Preview: Wyoming at Mariemont

Wyoming QB/LB Quaid Hauer (photo by Shelby Frieszell/

Friday night presents a wonderful opportunity for host Mariemont to upset Wyoming and possibly gain a share of the league title as the Blitz 5 Comeback Tour catches some hot Cincinnati Hills League action. The visiting Cowboys have won 54 consecutive regular season games, the top streak in Ohio amongst all divisions. Wyoming has shown no signs of wanting to relinquish its mark. The Warriors have their work cut out for them. We will see if they are up to the task.

#21 WYOMING COWBOYS (7-0, 4-0) at MARIEMONT WARRIORS (6-1, 3-1)
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m.
Kusel Stadium, Tom Crosby Field
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PLAYERS TO WATCH: Wyoming junior CJ Hester is the reigning OPSWA Division IV Southwest District Player of the Year and a First Team All-Ohio selection. He is the centerpiece of the Cowboys’ offense. Hester is on pace to repeat, if not better, his 2020 honors. He has rushed for 1,444 yards (206.3/game), amassed 1,660 all-purpose yards, found the end zone 22 times (18 rushing, four receiving) and scored at least three touchdowns in six of the team’s seven contests. Hester has offers from Buffalo and Toledo. Paving the way for him up front are linemen, captain Max Wilking, AJ Howard, Theo Davis, Corben Wellman and Wyatt Metz.

Wyoming RB/DB CJ Hester (photo by Shelby Frieszell/

Quiad Hauer has fared quite well in his first season as the Wyoming starting quarterback throwing for 745 yards while completing 67.1 percent of his passes, with eight touchdown tosses and just one interception. The sophomore also leads the team with 57 total tackles,with three sacks and a pick. Hauer has nine career sacks and 113 total tackles (71 solo) in 16 career games. Hauer, Wilking, Joel Allen, Tony Blair and Deuce Wiley all have at least three sacks. 

Max Tepe is having an “All-Ohio” start to his season for Mariemont. The senior leads the Warriors in rushing (762 yards), touchdowns (14 – 11 RuTD, 3 ReTD), sacks (2.5), and total tackles (74). Classmate Connor Souders has starred in all three phases of the game. On offense, he has 24 receptions for 344 yards and three receiving touchdowns. Defensively, Souders has five takeaways (four INTs, one FR), including two pick sixes. On special teams Souders is averaging 34.2 yards per punt and has connected on 24-of-26 extra points and both of his field goal attempts. Junior quarterback/linebacker David Dorsten has thrown for 1,201 yards, accounted for 16 touchdowns (14 RuTD, 2 PaTD), tallied 31 total tackles and a pair sacks.

TEAM TRENDS: The Wyoming seniors (Class of 2022) have a combined record of 45-2 at the varsity level. The Cowboys’ defense has allowed nine points or less 30 times in these seniors’ last 43 games with 14 shutouts. 

In 2020, Wyoming qualified for the OHSAA playoffs for the eighth year in a row and won its third straight regional championship. The Cowboys went undefeated in the regular season and won the Cincinnati Hills League title for a fifth consecutive season. It was their seventh league crown in the last eight campaigns.

Mariemont has not had a losing season since 2009. The Warriors are coming off their deepest playoff run since 2003.

The Mariemont defense loves to bring pressure and create turnovers which has led to five defensive touchdowns (four INTs, one FR). The Warriors have 17.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries.

Wyoming: Aaron Hancock (102-15 at Wyoming, 10th year; 102-15 overall)

Mariemont: Nick Leone (12-5 at Mariemont, second year; 12-5 overall)

Wyoming (26 appearances, 30-24) – 2020 (Regional Champion), 2019 (Regional Champion), 2018 (State Champion), 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009 (Regional Champion), 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 (Regional Champion), 1997, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1988, 1977 (State Champion), 1975 (State Runner-up).

Mariemont (13 appearances, 11-13) – 2020, 2014, 2013, 2005, 2003, 1996, 1995 (State Runner-up), 1994, 1991, 1990, 1984, 1980 (State Runner-up), 1974.

WYOMING’S KEYS TO VICTORY: Take away Mariemont’s aggressiveness on defense by getting an early lead and then running the ball to control the clock. The less the Cowboys throw the ball the better off they will be as the game wears on.

MARIEMONT’S KEYS TO VICTORY: The Warriors’ offense has been very good. If it can show that they can keep pace on the scoreboard against an upper echelon defense and keep them on the balls of their feet, this will be a winnable dog fight down the stretch.

Prediction: Wyoming 35, Mariemont 20



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