Ben Coffaro tallied 357 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns as the Elder Panthers used a second-half scoring barrage to wear down the Winton Woods Warriors in the Skyline Crosstown Showdown at Nippert Stadium on Friday night. Elder won 38-21 in the night cap.
Panthers' quarterback Ben Gramke was 12-19 for 261 yards and four touchdown passes in his varsity debut under center.
Winton Woods took a 13-12 halftime lead behind the legs of quarterback Thomas Owens. The senior scored on first quarter runs of 34 and 39 yards. Injuries kept Owens out of much of the second half. Replacement Gary Underwood would throw for 96 yards and a touchdown after intermission, but it would not be enough for the Warriors.
--Doug Ramsey, Elder
--Jake Lindsey, Elder
Despite all the points on offense it would be Elders' ability to shut the Warriors down on third down that proved to be the biggest factor. The Panthers held Winton Woods to just 2-of-13 on third down conversions, forcing Winton Woods into seven punts.
Elder travels to Colerain next Friday night to take on the Cardinals as the FOX19 Friday Prep Rally tour makes it way to Colerain for what promises to be an instant classic. It doesn't get any easier for Winton Woods as they have to travel to Withrow and match up with the Tigers.
Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com