MVCA, Turpin advance to playoffs

MVCA, Turpin advance to playoffs

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MVCA, Turpin advance to playoffs

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Junior running back Luke Bohenek had 17 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Spartans.

Junior running back Luke Bohenek had 17 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Spartans.

NEWTOWN – Miami Valley Christian Academy shut out Jefferson Township 35-0 on Oct. 30 to finish the regular season 8-1.

Bransen Vilardo and James Heaton each rushed for two touchdowns and Seth Henderson found the end zone once for the Lions.

MVCA made the Division VII playoffs and will travel to Fort Recovery Nov. 6.

Joining MVCA in the postseason is Turpin (9-1). The Spartans rolled to a 38-7 win against Walnut Hills Oct. 30.

Junior running back Luke Bohenek had 17 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Spartans.

Senior quarterback Bennie Stoll bounced back from his rough game last week. He was 7-for-11 for 201 yards passing and two touchdowns.

An Eastern Cincinnati Conference matchup is among the other highlights in Region 6 playoffs as Glen Este (8-2) plays at Turpin (9-1) Friday night. Turpin defeated Glen Este 31-17 on Sept. 25.

Last Saturday’s contest against Badin served as the playoffs for McNicholas.

“The playoffs are pretty much gone, but we do have a shot to win our fourth GCL title in a row, which no one at McNick has done before,” coach Mike Orlando said last week.

They did just that.

The Rockets (5-5) imposed their will on the Rams from the opening snap and won 29-7. Cameron Haynes and the Rocket offense put up all 29 points in the first half.

The defense pitched a shutout. The Rams’ score came from an interception returned for a touchdown.

Halloween came early at Brown Stadium as Kings delivered a nightmare to Anderson Oct. 30, 55-14.

Junior Tyler Knecht had three touchdown passes and a touchdown run for the Knights in a little over nine minutes as Kings led after one quarter, 35-0. Senior Avery Koller ran for two scores and was the recipient of one of Knecht’s scoring passes.

In four quick early possessions, Koller scored, Knecht scored and then the big passer connected with senior Matt Huhn and Koller. With Murphy’s Law in full effect for Anderson, the Redskins fumbled, and 30 seconds later Knecht hit sophomore Justin Wise to put Kings up 35 with nearly three minutes to go in the first stanza.

Early in the second quarter, the elusive Koller danced in from seven yards away to make it 42-0. Anderson was able to avoid the total whitewash when sophomore Kyle Blaha found some daylight and the end zone from 57 yards away. Still, the Redskins trailed 49-7 on Senior Night at the half as Kings senior Mike Kenney scored less than a minute later.

With the clock running because of the score in the second half, Kings pulled many starters and freshman Jake Stylski took over the offense. On a fourth and goal from the 7-yard-line, Stylski scored. The extra point was blocked and it was 55-7.

Anderson would have the last score when sophomore Jay Volpenhein found senior Kyle Rogers 24 yards away for six, but the end result would be a disappointing 55-14 defeat for the Redskins. Blaha led Anderson in rushing with 121 yards.

Anderson finishes the season 1-9 (1-6 ECC), while Kings ends the regular campaign 9-1 (6-1 ECC).

Anderson coach Jeff Giesting stepped down on Nov. 1, according to Anderson athletic director Chris Newton.

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