OXFORD — As with many of the football games in southwestern Ohio, the season opener between Talawanda High School and Madison High School had to be resumed on Saturday, Aug. 27, after being postponed on Friday night due to storms. Lightning halted the game before the first quarter ended and storms kept the teams off the field for the remainder of the evening.
When play was halted on Friday, Talawanda trailed 3-0 after Madison kicked a field goal on their first possession. The Braves actually had some momentum going into the break after holding Madison to a field goal. The Mohawks possession started near midfield, but they drove down the field to a first and goal situation, just inside Talawanda’s 10-yard line. The Braves’ defense held from there on three plays forcing the field goal attempt.
When play resumed, Madison came out strong, scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 24-6 lead into halftime. Madison went on to take a 38-6 win.
The Braves lone score came in the second period as Sam Wespiser caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Logan Kamphaus. The score pulled the Braves to 17-6 with about a minute to play before halftime. Madison, however, got the momentum back immediately with a 76-yard kickoff return, putting the Mohawks up 24-6 at half.
Kamphaus threw for 157 yards to go along with the touchdown. He also threw two interceptions. Kamphaus threw to six different receivers during the game led by Luke Croucher with five catches for 42 yards, Andrew O’Donnell with three receptions for 47 and Wespiser with three catches, 38 yards and a touchdown.
The Madison defense was able to keep Talawanda’s running game in check with just 75 yards for the game. Meanwhile, the Mohawks running game dominated their offensive attack. Madison quarterbacks threw just three passes, while their running game amassed over 300 yards. That included 111 yards rushing from Svarda Cameron on 15 attempts.
Talawanda will travel to Hamilton Badin for another Saturday game on Sept. 3, this one scheduled for 7 p.m. The Braves will then go back to Friday night the next week as they host Eaton on Sept. 9.
The Talawanda varsity boys’ golf team pushed its overall record to 5-1 on Tuesday as they defeated Eaton at Hueston Woods Golf Course. After an early season loss to Mariemont, the Braces have rolled to four straight wins.
Talawanda opened the season when the Southwest Ohio Conference held its boys golf SWOC Shootout on Monday, Aug. 8 at Hueston Woods. Talawanda came away with the early season win, paced by medalist Charlie Winkler.
The team scores were: Talawanda – 347; Harrison – 361; Edgewood – 385; Little Miami – 387; Ross – 402; Northwest – 404.
The Talawanda medalist is a senior and came in with a round of 78. Other top scores included Vincent Whitehead (Talawanda) 85; Daniel Bischel (Harrison) 86; Tyler Begley (Talawanda) 88; and Sam Bischel (Harrison) 89.
The Braves followed up that win with three victories in four tries, leading to the match with Eaton. Teams scores include: Talawanda 166, Taylor 180; Talawanda 170, Badin 171; Talawanda 171, Middletown 200. The Braves lone loss during that stretch was to Mariemont 342 to 350.
Talawanda’s boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams opened official play last week. Both teams split the first two contests and are 1-1 going into this weeks’ action.
The girls’ squad opened at home against Princeton and came away with a 3-1 win. That game was played on Monday, Aug. 22. They traveled to Colerain on Thursday and dropped a 2-1 contest to even their record.
The boys’ team also ended the first week of play at 1-1. They traveled to Oak Hills on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and lost 3-0. They bounced back with a home win on Thursday, defeating Colerain, 2-1.
Talawanda High School hosted the Talawanda Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 27. The varsity girls’ squad finished second overall placing three runners in the top seven spots. The boys’ team finished third with its top three participants in the top 11.
Oak Hills dominated the girls’ 5K run with 25 points. They placed all five scoring runners in the top 10 including the top three finishers.
Talawanda was second with 58 points, comfortably ahead of Taylor in third with 79. The Lady Braves placed three in the top seven, including: 4th: Lizzie Sawdai, 22:43.06; 6th: Ashley Baxter, 22:54.93; and 7th: Jazz Bennett, 23:09.09. Rounding out the scoring for THS were: 19th Nina Stahr, 24:44.06, and 24th: Zoe Moore, 25:05.69.
Little Miami claimed the top spot in the boys’ race (53 points), followed by Taylor (65 points). Talawanda was third overall with 72 points.
The Braves top two finishers placed 7th and 8th. David Kraushar placed 7th in a time of 19:15.03, while Connor Schlade was 8th at 19:15.40. Joshua Ferneding as 11th in 19:28.18 and Josh Huddleston was 13th in 19:47.93. Alex Bowie placed 35th overall for Talawanda (21:37.25) to round out their top five.
(Results provided by baumspage.com)
Back-to-back wins over Hamilton and Winton Woods pushed the Talawanda tennis team’s record back to .500 at 3-3 on the season. After dropping their first two matches to open the season, the Lady Braves have won 3 of 4.
Talawanda had a busy week planned starting Monday, Aug. 29, at Preble Shawnee. The match is a rescheduled contest from earlier in the season. They were also set to play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.