Glen Este knocks out Northmont 28-14 in first round Division I state football playoffs

It has become a mid-autumn seasonal observance for the last three years and four of the last seven.

Glen Este’s qualifying and winning in the state football playoffs has extended the season for Trojan and many other Clermont County high school football fans.

The Trojans returned from Clayton, Ohio, with a 28-14 victory over that community’s Northmont High School, Saturday night.

Glen Este will square off against the St. Xavier Bombers (9-1) in the second round of the playoffs. The game will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Dan Simmons, GE athletic director at 947-7610.

The Trojans are 1-0 this year on that field having begun the 2006 campaign with a 28-7 victory over Ryle, Ky., in the Crosstown Showdown.

Both teams entered the showdown with identical 8-2 records, and like Glen Este, Northmont earned a share of its respective conference’s championship. The Purple and White share the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division crown as does the Thunderbolts in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division.

The first quarter saw no scoring, but the Trojans drew first blood with 8-minutes, 52-seconds remaining in the first half on a two-yard run by senior running back Donnie Talbott. Junior Patrick Harder kicked the point after. Talbott tallied again with 2:36 remaining in the half on a one-yard plunge. Harder split the uprights for another conversion point.

Coming out of the locker room, down 14-0, the home team finally scored on A.J. Combest’s three-yard dive with 6:39 left in the third quarter. Kenton Froebe booted the extra point.

Both teams broke out more of their respective offenses in the final 12 minutes, but the Clermont countians were in complete control. With just 22 seconds gone in the fourth stanza, freshman running back Kyle Slater put GE on top 21-7 on his five-yard sprint. Harder was accurate once again on the conversion kick.

The final Trojan touchdown was tallied on Talbott’s one-yard burst and the conversion kick by Harder. Glen Este led 28-7 with just 2:25 remaining in the game. The T-Bolts scored one more touchdown as Glen Este emerged victorious 28-14.

The Purple and White churned out 292 (249 on the ground and 43 through the air) total yards to the Green and White’s 200 (51 and 149, respectively). Each squad turned over the ball once. The Trojans were penalized seven times for 63 yards and Northmont three for 15.

Junior quarterback Andrew Keller threw the ball seven times and completed three, one to junior Brad Griffith for 23 yards and two to Talbott for 20. Talbott carried the ball 31 times for 134 yards, Slater 12 for 75, and Keller 14 for 38. Senior Matt Winegardner returned two punts for a 20-yard average.

Senior lineman Adam Chambers, junior linebacker Alex Meagher, senior linebacker Tyler Duncanson, and defensive end Winegardner all recorded sacks. ~Winegardner also blocked two punts.Senior back Jerrick Boykin intercepted an enemy aerial.

“Our defense played about as good as they could play,” praised Zak Taylor, Trojan head coach. “In fact, it was a real good team effort. The offensive line played real well, too. We controlled the line (of scrimmage).

“St. Xavier is the number-two team in the state and the number-nine team nationally. We will have to play extremely well. There will be a very little margin of error for us.”