Last Friday night there were lots of points scored and lots of points between the winners and losers in many of Clermont County’s high school varsity football games.
In what is supposed to be the biggest rivalry (attendance and population-wise) in the county, host Glen Este (3-2) decimated Amelia (1-4) 63-0 for their eighth consecutive victory over their inner-West Clermont School District rival. This marked the first time in the 44-year history of what was once known as “The Bell Game” that the contest was a homecoming game.
The Trojans scored early and often in this non-division Fort Ancient Valley Conference tilt with nine individuals tallying a Trojan TD apiece. The quarter scores were 21-0, 35-0, and 49-0. Scoring for GE, in order, were Matt Gottis on a 15-yard run, Shawn Talbott on a 47-yard run, Brad Griffith on a 56-yard link-up from Andrew Keller, Josh Crawford on a 12-yard toss from Keller, Kyle Slater on a 10-yard run, Ryan Lehr on an eight-yard run, Tyler Crist on a one-yard run, Tyler Shade on a 26-yard run, and Keiran Rodgers on a 30-yard run. Patrick Harder split the uprights for nine conversion points.
"I was proud of our young kids. It was nice to see them play. They played well when they got the opportunity," said Glen Este head coach Zak Taylor, adding, "I've been looking forward to finally playing the league games. We're ready to roll."
Batavia (2-3) gradually pulled away to defeat visiting Clermont Northeastern (0-5) 31-6 in a non-division Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) battle. The period scores were 7-6, 7-6, and 24-6. Ross Gibson opened the game's scoring hauling in a 48-yard aerial from Caleb Corrill. The Rockets came right back on Jake Wilson's five-yard burst. From here the Dogs' widened the gap on Jordan Richardson's 27-yard field goal, Corrill's 10-yard sprint, Andrew Avery's 70-yard pass reception from Corrill and on his own three-yard plunge. Richardson kicked four extra points.
Goshen (4-1) spoiled Williamsburg's (2-3) homecoming 44-6 in non-division SBC action. The Warriors were in control from the start 17-0, 30-0, and 44-0. John Strong hit paydirt on rushes of five, five, 20, and three yards and Nick Napier returned the opening kickoff 80 yards and crossed over from six-yards out to account for the Red and Gray's touchdowns. Ryan Reese added a 30-yard field goal and five point after conversions. Caleb Morgan recorded the Wildcats' TD on a three-yard dive.
"I'm real proud of the kids for not losing their emotional edge after last week's Western Brown game," said Warrior mentor Mark Slagle.
He noted Nick Napier rushed 15 times for 184 yards and John Strong 13 for 156 and their stats were impressive in great part due to the blocking of wingback Jeff Miller. He also mentioned the "excellent" play of outside linebackers Greg Brusman and Andrew Hines and middle linebacker Miller. Reese was praised for making "a huge difference" in the Goshen offensive effort.
Bethel-Tate (0-5) also had a disastrous homecoming being bombed by Blanchester 41-7 in non-division SBC play. Michael Hill tallied the Tigers' touchdown and Keegan Martin kicked the conversion point.
Milford (2-3) put forth an impressive effort, but fell to its host, Thurgood Marshall High School of Dayton (formerly Colonel White) in non-league action 28-21. Alex Gulick crossed the goal line from two yards out and kicked an extra point. Ethan Daiker scored on 21 and two yard runs and Brandon May added two extra points on a toss from Daiker. The Eagles led at each intermission 14-0, 21-8, and 21-20. Daiker was six of eight passing for 128 yards and Kyle Tieman recovered an enemy fumble.
New Richmond (2-3) was numbed by usually-tough New Albany 40-19 on the Lions' field in non-league play. The home boys' touchdowns were made by Andrew Pollard on a three-yard toss from Tyler Williams and Andrew Kappes and Mike Maupin on short rushes. Justin Burdine kicked one point after. The visiting Eagles, from the Columbus area, were on top at every stop 21-0, 33-7, and 40-13.