New Richmond continues as Clermont County’s only unbeaten high school varsity football squad. Bethel-Tate, Glen Este, Goshen, and Milford also emerged off the muddy girdirons last Friday night very wet and muddy, but victorious.
New Richmond (5-0) shut out Clermont Northeastern (0-5) 27-0 at the Rockets’ homecoming. The Lions led at the end of each quarter 7-0, 20-0, and 20-0. This was a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division game.
Andrew Nealan scored twice for the Red and Black on bursts of 15 and five yards, Mike Maupin tallied on a 40-yard romp and Brian Mazzaro caught an 18-yard pass from Garrett Myers for another TD. Zach Ritter kicked three conversion points.
His charges continued their outstanding defensive play by holding CNE to 28 total yards. The very stingy defense of the Red and Black is built around linemen Marty Mahaffey, Cody Deller, Nealan, and Brandon Branson, outside linebackers Maupin and Austin Warden, inside linebackers Andy Case and Danny Scholz, cornebacks Kevin Hamilton and Mazzaro, and safeties Joey McCabe, Jacob Gundler, and Mike Skaggs. Scholz also pointed out the outstanding play of offensive linemen tackles Zach Gelter and Isaac Stroud, guards Logan Wolfe and Joey Smith, center Chris Dean, and tight ends Deller and Scholz.
Bethel-Tate (3-2) returned from Blanchester with a 22-16 non-division victory in the Southern Buckeye Conference. Zach Mullins scored two touchdowns and all points after to pace the Fighting Tigers' offense. Kameron Wilson accounted for the other TD for the Red and Gray. Wilson carried 12 times for 138 yards and Mullins 19 for 126.
"I'd like to think we're getting better every day. If we stay focused we can be real successful," said Clint Kirker, Bethel-Tate head coach. It was their homecoming and a muddy mess. . .
"Eric Shinkle managed the game well for us at quarterback. Our defense up the middle played very well, too."
Kirker singled out linebacker Patrick Halterman who has 50-plus tackles in the four games he's played. Defensive end Tyler Calhoun, nose guard Izzy Toney, and tackles Cameron Roberts and Paschal Lanigan were praised for their stellar play.
The Tigers will host Williamsburg at their senior night game that will also be the night of the reunion of the unbeaten varsity gridders of 1968-69.
"We're excited about the reunion. We want to put on a good show for our alumni," Kirker concluded.
Glen Este (4-1) put a stop to Northwest's potent offense and defeated the Knights 28-6 in a non-division battle of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. The host Trojans held sway all the way 7-6, 14-6, and 21-6. Austin Duncanson hit paydirt on rushes of three, 43, and five yards and a 59-yard pass play from Shane Seckman. Ryan Apel kicked all the conversions successfully.
"We executed really well," said Zack Taylor, head coach at GE. He lauded the play of his offensive line that includes tight end Corey Burris, tackles Wynton Overcast and Alex Tincher, guards Kyle Turner and Cory Downs, and center Jimmy Morehouse.
"It all starts starts Friday night," said Taylor of the Purple and White's league schedule. "We begin with Loveland and they're much improved."
Goshen (3-2) continues its triumphant ways by winning surprisingly easy, 45-6, over East Clinton's Astros, the preseason pick to win the Southern Buckeye National crown. This was a non-division tilt.
Scoring for the visiting Clermont countians were David Prewitt on runs of six and 12 yards, Travis Hines on runs of 12 and three yards, Marcus Casey on a 30 yard dash and Jamie Ashcraft on a 40-yard sprint. Prewitt and Austin Arnold recorded a safety and Josh Webb kicked five extra points.
"We're playing better. We're eliminating a lot of penalties and making no turnovers," said Nick Inabnitt, Goshen head coach. "We just simply outplayed East Clinton.
Inabnitt said he was "proud" of the play of his offensive line that includes left tackle Charles Murphy, left guard Dulan Elmore, center Sean Mott, right guard Nick Criddle, and right tackle Dustin Lacey.
"Offensively, Western Brown is pretty good," said Innabnitt of this Friday's foe. "The quarterback is good and the offensive line comes off the ball well. We'll have to play our best ball, defensively."
Milford (4-1) won its third consecutive game. The visiting Eagles whitewashed Mount Healthy's Owls 33-0 holding leads of 19-0, 25-, and 25-9 at the halts in this non-division game of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
Said Milford head coach Pat Fagan, "The kids are becoming more focused and they're buying into the game plans. Recently, we're been starting (the game) faster and the defense is playing a very good group effort.
Nathan Termuhlen scored for the Clermont countians on runs on 25 and three yards, Reggie Carson rushed in from 32 yards out, Ben Hittner from the eight, and Frank Sullivan from the one. Shawn Taylor ran for two extras.
He praised the running of Nathan Termuhlen and the fine blocking of the offensive line.
Williamsburg (1-4) gave defending Southern Buckeye Conference American Division champion Western Brown major problems before finally succumbing 24-21. Scoring for the Wildcats were Caleb Morgan on runs of 10 and 16 yards, Marcus Barber on a 20-yard run and Dane Weeks kicked three points after.
"The game was a little disappointing in at the end, but we're learning to work our way through to winning," said co-head coach Trevor Foster. He pointed out the fine performances of Caleb Morgan on offense and middle linebacker Lance Reeves on defense.
Batavia (2-3) returned from south Dayton after a 34-0 loss to the West Carrollton Pirates. This was a non-conference confrontation.
Amelia (1-4) was annihilated by Anderson's Redskinis 57-6 in a Fort Ancient Valley non-division fray. The hosts were ahead at the end of each period 22-0, 43-0, and 57-0. Zac Hultz drew blood for the Barons on a 10-yard run.