Glen Este remains perfect, Goshen has just one blemish on its record, and Clermont Northeastern is on a three-game winning streak to highlight last Friday night’s Clermont County high school football action.
Glen Este (6-0) lambasted Loveland 34-0 on the Trojans’ turf. The Purple and White were on top at each intermission 7-0, 21-0, and 34-0. Donnie Talbott, who rushed for more than 130 yards, scored on runs of five, two, and nine yards, Kyle Slater, who rushed for 89 yards, scored on a 48-yard romp, and Jerrick Boykin returned a blocked field goal 90 yards to close out the offensive barrage. Patrick Harder kicked four conversion points.
“The kids played really well. They executed well,” said Zak Taylor, the head Trojan taskmaster. He pointed out the fine offensive play of Talbott and Slater and the defensive performance of Boykin who, in addition to a blocked punt and TD runback, intercepted a pass.
Mason is this Friday’s foe. “Mason is the best 2-4 team in the state. They’ve had some hard luck, but it looks like they’re getting it together now,” Taylor concluded.
Goshen (5-1) overcame a determined Batavia team (2-4) 42-16 at the Bulldogs’ homecoming. Following a 7-all first quarter score, the Warriors gradually pulled away at the other halts 14-13 and 29-16. Christian Hubbard powered the winners’ attack with rushes of 35 and three yards, John Strong struck paydirt on a nine-yard burst, Greg Brusman powered in from 32 yards out, Greg Miller returned a punt 52 yards for a TD and Kyle Toles had to have set some kind of record with his 100-yard kickoff return. Ryan Reese kicked four extra points and Billy Whitacre threw to Seth Burns for two more extras.
Andrew Avery and Caleb Corrill accounted for the Bulldogs’ TDs on runs of 12 and 10 yards, respectively. Jordan Larrison kicked an extra point and a 34-yard field goal.
“It was a typical game for us. We controlled the ball on the ground and kept it from their capable ball carriers,” said Goshen head man Mark Slagle. “The size of our line and keeping the ball on the ground I think wore them out. But Batavia played hard. . . The defense did a nice job, too. (End) Brian Faw and (cornerback) Jeff Freiberger had stand out nights.”
Clermont Northeastern (3-3) won its third consecutive contest. Bethel-Tate (2-4) was the victim at the Tigers’ homecoming 25-22 in one of the finest, most balanced games this writer has seen in years, in addition to this season’s Goshen-New Richmond battle.
The Rockets blasted off to an 18-0 first quarter lead, but had to fight to hold off their hosts at the other breaks 18-7, and 18-14. Bethel-Tate was in the lead with less than two minutes remaining 22-19. Scoring for CNE was David Colwell on a 20-yard punt return, Danny Loch on a 28-yard run, Trace Voshell on a five-yard run, and Tyler Sanders on a nine-yard toss from Voshell. Cody Huxel kicked a point after. Cory Roberts scored two TDs and Sean Adams one for Bethel.
“I saw a group of kids who didn’t quit. They kept their heads up and persevered,” said CNE head coach Josh Durbin. “The defense impressed me. They stayed in there and had several good goal line stands.”
Loch hauled the ball 37 times for 210 of the 231 rushing yards the Blue and Gold gained. Voshell was 11 of 25 passing for 111 yards. Sanders caught three for 40 yards, Robbie Rein four for 32, and Jeff Eckstein two for 30. Durbin’s highly-praised defense included ends Billy Pell and Jeff Hovel, tackles Jake Wilson and Billy Distler, outside linebackers Loch and Colwell, inside linebackers Huxel and Chris Distler, and backs Sanders, Eckstein, and Josh Dales.
Bethel swiped four passes and recovered two fumbles. Austin Newman and Cody Sauer each had two thefts, and Sauer and Zach Howard recovered fumbles. Roberts gained 356 yards total offense and Sauer 130.
This game marks the first time since the 1996-97 campaign that CNE has won three games in a row: Bethel-Tate 20-0, Western Brown 35-21, and Williamsburg 35-12. The Rockets won games in a six-game streakin the middle of the schedule that year in which they finished with a 5-5 record. The first two wins were over Batavia 28-6 and Lockland 47-35, and a 39-17 loss to New Richmond before the three-game streak began.
New Richmond (2-4) was whipped by Western Brown 35-22. The host Broncos were in control at the breaks 14-8, 35-15, and 35-22. Lion scores were made by Andrew Kappes on a three-yard dive, Elijah Menkhaus on a 13-yard aerial thrown by Michael Dean, and Mike Dowd on a four-yard dive. Merkhaus tallied two points after on a toss from Dean who booted two additional extras.
Amelia (1-5) lost its homecoming to Kings 38-13. The Knights were on top at each stop 13-0, 28-7, and 38-7. Jessie Held scored from one-yard out and David Carr shagged a 27-yard pass from Vinny Terry for the Barons’ TDs. Carr booted an extra point.
Milford (1-5) was ousted by Oak Hills 37-22. The visiting Eagles were behind at the rests 14-0, 23-3, and 30-16. Ben Randall returned a pass swipe 80 yards, Koury Johnson made a seven-yard run, Derek Termuhlen a 17-yard run, and Alex Gulick kicked a 30-yard field goal and an extra point to account for Red and White’s scoring.
Williamsburg (0-6) lost its homecoming contest to East Clinton 34-0.