Sunday, September 12, 1999

Madeira 26, Indian Hill 0

Mustangs stake claim as CHL contenders

Enquirer contributor

        It wasn't just a football game staged by Indian Hill and Madeira Saturday night. It was a battle for establishment.

        Madeira put in its best bid to impress, posting a 26-0 victory over visiting Indian Hill in the Cincinnati Hills League opener for both teams.

        With the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana falling this week, the CHL schedule was spread out over three nights. Wyoming beat Finneytown on Thursday, the remainder of the league played Friday, and Indian Hill-Madeira wrapped up the schedule on Saturday.

        Both teams were 2-0 coming into the game and were looking to establish credentials as legitimate CHL contenders.

        “We thought we established that last year,” said Madeira quarterback Tim Dooley, who ran for one score and passed for another. Dooley was referring to last year's 7-3 record, the most wins at Madeira since 1985.

        Madeira looked plenty good in the first half, putting together TD drives of 98 and 93 yards to open a 14-0 halftime lead.

        Madeira's Eric Groll was the workhorse, rushing 17 times for 95 yards in the first half, often on a quick-hitter play that Indian Hill struggled to recognize.

        Indian Hill was hurt late in the first quarter by a drive to the Madeira 1-yard line that ended with a lost fumble. Madeira's Drew Cloran made the hit and Tim Beekman recovered the ball.

        Ford Wykoff ran 18 yards for Madeira's third TD of the night early in the fourth quarter. On the next series, Madeira's Ryan Pattison ran 42 yards for a TD after recovering an Indian Hill fumble.

        “This game was closer than the score says, but I'll give credit to our defense — they bent but never broke,” said Madeira coach Tim Viox, whose team defeated Indian Hill for the first time in nine years.

        Indian Hill ....... 0 0 0 0—0

        Madeira ....... 6 8 0 12—26

        M — Dooley 4 run (pass failed)

        M — McConnaughey 10 pass from Dooley (Reuter pass from Dooley)

        M — Wykoff 18 run (kick failed)

        M — Ryan Pattison 42 fumble return (run failed) Records: IH 2-1 (0-1 CHL), M 3-0 (1-0 CHL).