As the collegiate bowl season gets underway, let us not forget that Clermont County had a post-season high school football team.
That team’s final statistics have recently been revealed.
For their third consecutive year and the fourth among the last seven gridiron campaigns, Glen Este’s varsity football team again qualified for the state playoffs.
The current edition of the Trojans compiled a 9-3 overall record and their 3-2 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division (FAVC-B) record earned them a five-way tie for the conference championship, the first-ever in the FAVC’s new three division line-ups.
Following are some of the more notable statistics racked up by Clermont County’s lone football state playoff qualifying team.
The Trojans outscored their adversaries 273 to 183. The Purple and White outscored their opponents in each and every quarter 56-26, 85-58, 69-55, 63-44.
The Trojans averaged 284.3 total yards per game on the offensive side of the pigskin and limited the opposition to 190.3 yards per outing. Glen Este had possession of the ball 28-minutes and five-seconds of each 40-minute game.
One of the very few negatives was that the Clermont countians lost 12 fumbles and the enemy just three.
The Purple and White was penalized 66 times for a total of 533 yards and the others 55 times for 445.
Donnie Talbott carried the ball 294 times for 1,592 yards and Kyle Slater 140 for 841. Slater caught 10 of Andrew Keller’s passes for 96 yards and Talbott nine for 95. Matt Winegardner led the team with two touchdown receptions.
Shawn Talbott returned six kickoffs for a 14.5 average per run back and Jerrick Boykin returned nine for a 12.4 average. Winegardner returned two punts for a 20 yard average and Shawn Talbott returned eight for an 11-yard average.
Donnie Talbott scored 132 points, Kyle Slater 60, Patrick Harder 35, Winegardner and Brad Griffith 12 apiece, Keller eight, Boykin and Cameron Childs six each, and Stephen Wilson two.
Boykin intercepted five of the adversary’s passes, Sam Olberding, Shawn Talbott and Cory Slater two, and Winegardner one. Kevin Briggs, Adam Chambers, and Winegardner each recovered an opponent’s fumble. Winegardner blocked two of the foe’s kicks and one apiece was blocked by Alex Meagher and Wilson,
Cory Slater made 59 tackles (21 solo), Chambers 58 (30 solo), Meagher 48 (27 solo), and Tyler Duncanson 42 (30 solo). Winegardner made five sacks or tackles for loss and Chambers made four.
The statistics were recorded and maintained throughout the entire 12-game season by former Glen Este gridiron gladiator greats Scott Reveal (class of 1996) and Ashland College and Mike Thompson (class of 1982) and Wilmington College.