Preble Shawnee rallies for first round upset


WEST MILTON — Preble Shawnee picked the right time, according to head coach Dave Maddox, to play its most complete game of the season.

The Arrows scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to upset No. 6 seed West Milton Milton-Union 28-17 in the opening round of the OHSAA Division V, Region 20 football playoffs on Friday, Oct. 27.

With the win, the No. 11 seeded Arrows (8-3) will now travel to No. 3 Brookville (9-2) on Friday, Nov. 3.

Last season Shawnee lost to the Bulldogs in the quarterfinals, 42-7.

“I thought that was the most complete game we have played this year in all three phases of the game,” Maddox said. “Defense stepped up big getting stops on several drives. The offense was able to put some good drives together. Our offensive and defensive line played the best game they have all season, especially senior Garrett Campbell.”

After the Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead on a 25-yard field in the second quarter, Shawnee responded with a pair of touchdowns to take a 14-3 halftime lead.

Isaac Blankenship scored on a 2-yard run with 7:06 left in the half to put his team up 6-3.

Quarterback Brody Morton added a 2-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left in the half. Blankenship ran in the two-point conversion to give Shawnee the 14-3 lead.

Milton-Union controlled the third quarter scoring twice to regain the lead 17-14 heading into the fourth quarter.

In a reversal of roles, Blankenship tossed a 15-yard TD pass to Morton with 9:11 left to give the Arrows a 21-17 lead after Colton Schroeder’s successful point after kick.

Lane Lovely capped the scoring and iced the game with a 19-yard touchdown run with 2:15 left.

Morton completed 13-of-21 passes for 168 yards.

“He had a big game completing 13 passes for 168 yards and was also able to make some big plays running the ball and catching a touchdown pass from Isaac Blankenship,” Maddox said.

Blankenship had eight catches for 119 yards.

Maddox said he liked the fight his team had for the entire game.

“Very proud of how our guys fought the entire game and how guys stepped up and made big plays when we needed it,” he said.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4061 and follow on X @emowenjr.

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