Clermont County’s high school varsity football scene for Week Eight had some interesting match-ups and outcomes.
In this showdown between the county’s last two remaining winless squads, the host Bulldogs rallied in the last quarter to edge Bethel-Tate 12-7 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division duel.
The Bulldogs drew first blood in the first period on junior running back Zainn Ison’s 13-yard dash. The Tigers took the lead at the half when sophomore quarterback Layne Cherry connected on a 21-yard pass to senior wide receiver Matt Small and senior Jacob Dickhaus kicked the conversion point. The touchdown that earned the Green and White its first victory of the season was made by freshman fullback Keshawn Foley on an eight-yard dash. Foley rushed for 157 yards on 26 carries to power the winning offense.
“It was a good win for the program and the kids.They’ve worked pretty hard all year,” said Don Sizer, Batavia head coach. He pointed out Foley and Ison both rushed for more then 100 yards.
He praised his offensive line for their efforts – split ends senior DeWayne Smith and sophomore Levi Sellars, tackles Dakotah Norman, junior Nate Johnson, and Josh Lawson, guards senior Dave Pelphrey and junior Brody Browning, center sophomore Wyatt Jackson, and tight ends junior Gabe Archer and freshman Romelo Williams.
The defensemen praised were Archer at strong safety who intercepted a pass, defensive lineman senior Josh McSlorge, and linebackers senior Aaron Wood and junior Ryan Gormley.
Batavia is 1-7 overall. Bethel-Tate is 0-8 overall.
Western Brown 17
The Barons shocked the visiting Broncos at the winners’ homecoming contest 20-17. This was a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division battle.
Western was in command through the first three stanzas with tallies of 7-0, 17-6, and 17-12.
Cameron Wisby, senior running back scored the first two TDs for the Blue and White on rushes of four and 74 yards. Junior quarterback Gabe Weaver recorded the winning six-pointer on a seven-yard burst and Wisby ran for the two conversion points.
Randy Hospelhorn, Amelia head coach, said, “We got behind 17-0 and the kids never gave up and fought through it. It was a great team effort. At the beginning of the second half they came out really determined to come back. They played hard. Every week we get better.”
Amelia is 3-5 overall. Western Brown is 5-3 overall.
The host Wildcats sped off to a 14-0 first quarter advantage and then had to fight especially hard to hold back the rallying Rockets with scores of 14-6 and 14-12 at the next two intermissions. This was a head-to-head struggle of the Southern Buckeye Conference variety.
Jacob Edmisten, ‘Burg senior quarterback, accounted for both of the Blue and White’s touchdowns on dashes of 71 and two yards. Respectively, the Northeastern six-pointers were made by junior running back Dallas Miracle on an 89-yard gallop and senior running back Chad Cousino hit paydirt on yet a another long run, this one covering 60 yards. The difference in the outcome of this classic struggle was the point after TD kicks made by junior Kendall Young.
Edmisten lugged the pigskin 24 times for a total of 188 yards to lead the ‘Cats’ offense. Senior running back Joey Clowerey carried 21 times for 94 yards.
Defensively, Clowerey from his cornerback position, intercepted two passes and recovered two fumbles, senior linebacker Anthony Young recovered two fumbles, sophomore defensive end Jordan Wright made 14 tackles, and freshman linebacker Mason Hall made 12.
“It was a hard-fought game. We’re very proud of them. CNE came on very strong. Defensively we made big stops and caused turnovers.” He pointed out Edmisten made the pass interception at the end of the game that won the game.”
Williamsburg is 5-3. Clermont Northeastern is 2-6.
Glen Este 21
This thriller of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division was always in doubt as the lead see-sawed back and forth before the visiting Redskins eked out a victory.
The Purple and White was in the forefront after one period of play 7-6, but the Hamilton countians went up 18-7 at halftime and 18-13 after three quarters of action.
Alec Scardina, senior running back, drew first blood for GE on a five-yard burst, then junior quarterback Joey Speigel crossed the goal line from five-yards out, and Scardina registered another six-pointer muscling in from the one-yard line. Senior Steve Vetter kicked two extra points and Trevor Buckman carried the ball for two more for GE. Anderson severely sweated it out until there was just one-minute and 11-seconds remaining in the confrontation when it scored the winning TD.
Scardina powered the Purple People’s offense with 26 carries for 120 yards. The defense was led by senior defensive lineman Heath Blandford’s recovery of an enemy fumble.
Glen Este is 4-4 overall.
Winton Woods 55
The host Warriors put on a powerful offense display to overcome Milford 55-20 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
The winners led at each break 13-0, 27-13, and 34-13.
The Eagles’ touchdowns were scored, in order, by senior wide receiver Ty Heinmiller on a 35-yard pass play with junior quarterback Cy Overbeck, a 10-yard aerial from Overbeck to receiver Kyle Abner, and Overbeck tossed his third TD pass this one of 17 yards to sophomore receiver Cody Reel. Senior John Nagle successfully split the uprights twice for two points after touchdown for the Red and White.
Overbeck completed 19 passes for 286 yards. Junior wide receiver David Chestnut hauled in seven of them for 122 yards. The Clermont countians’ defensive standout was senior linebacker Ike Daiker who recovered a foe’s fumble.
Milford is 2-6 overall.