2018 Preview: Blanchester High School football


The Blanchester High School football team, from left to right, front row, Derick Bowman, Dale Sturgill, Chace Sicurella, Ramiro Torres Jr (captain), Ethan McHenry, Brent Hopkins, Clayton Boyd; second row, Trevor Chaney, Cody McCollister (captain), Dustin Howard, Clayton Schirmer (Captain), Cole Feirl, Matthew Grogg, Lucas Thacker; third row, Kennedy Campbell, Bryan Bandow, Justin Gray, Kyle Hopkins, Troy Hedstrom, Colt Conover, Hunter Rineair, Daniel Davenport, Adam Frump, Bryan Brewer; fourth row, Brady Phillips, Drew Williams, Lily Collins, Andrew Frump, Christian Stubbs, Kadin Berwanger, Gage Huston, Logan Adams, Jacob Lanham, Jasper Damewood; fifth row, Owen Barnes, James Peters, Tyler Gillman, James Compton, Jesse Wright, Jackson Bray, Noah Faulkner, Tanner Creager, Justin Myers, Nate Coyle; sixth row, Carter Abbott, Blake Richard, Jacksson Waialae, Brayden Sipple, Chantz Dalton, Hunter Bare, Destin Ashcraft, Brody Rice, Daniel Lichtenberg; back row, coaches Brian Damewood, Jon Mulvihill, head coach Brandon Sammons, Danny Mullins, Gregg Kummer, Jim Hetzel.

The Blanchester High School football team, from left to right, front row, Derick Bowman, Dale Sturgill, Chace Sicurella, Ramiro Torres Jr (captain), Ethan McHenry, Brent Hopkins, Clayton Boyd; second row, Trevor Chaney, Cody McCollister (captain), Dustin Howard, Clayton Schirmer (Captain), Cole Feirl, Matthew Grogg, Lucas Thacker; third row, Kennedy Campbell, Bryan Bandow, Justin Gray, Kyle Hopkins, Troy Hedstrom, Colt Conover, Hunter Rineair, Daniel Davenport, Adam Frump, Bryan Brewer; fourth row, Brady Phillips, Drew Williams, Lily Collins, Andrew Frump, Christian Stubbs, Kadin Berwanger, Gage Huston, Logan Adams, Jacob Lanham, Jasper Damewood; fifth row, Owen Barnes, James Peters, Tyler Gillman, James Compton, Jesse Wright, Jackson Bray, Noah Faulkner, Tanner Creager, Justin Myers, Nate Coyle; sixth row, Carter Abbott, Blake Richard, Jacksson Waialae, Brayden Sipple, Chantz Dalton, Hunter Bare, Destin Ashcraft, Brody Rice, Daniel Lichtenberg; back row, coaches Brian Damewood, Jon Mulvihill, head coach Brandon Sammons, Danny Mullins, Gregg Kummer, Jim Hetzel.


Elizabeth Clark | News Journal

Schedule

Aug 24 Washington CH @BHS 7 pm

Aug 31 @Mariemont 7 pm

Sept 7 @Waynesville 7 pm

Sept 14 Wilmington @BHS 7 pm

Sept 21 Goshen @BHS 7 pm

Sept 28 @Bethel-Tate 7 pm

Oct 5 Williamsburg @BHS 7 pm

Oct 12 @Clermont NE 7 pm

Oct 19 Fayetteville @BHS 7 pm

Oct 26 @East Clinton 7 pm

There were 23 first team All-SBAAC National Division football players in 2017.

Eight of them were underclassmen; 15 of them were seniors.

Blanchester had five of the eight underclassmen on the first team. Six more BHS underclassmen were either second team or honorable mention.

On paper, Blanchester should be pretty good in 2018.

“I love our veteran leadership and experience returning the most,” said BHS head coach Brandon Sammons. “I love that we can hit the ground running and really work on building depth right off the top.”

Sammons begins his third season at BHS, sporting a 12-9 record. The Wildcats were 7-4 and made a playoff appearance in his first year then slipped back to 5-5 a year ago.

Sammons coaching staff consists of Dan Peters and Josh Creekmore at the middle school level; defensive coordinator Gregg Kummer; special teams coordinator and junior varsity head coach Brian Damewood; defensive line coach Travis Boyd; offensive line coach Danny Mullins; receivers coach Jon Mulvihill; line coach Tim Lee; strength coach Jim Hetzel and game day operations coordinator David Sammons.

There are 21 returning starters for the Wildcats, including all 11 on offense. Nine defensive starters return as well as the team’s kicker.

