It was a bleak week for most of Clermont County’s high school varsity football teams. Only Glen Este, Goshen, and Williamsburg emerged victorious.
Glen Este 31 Harrison 30 (overtime)
It took the Trojans (5-4 overall, 2-2 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye) an incredibly exciting overtime period, but they won out over host Harrison 31-30.
The lead belonged to GE after the end of each of the first three quarters 14-0, 14-0, and 21-7 before a furious Wildcat rally ended regulation time at 24-all. Scoring for the Clermont countians was senior running back Ryan Lehr on a two-yard run, senior linebacker Tony Castellucio on a 33-yard return of a fumble recovery, and senior Jake Jones on a 39-yard field goal. The Purple and White’s senior wide receiver Tyler Shade drew first blood in the OT on a pass from sophomore quarterback Shane Seckman and Jones kicked the all-important point after. Harrison scored when it was their turn, but fumbled on the two-point conversion attempt.
A fierce fourth quarter comeback earned the visiting Warriors a very hard-fought 23-20 win over the Tigers in the Southern Buckeye American Division.
Bethel-Tate was ahead after the third stanza 20-9, but the determined Goshenites rallied to win. Junior fullback Dustin Lacey scored the final pair of TDs for the Northern Clermont countians on a 30-yard pass from senior quarterback Nate Parriman and on a two-yard dive. The first Warrior six-pointer was made by sophomore running back Jaimie Ashcraft on a five-yard dash. Senior Ryan Reese kicked a conversion point. For the Central Clermont countians, senior running back Cody Sauer tallied by muscling in from three-yards out, and junior back Kameron Wilson scored on a 74-yard gallop and on a 36-yard aerial from junior quarterback David Willenbrink. Senior Keegan Martin kicked two conversion points.
"They did a good job. They had to overcome some injuries this week," said winning head coach Nick Inabnitt who singled out junior linebacker David Prewitt for "doing a good job."
Williamsburg 9 Landmark Christian 6
The Wildcats won their second consecutive battle. This one was over Landmark Christian 8-6 on the losers' field in non-league play
Junior quarterback Caleb Morgan tallied for 'Burg in the fourth quarter on a one-yard plunge and junior Darci Little kicked the point after. The 'Cats scored in the second period on a safety recorded by senior tackle Daniel Shaffer.
"We did a lot of good things," said Dick Dewitt, head coach of the Blue and White. "Offensively, we stumbled around. The defense met the challenges. They made the difference. It was the best defense we have played this year."
Dewitt singled out senior nose guard Adam Berger, junior linebacker Mike Ilg, and freshman linebacker Tony Young for their leadership in "gang tackling."
Western Brown 28 New Richmond 14
The Broncos had to wait until the second half of the fourth quarter before securing a 28-14 win over the visiting Lions to win the Southern Buckeye American Division title.
The hosts were up 7-0 after the first quarter, but the Red and Black grabbed a 14-7 halftime advantage on junior running back Andrew Nealan's five-yard run and senior running back Steve Gantzer's four-yard run. Senior Justin Wilson kicked both extra points.
"I have to give credit to Western Brown. Their running back (Shawn Davis) and quarterback were as good as we thought they were. They did what they do very well," said Dan Scholz, New Richmond head coach.
Davis, a senior fullback, scored all four TDs and rushed for 202 yards on 26 carries. His father, Greg, and uncle, Shawn, were both Clermont County all-star gridders from Amelia where they graduted in 1979 and 1981, respectively.
Nealan accounted for the only turnover recovery for NR by grabbing the pigskin on Wilson's well-placed onside kick. Senior quarterback Tyler Williams rushed 20 times for 154 yards and Nealan 11 for 51.
"I hope we can recover for Friday's game. I want our seniors to go out with the a win and finish the season with the good game they've been playing all year. . . I'm proud of our players and I'm proud to be coaching at New Richmond," Scholz said.
Blanchester 24 Clermont Northeatern 7
Junior running back Josh McGowan scored for CNE on a five-yard run.
Anderson 50 Milford 27
The Eagles gave the defending Division II state champions a very tough time in the second half as they came back from a 43-0 halftime deficit to lose 50-27.
Scoring for Milford was sophomore running back Nathan Termuhlen on a 29-yard burst, senior Ethan Daiker on a 77-yard pass from junior Reggie Carson and on a 20-yard dash, and senior running back Jacob Ohnmeis on a five-yard run.
Turpin 40 Amelia 0
East Clinton 55 Batavia 17
The visiting Astros owned quarter leads of 14-0, 27-3, and 48-3 on its way to a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division win.
Sophomore Jordan Richardson began the Bulldogs' scoring with a 34-yard field goal. Other cores were by senior running back Ross Gibson on a five-yard sprint, and freshman running back Zach Rowe on a one-yard run Richardson kicked two conversion points.