High School Football in OH/IN/KY Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:35:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2018 OHSAA Playoffs: Regional Finals Schedule Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:35:30 +0000 We’ve reached the regional finals in the Buckeye State and there are some great games on tap. Here are the match-ups of note featuring teams from Southwest Ohio in Week 13:

Division I – Region 4 (Bracket)
(Fri, Nov. 16 -7 p.m. – at Mason High School)
3 Elder (8-4) vs. 1 Colerain (12-0)

Division II – Region 8 (Bracket)
(Fri, Nov. 16 -7 p.m. – at Lakota West High School)
7 Anderson (9-3) vs. 1 Winton Woods (11-1)

Division III – Region 12 (Bracket)
(Fri, Nov. 16 -7 p.m. – at Piqua High School)
2 Wapakoneta (11-1) vs. 1 Alter (11-1)

Division IV – Region 16 (Bracket)
(Sat, Nov. 17 -7 p.m. – at Centerville High School)
6 London (11-1) vs. 1 Wyoming (12-0)

Division V – Region 20 (Bracket)
(Sat , Nov. 17 -7 p.m. – at Hilliard Darby High School)
2 Madison (12-0) vs. Wheelersburg (11-1)

Check out the OHSAA website for complete brackets & location details.

2018 KHSAA Playoffs: Regional Finals Schedule Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:25:26 +0000 The first two weeks of the postseason is now in the book in Kentucky. We are getting down to the nitty gritty in the Bluegrass State and this Friday night several Norther Kentucky teams will be in action fighting for the right move on.

Here’s a look at the Week 13 playoff slate:

CLASS 6A (Bracket)
Scott County at Simon Kenton
Conner at Madison Central

CLASS 5A (Bracket)
Highlands at Covington Catholic

CLASS 2A (Bracket)
Glasgow at Walton-Verona

CLASS 1A (Bracket)
Frankfort at Beechwood

*All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 unless otherwise noted

Check out KHSAA for complete brackets & details.

Wyoming advances over Indian Hill in OT thriller Sun, 11 Nov 2018 17:04:22 +0000 CINCINNATI, Ohio – Two weeks ago the Wyoming Cowboys went on the road and knocked off the Indian Hill Braves by 30 points, it proved to be a much different story as the CHL rivals faced off the Ohio Division IV, Region 16 semi-finals on Saturday night at Lakota West High School.

The game went to overtime and after the Wyoming defense held Indian Hill to a field goal in their possession, they sealed the deal when junior quarterback Evan Prater connected with senior running back Pierson Rogers on a 20-yard scoring pass.

Indian Hill dominated the first half as they shutout a Cowboys’ offense that entered the contest averaging 46.1 points per game.

John Mark Williams got the scoring started for the Braves with a first-quarter TD run from 13 yards out. Teammate Diertrious Baylor added 3-yard rushing touchdown of his own to give Indian Hill a 14-0 lead as the teams headed to the locker rooms.

Prater scampered for a 22-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper to get Wyoming on the board. Rogers added his own 8-yard rushing touchdown to tie the game up in the fourth quarter. Prater completed just 5-of-18 passes for 40 yards and was picked off twice, but came up with the plays when they needed. He rushed for 84 yards on 23 carries. Rogers added 18 carries for 67 yards of his own.

The Wyoming defense came up with three turnovers, including an interception by Moe Mitchell and held Indian Hill to just 141 total yards of offense.

Up next, the Cowboys will play for the regional title when they face London at Centerville High School on Saturday.

Indian Hill 7-7-0-0-3-17
Wyoming 0-0-7-7-6-20

IH: J.M. Williams 13-yard run (L. Lundberg kick)
IH: D. Baylor 3-yard run (L. Lundberg kick)
WY: E. Prater 22-yard run (AJ Washienko kick)
WY: P. Rogers 8-yard run (AJ Washienko kick
IH: L. Lundberg 28-yard FG
WY: P. Rogers 20-yard pass from E. Prater

RECORDS: Indian Hill (9-3); Wyoming (12-0)
UP NEXT: Wyoming vs. London (11-1)

East Central’s repeat bid comes to an end Sun, 11 Nov 2018 16:19:59 +0000 ST. LEON, Indiana – In a game that went down to the wire on Saturday afternoon, the East Central Trojans came up just short on moving on to the semistate round as they fell to the Evansville Central Bears, 28-24.

East Central (11-2) appeared to have the game in hand with four minutes left in the contest they were leading 24-21 and then they came up with a key interception of Bears’ quarterback Brennon Harper at the goal line. If they could’ve got a first down the game would’ve been over.

However, the Evansville Central (12-1) defense would force a three-and-out and drive 55 yards in four plays, capping it off with a 16-yard reverse from senior Jalen Bowman. That proved to be the decisive blow in the Trojans’ quest for a repeat of their Class 4A State Championship. For Evansville Central it marked their first-ever regional title.

