For the first time in Clermont County sports history, two of the high school varsity football squads qualified for the state playoffs the same year and in the same division.
Goshen was the number-one team in Division 3 Region 12 and New Richmond also qualified by concluding among the best eight (fifth) in the region. This also marks the first time a county team has finished on the top rung of the Harbin Ratings.The Warriors (eight wins and two losses) compiled a Division 2 Region 12 Harbin average of 21.5773, Wyoming (10-0) 21.1000, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne (8-2) 20.7500, Circleville Logan Elm (8-2) 20.25.00, New Richmond (9-1) 17.8755, Lemon Monroe (8-2) 17.6394, Eaton (8-2) 17.5500, and Springfield Shawnee (7-3) 16.9500.
Friday night at 7:30 p.m., Goshen will host Springfield Shawnee and New Richmond will play at Logan Elm.
Goshen, champions of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division, defeated the West Carrollton Pirates 29-19. Jamie Ashcraft and David Prewitt both scored a couple of touchdowns for the Red and Gray. Marcus Casey kicked a conversion point.
"Shawnee runs an option pretty well. They run a spread attack well," said Nick Inabnitt, Goshen head coach, who is very proud of the efforts of his squad.
"They have done an awesome job. They achieved some awesome goals. The season could have gone the other way, but they persevered after starting 0-2. I knew we had a good team. These are great kids who keep getting better every week."
The results of the regular-season games of Springfield Shawnee are Catholic Central 14-7, West Carrollton 7-14, Urbana 26-20 (overtime), Northwestern 47-12, Greenon 55-14, Tippecanoe 27-34, Kenton Ridge 42-0, Tecumseh 14-10, Bellefontaine 14-19, and Dayton Stebbins 48-7.
The Braves are members of the Central Buckeye Conference and the high school has an enrollment of 304 boys. Goshen is credited with having 300 male students.
If the Warriors and the Lions both win Friday night it will bring about the first-ever playoff game between Clermont County teams.
"We look forward to playing New Richmond again. It would be great for the county and great for the league," Inabnitt said.
New Richmond rallied to overcome its host, Greenville 14-13. Following a scoreless first quarter, the Red and Black trailed 7-6 at halftime and after three quarters of play. They were down 13-6 in the last 40 seconds when Garrett Myers scored on a 14-yard burst. Mike Maupin scored the two winning conversion points on a fake kick and catching a pitched ball from Mike Skaggs. The first touchdown was achieved by Joey McCabe on a 41-yard pass play from Myers.
"Logan Elm is really good. They have a really good offense and their skills kids are outstanding," said Dan Scholz, New Richmond head coach. "They're the biggest team we have seen. . .
"They run a spread offense to run the football.
"Our kids have learned to finish strong. They continue to come to work and to play their hearts out. I am so happy they get to experience playoff football. We have kids who have made great plays after great plays."
Scholz is anxious for another opportunity to play Goshen,
"We absolutely look forward to playing them again. After the all-star meeting last Sunday, Nick (Inabnitt) said some very encouraging things to me about both of us winning our first game to increase the respect for our league and our kids."
The results of the regular-season games of Centerville Logan Elm are Washington 22-7, Westfall 22-21, Zane Trace 35-21, Amanda Clearcreek 6-37, Hamilton Township 33-6, Teays Valley 35-0, Fairfield Union 26-24, Bloom-Carroll 33-10, Canal Winchester 20-23, and Circleville 23-20.
The Braves are members of the Mid-State League and the high school has an enrollment of 318 boys. New Richmond is credited with having 315 male students.
Williamsburg (4-6, 1-2) finished the second half of the season very strong by ending with a 24-0 verdict over visiting Clermont Northeastern (2-8) in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division battle. A second quarter 30-yard field goal by Dane Weeks gave the Wildcats a 3-0 halftime edge and increased it to 10-0 after three periods on Marcus Barber's 53-yard romp. In the final stanza Barber rushed 52 yards and Caleb Morgan five yards for the other TDs. Weeks successfully booted the three extra points.
Bethel-Tate (5-5) returned from Kentucky with a 20-0 victory over Bishop Brossart. The Tigers were in command at each intermission 7-0, 7-0, and 20-0. Scoring the Tigers' touchdowns were Eric Shinkle on a 20-yard run and David Willenbrink on runs of one and four yards. Spencer Sutter kicked two conversion points.
Batavia (3-7, 1-2 Southern Buckeye National) won a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division duel over Blanchester 14-8. The Bulldogs trailed their guests 8-7 at the half and won the fray on Ryan Gormley's one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter. Zainn Ison scored the first TD for the Green and White on a 20-yard sprint in the second quarter. Jordan Richardson kicked both points after.
Glen Este (4-6, 1-4 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division) lost at Winton Woods 37-14 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division confrontation. The host Warriors were on top after each stop 14-7, 24-7, and 31-7. Collin Pitman scored the first Trojan TD on a 67-yard gallop. Austin Duncanson concluded the attack completing a 71-yard pass play from Shane Seckman. Ryan Apel kicked both extra points.
Milford (5-5, 1-4 Fort Ancient Valley Buckeye) was upended by Loveland 28-12. The visiting Tigers were in the forefront throughout 14-0, 21-6, and 21-12. The Eagles' six-pointers were made by Shawn Taylor on an eight-yard toss from Frank Sullivan and Nathan Termuhlen on a six-yard dash.
Amelia (1-9, 0-5 Fort Ancient Valley Cardinal Division) lost an early lead and fell to visiting Little Miami 26-12. The Blue and White was up 6-0 and 12-6 after the first two stops, but fell behind 19-12 going into the final quarter. Cameron Wisby drew first blood for the Barons on a five-yard dash and Tanner Owens tallied on a 19-yard run.