BETHEL – After a slow start, Blanchester got things rolling and disappointed a Bethel-Tate Homecoming crowd Friday with a 49-21 win in SBAAC National Division football action.
The win is the first of the season for Blanchester.
“It was a game that we needed, hopefully to get on a roll and run through the SBC,” Blanchester coach Brandon Sammons said. “It was a good effort tonight. Our offense played well, our defense played well and our special teams played well.”
The Tigers scored first in the game to keep the Homecoming crowd on the edge of their seats. After a Blanchester turnover at the Bethel-Tate 1, the Tigers went 99 yards for a touchdown to go up 7-0.
But Blanchester answered quickly with a touchdown by James Peters at 2:56 then a 54-yard strike from Brayden Sipple to Clayton Schirmer just 1:20 later. With Jasper Damewood booting a pair of extra points, Blanchester led 14-7.
With the Tigers offense turning the ball over, the Wildcats scored early in the second period when Sipple heaved one 50 yards to Waialae for a 21-7 advantage.
The Tigers continued to claw away at the deficit, scoring a touchdown at the 4:08 mark of the second to make it 21-14.
“Our run game wasn’t really there early, so we were forced to go to the pass game, which is fine,” Sammons said. “When one part isn’t working, you get the other part working.”
Blanchester then put the game away with a Brent Hopkins 39 yard touchdown run at 3:05 and a Sipple to Derick Bowman 34 yard TD pass at 2:03. It was 35-14 at the half. The final first half TD was set up by Dale Sturgill’s interception.
The Wildcats scored twice in the third, a short run by Hopkins and another run by Destin Ashcraft.
The Tigers gained 331 yards but six turnovers (five interceptions and a fumble) proved costly. Adam Frump had a pair of picks for BHS while Schirmer, Sturgill and Waialae had the others.
“Our defense played great,” said Sammons.
Sipple completed 10 passes for 206 yards and three scores. Schirmer caught four passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.
“Our offense was clicking,” the coach said. “It was fun tonight to see these guys play and do what they’re capable of doing.”
Sept 28 2018
@Bethel-Tate High School
Blanchester 49 Bethel-Tate 21
BT-8 yard pass (PAT good) 5:20
BL-James Peters 2 yard run (Jasper Damewood PAT) 2:56
BL-Clayton Schirmer 54 yard pass from Brayden Sipple (Jasper Damewood PAT) 1:36
BL-Jacksson Waialae 50 yard pass from Brayden Sipple (Jasper Damewood PAT) 10:44
BT-6 yard pass (PAT good) 4:08
BL-Brent Hopkins 39 yard run (Pass failed) 3:05
BL-Derick Bowman 34 yard pass from Brayden Sipple (Sipple pass to Bowman good) 2:03
BL-Brent Hopkins 4 yard run (Jasper Damewood PAT) 8:35
BL-Destin Ashcraft 10 yard run (Jasper Damewood PAT) 5:34
BT-20 yard run (PAT good) 2:34
Bethel-Tate: 331 total yards (103 rush, 228 pass); first downs 23; rush 28-103; pass 23-47-5; fumbles/lost 2-1; penalties 4-40
Blanchester: 371 total yards (127 rush, 244 pass); first downs 17; rush 31-127; pass 11-18-1; fumbles/lost 2-1; penalties 7-60
Rushing: Blan-Brent Hopkins 6-85, Destin Ashcraft 5-56, Brayden Sipple 2-6, James Peters 11-5, Andrew Frump 1-(-1)
Passing: Blan-Brayden Sipple 10-17-1, 206 yards, 3 TDs; Jacksson Waialae 1-1-0, 38 yards
Receiving: Blan-Clayton Schirmer 4-130-1, Jacksson Waialae 1-50-1, Derick Bowman 2-42-1, Brent Hopkins 4-22-0
Tackles: Blan-Colt Conover 3, Cody McCollister 3, Junior Torres 2, Dustin Howard 2, Brady Phillips 2, Christian Stubbs 2, James Peters 1, Dale Sturgill 1, Kadin Berwanger 1, Derick Bowman 1, Andrew Frump 1
Interceptions: Blan-Adam Frump 2, Clayton Schirmer 1, Jacksson Waialae 1, Dale Sturgill 1