Glen Este proved its worth once again, Goshen is getting its engines (er, Warriors) revved up for the season, Milford’s Patrick Fagan won his first game as the head coach of the Eagles, and Batavia joined the winners’ ranks to highlight county varsity football action.
Glen Este (2-1) became the second team in county football history to hand a defeat to the renowned Princeton football program. The Trojans joined Milford in achieving victory over the Vikings. The host Purple and White overcame a halftime deficit to plunge Princeton’s hopes with a 35-32 triumph. Following a 7-all first quarter, the visitors were up 24-14 at the half and 24-21 going into the final 12 minutes of play. Sophomore running back Kyle Slater scored four touchdowns for GE on runs of five, 35, three, and two yards. Shawn Talbott tallied the winner on a five-yard dash. Patrick Harder successfully kicked all five very vital point after attempts.
The Trojans dominated the game, statistically. They had the ball 31.5 minutes of the 48-minute game, outrushed the Vikings 410-179 (Slater 31 carries for 218 yards and Talbott 16 for 115), and Sam Olberding recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass.
“We’re a work in progress.” said GE head coach Zak Taylor. “This was a big win beating a program of than caliber.”
Goshen (2-1) won a Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) American Division battle over New Richmond (1-2) 36-15 in the first game ever played on the newly-surfaced Goshen gridiron. The Warriors were on top after each stop 7-0, 21-15, and 29-15. Nick Napier accounted for two of the victors' TDs on sprints of 73 and 39 yards. Billy Whitacre drew blood on a seven-yard run, Josh Horsley on a 68-yard return of a fumble recovery, and John Strong on a one-yard burst. Ryan Reese booted two conversion points and Whitacre ran for four more. Steve Gantzer recorded both Lion TDs on a very special night for a talented specialty teams player on 82-yard punt return and a 70-yard kickoff return. Tyler Williams kicked an extra point.
Milford (1-2) was close in its first two outings of the season and this time the Eagles made it over the top as they returned from Morrow with a 21-0 whitewashing of Little Miami. Alex Gulick struck paydirt twice for the Red and White on runs of two and 64-yards and Ethan Daiker rushed in from 26-yards out as the winners led at each halt 7-0, 14-0, and 14-0. This was a non-division Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) battle. Gulick had 30 carries for 222 yards, Matt Van Syoc intercepted a pass, and and Ryan Slusher sacked the enemy twice.
"It's a pretty darn good feeling," said Pat Fagan about his first varsity victory as head coach. "The kids have played hard and really tough all year. I'm very proud of them."
He mentioned the stellar play of some individual offensive standouts and his offensive line - tackles John Jevicky and James Perry, guards Ross Lehr and Andrew Bugajski, center Kyle Tieman, and tight end Brandon May
Batavia (1-2) earned its first victory of the season by bombing Bethel-Tate (0-3) 42-7 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game. After a 7-each first quarter deadlock, the Green and White led at the other breaks 28-7 and 42-7. The host Tigers drew first blood when Cody Sauer returned a fumble recovery 17 yards for a TD. Hamm kicked the conversion point. Caleb Corrill and Andrew Avery tallied two touchdowns each - Corrill on a six-yard run and a 67-yard punt return and Avery on Corrill aerials covering 72 and 68 yards. William McPartland helped the Bulldog cause on a 24-yard return of a fumble recovery and Nick Eddlemon on a one-yard dive. Jordan Richardson was accurate on all six conversion kicks.
Corrill set a new career total yards passing record as his total now stands at 2,809 yards. Nathan Bishop (class of 1995) had the previous record of 2,804. Avery ran the ball just twice for 68 yards and caught three Corrill tosses for 117 yards.
"The defense played well. Overall it was a good team win," said Joe Moorehead, Bulldog head coach. In addition to Corrill and Avery, he praised the defensive line of ends Kenny Back, Jake Bradburn and Bill McPartland, nose guard Jason Porter, and tackle Andrew Gullion. Porter made 11 tackles (five for a loss) and Jared West had six tackles for losses.
Amelia (1-2) lost a FAVC contest to Ross 31-19. The host Rams were ahead after a 0-0 first period, 17-0 and 31-19. Vinny Terry scored for the Barons on a one-yard plunge and threw 34-yards to David Berndt for another TD. Donovan Schwalbach recorded a touchdown on a three-yard burst. Ben Hamrick kicked a point after touchdown.
Williamsburg (1-2) lost a SBC National bout to Blanchester 54-13. The Wildcat TDs were scored by Cody Waton who muscled over from the one-yard line and Jerrad Turner who burst in from 65 yards out. Distaff soccer standout Darci Little kicked the extra point.
Clermont Northeastern (0-3) was beaten by Western Brown 39-6 in a SBC American tilt. The visiting Broncos led at each intermission 7-0, 26-0, and 39-0. David Dieterle accounted for the TD for CNE.