BHS looks for win over WHS


By Mark Huber - mhuber@civitasmedia.com



Blanchester defenders Quenton Miller (12), Justin Lucas (44), Matt Burden (4, partially hidden) and Dylan Fawley (59) swarm an East Clinton ball carrier from a game earlier this season.

Blanchester defenders Quenton Miller (12), Justin Lucas (44), Matt Burden (4, partially hidden) and Dylan Fawley (59) swarm an East Clinton ball carrier from a game earlier this season.


SBC Standings

SBC All PF PA

National Division

Williamsburg 0-0 3-2 147 84

Bethel-Tate 0-0 2-2 88 91

Blanchester 0-0 1-4 97 160

Batavia 0-0 1-4 92 139

Clermont NE 0-0 0-5 55 233

Last Week’s Results

Blanchester 29 Amelia 25

New Richmond 26 Bethel-Tate 0

Miami Valley Christian 43 CNE 29

Goshen 35 Williamsburg 19

Norwood 30 Batavia 7

This Week’s Games

Williamsburg at Blanchester

Manchester at Bethel-Tate

Batavia at Clermont NE

All games kickoff 7 p.m. unless noted

Next Week’s Schedule

Goshen at Blanchester

Clermont NE at Bethel-Tate

Williamsburg at Batavia

All games kickoff 7 p.m. unless noted

After a horrific start to the season, Blanchester gets a clean slate so to speak this week as Southern Buckeye Conference National Division play begins.

The Wildcats, now 1-4 on the year, will face nemesis Williamsburg Friday night at Barbour Memorial Field with a festive Homecoming Crowd expected.

After dominating Williamsburg from 2002 through 2009 (outscoring WHS 326 to 45), Blanchester has lost three of the last five meetings and two in a row.

“This is a real important game for us in the league,” said BHS coach Jack O’Rourke.

Williamsburg is 3-2 overall and eyeing a possible playoff berth in Div. VI Region 22.

“Williamsburg runs a Wing-T offense,” said O’Rourke. “They run the ball very well. They have a four-back rushing attack. They run a 4-4 defense and are very aggressive. They are a senior-led team and good in all phases of the game.”

The return of quarterback Tristan Greene helped Blanchester end its season-opening four-game losing streak. The Wildcats topped Amelia 29-25.

“We did a better job of taking care of the ball (against the Barons),” said O’Rourke. “Our passing game was much improved with Tristan back at quarterback. We need to improve our open-field tackling and pass defense. We had too many mistakes in our secondary.”

O’Rourke has been pleased with the defense’s performance against the run since the opener against Clinton-Massie.

Blanchester defenders Quenton Miller (12), Justin Lucas (44), Matt Burden (4, partially hidden) and Dylan Fawley (59) swarm an East Clinton ball carrier from a game earlier this season.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_FB2.blan_.jpgBlanchester defenders Quenton Miller (12), Justin Lucas (44), Matt Burden (4, partially hidden) and Dylan Fawley (59) swarm an East Clinton ball carrier from a game earlier this season.

By Mark Huber

mhuber@civitasmedia.com

SBC Standings

SBC All PF PA

National Division

Williamsburg 0-0 3-2 147 84

Bethel-Tate 0-0 2-2 88 91

Blanchester 0-0 1-4 97 160

Batavia 0-0 1-4 92 139

Clermont NE 0-0 0-5 55 233

Last Week’s Results

Blanchester 29 Amelia 25

New Richmond 26 Bethel-Tate 0

Miami Valley Christian 43 CNE 29

Goshen 35 Williamsburg 19

Norwood 30 Batavia 7

This Week’s Games

Williamsburg at Blanchester

Manchester at Bethel-Tate

Batavia at Clermont NE

All games kickoff 7 p.m. unless noted

Next Week’s Schedule

Goshen at Blanchester

Clermont NE at Bethel-Tate

Williamsburg at Batavia

All games kickoff 7 p.m. unless noted

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

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