Greeneview rolls 42-10


Rams win another Battle of 72 at Cedarville

By Steven Wright - swright@aimmediamidwest.com



Greeneview juniors Cole Dehaven (3) and Rylan Hurst (33) run the option against Cedarville on Friday. The Rams won the Battle of 72 for the eighth straight meeting.

Greeneview juniors Cole Dehaven (3) and Rylan Hurst (33) run the option against Cedarville on Friday. The Rams won the Battle of 72 for the eighth straight meeting.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Greeneview junior Ashtan Hendricks (1) breaks through the Cedarville defense to score the game’s opening touchdown, a 37-yard run for a 7-0 lead.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Greeneview junior Rylan Hurst (33) takes a handoff against Cedarville on Friday.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Making a leaping catch over the defense on this play is Cedarville senior Masin Bowen (3) during the Battle of 72 on Friday.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

There were plenty of hard hits during the Battle of 72. Greeneview junior Rylan Hurst (33) gets tackled hard by Cedarville senior Masin Bowen (3) while sophomore Jackson Pyles (15) wraps him up from below.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Cedarville senior Max Pollander (5) looks to convert a 4th-and-4 pass against Greeneview during the Battle of 72 on Friday night.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Greeneview students celebrate a first-half touchdown during the Battle of 72 at Cedarville on Friday.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Kicking off for Greeneview is freshman Sean Leonard (11) during the Battle of 72 against Cedarville.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Greenview junior Williams Reichley (17) takes a swing pass and looks to get up field against Cedarville on Friday.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Cedarville sophomore Jackson Pyles (15) is stopped by a gang of Rams’ tacklers during the second half of the Battle of 72.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Week 8 Greene County scores

Greeneview 42, Cedarville 10

Stebbins 42, Xenia 7

Bellbrook 56, Oakwood 7

Miamisburg 35, Beavercreek 0

CEDARVILLE — The Battle of 72 started out as a hard hitting, emotional affair before Greeneview flexed its power.

Using three touchdowns in the second quarter, the Rams blew open the game heading into halftime and cruised to a 42-10 victory at Cedarville on Friday.

“That’s a huge credit to the kids and to the coaches,” said Greeneview head coach Ryan Haines said about the win. “Our coaches just made some early adjustments to the game plan and our kids were locked into their tunnel vision to just try and get better every single play. We just kept swinging that hammer and that’s what we ask of them. [Cedarville] came out physical and we knew that they would.”

The final statistics indicated a closer battle than how the game played out. The Rams outgained the Indians 284-221 and racked up 224 rushing yards.

Junior Rylan Hurst was stopped short of another 100-yard rushing game, but lead the Rams with 82 on 10 carries with a touchdown run.

Cedarville senior Max Pollander had a season-high 60 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback keeper in the final minute of the game.

It was the first touchdown allowed by the Rams’ defense in 11 quarters.

“The two things that we hang our hat on is that our defense continues to play well in attack, and offensively we control the line of scrimmage against that tough five-man odd front,” Haines said. “And then we just ended up making the plays when we had to.”

After trading three-and-outs early, Greeneview broke through late in the first quarter. A 37-yard scamper by junior Ashtan Hendricks saw him take a sweep to the right and elude a final defender at the Cedarville 10-yard line. The 71-yard drive gave the Rams a 7-0 lead.

Later in the second quarter up 14-0, Greeneview’s defense added to the scoring.

Following a long kickoff return by Cedarville senior Masin Bowen, senior Max Pollander was picked off by Greeneview junior Carter Williams who went 84 yards to the house.

Greeneview gained a 28-0 halftime lead on a 20-yard touchdown reception by Williams.

“We told our kids to just be really focused for 48 minutes,” said Haines. “You can get a little extra emotional at times in the Battle of 72.”

The Indians’ best chance in the first-half to score came at the end of the first quarter when they drove to the Rams’ 26-yard line, but failed to convert a 4th-and-4 pass.

Greeneview junior Cole Dehaven scored on a nine-yard quarterback keeper to make it 35-0 early in the third quarter to keep the rout moving. Following a Cedarville field goal, freshman Tigabu Upchurch got in on the fun for the Rams after scooping up a blocked punt for another TD.

Greeneview is now 3-0 in OHC play and is tied for first-place with Greenon.

