FAYETTEVILLE — Brayden Sipple, Brent Hopkins and a few of their closest friends put on an offensive clinic Friday night as Blanchester dismantled Fayetteville 44-7.
Minus one fumble and one failed fourth down conversion, the first-team Blanchester offense was unstoppable.
“We knew we had plenty of opportunities to do some things,” BHS head coach Brandon Sammons said. “We were just working on some of the stuff we wanted to work on, knowing that we should be successful if we execute.
“That was the message to them this week, ‘If you execute, we’re going to be able to do the things we want to do. But that’s up to you.’”
Sipple, Blanchester’s freshman quarterback, threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers.
Hopkins caught the first of Sipple’s touchdowns. He also added three touchdown runs. For the game, Hopkins had 107 yards rushing, 59 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
The second Sipple touchdown pass was a highlight-reel worthy grab by Derick Bowman. Sipple threw the fade to Bowman, who pinned the ball against his right shoulder and maintained possession as he ran out of the back of the endzone.
In total, Blanchester gained 461 yards of offense and 19 first downs on 45 offensive snaps.
Fayetteville, coming off of its first-ever SBAAC victory against Williamsburg, found some success through the air. Quarterback Luke Wiederhold threw for 179 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown pass to Bowen Doane as the first quarter expired.
It was the lone misstep for the Blanchester defense, which held Fayetteville to just 49 yards rushing on 42 rushing attempts. The Wildcat defense also forced three Rocket turnovers.
The game did get a bit chippy as the score got out of hand. A skirmish late in the first half resulted in offsetting personal fouls, and one in the third quarter resulted in one player for each team being ejected.
For Blanchester, sole possession of second place in the National Division is likely on the line as they host East Clinton in the season finale next week, barring a major upset of Bethel-Tate in week 10 against Fayetteville.
Oct. 20, 2017
@ Fayetteville High School
Blanchester 44, Fayetteville 6
B – Brent Hopkins 10-yard run (Jasper Damewood kick) 9:49
B – Brayden Sipple 45-yard pass to Hopkins (kick blocked) 5:24
B – Hopkins 43-yard run (Dale Sturgill run) 58.1
F – Luke Wiederhold 79-yard pass to Bowen Doane (kick blocked) 0.0
B – Sipple 18-yard pass to Derick Bowman (Damewood kick) 10:28
B – Safety (snap out of endzone) 9:26
B – Hopkins 8-yard run (Damewood kick) 2:11
B – Sipple 24-yard pass to Clayton Schirmer (Damewood kick) 7:00
PLAYS: B 45; F 56. FIRST DOWNS: B 19; F 12. RUSHES-YARDS: B 24-216; F 42-49. PASSING YARDS: B 245; F 179. COMPLETIONS-ATTEMPTS-INTERCEPTIONS: B 13-21-0; F 10-14-2. TOTAL YARDS: B 461; F 228. PENALTIES-YARDS: B 7-70; F 4-30. FUMBLES-LOST: B 1-1; F 1-1.
Rushing (carries-yards): B Brent Hopkins 8-107 3 TDs; James Peters 8-74; Blake Richard 1-16; Colt Conover 3-14; Gabe Peters 1-5; Will Childers 1-3; Junior Torres 1-2. F Hunter Jester 15-28; Seth Allen 13-23; Nate Fisher 5-15; Luke Wiederhold 5-3; Chase Lockwood 3-(-10).
Passing (completions-attempts-interceptions): B Brayden Sipple 13-21-0 245 yards 3 TDs. F Luke Wiederhold 10-14-2 179 yards 1 TD.
Receiving (carries-yards): B Clayton Schirmer 5-82 TD; Hopkins 2-59 TD; Jacksson Waialae 2-55; Derick Bowman 3-33 TD; Torres 1-16. F Bowen Doane 3-98 TD; CJ McCulley 3-52; Nate Tipis 4-29.
Matt Sexton covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bymattsexton