Football roundup: Amelia falls to Western Brown

By Garth Shanklin
Sports Editor

Western Brown 54, Amelia 27

Western Brown rode a huge game from quarterback Seth Becker to a homecoming victory. Becker completed 29 of his 45 pass attempts for 440 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Broncos to their second win of the season.

Amelia’s passing attack was led by Cage Meyer, who completed four of eight attempts for 70 yards and a touchdown. Trey Brausch completed one of his two throws for 10 more yards.

The Barons trounced the Broncos on the ground, rushing for a total of 313 yards as a team. Eli Altherr accounted for 158 of those yards on 21 carries. He also had a rushing touchdown. Ryan Cann carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, with Jacob Kilgore accounting for the other score on the ground in his five carries for 39 yards.

Western Brown had two players with more than 100 receiving yards. Wyatt Fischer caught 11 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns while Zach Stacy hauled in seven passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns.

Blake Boykin totaled 59 of Amelia’s 80 yards on three receptions. He also caught the team’s lone touchdown pass. Jake Rose had two sacks and a forced fumble for the Barons.

Blanchester 28, Batavia 7

The Bulldogs managed just 50 total yards after halftime en route to a 21-point loss at home.

Blanchester struck for two touchdowns in the first quarter, one on the ground and another through the air. Tristan Greene converted a one-yard run to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 2:22 left in the first quarter. Just over two minutes later, Greene hauled in a nine-yard pass to make it 14-0 Blanchester.

Batavia answered with a five-yard run late in the second quarter by Brandon Brookbank to pull within seven, but the Bulldogs could get no closer. Greene would catch two more touchdown passes, one in the third quarter and one in the fourth, to provide the winning margin.

Spencer Flegel finished the game four of 12 passing for 30 yards and a pair of interceptions. Will Scaggs completed two of his eight attempts for 51 yards and an interception.

Jake Ellington led the Bulldogs with 12 carries for 27 yards. Brookbank had five attempts for 11 yards on the ground in addition to his score.

Zach Kennedy led the Bulldogs with 26 yards on three receptions.

Bethel-Tate 28, Williamsburg 24

Bethel-Tate rallied from an 11-point second half deficit, holding the Tigers scoreless over the final 24:21 of the game.

Williamsburg led 7-0 after a Kolh Miller touchdown run from two yards out with 5:40 left in the first quarter. The Tigers answered with a 13-yard touchdown run by Steven Cooper to tie the game at seven.

Early in the second quarter, the Wildcats gave Bethel-Tate a taste of their own medicine, connecting on a 70-yard pass from Nate Bogan to Andrew Smith to take a 14-7 lead. After a Cameron Hart field goal made it 17-7 Williamsburg, the Tigers pulled within four on a 33-yard run by Steven Cooper. Bogan scored from one yard out just before halftime to put Williamsburg ahead 24-13.

The second half started with a bang for the Tigers. Cooper ripped off a 35-yard touchdown run just 18 seconds into the third quarter to pull Bethel-Tate within three at 24-21. The score stayed that way until 4:15 remained in the final stanza. Cooper crossed into end zone for the fourth time, this one from seven yards out, to give the Tigers their winning margin.

Cooper led all rushers with 174 total yards. He carried the ball 19 total times and recorded four touchdowns.

Bogan tallied 102 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown. Kolh Miller carried the ball 20 yards for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Bogan also completed eight of his 22 pass attempts for 153 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception. Alex Manz completed 11 of his 24 attempts for 181 yards and two interceptions.

Andrew Smith led both teams with four receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. Cooper Dunn led the Tigers with three receptions for 30 yards. Cooper also had three catches for 76 yards.

Defensively, Alex Hatter and Trevor Berry each forced a fumble for the Wildcats. Wyatt Lefker had an interception. Bradley Lewis had two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for the Tigers. Drake Dockery tallied an interception.

Norwood 50, Clermont Northeastern 32

Norwood continued their high-scoring efforts by racking up 351 yards of total offense and 50 points in the win against the Rockets.

The Indians totaled 232 yards on the ground, with Cameron Walker accounting for majority of that output. He gained 154 yards and had a pair of scores on just seven carries.

Teammate Matt Goodman carried the ball six times for 35 yards and a touchdown, while Jihad Key totaled 13 yards and a touchdown on two rushing attempts. Casey Ragle had a carry for a 10-yard score as well.

Stephen Boston led the Indians with four receptions for 54 yards and the team’s lone touchdown reception. Goodman completed eight of 13 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.

Anderson 49, Glen Este 21

A balanced offensive attack wasn’t enough for Glen Este to overcome Anderson’s 300 yard passing effort.

The Trojans found themselves trailing 7-0 with 8:41 left in the first quarter after Jay Volpenhein connected with Jake Newton for a five-yard score. The Trojans evened the score at seven on an Evan Shirley four-yard run with 3:24 remaining. Volpenhein added another touchdown pass and a 50-yard touchdown run to give Anderson a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

They added to that lead in the second. Volepnhein scored on a 34-yard run at the 5:53 mark then connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass less than two minutes later. He threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game at the 2:47 mark of the second quarter, putting Anderson ahead 42-7. Glen Este added a 40-yard pass from Evan Shirley to Nick Hinton and a four-yard run by Aaron Johnston but the damage was already done.

Shirley finished the game 11 of 28 for 151 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted three times. Volpenhein completed 21 of his 35 passing attempt for 284 yards and five touchdowns. He was also intercepted.

Johnston had a solid day on the ground for the Trojans. He led the Glen Este squad with 109 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Shirley had a touchdown and six yards on 12 carries. Volpenhein had a pair of scores on five carries totaling 89 yards. Nick Hinton led the Trojans with 80 receiving yards and the team’s lone reception touchdown.

Kings 55, Milford 28

It was a tale of two halves for Milford against Kings. The Knights outscored the Eagles 48-0 in the first half, putting the game away before the break.

Milford outscored Kings 28-7 in the second half of the contest, but it was too late. Jake Stylski scored on a 13-yard run, then Tyler Knecht scored on three straight runs of five, three and four yards, respectively. Knecht then threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Justin Wise and a 75-yard pass to Clay Spivey for two more scores. Nak’emon Williams’ 15-yard run gave the Knights their 48-0 halftime lead.

The Eagles’ lone touchdown in the third quarter came on a 26-yard run by Chase Witte. Robbie McQueary caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Smith at the 11:17 mark, then Smith kept it himself on an 18-yard score.

Williams added another 50-yard run to put Kings back on top by 34, but Smith’s 55-yard run just before the end of the game drew the Eagles slightly closer.

Smith finished the game six of 17 for 73 yards and a touchdown passing the ball. He was also intercepted. In addition, Smith tallied 11 caries for 148 yards and two scores. Witte had three carries for 40 yards and a touchdown, while Dawson Sloan totaled 46 yards on 11 carries. McQueary led the Eagles with 60 yards receiving on three catches.