Football

I’ve covered high school and college football for The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Post. Here are some of my previous articles:

 

Despite late comeback, Ohio falls 29-23 to No. 17 WMU in MAC Championship Game

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Courtesy of The Post Athens.

DETROIT — Greg Windham kneeled alone at midfield, eyes glued to the turf. Behind him, the Western Michigan crowd roared.

His preseason dream was to win a conference championship. With 84 seconds left, Windham had 75 yards to end his team’s 48-year conference title drought.

And then it was stolen away.

In its best game this season, Ohio had its worst loss: a 29-23 defeat to No. 17 Western Michigan on Friday night in the Marathon Mid-American Conference Championship Game.

This story originally ran Dec. 3, 2016 for The Post(Continue reading here.)

 

Bearcats beat Huskies 22-21 in season finale

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Courtesy of The Cincinnati Enquirer/Sam Greene

The missed extra point salvaged the season.

As Michael Tarbutt’s kick drifted left, Cincinnati fans behind the end zone raised their arms in spontaneous delight. The players and coaching staff stormed the field. Head coach Luke Fickell, in an effort to remain calm, later joked he should’ve celebrated more.

The reality is this: if Connecticut made the kick, overtime follows. Instead, though, Tarbutt missed it, Cincinnati won and a game that was a scrap not to finish last in the AAC East Division instead resembled an optimistic look into UC’s football future.

“It was almost fitting it ended that way,” Fickell said.

The 22-21 win Saturday afternoon at Nippert Stadium concluded a season of struggle.

This story originally ran Nov. 25, 2017 for The Cincinnati Enquirer(Continue reading here.)

 

Louie Zervos: Too good for Ohio’s own good

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Courtesy of The Post Athens.

Louie Zervos can only control Ohio’s field goal production. And through three games, he’s kicked more field goals than anyone in the country.

But there is a problem: Ohio doesn’t want to kick field goals.

It is nothing personal against Zervos, coach Frank Solich just wants to score more points. And for every field goal Zervos has kicked — he is 13-of-14 through three games — those three points could have been replaced by touchdowns.

This story originally ran Sept. 20, 2016 for The Post(Continue reading here.)

 

Colerain coach Tom Bolden calls Ivan Pace Jr. the best player in GMC

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Courtesy of The Cincinnati Enquirer/Alex Vehr

A head coach calling one of his players the best in the conference is a strong statement. It’s even stronger when that conference’s leading rusher had more than 330 total yards and three touchdowns against his team.

But Tom Bolden’s praise and appreciation for Ivan Pace Jr. holds considerable value.

In Colerain’s 55-27 win Friday night over Fairfield at Cardinals Stadium, Pace Jr. ran for a season-high four touchdowns offensively and led the team in tackles (10) defensively.

This story originally ran Oct. 20, 2018 for The Cincinnati Enquirer(Continue reading here.)