FALL Update: 9/14
Week 3: Mount Healthy improved to 3-0 with a dominant 39-0 shutout over Glen Este. Quarterback Michael Crawford was efficient and hard to stop, going 6 of 10 through the air for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Crawford added 13 carries for 99 yards and one touchdown. The Owls' defense held Glen Este to just 187 total yards and forced four turnovers.
Edgewood looked impressive rebounding from a close Week 2 loss by beating Badin 56-0. Drew Reckart went 4 of 4 for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Eddie Driskell caught two passes (both touchdowns) for 98 yards. The Cougars continued their diverse rushing attack with 11 different ball carriers totaling 281 yards and five touchdowns. Edgewood's defense gave up just 108 yards of total offense.
Northwest sped by North College Hill 38-19 to improve to 2-1 this season. The Knights combined for 162 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Quarterback Brandon Shelton was 8 of 12 for 85 yards and a score.
After dropping its opener, Little Miami has responded with two straight wins. The Panthers beat Taylor 40-14 in Week 3 behind Lucas Patten, who rushed 20 times for 171 yards and four touchdowns, with three coming in the second half to help Little Miami pull away.
Ross also bounced back with a win in Week 3, topping Western Brown 35-19. Quarterback Zach Arno had a huge game completing 10 of 17 for 122 yards and a score, to go with 25 carries for 114 yards and another touchdown. Running back Brennan Morton added 27 carries for 157 yards and three touchdowns. The Rams' defense forced four turnovers.
Harrison picked up its first win of the season in dramatic fashion. The Wildcats went on the road and beat Anderson 48-47 thanks to a 27-yard field goal by Kyle Farfsing at the gun. Junior quarterback Frankie Young was sensational going 34 of 46 for 501 yards and six touchdowns. Per the OHSAA, Young's just the 38th player in recorded state history to throw for more than 500 yards in a single game.
Talawanda remains in search of its first win. The Braves fell to Eaton in Week 3. Quarterback Logan Kamphaus was 12 of 31 for 171 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and he rushed 13 times for 74 yards.
Week 4 means the start of conference play.
Sept. 16 schedule:
Northwest at Edgewood
Harrison at Ross
Mount Healthy at Little Miami
Talawanda at New Richmond
The conference race is really starting to heat up with Talawanda currently occupying the top spot. The Braves are 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the SWOC. Close by, though, are Ross and Little Miami. The Rams are 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the league; the Panthers are 7-3 overall and 4-1 in conference. Northwest is at 2-2 in the SWOC and Harrison's at 1-3. Edgewood and Mount Healthy are still searching for conference wins.
Talawanda travels to Ross on Sept. 20, then Little Miami on Sept. 27.