SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP – In search of their sixth consecutive winning season, the Sycamore High School football team may have gotten a confidence boost in their Oct. 9 game with Oak Hills.
The Aviators prevailed 78-50. No, that’s not a typo.
What looks like a basketball score came on the gridiron against the Highlanders. To put the points in perspective, the Sycamore basketball team never reached 78 points in any game last season.
“It was a very unique night and the offense was clicking,” Aves coach Scott Dattilo said. “We had a lot of possessions. They onside kicked every time and went for it every fourth down. Most games have eight or nine possessions and we had 14 in that game.”
Sycamore scored 21 points in the first quarter, 14 in the second, 29 in the third and 14 more in the final frame. The Aves amassed 608 total yards to 469 for Oak Hills.
“If you like offense it was your type of game,” Dattilo said. “If you like any semblance of defense, it really wasn’t for you. I don’t mind scoring points, but I’d like to see a little more defense going on as well.”
Leading the way on the ground for Sycamore were senior Clarence Dawson with 211 yards and junior Ra’Von Bonner with 191. Bonner has surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the season and Dawson should soon.
Handing the ball off to the tandem trotters is junior quarterback Jake Borman.
“It was a lot of fun, especially for the offense,” Borman said of the Oak Hills game. “We scored on every possession except for two. One was a missed field goal and the other we got stopped on the two-yard line. That game gives us a lot of confidence.”
Borman had one touchdown toss on the night to Bonner. The 5-foot-1, 190-pound junior added seven more visits to paydirt to set a Sycamore school record. Bonner currently holds offers from the University of Cincinnati and Toledo and has had Big Ten inquiries.
“It was crazy, unbelievable,” Bonner said. “I never expected to go into a game and score eight touchdowns. The O-line blocked amazing. The holes were huge and they gave Jake a lot of time to get some passes off.”
The Aves now have to finish the Greater Miami Conference gauntlet to see where their season goes. After the disappointing 42-6 loss at Middletown they have road games at Lakota West and Mason to finish the regular season.
Borman will likely again hand the ball off to his productive plodders, with Bonner looking for another triple-figure night. His low game was 104 yards against Fairfield, before being held to 66 at Middletown. His high was 332 against Princeton.
“That was surreal,” Bonner said. “But it’s a team game, a team effort. I wouldn’t be able to do it without my team pushing me. I need to take my game to greater heights to help my team get to the playoffs.”
Not bad for a young man who didn’t like football until his mother told him to play. Proof positive that mother knows best.