“I love that we can go deeper quicker with what we have coming back and hopefully be much further ahead at the start of the season than in the past,” said Sammons. “We have a lot of young guys that want on the field on Friday night that are going to push the returning starters for time and in competition.

“We will hopefully have some quality depth going into the season. I would like to see improvement in technique and details with all this experience and not being in a whirlwind to learn everything all at once.”

Seniors Matthew Grogg (three-year starter on offensive line), Brent Hopkins (running back, linebacker) and Ramiro Torres Jr. (receiver, defensive end) are returning first teamers who will lead the way for BHS.

Brayden Sipple, a 6-4 sophomore quarterback, threw for 1,409 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. Six different players caught touchdowns from Sipple, however Hopkins was the leading receiver with just 21 catches.

James Peters is a 5-11, 240-pound sledgehammer in the backfield and nose tackle on defense. He was honorable mention All-Ohio.

Second team All-SBAAC players last year were Derick Bowman, Dustin Howard, Clayton Schirmer and Dale Sturgill.

Newcomers this year to note are Destin Ashcraft (6-3, 245, junior) who plays running back and defensive line, and Cody McCollister, a starter as a sophomore but he missed last year because of an injury, Sammons said.

The Blanchester High School football team, from left to right, front row, Derick Bowman, Dale Sturgill, Chace Sicurella, Ramiro Torres Jr (captain), Ethan McHenry, Brent Hopkins, Clayton Boyd; second row, Trevor Chaney, Cody McCollister (captain), Dustin Howard, Clayton Schirmer (Captain), Cole Feirl, Matthew Grogg, Lucas Thacker; third row, Kennedy Campbell, Bryan Bandow, Justin Gray, Kyle Hopkins, Troy Hedstrom, Colt Conover, Hunter Rineair, Daniel Davenport, Adam Frump, Bryan Brewer; fourth row, Brady Phillips, Drew Williams, Lily Collins, Andrew Frump, Christian Stubbs, Kadin Berwanger, Gage Huston, Logan Adams, Jacob Lanham, Jasper Damewood; fifth row, Owen Barnes, James Peters, Tyler Gillman, James Compton, Jesse Wright, Jackson Bray, Noah Faulkner, Tanner Creager, Justin Myers, Nate Coyle; sixth row, Carter Abbott, Blake Richard, Jacksson Waialae, Brayden Sipple, Chantz Dalton, Hunter Bare, Destin Ashcraft, Brody Rice, Daniel Lichtenberg; back row, coaches Brian Damewood, Jon Mulvihill, head coach Brandon Sammons, Danny Mullins, Gregg Kummer, Jim Hetzel.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_FB_blanteam.jpgThe Blanchester High School football team, from left to right, front row, Derick Bowman, Dale Sturgill, Chace Sicurella, Ramiro Torres Jr (captain), Ethan McHenry, Brent Hopkins, Clayton Boyd; second row, Trevor Chaney, Cody McCollister (captain), Dustin Howard, Clayton Schirmer (Captain), Cole Feirl, Matthew Grogg, Lucas Thacker; third row, Kennedy Campbell, Bryan Bandow, Justin Gray, Kyle Hopkins, Troy Hedstrom, Colt Conover, Hunter Rineair, Daniel Davenport, Adam Frump, Bryan Brewer; fourth row, Brady Phillips, Drew Williams, Lily Collins, Andrew Frump, Christian Stubbs, Kadin Berwanger, Gage Huston, Logan Adams, Jacob Lanham, Jasper Damewood; fifth row, Owen Barnes, James Peters, Tyler Gillman, James Compton, Jesse Wright, Jackson Bray, Noah Faulkner, Tanner Creager, Justin Myers, Nate Coyle; sixth row, Carter Abbott, Blake Richard, Jacksson Waialae, Brayden Sipple, Chantz Dalton, Hunter Bare, Destin Ashcraft, Brody Rice, Daniel Lichtenberg; back row, coaches Brian Damewood, Jon Mulvihill, head coach Brandon Sammons, Danny Mullins, Gregg Kummer, Jim Hetzel. Elizabeth Clark | News Journal

Schedule

Aug 24 Washington CH @BHS 7 pm

Aug 31 @Mariemont 7 pm

Sept 7 @Waynesville 7 pm

Sept 14 Wilmington @BHS 7 pm

Sept 21 Goshen @BHS 7 pm

Sept 28 @Bethel-Tate 7 pm

Oct 5 Williamsburg @BHS 7 pm

Oct 12 @Clermont NE 7 pm

Oct 19 Fayetteville @BHS 7 pm

Oct 26 @East Clinton 7 pm