UPDATE: Photos, Story-CHCA bounces Blanchester from playoffs, 42-0


By Matt Sexton - WNJ Sports Writer



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Blanchester head coach Brandon Sammons talks with one of the officials from Saturday night’s playoff game at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.


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Hunter Collier hauls in a pass during Saturday night’s playoff game against CHCA.


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CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy looked every bit the part of the top-seeded team in Region 20 Saturday night, defeating Blanchester 42-0.

Blanchester’s season ends with a 7-4 record.

CHCA, the third-ranked team in the final Associated Press state football poll, improves to 11-0. They will play Milton-Union in the second round of the playoffs.

“We knew going into it if we were going to have a chance to win, it was going to be — maybe not a shootout — it was going to be a high-scoring affair,” BHS head coach Brandon Sammons said. “They’re a potent offense. They’re talented.”

The Eagles took the opening drive and covered 61 yards in eight plays. Kesean Gamble finished the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. CHCA led 7-0.

Blanchester’s first drive started with a high snap over quarterback Tristan Greene’s head, which he recovered for a 21-yard loss. Blanchester would punt after going three and out.

“Not much you can say about it,” Sammons said. “You couldn’t have asked for a worse set of circumstances.”

After a short punt, the hosts made it 14-0 following a four play, 40-yard drive. Gamble finished the scoring drive with a 1-yard plunge.

The Wildcat offense finally got its legs underneath it and embarked on a 13-play drive. Blanchester had first and goal at the 5, and third and goal at the 1, but a bad snap on fourth down ended the drive with no points.

“Hats off to them. They played a very good defensive game,” Sammons said. “Nobody shut us down this year, and they did it. And offensively they have a lot of weapons, and we struggled to stop them.”

CHCA took over at its own 9 and began to march again. Eight plays later, Gamble scored his third touchdown of the night, this time on a 37-yard run. With 5:46 left in the half, CHCA led 21-0.

Blanchester would again drive into CHCA territory before the end of the half. A 12-play drive took the ball from Blan’s 35 to the Eagles’ 28. The Wildcats converted two fourth-down plays, but could not convert a third as Greene was stopped short on fourth and three. CHCA led at the half 21-0.

CHCA would add another Gamble touchdown and a Danny Vanatsky touchdown pass in the third quarter to take a 35-0 lead.

It was Blanchester’s first playoff game since losing to Jonathan Alder in the 2006 Division IV, Region 16 championship game, 17-0.

“They’re tough kids,” Sammons said. “A lot of heart, a lot of effort they put forth. They’re a special group of kids. I hope the young guys are able to see some of that, take some of it and try and build on it.”

SUMMARY

Nov. 5, 2016

@Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

CHCA 42, Blanchester 0

B 00.00.00.00…..00

C 14.07.14.07…..42

1st Quarter

C – Kesean Gamble 7-yard run (Noah Harrison kick) 9:12

C – Gamble 1-yard (Harrison kick) 5:44

2nd Quarter

C – Gamble 37-yard run (Harrison kick) 5:46

3rd Quarter

C – Gamble 23-yard run (Harrison kick) 8:49

C – Danny Vanatsky 26-yard pass to Isaac Carpenter (Harrison kick) 2:41

4th Quarter

C – Alex Barnard 49-yard run (Harrison kick) 11:31

Team Stats:

PLAYS: C 46; B 47. FIRST DOWNS: C 22; B 8. RUSHES-YARDS: C 24-223; B 33-84. PASSING YARDS: C 199; B 44. COMPLETIONS-ATTEMPTS-INTERCEPTIONS: C 17-22-0; B 7-13-0. TOTAL YARDS: C 422; B 128. PENALTIES-YARDS: C 6-55; B 5-46. FUMBLES-LOST: C 1-0; B 2-0.

Individual Stats

Rushing (carries-yards): B Tristan Greene 22-75; Hunter Collier 9-41; C Danny Vanatsky 3-29; Kesean Gamble 12-152 4 TDs.

Passing (completions-attempts-interceptions): B Greene 7-13-0 44 yards. Vanatsky 17-22-0 199 yards TD.

Receiving (catches-yards): B Nick Hopkins 2-17; Quenton Miller 1-3; Hunter Collier 2-19.

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Blanchester head coach Brandon Sammons talks with one of the officials from Saturday night’s playoff game at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.
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Hunter Collier hauls in a pass during Saturday night’s playoff game against CHCA.
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By Matt Sexton

WNJ Sports Writer

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