This game is not only a battle within the West Clermont School District, but also within a family as the teams’ head coaches are brothers-in-law who coach opposite their alma maters where they were both gridiron standouts during their high school days.
Zack Taylor, Glen Este head coach, graduated from Amelia High School in 1984 and his final year at the barony, Amelia lost to GE and Randy Hospelhorn, the Amelia head coach, lost his senior year as a Trojan to the Barons during the 1967-68 season opener.
In the 2011 edition of the series, Glen Este was in command throughout with period advantages of 14-0, 14-0, and 28-0.
With less than four and one-half minutes gone in the game, Glen Este senior running back Alec Scardina scored the first of the four touchdowns he recorded for the evening on a 40-yard burst, junior placekicker Jerdon Louiso kicked the first of three consecutive conversion kicks.
Less than one minute later the Glen Este secondary intercepted a pass to halt an Amelia offensive drive.
From here Scardina tallied again on a 16-yard run through the middle. Louiso kicked the conversion point.
The Purple and White continually returned to its successful plan to run the ball up the middle.
The second stanza was much more evenly played, but GE stopped itself twice on delay of game calls.
Coming out of the locker after half time and continuing with its 14-0 advantage, Scardina muscled in from four yards out with 4:17 remaining in the third quarter and with Louiso’s point after led 21-0. Amelia began to pass the ball more, but the Trojans’ scored once more in the third quarter on yet another Scardina dash, this one from 18 yards out. Senior Steve Vetter kicked the first of his two extra points.
The Glen Este offensive barrage concluded with 10:32 left in the battle on senior fullback Drew Byrd’s six-yard run followed by Vetter’s kick.
Following this GE TD, Amelia conducted its best offensive drive of the game, but it was stopped on the hosts’ five-yard line.
This series that began in November 1963 now stands in Glen Este’s favor 31 to 17.
“Our kids really executed well on both sides of the ball,” said Taylor. “Amelia worried us. They threw a complex defense at us.”
Scardina powered the victor’s offense with his 196 yards rushing on 21 carries and Byrd lugged the pigskin 10 times for 72 yards. Junior quarterback Joey Spiegel was perfect with his passing completing all four of his attempts for a total of 50 yards.
“The offensive line played the best I’ve seen from our offensive lines in a long time and they’re all new,” Taylor said.
Defensively, Taylor praised the performances of Blake Byrd, senior middle linebacker, and linemen Jared Brewer, a senior, and Victor Cave, a junior.
“I was really surprised how well we played, especially considering we’ve got 18 new kids,” the Trojans’ head honcho concluded.
Amelia totaled 132 yards of offense led by the passing of junior quarterback Gabe Weaver who connected on 12 of 19 passes for 107 yards.