Wildcats focused on improvement


The Blanchester football season has not played out like most in Wildcat Country expected. A mistake here or there or an injury at an inopportune time has put the Wildcats in a bad way.

“We all have been disappointed but we have tried to focus on improving each day,” said BHS head coach Jack O’Rourke.

Blanchester (1-6 overall, 0-1 SBCN) travels to Clermont Northeastern Friday night for a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game. The two teams are battling to stay out of the cellar in the SBCN.

“CNE has had a similar season,” said O’Rourke. “We just remind our kids that any team can beat you if you don’t put forth your best effort each play.”

The Rockets are 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the league.

“CNE runs a spread offense and have many weapons on offense,” the BHS coach said. “They can throw the ball well and have a really good running back in Dalton Miracle.”

On defense, the Rockets run a 4-2-5 set and “are really big and physical,” said O’Rourke.

For O’Rourke and Co. the final three games will be a mental test as much as a physical one, telling the coach staff which players continue to give 100 percent. So far so good, even though the results haven’t been what was expected.

“We have been so close to turning the corner this season,” O’Rourke said. “Last week was a tough loss. I was really proud that our kids kept fighting until the very end of the game. We have been so close to turning the corner this season.

“We try to take each day one at a time and try to correct our mistakes. Injuries have played a key role in keeping us from where we would like to be.”

Blanchester’s Branson Campbell (51) chases a Goshen player on defense during last week’s game at BHS.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_FB7.blan_.campbell1.jpgBlanchester’s Branson Campbell (51) chases a Goshen player on defense during last week’s game at BHS. Sam Collier | News Journal

By Mark Huber

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Southern Buckeye Conference

SBC Standings


National Division

Williamsburg 2-0 5-2 223 131

Bethel-Tate 1-0 4-2 191 111

Batavia 1-1 2-5 168 201

Blanchester 0-1 1-6 130 214

Clermont NE 0-2 0-7 74 336

Last Week’s Games

Goshen 27 Blanchester 13

Bethel-Tate 54 Clermont NE 6

Williamsburg 49 Batavia 27

This Week’s Games

Blanchester at Clermont NE

Bethel-Tate at Batavia

Norwood at Williamsburg

All games kickoff 7 p.m. unless noted

Next Week’s Games

Bethel-Tate at Williamsburg

Batavia at Blanchester

Clermont NE at Jefferson Twp

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

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