Cedarville next travels to Southeastern. Greeneview will play host to Catholic Central as it continues a run toward a playoff berth.

With both the chance at a league title and postseason spot coming within reach, Haines said he doesn’t want to put so much on his team’s plate at one time. But he said maintaining a way to keep focus will be key to continuing the recent success.

“I think it was after Mechanicsburg, I woke up in the morning and just had a thought about tunnel vision,” Haines said. “And that’s what myself and the coaches are going to continue to preach to the kids to maintain tunnel vision and don’t look ahead to the next game or to the playoffs. We just have to control getting better every day on the field and practice and in games.”

Greeneview juniors Cole Dehaven (3) and Rylan Hurst (33) run the option against Cedarville on Friday. The Rams won the Battle of 72 for the eighth straight meeting.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/10/web1_CMYKDSC_0129crop.jpgGreeneview juniors Cole Dehaven (3) and Rylan Hurst (33) run the option against Cedarville on Friday. The Rams won the Battle of 72 for the eighth straight meeting. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Greeneview junior Ashtan Hendricks (1) breaks through the Cedarville defense to score the game’s opening touchdown, a 37-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/10/web1_CMYKDSC_0088crop.jpgGreeneview junior Ashtan Hendricks (1) breaks through the Cedarville defense to score the game’s opening touchdown, a 37-yard run for a 7-0 lead. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Greeneview junior Rylan Hurst (33) takes a handoff against Cedarville on Friday.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/10/web1_CMYKDSC_0224crop.jpgGreeneview junior Rylan Hurst (33) takes a handoff against Cedarville on Friday.Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Making a leaping catch over the defense on this play is Cedarville senior Masin Bowen (3) during the Battle of 72 on Friday.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/10/web1_CMYKDSC_0269crop.jpgMaking a leaping catch over the defense on this play is Cedarville senior Masin Bowen (3) during the Battle of 72 on Friday. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

There were plenty of hard hits during the Battle of 72. Greeneview junior Rylan Hurst (33) gets tackled hard by Cedarville senior Masin Bowen (3) while sophomore Jackson Pyles (15) wraps him up from below.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/10/web1_CMYKDSC_0143crop.jpgThere were plenty of hard hits during the Battle of 72. Greeneview junior Rylan Hurst (33) gets tackled hard by Cedarville senior Masin Bowen (3) while sophomore Jackson Pyles (15) wraps him up from below. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Cedarville senior Max Pollander (5) looks to convert a 4th-and-4 pass against Greeneview during the Battle of 72 on Friday night.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/10/web1_CMYKDSC_0117crop.jpgCedarville senior Max Pollander (5) looks to convert a 4th-and-4 pass against Greeneview during the Battle of 72 on Friday night. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Greeneview students celebrate a first-half touchdown during the Battle of 72 at Cedarville on Friday.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/10/web1_CMYKDSC_0155.jpgGreeneview students celebrate a first-half touchdown during the Battle of 72 at Cedarville on Friday. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Kicking off for Greeneview is freshman Sean Leonard (11) during the Battle of 72 against Cedarville.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/10/web1_CMYKDSC_0176.jpgKicking off for Greeneview is freshman Sean Leonard (11) during the Battle of 72 against Cedarville. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Greenview junior Williams Reichley (17) takes a swing pass and looks to get up field against Cedarville on Friday.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/10/web1_CMYKDSC_0185crop.jpgGreenview junior Williams Reichley (17) takes a swing pass and looks to get up field against Cedarville on Friday. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Cedarville sophomore Jackson Pyles (15) is stopped by a gang of Rams’ tacklers during the second half of the Battle of 72.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/10/web1_CMYKDSC_0244crop.jpgCedarville sophomore Jackson Pyles (15) is stopped by a gang of Rams’ tacklers during the second half of the Battle of 72. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News
Rams win another Battle of 72 at Cedarville

By Steven Wright

swright@aimmediamidwest.com

Week 8 Greene County scores

Greeneview 42, Cedarville 10

Stebbins 42, Xenia 7

Bellbrook 56, Oakwood 7

Miamisburg 35, Beavercreek 0

Contact Steven Wright at 937-502-4498 and follow on Twitter @Steven_Wright_.

Contact Steven Wright at 937-502-4498 and follow on Twitter @Steven_Wright_.