Trojans’ quarterback Alex Maxwell led the offense on 13-yard play scoring drive capped by a Maxwell rushing touchdown from one yard out to give East Central a 24-21 lead with 8:20 left in the game, but the Bears just wouldn’t go away.

East Central dominated the time of possession during the first half, but Evansville Central scored on two big plays and the game was tied 14-14 at the break.

There is definitely nothing for the Trojans to hang their heads about after turning in a 12-win season.

Evansville Central moves on to take on Marion (13-0) next week in the IHSAA 4A final four.

Defense shines as Elder downs Lakota East Sat, 10 Nov 2018 05:12:24 +0000 MASON, Ohio – Defense remains the name of the game for Elder who has given up just 23 points during its current four game winning streak. Friday night the Panthers defense stuffed Lakota East at the line of scrimmage and forced four turnovers. They did not allow the Thunderhawks offense to get into the end zone while holding them to just 3-13 on third and fourth down conversion attempts. The lone score for Lakota East was on a pick six. The victory puts Elder into the regional finals for the first time since 2009 when thy beat Anderson for the crown.

Elder junior Matt Luebbe was called into action at quarterback because of an injury to starter Michael Bittner. Luebbe amassed 258 yards of total offense (160 rush, 98 pass) and accounted for three touchdowns (two rush, one pass). He set new career highs on the ground and through the air.

Receiver Kyle Trischler became Elder’s all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,168, passing Panthers great Bill Poland (2,150). He finished the night with three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown. Trishcler also holds the school record for career receptions with 193. The senior is four catches (67) away from setting the single season record for receptions.

The four takeaways by Elder gives them 14 in its last four outings. They have a +8 turnover margin in that span.

Lakota East 0-0-6-0-6
Elder 7-14-7-6-34

E: Luebbe 6 run (Harmeyer kick)
E: Catania 1 run (Harmeyer kick)
E: Trischler 13 pass from Luebbe (Harmeyer kick)
L: Howard 35 interception return (kick failed)
E: Luebbe 2 run (Harmeyer kick)
E: Bischoff 70 interception return (run failed)

RECORDS: Lakota East (7-5); Elder (8-4)
UP NEXT: Elder will face #1 Colerain (12-0) back at Atrium Stadium, Dwire Field (Mason HS) next Friday night.

Colerain breezes by Milford Sat, 10 Nov 2018 04:38:32 +0000 CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Colerain Cardinals didn’t have their best game, but it was good enough to beat the Milford Eagles by 34 points and move to on in the OHSAA playoffs.

Playing on a neutral field at St. Xavier High School, Colerain and Milford exchanged first-quarter touchdowns to knot the game at 7-7 seven minutes into the contest, but the Cardinals would go onto score 41 unanswered points before the break.

The Cardinals’ defense came up with four turnovers, including three pick sixes as Ivan Pace Jr., Jakari Patterson, and Syncere Jones all returned Hunter Johnson interceptions for touchdowns.

On offense it was a balanced attack as four different Colerain players rushed for a score. As a team, they averaged 7.7 yards per carry. Pace Jr. led the all rushers with 88 yards on six carries and JJ Davis added another 82 rushing yards on five totes.

The Eagles were making just the school’s third-ever playoff appearance and second in two years.

It was a rough night for Milford on offense, but senior wide receiver Dylan Hughes was a bright as he pulled in five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown in his final game in an Eagles’ uniform.

Colerain advances to face Elder next week in the Ohio Division, Region 4 Championship game.

Milford 7-0-0-7-14
Colerain 21-27-0-0-48

C: JJ Davis 29-yard run (Mangold kick)
M: Dylan Hughes 34-yard catch from Hunter Johnson (Ertel kick)
C: Syncere Jones 14-yard run (Mangold kick)
C: Ivan Pace Jr. 44-yard INT return (Mangold kick)
C: Jakari Patterson 100-yard INT return (Mangold kick)
C: Syncere Jones 38-yard INT return (Mangold kick)
C: Ivan Pace Jr. 59-yard run (kick failed)
M: Caleb Johns 2-yard run (Ertel kick)

RECORDS: Milford (9-3); Colerain (12-0)
UP NEXT: Colerain vs. Elder (8-4) at TBD neutral site

NKY Round-Up: CovCath, Highlands rematch set Sat, 10 Nov 2018 04:36:19 +0000 Week 12 of the high school football season in Northern Kentucky saw several teams in action. With spots in the regional championship games on the line, there was no margin for error.

The Covington Catholic Colonels moved past Montgomery County fairly easily, but the Highlands Bluebirds went down to the wire in their win over Anderson County. Now the two are set to meet next week for regional title.

Let’s take a look at Friday’s KHSAA playoff results:

It took CovCath less than 10 minutes to get three touchdowns on the board, including a pair by senior running back Casey McGinness as they raced out to a 23-0 first quarter lead.

McGinness touched the ball eight times in limited action and turned it into 84 yards and three scores. Caleb Jacob completed 8-of-9 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns before being pulled. Two of those TD passes went to tight end Michael Mayer, who pulled in three catches for 101 yards on the night.

The Colonels’ defense was spectacular early on before giving up a pair of second-half scores once the game was well in hand. Senior Jackson Blank provided a big spark with a pair of interceptions.

Up next, CovCath will welcome Highlands to Park Hills next Friday for the regional championship. The Colonels beat Highlands in Fort Thomas when the two teams met in Week 8, 21-14.

Highlands an Anderson County combined for 609 yards of total offense on Friday night in Fort Thomas, but the points didn’t go up on the scoreboard easily. The Bluebirds played, bend but do not break defense most of the night and were in jeopardy of giving up the go-ahead score as Anderson County drove deep into the Bluebirds’ territory in the final minute of the contest.

The Bearcats coughed up the ball with 22 seconds left and the Bluebirds made them pay. The D forced four turnovers on the night, including turning one into the go-ahead touchdown.

Highlands got on the scoreboard first when Grady Cramer connected with Ethan Houze on 30-yard TD passing play. Anderson County’s Charles Collins knotted the game up with a 51-yard TD pass and after a short field goal in the second quarter, Highlands was down 10-7 at the half.

Senior Ben Sisson made the game-winning play when he scooped up a Bearcats’ fumble and took 47 yards to the house to put the Bluebirds up for good, 14-10.

The Pioneers treated the fans that came out on a cold night to some good old fashioned football, using its power-running offense to advance past Henry Clay.

Dual-threat quarterback Caleb Farfsing rushed for 141 yards and threw for another 87 and accounted for Simon Kenton’s first two touchdowns as they opened up a quick 15-0, first-quarter lead. Running Jon Sargent led all rushers with 143 yards on 17 carries, including a 51-yard TD run.

The Blue Devils added a score of their own to close out the opening frame, but couldn’t get much going offensively after that.

Simon Kenton picked up their fifth consecutive win and will now host Scott County next week in the next round of the Class 6A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

6A: Conner 20, Cooper 19 (RECAP)
4A: Johnson Central 50, Scott 7
2A: Walton-Verona 35, Monroe County 6
2A: DeSales 21, Newport Central Catholic 14 (OT)
2A: Christian-Academy Louisville 39, Lloyd 0
1A: Beechwood 50, Kentucky Country Day 6
1A: Frankfort 60, Ludlow 42

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Conner erases deficit beating Cooper 20-19 Sat, 10 Nov 2018 04:31:11 +0000 HEBRON, Kentucky – For the second time in three weeks the Conner Cougars trialed the Cooper Jaguars by two touchdowns. Both times the Cougars come all the way back and will now advance to the third week of the playoffs after a 20-19 win over the Jaguars.

Quarterback Jared Hicks threw a short jump pass on a run-pass-option play to Tate Niederman who maneuvered 63 yards through the mud for the game’s deciding score.

Conner also came from behind after trailing 14-0 at halftime in Week 9 to beat Cooper 19-14.

The field conditions on this night at Fred Nevel Stadium were far from ideal. The natural grass playing surface has been holding water the last several weeks thanks to the usually wet fall season. This made it difficult for both teams to generate very much offense during the early going.

Cooper took a 19-7 lead into the third quarter on an outstanding catch in the end zone by Jaguars wide receiver Dillon Perry.

Conner then turned to a power running game on the ensuing possession for its first established drive of the game. Douglas Abdon punched the ball in from two-yard line cutting the deficit to 19-14.

The Cougars got the ball back after forcing the Jaguars to punt. On the second play of the drive, Hicks read the defenders and threw a little jump toss that Niederman caught and raced 63 yards for the touchdown.

Conner now leads the all-time series 8-5 and will advance to the region championship game next week against Madison Central.

Postgame interview with Conner quarterback Jared Hicks

Cooper jumped out to an early advantage. Late in the first quarter, running back Anthony Witschey ripped off a 38-yard gain into Conner territory. The Jaguars also took advantage of a personal foul on a facemark penalty against the Cougars on that drive giving Cooper its first scoring opportunity.

Quarterback Jeremiah Lee raced 11 yards into the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. The extra point kick attempt failed so Cooper took a 6-0 lead with 18 seconds left in the first quarter.

Conner went three-and-out and was forced to punt back to the Jaguars. Lee found his tight end Michael Spencer wide open behind the Conner defense. It was an easy 38-yard touchdown for Cooper and the Jaguars took what appeared to be a commanding 13-0 advantage.

