Cincinnati Round-Up: Winton Woods wins again

Teams continued to fight for both playoff positioning and conference titles across Southwest Ohio on the final Friday of September. When the chips are down, the prime time players stepped up and that was certainly the case in Week 5.

The Warriors remained undefeated as they took care of business handedly at home against Anderson in an ECC clash in this week’s Blitz 5 Game of the Week.

Early on the game looked as if it would be closely contested. Anderson actually took the lead on a 2-yard Jackson Kuhn run at 13-7. However, Winton Woods blocked the extra point and then on the ensuing kickoff return when Tyrek Spikes returned a kick 93 yards for a score.

From that point on it was all Warriors. Winton Woods would put up 17 more points before the half and had the game on the running clock early in the third quarter. The Redskins didn’t dent the scoreboard the rest of the way.

After being an independent team for most of the last decade, the Warriors will play Turpin next week for the first conference title since 2011.

After being held out of the end zone for over three and half quarters of play, the Big Blue finally hit pay dirt when it counted most as Malik Verdon scored on a 18-yard run with 4:18 left to go in the game. It would be just enough to knock off the previously unbeaten Comets.

Junior running back Keyshawn Stephens carried Hamilton on his back most of the night. He finished with 113 yards on 20 carries and caught a 5-yard pass in the victory.

Mason’s only score came on a 7-yard TD run by quarterback Michael Molnar in the closing minutes of the first half. The Comets leading rusher was Nolan McCormick, who finished with 97 yards on 22 carries.

The Cardinals won consecutive games for the first time this season as they dominated things on the ground in a key 21-7 GMC victory over the Aviators.

Colerain rushed for 256 yards while Sycamore finished with -5 yards rushing on the other side of the ball. Junior MJ Flowers led all rushers 132 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. It was his second 100-yard contest of the season and he’s now scored six times over his last four games.

Senior defensive back Sean Williamson paced the Cardinals’ defense with five tackles, an interception and a half of sack.

The Rams rolled by Edgewood to claim the SWOC regular-season championship. It marks the first league title in school history. Ross rushed for 483 yards in the win.

Jackson Gifford continued his record-smashing season as he carried the ball 15 times for 182 yards and four scores. He now has rushed for 15 touchdowns in five games and 31 scores over the last two years.

Quarterback C.J. Boze added 121 yards and two more scores on 11 carries of his own and completed his only pass for a TD as he hooked up with Brayden Fraasman on a 55-yard pass.

Here are some other scores from other Cincinnati teams ranked inside our Blitz 5 Top 25:

Indianapolis Cathedral 37, No. 3 La Salle 28
No. 4 Elder 35, Walnut Hills 7
No. 8 Princeton 56, Middletown 24
No. 19 Lakota East 23, No. 13 Fairfield 20
No. 16 Turpin 40, Lebanon 29
No. 17 Badin 34, Carroll 0
No. 18 Kings 41, Teays Valley 10
No. 23 Wyoming 63, Finneytown 7
No. 24 Indian Hill 60, Taylor 6
No. 25 Roger Bacon 62, CCPA 24
Oak Hills at No .1 Lakota West (Cancelled)

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