Sunday, September 17, 2000

Week 4 Football Notebook

Glen Este's success surprising

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Losers. Doormats of the league. A sure victory. These things were said of the Glen Este football team over the years and were expected to apply to the 2000 season.

        But after upsetting previously undefeated Harrison 21-14 Friday, the Trojans are 3-1 and are tied with Anderson for first place in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division with a 2-0 conference record.

        Credit some of the success to first-year coach Zac Taylor, an assistant in 1999 at Batavia and previously the head coach at Bethel-Tate.

        “We drove the ball down the field on our first possession in a scrimmage against Edgewood, which was a positive,” Taylor said. “We then lost to McNicholas in the first game but had some success. We've fed off that success.”

        Following the loss to McNicholas, Taylor realized having 10 players play on both defense and offense against Division I teams wouldn't work.

        Taylor challenged seven reserves to step in and start. As a result, only three players now go both ways and the Trojans have three consecutive victories.

        Taylor praised the play of guard Mike Geis, a sophomore, and center Josh Iannelli and guard Josh Kuzniczi, both seniors.

        “These three are right together on the line,” Taylor said. “Sure they've made mistakes and missed some blocks. But they've also made some great plays.”

        Glen Este won the game in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 6-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Blair to Andy Hurley with 5:53 to play.

        AIRING IT OUT: Putting the football in the air has been a no-no at Lebanon since Dave Brausch took over as coach in 1995. But junior quarterback Charlie Rittgers threw more than 20 passes in the Warriors' season-opening victory over Dayton Colonel White.

        “We're throwing the ball more to fit the talent. We're not near as big and we can't line up and play smash-mouth football as in the past,” said Brausch, whose team is 4-0 following Friday's 48-6 victory over Little Miami.

        During the past five season, Lebanon has averaged fewer than eight passes a game.

        BIG GOODBYE: Blanchester's last season in the Kenton Trace Conference could be the Wildcats' best. After going 6-4 last year, coach George Rise's team, which will join the Souther Buckeye Conference next year, is 4-0 after beating Jamestown Greeneview 48-16 Friday.

        ANOTHER HERO: Every week, a different player seems to step up New Richmond, now 4-0 after defeating Western Brown 22-8 Friday. Matt Armbrusscored three touchdowns and rushed for 160 yards. He also had an interception.

        VIKINGS REBOUND: Princeton, 2-8 last year, is off to a 3-1 start and tied for first place in the Greater Miami Conference.

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Anderson 31, Mason 7
Batavia 21, Williamsburg 18
Beechwood 14, Covington Catholic 0
Bellevue 33, Rowan County 9
Blanchester 48, Jamestown Greenview 16
Boone County 28, Conner 7
Chaminade Julienne 38, Purcell Marian 13
Cin. Country Day 53, CHCA 7
Colerain 37, Sycamore 0
Fairfield 28, Lakota West 20
Finneytown 34, Deer Park 13
Glen Este 21, Harrison 14
Henry Clay 28, Ryle 10
Indian Hill 27, Mariemont 0
Kings 45, Norwood 10
Landmark 38, Lockland 6
Lebanon 48, Little Miami 6
Lemon-Monroe 53, Dayton Stebbins 0
Lex. Bryan Station 34, Campbell County 6
Lloyd 27, Fleming Co. 17
Loveland 33, Goshen 6
Madeira 26, Reading 12
Canton McKinley 28, LaSalle 21
Miamisburg 27, Edgewood 12
Middletown Madison 20, Carlisle 12
Milford 38, Hamilton 24
Moeller 21, Bethlehem Catholic 6
Mount Healthy 41, Taft 0
New Richmond 22, Western Brown 8
Nicholas County 49, Ludlow 0
Princeton 35, Oak Hills 13
Roger Bacon 28, McNicholas 13
Ross 25, Wilmington 6
Simon Kenton 16, Scott County 14
St. Ignatius 29, St. Xavier 10
Summit Country Day 38, N. College Hill 10
Talawanda 20, Dayton Carroll 10
Turpin 35, Northwest 28
Walnut Hills 19, Hughes 0
West Carter 42, Newport 14
Western Hills 40, Woodward 6
Winton Woods 21, Amelia 7
Withrow 33, Aiken 8
Wyoming 37, Taylor 14