Football roundup: Batavia bests ‘Burg

By Garth Shanklin
Sports Editor

Blanchester 41, Amelia 14

In their final football game as a high school, the Amelia Barons could not stop Blanchester’s Tristan Greene.

Coming off a 10 total touchdown performance against Bethel-Tate in week nine, Greene picked up where he left off, completing 16 of 31 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball 18 times for 81 yards and another score.

Hunter Collier picked up seven carries for 36 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he caught five passes for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Nick Hopkins led the Wildcats in receiving with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Miller had two receptions for 56 yards and a score while Quenton Miller had one catch for a 39-yard touchdown.

Amelia’s first score came at the 3:57 mark of the first quarter on a 13-yard run by Eli Altherr. They added another touchdown on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Cage Meyer to Trey Brausch with 4:00 left in the game. The Barons totaled 141 yards through the air and 94 on the ground as a team.


Batavia 33, Williamsburg 9

Building on the momentum from their last-second win over Portsmouth, the Bulldogs went into Williamsburg and rolled to a 24-point win.

The Bulldogs started scoring with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Will Scaggs to Jake Ellington. They extended their lead to 12-0 on a touchdown run by Jason Griffin.

After a Williamsburg field goal cut the lead to 12-3, the Bulldogs answered with a 59-yard touchdown reception by Fleugel to take an 18-3 lead into halftime.

Austin Maham opened scoring in the third quarter with a 79-yard touchdown run. The extra point gave Batavia a 25-3 lead.

Maham scored again, this time from two yards out, with 2:49 left in the quarter. A two-point conversion pushed the Batavia lead to 33-3. Williamsburg scored on a four-yard pass from Nate Bogan to Andrew Smith with 11 seconds remaining.

Bogan completed 12 of 29 passes for 159 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also carried the ball 11 times for -5 yards.

Smith led the Wildcats with five catches for 29 yards and a touchdown. Kohl Miller had four receptions for 80 yards.

Scaggs completed four of eight passes for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Maham tallied 142 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, while Griffin chipped in 43 yards and another score on nine carries.

Fluegel led the team in receiving with two catches for 79 yards. Maham had one reception for 15 yards while Ellington had the one catch for a 31-yard touchdown.

Bethel-Tate 44, Clermont Northeastern 6

The Tigers scored 44 unanswered points to end the season on a high note and finish the year with a 5-5 record, 3-1 in the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference’s National Division.

Clermont Northeastern struck first, scoring on a touchdown run by Luke Newton in the first quarter.

That was the only touchdown the Rockets scored.

Bethel-Tate running back Steven Cooper exploded for 235 yards on 24 carries. He also totaled four touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Chris Wheeler completed seven of 10 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once. Alex Manz completed two of his three passes for 71 yards and an interception.

Cooper Dunn caught three passes for 24 yards. Teammate Austin Carter also caught three passes, though he took his for 61 yards and another score. Cooper had a catch for 60 yards, while Austin Veve hauled in a 75-yard touchdown.

Cooper Adkins caught two passes for 46 yards to lead the Rockets. Trevor Braun had 18 carries for 53 yards.

Glen Este 29, Milford 14

Glen Este’s one last ride came to an end with a victory over Eastern Cincinnati Conference foe Milford.

The Trojans took a lead in the first quarter on a 25-yard touchdown run by Aaron Johnston.

The game would stay 6-0 Trojans until the second quarter, when Johnston scored on a 19-yard touchdown run. Chayse Gambrell’s two-point conversion reception gave Glen Este a 14-0 lead at halftime.

Glen Este built on their lead in the third thanks to another pass from Shirley, this one a 10-yard toss to Steinker. Joe Wahl carried the conversion attempt into the end zone to put Glen Este ahead 22-0.

Milford scored twice in the fourth quarter, once on a six-yard touchdown run by Sam Pickett and again on a 48-yard touchdown run by Chase Witte. Johnson’s 44-yard touchdown reception from Shirley gave Glen Este their final score.

Shirley finished the game 10 of 20 for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Witte completed four of 10 attempts for 19 yards and an interception for Milford. Jake Ayler relieved Witte to the tune of three completions in five attempts.
Witte also led the Eagle’s rushing attack, carrying the ball 18 times for 112 yards and a touchdown. Teammate Dawson Slone carried the ball 15 times for 52 yards.

Johnston carried the ball 25 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 68 more and another touchdown.

Goshen 41, Western Brown 20

Goshen rolled up 331 yards rushing, thanks in large part to Jimmy Strunk, in their season-ending victory over the Broncos.

Strunk carried the ball 28 times for 221 yards and three touchdowns for the Warriors. Teammate Johnny Kube carried the ball 16 times for 61 yards and two more touchdowns.

Kube got the Warriors’ scoring started with a touchdown run at the 8:09 mark of the first quarter.

Western Brown answered just before the end of the stanza, but Sebastian Abshire blocked the Broncos’ extra point attempt.

Strunk crossed the goal line with 9:50 left in the second period, and again at the 4:37 mark to give the Warriors a 20-7 lead. Western Brown crept closer at 20-12 early in the third, but Payton Leugers returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to push the lead to 27-12.

The Broncos answered, cutting the lead to 27-20 midway through the third quarter, but Kube picked up his second score of the game to put Goshen ahead 33-20, and Strunk scored at the 7:56 mark of the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Goshen quarterback Kyle Proffitt completed eight of 12 passes for 107 yards. Western Brown quarterback Seth Becker completed 22 of 33 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted once. Becker also led the Broncos in rushing with seven carries for 25 yards.

Kamrin Tuerck and Logan Mantz each had three receptions for Goshen, with Tuerck picking up 35 yards and Mantz totaling 50. Wyatt Fischer led Western Brown with eight receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown.