Football Teams Go 5-2 in Week One


The SWOC went 5-2 in the opening weekend of high school football, and 4-0 in the 17th Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. 

On Friday, Harrison, Talawanda and Ross all won their respective games. Little Miami and Edgewood both fell. 

Harrison beat East Central (Ind.), 21-17, thanks to a fourth quarter comeback capped by a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jake Weber to junior WR Alex Anderson. Talawanda dominated Middletown Madison, 34-9, behind running back Maurice Thomas’ 174 yards rushing on 17 carries and three TDs. Ross started its season in dominant fashion, 41-0 over Goshen. The Rams allowed Goshen 82 total yards while racking up 363 of their own. Ross rushed for 317 yards behind that big offensive line; John Kinkaid, a senior, led the Rams with a game-high 113 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. 

Saturday saw Northwest and Mount Healthy both win games that came down to the final minute in the Crosstown Showdown at the Sheakley Athletic Center on UC’s campus. 

Northwest beat Anderson, 19-17, thanks to some timely defense and big plays on offense. Shane Baldwin gave the Knights a big boost with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown just before the half. In the second half, DeVohn Jackson returned a fumble 65 yards for a score. 

Mount Healthy and Beechwood (Ky.) played one of the more exciting games of the opening weekend. The Owls came away victorious, 40-34, in a game that didn’t start until after 9 p.m. Saturday night. Mt. Healthy junior QB David Montgomery threw for 144 yards, rushed for 124 yards and had four touchdowns (three rush, one pass). Hjavier Pitts contributed to the Owls’ attack on offense totaling 107 yards on 15 carries with two TDs. 

Edgewood lost to Monroe 42-20, and Little Miami fell to Wilmington 49-19.