SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OHIO NEWS - The Glen Este Trojans (2-0, 5-0) are the next Varsity Football opponents for the Loveland Tigers (1-1, 2-3) this Friday night. The Game is at Glen Este at 7:30 PM. Glen Este with a perfect season record leads the FAVC Buckey Conference. Loveland is in fourth place in the Conference behind Mason and Winton Woods who are both 2-0. Glen Este is number 4 in the city in the Enquirer's Coaches Poll
Last week the Tigers lost to Harrison High School, 13 - 7 despite having the ball almost twice as long as Harrison, 29:53 vs. 16:34. Loveland also had 4 turnovers vs. Harrison's 1. Harrison had 137 total rushing yards and Loveland only 34. Loveland's Billy West had 83 yards for the game, but Quarterback Chris Howland was sacked 5 times and had negative 44 yards which kept the team total very low.
Howland completed 17 of 28 passes for 223 total yards. J.T. Maus caught 5 passes, his longest, 22 yards. Will Miller caught 4 passes and averaged 18.5 yards per reception, and his longest for 25 yards.
Loveland was behind 13 points and went to the locker room for a 45-minute thunderstorm delay, but came out renewed. Billy West quickly scored Loveland's first points of the game on a 25 yard run. The 4:27 left in the game was not enough time for Loveland to add any more points.
Loveland Defensive Back Michael Morrision was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, and admitted with a torn spleen and a collapsed lung. Morrison is recovering after being in the intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital and is expected to be release soon.
Two weeks ago on September 16, the Tigers varsity took the field at home against the Walnut Hills Eagles. The Tigers would score first on a 10 yard pass from Senior Chris Howland to Senior Will Miller making the score 6-0. The Eagles then answered with a score on a quarterback sneak to pull ahead 7-6. That would prove to be the only threat of the game from the Eagle offense, as the Tiger defense would hold Walnut Hills to -11 yards rushing for the game.
The Eagles offense would manage only 117 yards total against a tenacious Tiger defense. The second quarter saw the Loveland offense begin to awaken as Senior J.T. Maus pulled in Chris Howland's second touchdown pass on a 35-yard completion. Junior Ryan Gunnarson would score the 2-point conversion to make the score at halftime 14-7. Head coach Jim Vanatsky noted, "this team has the talent to put it all together. We haven't played a complete game yet. The team responded well at the half again tonight."
The Tigers offense roared to life in the second half scoring on a touchdown run by Senior Billy West from 3 yards out. West would end the evening with 126 yards on 24 rushing attempts with 2 touchdowns.
After a fumble recovery by Junior Michael Defillipo, J.T. Maus would score again on Howland's third touchdown pass of the evening. Howland would finish 12 of 19 for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns. He spread the ball around completing passes to seven different receivers. The offense would roll for 355 yards on the evening.
Vanatsky said, "Senior Chris Tobias was a huge lift switching to the offensive line in the second half. The defense did a nice job overall, especially in the second half. What can you say when you win 35-7 and know you can play a whole lot better. We need to eliminate our mistakes."
Loveland's Homecoming parade is Thursday October 6 beginning at 6:30 PM. and a bonfire at the High School at 9 PM. The Homecoming game is against Amelia on Friday October 7 at 7:30 PM.