BLANCHESTER — The outcome of Blanchester’s 33-0 victory Friday night over Clermont Northeastern was decided long before the victory bell echoed on the first autumn-like night of the season.
It could be argued the outcome was decided before the Wildcats went into their bag of tricks to score 11 seconds into the contest.
It very well may have been decided at the coin toss, won by the Rockets. CNE decided to take the ball.
“We were a little bit flat in warmups,” BHS Head Coach Brandon Sammons said. “Once they decided to take the ball on the coin toss, that kind of woke some things up. That was really what we needed, so thank you to them.”
Sammons said the Rockets decision to take the ball first on homecoming night didn’t sit well with him or his team.
“As soon as I saw that they won the toss and took the ball, it honestly upset me,” Sammons said. “For someone in that position where they’ve been to come into our place on homecoming and do that … that honestly fired me up.”
CNE (1-5) never touched the opening kickoff, as Dakota Penquite poked the ball across the muddy grass and the Wildcats recovered at the Rocket 42.
“I told the kids in there before the game, ‘Listen, we’re going to onside kick them,’” Sammons said. “They honestly got all geeked up for it. I told Coach Damewood, ‘Hey we’re going to onside kick them,’ he said, ‘I thought we were going to pin them deep.’ I said, ‘No, let’s onside kick them.’”
Just like on the first play of the Waynesville game, Blanchester used a trick play to score on the first snap from scrimmage.
Tristan Greene originally lined up in the shotgun, but then split out wide. Jared Monhollen took his place and took the snap, and fired a pass to Greene over the middle. He broke a tackle and ran in from 42 yards away to give Blanchester a 6-0 lead 11 seconds into the game.
“We’re always looking for opportunities to trying to do something a little different that they haven’t seen,” Sammons said. “We saw something in film this week and we thought, ‘Let’s do something a little fun.’ Honestly, they came out in a different defense than they showed in any film. But, we went with it.”
The opening touchdown was all the Wildcats needed because the defense never allowed CNE to get any momentum. CNE had no first downs for the first 30 minutes of the game. At the half, the Rockets had just 15 yards of offense.
For the game, Blanchester (3-3) finished with 404 yards of offense to just 47 for the Rockets. Blan had 20 first downs on 52 plays to just 3 on 32 plays for CNE.
“That’s what we were looking for,” Sammons said. “We expected to be able to do that.”
Greene had another big night. He rushed for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns on 16 carries, caught one pass for 42 yards and a touchdown and threw for 63 yards and a touchdown.
In addition to the touchdown pass, Monhollen also had a touchdown reception.
Since 1998, it’s been one-way traffic in the Blanchester-CNE series. Blanchester has now won 18 out of 19 games in that stretch. Including Friday’s game, 10 of those 18 wins were by 30 points or more, and 15 were by 20 points or more.
September 30, 2016
@Barbour Memorial Field, Blanchester, Ohio
Blanchester 33, Clermont NE 0
B – Jared Monhollen 42-yard pass to Tristan Greene (kick failed) 11:49
B – Greene 10-yard pass to Monhollen (Dakota Penquite kick) 2:55
B – Greene 1-yard run (Penquite kick) 2:42
B – Greene 1-yard run (run failed) 18.6
B – Hunter Collier 4-yard run (Penquite kick) 9:57
PLAYS: C 32; B 52. FIRST DOWNS: C 3; B 20. RUSHES-YARDS: C 23-39; B 41-299. PASSING YARDS: C 8; B 105. COMPLETIONS-ATTEMPTS-INTERCEPTIONS: C 1-9-3; B 6-10-0. TOTAL YARDS: C 47; B 404. PENALTIES-YARDS: C 8-51; B 12-110. FUMBLES-LOST: C 2-0; B 1-1.
Rushing (carries-yards): C Luke Rayburn 5-(-4); Trevor Braun 10-25; Luke Newton 8-18. B Nick Hopkins 2-32; Tristan Greene 16-143 2 TDs; Jared Monhollen 3-22; Clayton Schirmer 1-9; Brent Hopkins 7-54; Hunter Collier 9-36 TD; James Peters 3-3.
Passing (completions-attempts-interceptions): C Luke Rayburn 1-9-3 8 yards. B Monhollen 1-1-0 42 yds TD; Greene 5-9-0 63 yds TD.
Receiving (catches-yards): C Matthew Jenkins 1-30. B N. Hopkins 1-7; Spencer Dissel 2-20; Monhollen 2-14 TD; Greene 1-42 TD.
Matt Sexton covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bymattsexton.