clermont County high school varsity football season.
Clermont Northeastern (4-4) shut out Cincinnati Christian 27-0 owning period leads of 6-0, 14-0, and 20-0. Danny Loch, who rushed 32 times for 209 yards, scored on two TD runs, Tyler Sanders on a pass from Key Voshell, and Jacob Wilson on a run. Loch ran for two conversion points and Cody Huxel kicked for another.
“The defense did great. We were swarming all over them, but the offense came out flat,” said Rocket head coach Josh Durbin. He lauded the defensive work of tackle Robbie Rein, linebacker Chris Distler, and cornerback Josh Dale.
“Goshen will be ready to play this Friday especially coming off a tough loss to Blanchester,” said Durbin. “Goshen plays hard-nosed football and we need to be ready to play the same way.”
New Richmond (4-4) held on to beat Batavia (2-6) 20-13 at the Lions’ homecoming. The Red and Black were ahead at the first two breaks 13-0 and 20-13. The second half was scoreless. Mike Dowd tallied twice for the winners on runs of six and two yards. Jake Kools rambled 46-yards for the other NR TD. Michael Dean kicked two conversion points. Caleb Corrill dove one-yard and Andrew Avery dashed seven yards to account for the Bulldog six-pointers. Jordan Larrison kicked an extra point.
“The game was a nail-biter down to the end,” said Jerry Reardon head coach of the triumphant. “They drove to our 20 (yard line) near the end and then Mike Dowd intercepted a pass on our five.”
Strong safety Elijah Menkhaus turned in a steller effort on defense with two pass interceptions and eight tackles and Dowd, at linebacker, had a pass swipe. Dowd paced the offense with 23 carries for 190 yards, Kools 19 for 129, and Andrew Kappes eight for 47.
“Bethel-Tate has a wide open offense. We’ll need to have our defense continue to keep playing well,” said Reardon of Friday night’s foe.
Amelia (2-6) returned from Walnut Hills with a thrilling 13-7 overtime victory. Kyle Dwelly’s one-yard plunge earned the Barons the win. Vinny Terry tallied the other TD on a one-yard burst. David Carr kicked a conversion point. The score was tied 7-7 at the half and the end of regulation time. Blocked Eagle field goal attempts by Johnny Patrick and Matt Farley helped secure the triumph. Linebacker David Minshall and Farley, in the secondary, were noted by head coach Rob Kiefer for their superb defensive play. Dwelly and Jesse Held both rushed for more than 90 yards to head the offense.
“This game was good, bad, and ugly, but we’ll take the win,” said Kiefer. “We faced adversity, offensively, and overcame it. This is very encouraging.”
Friday, AHS hosts Turpin. Said Kiefer, “Turpin is one of the best teams we’ll see this year.”
Glen Este (7-1) was humbled by Anderson 42-6. Ironically, the visiting Trojans drew first blood on Donnie Talbott’s one-yard rush to lead 6-0 after one period of play. The Redskins led the rest of the way 21-6 and 35-6.
Goshen (6-2) forced the unbeaten Blanchester Wildcats to play hard through the last play of the game to down their hosts 20-14. Blan was on top 20-7 at the half and 20-14 after three quarters. The first 12 minutes was scoreless. Scoring for the Clermont countians were Josh Greer on a 17-yard pass from Billy Whitacre and Whitacre on a one-yard dive. Ryan Reese followed with two point after boots.
Bethel-Tate (2-6) was beaten at East Clinton 26-7. Cory Roberts’ three-yard quarterback sneak recorded the Tigers’ TD. Keegan Martin kicked the conversion. The Astros led throughout 13-0, 13-7, and 19-7.
Milford (1-7) was walloped by Lakota West 56-14. The Eagles trailed their hosts at the rests 7-0, 35-0, and 42-7. Derek Termuhlen’s five-yard run, Koury Johnson’s two-yard run, and Nick Thompson’s two conversion kicks accounted for the Red and White’s scoring.
Williamsburg (0-8) was defeated in Mount Orab by Western Brown 55-0. The Broncos led all the way 28-0, 35-0, and 48-0.