In a Thursday night battle of two explosive offenses, Glen Este prevailed in a wild one, 48-47, at Mount Healthy.
By halftime, 61 points had been scored between both teams with the Owls hooting out to the 34-27 lead.
Both squads had a sluggish start, with Mount Healthy quarterback David Montgomery throwing an early pick to Glen Este’s Elijah Johnson. Then Robby Boone fumbled a hand-off from Tyler Pilcher.
That’s when No. 7 of Mount Healthy took over. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior led the Owls downfield and eventually faked a reverse and trotted in from 13 yards out for the game’s first score.
It would not be the last.
Doubling as the kicker/punter, Montgomery completed a successful onside kick and Mount Healthy was in business again. With 3:05 in the first quarter, Montgomery lofted a jump ball to 6-foot-3 DaShawn Jackson and the Owls were up two touchdowns.
After another onside attempt failed, Glen Este got the ball and drove to the Owls 1-yard-line where Robby Boone plowed in and it was 14-6 (extra point blocked). As the pigskin ping pong continued, Montgomery was off to the races from 76 yards out and the Owls led 21-6 at the end of the first stanza.
Glen Este regained some momentum early in the second quarter with Boone getting in the end zone again from three yards away to get within 21-13. Predictably, Mount Healthy drove right back with Montgomery finding Derell Williams from 18 yards away for the 28-13 lead.
Two minutes later, Pilcher had the Trojans in business again with an 18-yard touchdown to Boone to get within eight again.
Not to be outdone, Montgomery found an extra gear again with 2:39 left in the half with a 48-yard touchdown sprint for the Owls. The Trojans showed their quick strike ability with Pilcher going 73 yards to Jacob Hamilton, making your halftime track meet total 34-27 in favor of Mount Healthy.
Glen Este received the second half kickoff and engineered a three-minute drive that ended with Nate Stone scoring on a one yard plunge. Caiman Pardue’s extra point tied the game at 34. The Trojans then forced a three-and-out from the Owls and raced downfield again. Robby Boone ripped a long run, but was pulled down short of the end zone. Moments later, he scored anyway and Glen Este had their first lead at 41-34.
In the fourth, the Owls raced toward another score with Montgomery tying the game with a 10-yard run. Pilcher then got Glen Este back on top with a 23-yard touch pass to Boone and it was 48-41 with 6:16 to go.
Under four minutes, Montgomery went deep to Jackson again and the Owls were in a chance to tie. However, Nate Stone blocked the extra point and the Trojans held on to a one-point advantage.
The Owls and Montgomery had another drive with the quarterback actually scoring from 41 yards away. Unfortunately for Mount Healthy, there was a hold and an unsportsmanlike erasing the points.
From there, Glen Este was eventually able to shut the Owls down on the 28 to end the game and sneak home with the win.
The Trojans are 3-0 and host Loveland on Sept. 18. Mount Healthy drops to 1-2 and is at Talawanda next.
Play of the game: After what looked like a tying score from Mount Healthy, Glen Este’s Nate Stone blocked the extra point for the one-point win.
Player(s) of the game: For the winning Trojans, senior Robby Boone overcame an early fumble and found paydirt four times with three rushing touchdowns and the go-ahead score on a pass from Tyler Pilcher.
For the Owls, David Montgomery did everything. When the opposition knows who gets the ball and can’t stop it, you’re having a good night. The quarterback ran for four touchdowns and threw for three more.
View from the sidelines: “We didn’t do what we were supposed to do at the beginning, but our kids fought back,” Glen Este coach Nick Ayers said of the come-from-behind victory. “This has nothing to do with on the field. It has everything to do with the extra lifting and extra running.”
As for Robby Boone’s nose for the end zone, it was an example of how the Trojans kept their head in the game.
“We’re not going away,” Ayers said. “We’re going to keep fighting and keep playing. I started with these kids. These kids were freshmen when I got here.”
The Trojans open up the ECC schedule next with Loveland and Glen Este is riding high.
“Luke Waddell next week is an unbelievable runner,” Ayers said. “Freddy (Cranford, Loveland coach) does a great job of preparing those guys. We’re going to be ready for them.”
Mount Healthy 21 13 0 13 – 47
Glen Este 6 21 14 7 – 48
MH: Montgomery 13 yard run (Baumer kick)
MH: Montgomery 23 yard pass to Jackson (Baumer kick)
GE: Boone 1 yard run (kick blocked)
MH: Montgomery 76 yard run (Baumer kick)
GE: Boone 3 yard run (Pardue kick)
MH: Montgomery 18 yard pass to Williams (Baumer kick)
GE: Pilcher 18 yard pass to Boone (Pardue kick)
MH: Montomgery 48 yard run (kick missed)
GE: Pilcher 73 yards to Hamilton (Pardue kick)
GE: Stone 1 yard run (Pardue kick)
GE: Boone 4 yard run (Pardue kick)
MH: Montgomery 10 yard run (Baumer kick)
GE: Pilcher 23 yards to Boone (Pardue kick)
MH: Montgomery 61 yards to Jackson (kick blocked)