Cincinnati Round-Up: Ross rolls on in playoffs

We’re getting down to the nitty gritty in the OHSAA playoffs and we had a pair of matchups in Ohio Division II and III on Friday night to go along with an array of non-playoff matchups on tap.

The Lancers rolled to a fourth straight win as they advanced in the OHSAA Division Playoff with a dominating win over the Redskins. The two teams combined for 1,105 yards of total offense in a game that was full of offensive fireworks.

Quarterback Zach Branham was simply too much for Anderson to handle. He rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries and registered 137 yards on 8-of-11 passing. Jack Rutz added 118 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

Anderson’s offense did the best they could to keep up. Senior Jackson Kuhn made the most of his last game in a Redskins’ uniform as he passed for 505 yards and three touchdowns on 44-of-73 passing. Evan Upchurch was one of three Anderson receivers to hit the century mark and he pulled in three of the TD passes and boasted a game-best 144 receiving yards.

Quarterback MiChale Wingfield carried the Warriors past the Knights. The senior led all rushers with 114 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. He also passed for 96 yards.

It was nip-and-tuck with the game tied at 10-10 in the third quarter with Winton Woods facing a 3rd-and-18 when Wingfield made his biggest play of the night as he broke out of the backfield for 19 yards. Six plays later he punched in his second TD and Winton Woods never looked back.

Kings struggled offensively all night long as they were playing without star running back Ty Styliski, who sustained a wrist injury last week versus Turpin. The Knights mustered just 95 total yards of offense and only 42 yards rushing.

Running back Branden McDonald carried the ball 36 times for 185 yards and a touchdown to lead the Knights over the Rams in a playoff meeting between GCL Co-Ed counterparts.

Badin won 14-12 in a September 4 regular-season matchup, but Atler controlled things from the outset this time around.

The Knights held a 339 to 162 advantage in total yards and nearly doubled up the Rams in time of possession, holding the football for 31:30.

Running the ball is the name of the game for the Rams and that was certainly the case in Friday’s playoff win as they rolled for 453 yards on the ground versus the Golden Eagles.

Jackson Gifford was responsible for 241 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. C.J. Boze scored three touchdowns and tallied 143 yards on 20 carries.

Cody Smith and Casey Redemeier each came up with an interception to help lead Ross on defense.

Here’s a look at some of the Friday non-playoff action from Cincinnati:

Walnut Hills 30 Oak Hills 27
Harrison 35, Taylor 14
Hamitlon 41, West Clermont 7
Reading 14, Norwood 7
Northwest 41, Aiken 12
Little Miami 56, Wilmington 38
Madeira 28, Bethel-Tate 19
St. Bernard 22, Finneytown 9
Southeastern 23, East Clinton 14

Check out complete scores on The Underground Sports Shop Scoreboard.

*Stay updated on high school football updates by following @TSFootball on Twitter.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login