Glen Este, Goshen, and CNE win as rain and lightning create Friday night football havoc

Not only was the weather dismal, but most of the football action was, too, on an evening played under a sky filled with rain and lightning. Some games were rain shortened.

Glen Este (5-0) defeated Amelia (1-4) again, this time 28-0, in game halted in the third quarter due to lightning. The Trojans owned period leads of 8-0, and 21-0. Donnie Talbott scored twice on rushes of two and 14 yards, Brad Griffith on a 13-yard pass from Andrew Keller, and Slater on a 49-yard sprint. Steven Wilson ran for two extra points andPatrick Harder kicked three.

“The team worked hard,” said GE head man Zak Taylor. “The defense as a group played real well. Amelia had six yards total offense.”

Taylor said next week’s foe, Loveland is “much improved.”

Goshen (4-1) returned to its winning ways in a shortened game over Williamsburg (0-5) 28-0. The winners were atop at the breaks 6-0 and 21-0. Billy Whitacre scored on a seven-yard dash, Christian Hubbard on an 11-yard burst, John Strong muscled in from four yards out, and Josh Greer grabbed a 35-yard pass from Whitaker. Strong caught a pass from Whitaker for two extra points and Ryan Reese kicked two more.

“It was a strange night. Fortunately we didn’t have to play Saturday,” said Goshen taskmaster Mark Slagle. “Williamsburg played hard. It was a good game. . . We’re happy to be improving. We didn’t turn the ball over once.”

Slagle noted the play of Hubbard, Strong, and Whitaker, and offensive lineman Ben Dulle. “The defense played solid ball.”

Batavia is next. “They have some very skilled, capable athletes,” Slagle concluded.

Clermont Northeastern (2-3) won its second consecutive contest, 17-14, over visiting Batavia (1-4) on Saturday morning in a game postponed from the night before. Danny Loch scored two TDs on 49 and five-yard spurts. Cody Huxel kicked a 28-yard field goal and two extra points for the Rockets. Bulldog scoring was made by Andrew Avery on an 80-yard sprint and Caleb Corrill on a six-yard dash. Jason Strine kicked two conversions.

For Loch, he recorded his second consecutive 200-yard plus rushing performance, this time gaining 222 yards on 38 carries. Quarterback Trace Voshell was 10 for 27 passing for 117 yards. David Cowell shagged three aerials for 40 yards, Tyler Sanders five for 49, and Jeff Eckstein two for 28.

“This was definitely a big win for us. Someone told me it was the first time since 1988 we’d won two games in a row,” said Josh Durbin, CNE head coach. “I can’t say enough about how my coaches are doing and teaching. The kids are learning how to win and not give up.

Bethel-Tate (2-3) was blown out at Blanchester 55-0. Milford (1-4) lost to visiting Princeton 16-0. New Richmond (2-3) was clobbered by visiting , state-ranked New Albany 41-0.