The Winton Woods Warriors, the 2009 State Champions, did not come out like a defending State Champion team. In the opening play, the Walnut Hills Eagles returned the kickoff for a touchdown as Kenny Davis went 94 yards for the score.
This was a huge wakeup call for Winton Woods (4-1), who would go on to defeat the Walnut Hills (3-2) by a 42-7 margin, never letting the Eagles have a second trip to the red zone.
It nearly took the entire first quarter for the Warriors to answer the Eagles. With 0:53 seconds left in the frame, Aaron Kemper ran the ball in for a Warriors' touchdown.
With an unlucky snap, the Warriors were able to put a hand on the ball and put themselves on the Eagles 14-yard line. Kemper would again carry the ball for his second touchdown of the game.
He would rake in a third score to close out the half and put the Warriors in clear control of the game.
--Postgame: Andre Parker, Winton Woods
Winton Woods opened the second half much like Walnut Hills opened the game. Within the first series, Kemper was down the throats of the Eagles with his fourth touchdown.
With another touchdown thrown in the mix and a squib kick that was recovered for the Warriors, Kemper finished the night with six touchdowns.
It was undoubtedly the Kemper show on this night as he tallied 261 yards on 21 carries to pace Winton Woods.
Although this may not be the state championship type team, guys like Kemper and the explosive and experienced defense will keep the Warriors within reach of playoffs.
Winton Woods returns home next week to face Loveland. Walnut Hills travels to Wilmington.