Wildcats have outside shot at title


By Mark Huber - mhuber@civitasmedia.com



Blanchester’s Travis Nelson (25), Tristan Greene (5) and Hunter Collier (30) from a game earlier this season.

Blanchester’s Travis Nelson (25), Tristan Greene (5) and Hunter Collier (30) from a game earlier this season.


Struggle as they have this season, the Blanchester Wildcats have something to play for other than pride in the final two weeks of the varsity football season.

“We do not control our destiny in the league but we must win to have a chance,” said head coach Jack O’Rourke.

The Wildcats will host Batavia Friday night at Barbour Memorial Field. The seniors will be honored prior to the game.

“We want to finish strong and play every play like it is our last play,” O’Rourke said.

Blanchester is 2-6 overall and 1-1 in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division. The Bulldogs are 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the league.

While both Williamsburg and Bethel-Tate are 2-0 in SBCN play, they meet this week at WHS. The best opportunity for the BHS Wildcats to win the league would be for Bethel-Tate to defeat Williamsburg this week. Blanchester then plays at Bethel-Tate in Week 10 and could forge a three-way tie for the SBCN title with a win over the Tigers.

But Batavia comes first. A loss this week and next week doesn’t much matter.

“To win this game on offense we must be balanced and not turn over the football,” said O’Rourke. “Defensively we must get a good pass rush, play mistake-free football in the secondary and cause turnovers.”

Blanchester defeated Clermont Northeastern 62-32 last Friday night. Behind the quarterbacking of Tristan Greene, the Wildcats’ option attack was in high gear and the passing game showed improvement, the BHS coach said.

O’Rourke also was pleased with the fact that 62 points were distributed among five different touchd0wn-makers

Blanchester’s Travis Nelson (25), Tristan Greene (5) and Hunter Collier (30) from a game earlier this season.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_FB1.blan_.25.5.302.jpgBlanchester’s Travis Nelson (25), Tristan Greene (5) and Hunter Collier (30) from a game earlier this season.

By Mark Huber

mhuber@civitasmedia.com

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

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