LEES CREEK — Bryce Sipple scored the first three touchdowns of the game to lead Blanchester to a 46-12 win over East Clinton in the regular season finale at ECHS.
Blanchester is 7-3. East Clinton finishes its season at 2-8.
The win gives Blanchester the outright SBAAC National Division championship, the program’s third in the last five seasons.
“Goal No. 1 accomplished,” Blanchester head coach Jon Mulvihill said. “We played hard despite some things out of our control going poorly.”
The Wildcats are the 9 seed in Region 20 and will play again this week at Summit Country Day in the opening round of the OHSAA football playoffs.
Blanchester has won seven straight in the series with East Clinton and holds a 13-10 edge over the last 23 seasons. East Clinton’s last win was 21-20 in 2015. The Astros won the first-ever meeting on Nov. 13, 1970 in Blanchester, 27-8.
Sipple, who scored all three touchdowns on the ground, had 133 yards rushing, as did quarterback Michael Mulvihill, who also passed for 138 yards and a touchdown. Chasen Allison led Blanchester with 13 tackles while Mulvihill had 10 and Ty Goodwin was in on nine.
Blanchester led 22-0, all on Sipple scores, when the defense took a turn. Sammy Roush returned an interception 35 yards for a Blanchester touchdown. After Lukas Runk got the Astros on the scoreboard with a four-year run, Zack Musselman capped the first half scoring with a 32-yard strike from Mulvhill. BHS led 34-6 at halftime.
In the third period, Mulvihill reached the end zone on a 34-yard scamper then lineman Wyatt Oberle scored his first offensive touchdown on a one-yard plunge into the EC end zone. Former Wildcat Dameon Williams rounded out the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run.
Oct 21, 2022
@East Clinton High School
Blanchester 46 East Clinton 12
B: Bryce Sipple 5 yard run (Bryce Sipple run)
B: Bryce Sipple 35 yard run (Bryce Sipple run)
B: Bryce Sipple 3 yard run (PAT Failed)
B: Sammy Roush 35 yard interception return (PAT Failed)
EC: Lukas Runk 4 yard run (PAT Failed)
B: Zack Musselman 32 yard pass from Michael Mulvihill (PAT Failed)
B: Michael Mulvihill 34 yard run (PAT Failed)
B: Wyatt Oberle 1 yard run (PAT Failed)
EC: Isaiah Conger 2 yard run (PAT Failed)
Passing: B-Michael Mulvihill 9-17-0, 144 yards, 1 TD; Bryce Sipple 0-1-1; EC-Lukas Runk 3-15-1, 66 yards
Rushing: B (25-301) Michael Mulvihill 7-133-1, Bryce Sipple 13-133-3, Sebastian Smith 1-7-0, Wyatt Oberle 1-1-1, Sammy Roush 3-27-0; EC (38-128) Isaiah Conger 16-60-1, Dameon Williams 12-26-0, Glenn Peacock 7-37-0, Lukas Runk 1-4-1 Max Crowe 1-2-0
Receiving: B (9-138-1) Dustin Trace 2-41-0, Zack Musselman 2-36-1, Caleb Sears 2-41-0, Bryce Sipple 2-17-0, Dylan Creager 1-9-0; EC (3-66) Adran Baker 1-18, Dameon Williams 1-45, Isaiah Conger 1-3
Tackles: B-Michael Mulvihill 14, Chasen Allison 11, Ty Goodwin 8, Sebastian Smith 6, Cody Kidd 6, Aiden Begley 4, Sammy Roush 3, Jude Huston 4, Tristan Malone 2, Jacob Ison 3, Dustin Trace 2, Caleb Sears 2, Dylan Short 1, Carson Curless 1; EC-Adran Baker 7, Dameon Williams 5, Isaiah Conger 7, Glenn Peacock 5, Clayton Kimmey 2, Owen Roberts 4, Noah Mess 3, Landen Dunn 2, Denver Day 1, Alex Edison 2, Max Crowe 1, Grady Boggs 1, Hunter McCulley 1
Interceptions: EC-Glenn Peacock
First Downs; B-17, EC-9
Penalty: B 1-5; EC 7-59