BLANCHESTER – A performance for the ages from a senior quarterback gave Blanchester its first league championship in nine years.
Senior quarterback Tristan Greene scored ten total touchdowns, propelling his Wildcats to a 73-18 dismantling of Bethel-Tate.
With the victory, Blanchester clinched the outright SBC National Division title for the first time since 2007.
Blanchester’s first-team offense scored touchdowns on all 11 offensive series it was in the game.
“It feels pretty darn good,” BHS Head Coach Brandon Sammons said. “I just write down what I want to run. I just go, ‘what’s next on the list?’ The biggest thing is, it’s starting to make sense to our guys. There’s no thinking. We’re just playing. We know what we’re doing.
“To come out here and do it in what’s basically a league championship game in front of our home crowd … to do that, it’s pretty special.”
In total, Greene rushed for 295 yards on 19 carries with six rushing touchdowns to go with 151 yards passing and four passing touchdowns.
“It feels great,” Greene said. “I thank my lineman for doing everything that they do.”
Sammons had high praise for his senior quarterback.
“I love that kid. I’m going to miss him next year,” Sammons said. “He’s a special talent. Man, if that kid was 6-3, he’d have all kinds of opportunities. He uses every ounce that he’s got. We told him before the game that there was talk that somebody else was worthy of player of the year in this conference.
“‘Show them why it’s not true. Show them why it’s you that’s player of the year.’ I think he took it to heart.”
Sammons credited the kids that he has had on the offensive line throughout the season.
“The hogs up front have jelled in the last four weeks,” Sammons said. “We found a good combination of guys.”
The BHS coach listed Cade Huston, Dylan Fawley, Matthew Grogg, Jacob Goodin, Cody McCollister, Jacob Hodge, Dylan Baker, Reighdyn Bare, Marco Torres-Garcia and Branson Campbell among those who have played well at offensive line.
Blanchester closes the regular season next Friday at home against Amelia, in what will be the final high school football game in Amelia High School history. The school will consolidate with Glen Este next year to form West Clermont.
Friday, Oct. 21, 2016
At Blanchester High School
Blanchester 73, Bethel-Tate 18
B – Tristan Greene 1-yard run (Dakota Penquite kick) 8:49
B – Greene 10-yard pass to Hunter Collier (kick failed) 7:21
B – Greene 50-yard run (Penquite kick) 5:35
BT – Chris Wheeler 30-yard pass to Austin Carter (pass failed) 2:10
B – Greene 3-yard run (Penquite kick) 19.5
BT – Wheeler 26-yard pass to Carter (pass failed) 11:07
B – Greene 45-yard run (kick failed) 10:15
B – Greene 11-yard pass to Quenton Miller (run failed) 6:10
B – Greene 17-yard run (run failed) 4:04
B – Greene 1-yard run (Penquite kick) 2.0
B – Greene 11-yard pass to Quenton Miller (Penquite kick) 6:04
B – Greene 5-yard pass to Jared Monhollen (Penquite kick) 45.2
B – Hunter Collier 5-yard run (Penquite kick) 4:29
BT – Steven Cooper 51-yard run (kick failed) 4:22
PLAYS: BT 54; B 55. FIRST DOWNS: BT 10; B 30. RUSHES-YARDS: BT 24-93; B 35-409. PASSING YARDS: BT 173; B 151. COMPLETIONS-ATTEMPTS-INTERCEPTIONS: BT 13-29-4; B 13-18-0. TOTAL YARDS: BT 266; B 560. PENALTIES-YARDS: BT 14-130; B 8-90. FUMBLES-LOST: BT 1-0; B 0-0.
Rushing (carries-yards): BT Alex Mans 2-8; Owen Holtke 4-19; Steven Cooper 9-88 TD; Chris Wheeler 8-(-18). B Tristan Greene 19-295 6 TDs; Quenton Miller 1-2; Brent Hopkins 1-5; Hunter Collier 11-106 TD.
Passing (completions-attempts-interception): BT Mans 2-8-1; Cooper Dunn 0-1-1; Wheeler 11-20-2. Greene 13-18-0 151 yards 4 TDs.
Receiving (catches-yards): B Nick Hopkins 2-32; Quenton Miller 4-42 2 TDs; Jared Monhollen 3-35 TD; Dylan Miller 2-24; Brent Hopkins 1-8; Collier 1-10 TD.
Matt Sexton covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bymattsexton