Harrison makes statement against Talawanda

HARRISON, Ohio – The story continues to be the defensive renaissance of the Harrison Wildcats and another chapter was written on homecoming with a 42-7 win over the Talawanda Brave.

Harrison has not given up any more the 10 points in its first six games this season on its way to a 3-0 start in Southwest Ohio Conference.

The Wildcats defense put a nail in the proverbial coffin on Talawanda’s first possession of the third quarter. 

Harrison was leading 21-7 but Talawanda got the ball first to begin the second half. Running back Terrell Wills went around the left edge leaping over Kyler Fankhauser who punched the ball out of Wills’ hands and into the air. Logan Sowders caught the loose ball in stride and followed a convoy of blockers 47 yards into the end zone a touchdown.

That was the first of three touchdowns in the third quarter that triggered the running clock putting the game on ice.

The Harrison offense turned the ball over twice in the first quarter but the Wildcats defense stopped the Brave both times from converting the miscues into points.

Harrison gave up a total of 157 yards for the game, 108 of which were in the first quarter. A little less than half of those first quarter yards were on one play. 

Talawanda sophomore Deondre Bothast-Revalee raced 50-yards for the Brave’s only score of the game during the opening period. 

That play tied the score 7-7, but the tide turned Harrison’s way in the second quarter.

Nathan Blank scored his varsity touchdown on a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Connor Kinnett to open the scoring.

Two key defensive stops set the offense in position to score a pair of touchdowns in the last four minutes of the first half giving the Wildcats a 21-7 advantage at the intermission. 

A touchdown catch by C.J. Young, who was assisted by a great block thrown by fellow wide receiver Levi Tidwell. Kinnett followed that with a short touchdown run on a keeper just before halftime.

The Harrison offense also put in an impressive effort gaining 440 total yards, 215 passing and 125 rushing.

Young (four receptions for 119 yards and touchdowns) and Tidwell (four receptions for 113 yards) lead the way in the passing attack. Kinnett only completed 13 out of 22 pass attempts but did rack up 312 yards on three touchdowns.

Cam Hering was solid on the ground with 72 yards on 13 carries and one score.

The win setup a showdown next week at Little Miami which will be a matchup of what many people this are the two top teams in the Southwest Ohio Conference. The winner of that game could very be on its way to earning a first round home in the playoffs.


Talawanda 7-0-0-0 – 7

Harrison 7-14-21-0 – 42


H – Nathan Blank 21-yard TD catch from Connor Kinnett (Grant Swope kick)

T – Deondre Bothast-Revalee 50-yard TD run (Matt June kick)

H – C.J. Young 40-yard TD catch from Connor Kinnett (Grant Swope kick)

H – Connor Kinnett 3-yard TD run (Grant Swope kick)

H – Logan Sowders 47-yard fumble recovery for a TD (Grant Swope kick)

H – C.J. Young 22-yard TD catch from Connor Kinnett (Grant Swope kick)

H – Cam Hering 13-yard TD run (Grant Swope kick)

RECORDS: Talawanda (4-2, 0-2); Harrison (5-1, 3–0)

UP NEXT: Talawanda vs. Mount Healthy; Harrison @ Little Miami

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