By Garth Shanklin
Norwood 54, Batavia 7
Batavia’s Jake Ellington rushed for 100 yards on just 12 attempts, but the Bulldogs’ passing game managed just 43 total yards in a loss to the Indians.
Ellington also scored Batavia’s lone touchdown of the game on a 57-yard run in the second quarter. He hauled in two passes for 14 yards in the receiving game for the Bulldogs.
Quarterback Spencer Fluegel completed six of his 13 attempts for 43 yards. Jason Griffin and Brandon Brookbank each had two receptions for a total of 22 yards, 14 of which belonged to Brookbank.
MVCA 29, Clermont Northeastern 24
For the second week in a row, the Rockets found themselves in a close contest late in the game, but unlike in the team’s game against St. Bernard, they were unable to pull out the victory.
Miami Valley Christian Academy took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Rockets were able to answer. Trevor Braun scored for CNE with 5:31 left in the second quarter, and Luke Newton converted the two-point attempt to tie the game at eight.
It stayed knotted up until the 6:37 mark of the third quarter, when the Lions struck paydirt to take a 15-8 lead. CNE answered quickly, tying the game up on a 41-yard run by Braun and taking a one-point lead on the conversion by Newton.
The Lions again had an answer, taking the lead back on a 63-yard score with 2:40 left in the third quarter.
They held that lead until the Braun and Newton duo struck for a third time with 8:12 left in the game. Braun scored on a five-yard run and Newton converted his third two-point attempt of the game to put CNE ahead 24-23.
However, the Lions would jump back on top 29-24 with less than a minute remaining and hold on for the victory.
Kings 48, Glen Este 14
Glen Este cracked the end zone for the first time since week one, but a disastrous first quarter doomed the Trojans.
Kings scored 34 points in the first quarter, the first seven of which came on a pick-six by Grant Coleman. Tyler Knecht would then connect on touchdown passes of 49 yards and 24 yards in addition to a pair of touchdown runs to put the Knights ahead early.
Glen Este’s Evan Shirley threw a 60-yard touchdown to teammate Tyler Steinker, but Knecht answered with two more touchdown passes to put the game away. Shirley added a short touchdown run in the third quarter for Glen Este. He finished the game three of 19 passing the ball for 81 yards and four interceptions. Aaron Johnston led the team with 11 carries for 18 yards. Steinker had an interception on defense for the Trojans.
CHCA 33, Goshen 15
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy shut down Goshen running back Jimmy Strunk, limiting him to just 57 yards on 23 carries, en route to an 18-point victory.
Strunk averaged over 178 yards in the Warriors’ previous four games, but the Eagles contained him through most of the game.
The teams were scoreless after one quarter, but Goshen took the lead on a short run by Johnny Kube.
CHCA then ripped off 21 straight points spanning two quarters before Goshen secured a safety to cut the lead to 21-9. The Eagles hit on a 78-yard touchdown pass to go ahead 27-9 in the fourth quarter, and while Goshen answered with a four-yard run by Strunk, Kesean Gamble’s 19-yard run in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach.
Kyle Proffit threw the ball well for Goshen, completing 20 of his 29 passes for 199 yards. He was intercepted twice. Kamrin Tuerck was responsible for six of those completions and 89 yards to lead the team. Logan Mantz hauled in five passes for 58 yards.
Loveland 27, Milford 14
Milford turned the ball over four times, leading to 20 Tiger points and the Eagles’ fourth loss on the season.
Milford committed a pair of turnovers before the offense even took the field, leading to an early 14-0 deficit. A fumbled punt and a muffed kick twice led to Loveland touchdowns, and after the Eagles were forced to punt, Loveland’s Ryan Bagnoli scored his third touchdown of the quarter.
The Eagles answered on a short, one-yard dive by Tyler Smith to cap off a 55-yard drive, but a pick-six in the third quarter put Loveland ahead 27-7. Milford scored on a five-yard run by Chase Witte to provide the final scoreline.
Smith completed just six of 19 passes for 67 yards and the interception. Dawson Slone tallied 114 yards on the ground on 27 attempts. Witte had eight carries for 51 yards and a score while Smith chipped in six attempts for 15 and a touchdown.
Max Brewer and Slone each had two receptions for Milford, with Brewer totaling 31 yards and Slone 25.
Eric Richey and Dax Creager each totaled a sack for the Eagles.
Minford 49, Williamsburg 28
The Wildcats dominated time of possession but costly penalties and turnovers were crucial in the team’s loss to Minford.
The Falcons struck first, scoring on a 36-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. On Williamsburg’s next possession, the Wildcats were intercepted and the ball was returned for a 15-yard touchdown, quickly putting Minford ahead 14-0.
Nate Bogan scored on a five-yard run to cut the lead to seven, but the Falcons answered midway through the second period with a 24-yard touchdown pass. Williamsburg again turned the ball over on their next drive, this time a fumble, and a 20-yard return put the Falcons ahead 28-7.
Andrew Smith hauled in a 25-yard reception from Bogan, which cut the lead to 25-15 after Cameron Hart converted the two-point try.
A 49-yard pass from Minford increased their lead to 35-15 at the end of the third quarter, and two rushing touchdowns helped the Falcons keep the game out of reach in the fourth.
Bogan completed 19 of 44 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. He also threw two interceptions. Bogan also led the team with 17 carries for just 14 yards and two scores. Kolh Miller carried the ball 13 times for 34 yards and a touchdown. Smith had 11 receptions for 99 yards and the score. No other Wildcat had more than four catches for 33 yards.