A lot of points were scored in Friday’s varsity football games, but unfortunately only four Clermont County squads were victorious.
Goshen (3-1) won a very important Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) American Division game over defending champion Western Brown 27-21. The visiting Warriors were up 7-0 after one period, down 13-7 after two, and tied at 21 after three. John Strong scored twice for the triumphant driving in twice from the one-yard stripe, Nick Napier scored from 14 yards out and Billy Whitacre scored the winner on a 35-yard sprint. Reese kicked an extra and Whitacre dove for two.
“This was the biggest win for our program in the last couple of years,” said Goshen head coach Mark Slagle. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. They played their hearts out.”
Slagle praised the play of outside linebacker Greg Brusman for his great play all season and "This was his best game all year" . . . and cornerback Kyle Pigman "made tackles and big plays."
On offense, wing back Nick Napier with 100 yards-plus rushing "broke tackles" and quarterback Whitacre also produced more than 100 yards on the ground.
"The special teams were outstanding and the offensive line dominated," said Slagle who singled out tight end Shane Horne, right tackle Kyle Shouse, right guard Josh Buchanan, center Charles Murphy, left guard Jacob Clift, and left tackle Randy Gulley.
Milford (2-2) for the first time in a while won a second consecutive game. The Eagles whipped Woodward 34-16 in non-conference action. The winners led their guests at each halt 7-0, 7-0, and 27-8. Even with a broken hand, quarterback Ethan Diker rushed 24 times for 159 yards and scored a touchdown. Alex Gulick carried 23 times for 123 yards and four TDs and kicked four conversion points. On defense, hero back Tyler Knittel-McDavis intercepted a pass.
"We feel we have momentum," said head coach Pat Fagan of his charges, crediting his impressive offensive ground statistics to "our offensive line played a good game.
Upcoming is the former Colonel White High School of Dayton, now named Thurgood Marshall High.
Said Fagan, "They're a pretty good football team."
New Richmond (2-2) over ran visiting East Clinton 47-8 in SBC play. Tyler Williams recorded three of the Lions' TDs on runs; Steve Gantzer ran for two more. Nick Wilson and Clay Hawkins caught Williams' passes for six-pointers. Mike Maupin kicked two extra points and ran for two more. Williams lugged the pigskin six times for 93 yards and Gantzer 16 for 140; Williams completed six of nine passes for 98 yards. Defensively, Williams blocked a punt and Bryan Martineck swiped a pass.
"Our kids have really learned if they fire out they can block well and good things will happen," said head coach Dan Scholz. "We played good team defense, we were very physical. . . the special teams have been playing relatively good, too."
Williamsburg (2-2) shut out visiting Clermont Northeastern (0-4) 23-0. Jerrad Turner scored for the Wildcats on a three-yard plunge and racked up a safety, Cody Watson dove a yard for one TD and passed 15 yards to Caleb Morgan for another. Darci Little successfully kicked the conversion points.
"Our kids are playing hard. They're getting more physical as they understand the game better. The defense played well," said 'Burg head coach Ron Ogden. "He pointed out the fine performances of Turner and Josh Ross at linebacker and Kyle Proffitt at end.
"Cody Watson makes our offense go. He is an excellent leader," Ogden concluded.
Glen Este (2-2) was nipped by Bishop Watterson of Columbus 10-7. Josh Crawford struck for the only Trojan TD on a 31-yard pass from Andrew Keller. Patrick Harder kicked the point after.
Amelia (1-3) was outlasted by Norwood 36-32 in a non-league game. Vinny Terry tallied for the host Barons on a pair of one-yard dives, Fred Ell scored on a two-yard run and a six-yard toss from Terry, and David Berndt also caught a Terry TD toss from two yards out. Tyler Feine ran for two extra points.
Batavia (1-3) succumbed to a big Blanchester second half to fall 48-27 in SBC-National play. The host Bulldogs led 7-6 after the first quarter and the scored was knotted at 21 at the half. Blan led 35-21 going into the final stanza. Nick Eddlemon drew first blood for the 'Dogs on a 21-yard burst. Andrew Avery returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD, Jake Florez hit paydirt on an 11-yard pass from Caleb Corrill and Ross Gibson also shagged a Corrill aerial for 27 yards. Jordan Richardson kicked three points after.
Bethel-Tate did not have a game last week.