The Cougars offense was anemic during the first half so it was the defense and special teams that stepped up.

A punt flipped the field position battle to where Cooper was working out of the shadow of its own end zone. Lee was nearly sacked in the end zone as he barely escaped a Conner defender forcing a punt.

Conner had great field position starting on its own 32-yard line after a short Cooper punt. Hicks completed a pass to Niederman for 16 yards putting the ball on the four-yard line. Abdon scored the first of his two touchdowns shaving the Copper lead to 13-7 at halftime.

It was just the second time these two district opponents and neighbors in the Boone County area met in the post season. Cooper beat Conner both times the two teams met in 2015 including a 14-6 playoff victory.

Conner will now travel to Richmond for its chance to win the region championship next week against Madison Central who defeated Tates Creek 13-10.


Cooper 6-7-6-0 – 19

Conner 0-7-7-6 – 20


Coop – Jeremiah Lee 11-yard TD run (kick failed)

Coop – Michael Spencer 38-yard TD catch from Jeremiah Lee (Drew Warth kick)

Con – Douglas Abdon 4-yard TD run (Teddy Schul kick)

Coop – Dillon Perry 24-yard TD catch from Jeremiah Lee (pass failed)

Con – Douglas Abdon 2-yard TD run (Teddy Schul kick)

Con – Tate Niederman 63-yard TD catch from Jared Hicks (kick failed)

RECORDS: Cooper (5-7); Conner (9-3)

NEXT WEEK: Conner at Madison Central (9-3)

Winton Woods keeps rolling, downs Little Miami Sat, 10 Nov 2018 03:56:24 +0000 CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Winton Woods Warriors picked up their 11th straight win by taking down an overmatched Little Miami Panthers team, 38-12.

Warriors’ quarterback MiChale Wingfield led the way offensively. He connected of 47 and 45-yard scoring strikes early on to wide receiver Dameer Blankumsee and finished with 233 yards passing. Junior running back Miyan Williams 160 yards rushing and a score on 15 carries.

Panthers’ quarterback Brody Reder was under pressure all night, but posted a respectable 75 yards rushing and threw for another 77 yards, including a late touchdown.

With the win, Winton Woods moves on to face Anderson in next week’s Ohio Division II, Region 8 championship game.

Little Miami 0-0-0-12-12
Winton Woods 21-10-7-0-38

WW: Blankumsee 47-yard pass from Wingfield (Velazquez kick)
WW: Brooks 27-yard INT return (Velazquez kick)
WW: Blankumsee 45-yard pass from Wingfield (Velazquez kick)
WW: Wingfield 12-yard run (Velazquez kick)
WW: Velazquez 22-yard FG
WW: Williams 54-yard run (Velazquez kick)
LM: Wells fumble return (kick failed)
LM: Patten 39-yard pass from Reder (pass failed)

RECORDS: Little Miami (9-3); Winton Woods (11-1)
UP NEXT: Winton Woods vs. Anderson (9-3) at TBD neutral site

Anderson rallies past Troy Sat, 10 Nov 2018 03:54:10 +0000 MIAMISBURG, Ohio – Despite getting down big early, the Anderson Redskins rallied to knock off the Troy Trojans 38-35 in the second round of Ohio Division II, Region 8 playoffs Friday.

Troy (10-2) led by 14 points early in the game and was up 28-17 at the half, but Anderson (9-3) adjusted and won the game with a strong second half performance.

Trojan running back Jaydon Culp-Bishop scored the game’s first two touchdowns before Anderson cut the lead in half with a 1-yard quarterback keeper by David Thompson.

Culp-Bishop didn’t let the Redskins celebrate too long as he took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to the house to give Troy a 21-7 lead. He had a huge night, finishing with 176 yards on 34 carries and four rushing touchdowns.

Once again the Redskins were able to answer though as they drove 61 yards on 11 plays and capped it off with another Thompson rushing touchdown.

Troy went back to the well and took another two-touchdown lead when Cult-Bishop came up with third rushing touchdown, scoring from nine yards out.

Willie Johnson drilled a 34-yard field goal before the half to cut the deficit to 11.

After scoring 28 points in the first half, Troy was held to just seven points in the second half. The Redskins didn’t have that problem, scoring three touchdowns in the second half.

Anderson sealed the win with its defense though. They were leading 38-35, but the Trojans weren’t going to go away easily. They were driving to try to at least tie the game in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and got all the way to Anderson’s 30-yard line before Brayden Siller had his pass intercepted by Redskins’ senior Conner Brondhaver. The pick sealed the deal.

The game marked the third straight year these two have matched up in the playoffs. Anderson has now won the last two after falling in the first meeting.

Up next, the Redskins will face Winton Woods in next week’s regional championship.

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