OWENSVILLE — Adam Frump had two fourth quarter interceptions to help Blanchester hold off Clermont Northeastern 30-19 Friday night at CNE in SBAAC National Division action.
After the Wildcats regained the lead 22-19 with nearly nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Frump picked off a Landen Amann pass at midfield and returned it 24 yards. After a late flag and pass interference call on the CNE defense, Colt Conover bulled his way in to the end zone for a 30-19 advantage.
The Rockets drove right down field on the BHS defense until Frump picked off another Amann pass near the goal line.
The Wildcats offense, with the aid of an offside penalty on the Rockets, ran out the clock. Conover took several direct snaps and rushed for 25 yards on two carries. Frump had a big first-down run in that mix and the Wildcats improve to 2-0.
Clermont Northeastern is 1-1. It was the first SBAAC National Division for both eams.
It was a pass-happy first half by both teams. Brayden Sipple for BHS was 12-17 for 146 yards and a touchdown to Adam Frump. Landen Amann of CNE was 11-23 for 185 yards and two touchdowns, both to Logan Pottorf.
The Wildcats defense was basically forcing the Rockets to pass as they held CNE to 9 carries for -3 yards rushing in the first half. The Rockets finished with -10 yards rushing for the game.
Ty Goodwin, Nate Coyle and Conover were stout for the ‘Cats defense on the ground. Blake Richard was one of the few BHS defenders who played well against the pass, breaking up several would-be completions.
Penalties by the Wildcats helped the Rockets take the lead on the first drive of the game. Later in the half, a BHS offensive penalty wiped out a 44-yard touchdown pass from Sipple to Trenton Czaika.
A Sipple to Frump touchdown pass tied the game in the first quarter and Blan took the lead on the two-point conversion, a Sipple pass to Conover.
Gage Huston, who gave BHS the ball when he intercepted a CNE pass, scored from the 1 and with Logan Heitzmann’s conversion pass from Sipple, the Wildcats led 16-6.
The second Amann-Pottorf TD made it 16-12 and Damien Kistler intercepted Sipple in the end zone on the last BHS drive of the half to keep the score close.
The passing games weren’t nearly as effective in the second half. Sipple (9-17, 47 yards) and Amann (10-20, 104 yards and 2 INTs) were a combined 19-36 passing for 151 yards in the second half.
The Rockets took the lead 19-16 late in the third but Blanchester bounced back quickly to go back on top. Trenton Czaika made a sliding catch in the end zone for a touchdown to make it 22-16 and set-up Frump’s heroics.
Sept 4, 2020
@Clermont NE High School
Blanchester 30, Clermont NE 19
Score By Quarters
CNE: Pottorf 11 yard pass from Amann (run failed) 7:13
BHS: Adam Frump 8 yard pass from Brayden Sipple (Sipple to Conover conversion) 1:49
BHS: Gage Huston 1 yard run (Sipple to Heitzmann) 0:59.0
CNE: Pottorf 27 yard pass from Amann (kick failed) 9:16
CNE: Jenkins 9 yard pass from Amann (Jenkins PAT) 1:03
BHS: Trenton Czaika 12 yard pass from Brayden Sipple (Kick failed) 8:40
BHS: Colt Conover 3 yard run (Conover run) 5:31
RUSHING: BL (28-100) Huston 13-51; Conover 7-30; Sipple 6-11; Frump 2-8; CNE (12-(-10)) Amann 5-0, McIntosh 3-0, Jenkins 4-(-10)
PASSING: BL (20-34, 193 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT) Sipple 20-34, 193 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; CNE (21-43, 289 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT) Amann 21-43, 289 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
RECEIVING: BL (20-193) Highlander 1-35, Frump 4-34, Czaika 6-81, Huston 3-16, Richard 1-3, Conover 5-33; CNE (21-289) Jenkins 8-99, Mott 3-32, Kistler 5-113, Pottorf 4-44, McIntosh 1-1
TACKLES: BL: Conover 6t, 1sack, 2tfl; Hamm 5t; Huston 3t, Frump 3t, Richard 3t, Goodwin 3t, 1sack, 2tfl, Phillips 3t, Czaika 2t, 1tfl, Coyle 1t, 1tfl, Allison 1t, 1tfl, Bryce Sipple 1t
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @wnjsports