Week 3 Final: Mt. Healthy 13, Wilmington 10


By Mark Huber - [email protected]



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CINCINNATI — On a night when the defense shined and Mt. Healthy committed 15 penalties, Wilmington couldn’t overcome its own miscues in a 13-10 loss to the Owls Friday night.

Mt. Healthy had just 181 yards total offense but Wilmington could muster just 137 of its own. The Owls crowded the line and took away the run early. WHS had 62 yards on 19 first half rushing attempts.

Caydn Denniston ripped off a 43 yard run and finished with 70 yards. Thad Stuckey had 84 yards on 28 attempts.

Mt. Healthy scored first with 4:11 to play in the opening quarter. After six rushing attempts were good for just five yards against a stout Hurricane front, the Owls went to the pass and gained first 12 and 33 yards to the end zone.

WHS followed with an incomplete pass on fourth down. Then after stopping Mt. Healthy, Wilmington fumbled the ensuring punt.

But the Hurricane defense was not flustered. Luke Achtermann had a long fumble recovery for a touchdown with 64 seconds to play in the first. Josh Snell bullied his way to the end zone on the two-point conversion and WHS was on top 8-7.

Later in the second, Bryson Schutte recovered a MH fumble. While the offense picked up two first downs, it fumbled back to the Owls after reaching the MH 4.

Malachi Cumberland had a big sack on the defensive series but the offense just couldn’t get anything going. Jon Custis booted a 56 yard punt to nix any Mt. Healthy thoughts of scoring again late in the first half.

Darrick Perdue recovered a fumble to start the third but Wilmington’s field goal attempt was blocked. Jelani Hunter had a sack on the next series but the offense ended its possession by snapping the ball over Custis’ head for a loss of 35 yards.

Mt. Healthy scored two plays later for a 13-8 lead.

Wilmington then embarked on its best offensive thrust of the night. Stuckey and Denniston got untracked the line seemed to be wearing on the Owls defense. Nine straight running plays took the ball from the WHS 24 to the Mt Healthy 16.

But the Hurricane was intercepted on the next play at the 1.

The defense responded again when O’Ryan Keith recovered a fumble on the next possession.

Alas, Wilmington fumbled right back to Mt. Healthy on the very next play. However, the Owls missed a field goal at 7:15 to keep the WHS hopes alive.

Two 15-yard penalties on the Owls helped Wilmington’s ground game go from the WHS 20 to the MH 10 but a bad snap on fourth and 1 lost 11 yards and clinched a third straight loss for the Hurricane, who added two points on a safety with four seconds remaining.

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