Cincinnati Round-Up: Conference titles at stake

Conference titles were on the line on Friday night, creating lightning both on the field before the lightning in the sky rolled in.


The Lakota West Firebirds continued their Greater Miami Conference dominance Friday night, beating Tom Bolden’s former team, the Colerain Cardinals, 21-3.

Lakota West got the scoring started in the second quarter when an interception by Jyaire Brown gave the Firebirds excellent field position led to a Mitch Bolden 4-yard touchdown pass to Trent Lloyd. Despite the score, the first half was highlighted by stellar defense by both teams.

The only Cardinal points came in the third quarter on a 35-yard field goal by Alex Jung. Jung attempted another field goal later in the quarter but was blocked by the Firebirds.

Mitch Bolden extended the Firebird lead on a 6-yard keeper in the fourth quarter, which was quickly followed up by a defensive score when a bad Colerain snap was recovered by the Firebirds in the end zone.

Lakota West moved to 6-0 in GMC play and will look to cap off its undefeated conference slate next week when the Firebirds take on rival Lakota East. Colerain will hit the road for one final tune-up before the playoffs with its final conference game against Princeton.

NO. 9 KINGS 35, NO. 20 TURPIN 21

The Eastern Cincinnati Conference title is now decided after the Kings Knights knocked off the Turpin Spartans 35-21 Friday night at home.

The Knights racked up 380 yards of offense, led by quarterback Will Kocher who threw for 156 yards and a touchdown. The 224 rushing yards were led by Max Sannella, who rushed eight times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Kocher also found the end zone on the ground, scoring from 69 yards out.

For Turpin, the offense was led by running back Keenan Alcalde who took the ball 26 times for 207 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Will Schulok threw for 96 yards and two scores.

This is the fifth conference title for Kings since the ECC was formed in 2012.

Kings has set itself up for its second consecutive undefeated regular season next week if the Knights can get past Little Miami, who is 1-5 in conference play. Turpin sets its eyes on the Forest Hills rivalry next week when the Anderson Raptors will travel to Spartan Stadium.


The Edgewood Cougars have won at least a share of the Southwest Ohio Conference after beating the Ross Rams 42-0 Friday night.

Edgewood found contributions from both sides of the ball, starting with an Eli Jones 70-yard scoring toss to Braden Sullivan. That was followed up by a keeper from Jones to go up 14-0.

The Cougars running game then took over the game, scoring on runs from Jay Dailey and two from Tavionne Crosby. Edgewood’s defense then wanted to get in on the scoring action. Brick Barber recovered a Ross fumble 85 yards for a score to put the Cougars up 42-0.

Edgewood’s offense outgained the Ross offense 333-147 on the night. Ross was plagued by four turnovers and no passing game, ending with zero yards through the air.

A sole SWOC title will be on the line next week for Edgewood when they take on Harrison, who is 3-1 in conference play while Ross will travel to take on Mount Healthy.

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

No. 4 Princeton 37,  No. 16 Mason 14

No. 13 Fairfield 28, No. 5 Lakota East 21

No. 6 La Salle 24, Trotwood-Madison 0

No. 8 Elder 49, Football North Ontario 20

No. 14 Anderson 72, Loveland 35

No. 15 Winton Woods 21, Walnut Hills 0

No. 17 Sycamore 47, No. 18 Hamilton 20

No. 21 Wyoming 49, Finneytown 0

No. 23 McNicholas 31, Chaminade Julienne 30 (OT)

No. 1 St. Xavier at Cleveland St. Ignatius (Saturday)

No. 3 Moeller at Lakewood St. Edward (Saturday)

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