BLANCHESTER — After shaking hands with their opponents, Blanchester head coach Brandon Sammons and wide receiver Brent Hopkins began a 60-yard race to the victory bell behind the west endzone.
“I came out of the handshake line and he looked like he had that ‘dart for the bell’ look in him,” Sammons said. “I was like, ‘dang it, I’m going to be the first one!’”
Sammons edged Hopkins by less than a step. It was the only result in doubt on this night.
Blanchester’s first-string offense scored on all but one of its drives as the Wildcats celebrated homecoming with a 49-7 victory over Williamsburg Friday night at Barbour Memorial Field.
Gaining almost 10 yards per play, Blanchester’s offense was dominant.
Brayden Sipple completed 10 of 18 passes for 277 yards and two passing touchdowns. He also added a five-yard touchdown run.
It was all smiles from Sammons and the Wildcats, from the opening onside kick recovery to the victory-bell sprint.
“That’s fun. That’s what it’s all about,” Sammons said. “We’re finally getting to the point where we can just play. That was a good time.”
After recovering the opening onside kick, Blanchester went 43 yards in six plays. Destin Ashcraft scored to give Blan a 7-0 lead.
Williamsburg failed to pick up a first down on its first possession. Blanchester started from its 32 and needed just one 68-yard pass from Sipple to Hopkins to make it 14-0 Blan.
Blanchester’s next five scoring drives lasted a combined 27 plays.
“This is what we know we’re capable of,” Sammons said. “The frustrating part is that we didn’t do some of it the first five games. These guys are starting to figure out the whole team concept and selflessness. When we do that, this is the result.”
Hopkins finished with 124 yards receiving and 49 yards rushing. Clayton Schirmer added 106 yards receiving on four catches.
Blanchester (2-5, 2-0 in SBC) had 22 first downs on just 45 plays.
The only negative on the night for Blanchester was the penalties, committing 11 for 128 yards.
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
At Barbour Memorial Field, Blanchester
Blanchester 49, Williamsburg 7
B – Destin Ashcraft 11-yard run (Jasper Damewood kick) 9:58
B – Brayden Sipple 68-yard pass from Brent Hopkins (Damewood kick) 7:41
B – James Peters 11-yard run (Damewood kick) 11:55
B – Sipple 55-yard pass from Clayton Schirmer (Damewood kick) 6:22
B – Sipple 5-yard run (Damewood kick) 10:39
W – Loghan Kelley 46-yard run (Willow Kenneda kick) 4:45
B – Ashcraft 3-yard run (Damewood kick) 3:23
B – Blake Richard 3-yard run (Damewood kick) 10:25
PLAYS: W 48; B 45. FIRST DOWNS: W 15; B 22. RUSHES-YARDS: W 36-185; B 27-134. PASSING YARDS: W 40; B 277. COMPLETIONS-ATTEMPTS-INTERCEPTIONS: W 5-11-2; B 10-18-0. TOTAL YARDS: W 225; B 411. PENALTIES: W 5-50; B 11-128. FUMBLES-LOST: W 2-1; B 1-0.
Rushing (carries-yards): W Drew McKibben 10-54; Loghan Kelley 5-50 TD; Dakota Milton 6-11; Max Boland 15-70. B Brent Hopkins 4-49; Brayden Sipple 5-(-4); Derick Bowman 1-11; Andrew Frump 1-4; Carter Abbott 1-6; Blake Richard 8-18; Destin Ashcraft 3-17 2 TD; James Peters 3-26 TD; Colt Conover 1-7.
Passing (completions-attempts-interceptions): W Kelley 5-11-1 40 yds; Boland 0-1-1. B Sipple 10-17-0 277 2 TD; Carter Abbott 1-1-0 3 yds.
Receiving (catches-yards): W McKibben 3-18; Boland 1-10; Dyllan West 1-12. B Hopkins 3-124 TD; Bowman 1-12; Junior Torres 1-11; Jacksson Waialae 1-10; Clayton Schirmer 4-106.
Matt Sexton covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bymattsexton.