Posted: 1:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Badin, Bacon striving to end two-game losing streaks


Badin, Bacon striving to end two-game losing streaks photo
EL Hubbard
Badin’s Joe Peters punts the ball as Jack Chew blocks for him during the Rams’ Sept. 3 game against Talawanda at Virgil Schwarm Stadium in Hamilton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

By Rick Cassano

Staff Writer


The fundamentals aren’t working out so well for Badin High School’s football team.

The Rams fell to 1-3 last weekend after a 32-14 loss to Purcell Marian, and BHS coach Bill Tenore said it wasn’t hard to understand why.

“We didn’t stop the run and couldn’t run the ball,” Tenore said. “There’s two basic things in football, and we have to go back to the drawing board on both. And we’re doing that.”

Badin will face Roger Bacon at the University of Cincinnati’s Sheakley Athletics Center on Friday. Both teams will be looking to halt two-game losing streaks in the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division affair.

This is the Rams’ worst start since 2004, when they lost eight of their first nine games under Dave Wirth.

“I don’t think that we are overly down,” Tenore said. “I think everybody’s pretty much on an even keel, and that’s probably partly due to our youth. They just follow our lead and go with it.”

Bacon kicked off the year by blanking Reading (24-0) and Western Hills (44-0), then lost to Indian Hill (48-10) and McNicholas (30-27). The Spartans had a 414-287 advantage in yardage last Saturday in their GCLC opener.

“We were down 20 against McNick and just kept fighting,” Bacon coach Mike Blaut said. “I think our kids are starting to believe and buy in, and that’s what we’ve got to have.

“Right now, I think we’re still trying to find out how good we are or how good we can be. I’ve got some returning guys, but they haven’t had a lot of success over the years, so it’s kind of like trying to teach them how to win.”

The Spartans use a spread offense and generally run a lot more than they pass, though they did pile up 271 yards through the air against McNick.

Senior Trey Hennekes (5-10, 160) is the quarterback, junior Chris Kugele (6-0, 175) is the primary running back, and senior tackle Clark Willhoite (6-6, 310) leads the way up front.

Bacon’s 50 defense is keyed by senior middle linebacker Hazen Petit (5-8, 175), along with senior Mike Hill (6-0, 185) and junior Charles Scholz (6-1, 215) on the line.

“I’d say they’re better than they were last year,” Tenore said. “I think they have enough athletes that they can beat us, but at the same time, I think that we match up a little better with them than we have the past couple weeks.”

The Spartans were 3-0 in nonleague play last season, then went winless in the GCLC, starting with a 49-13 loss to Badin.

“Last year was an unfair fight,” Blaut said. “They were really, really, really good, and we were down a little bit. This year, I think it’s a much more evenly matched game. They’re still pretty good, though, and it’s still Bacon vs. Badin.”

The game was moved to UC because Bacon’s Bron Bacevich Stadium recently flooded. Blaut said the Spartans will be back on their field Monday.

The series is tied 27-27-2. The Rams have won nine of the last 10 meetings.

Friday’s game

What: Badin (1-3, 0-1 GCLC Central) vs. Roger Bacon (2-2, 0-1 GCLC Central) at University of Cincinnati, 7 p.m.

Where: Sheakley Athletics Center, West Corry Street and Jefferson Avenue, Cincinnati

Last meeting: Badin won 49-13 in 2015


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