After a couple difficult losses, the Blanchester Wildcats will jump into Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference National Division play against Clermont Northeastern.
Blanchester was 2-1 after a couple of high-scoring wins. However, Goshen and New Richmond have brought the Wildcats to a sub-.500 record.
“The effort was there but execution was lacking in some spots,” BHS coach Brandon Sammons said of a 35-7 loss to New Richmond last week. “We were undersized and outmatched physically in some spots, which sometimes you just can’t control. We had plenty of opportunities to keep ourselves in the game and didn’t.”
Blanchester (2-3) will host Clermont Northeastern (1-4) 7 p.m. Friday at Barbour Memorial Field. The Wildcat faithful will celebrate Homecoming prior to the game.
The Rockets struggled offensively through the first three weeks of the season with just 22 points. However, they have picked up with 21 and 24 points in each of the last two weeks.
“CNE is not very diverse but they can get you in trouble,” Sammons said. “They run a two-back tight end set and attack multiple spots. They have some skilled kids (on defense) so we will have to be precise.”
Sammons said he was concerned with the Rockets size up front.
“We have to come to play and bring everything we have to come away with a victory,” said Sammons. “We have injuries, some coming, some going, everybody has aches and pains this time of year. We have a couple guys getting close to back, so we’ll see how they progress (this week).”
With losses the last two weeks, some team goals may have taken a hit. However, Sammons believes everything the team can hope to achieve this season is still ahead of them.
“Our goal of a division championship is still in play and the playoffs are not out of the question,” he said. “We have to handle our business week in, week out and wait to see how things shake out come week 10.
“I told our seniors they have five games left to achieve what they set out for and to make sure they don’t have any regrets to finish the year. Friday night we’ll take step 1 towards that.”
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