The Walnut Hills Eagles used a late 87-yard drive in rout to a 23-22 upset over the Wyoming Cowboys in the Skyline Crosstown Showdown on Wednesday at Colerain High School.
Junior quarterback Jake Desch's 27-yard completion to senior receiver Carlitos Anderson and a fourth down conversion with 2:10 left in the game helped keep the drive alive. Senior tailback Kamree Maull punched in the winning touchdown on a two yard push up the gut of the defense.
"We were on Kamree Maull's back tonight, Kamree Maull our senior captain just took us down hill," Eagles head coach George Kontsis said. "Kamree ran behind our offensive line that has tremendously improved."
The offensive line played a large role in the winning drive, holding the Cowboy's defenders back long enough for Maull to find the gaps.
"We call our offensive line the precinct because there is a lot of beef up on that line," Kontsis said. "They got the job done, so it was the offensive line, it was a total team effort."
Wyoming jumped on the board first on their second drive of the game when sophomore quarterback Will Marty completed a pass to senior running back Phillip Schuholz.
The Eagles cut into the deficit late in the first quarter. Senior running back and return specialist Kenneth Davis helped Walnut Hills on their fourth drive with a 19-yard punt return to get into the Wyoming 49-yard line. Desch completed a 32-yard pass to get the Eagles into the red zone where they kicked a field goal.
Late in the second quarter, Desch threw an interception that led to another score for the Cowboys. Marty connected with senior receiver Max Kadish to extend Wyoming's lead to 14-3.
On the ensuing kickoff Davis stormed down the field for an 85-yard kick return to cut Wyoming's lead to four. The Eagles took their first lead on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Desch to junior receiver Joe Seliga with under 2:00 minutes remaining in the first half.
Late in the third quarter Walnut Hills was deep in their territory in a punt situation and a high snap rolled into the end zone for a safety. The safety helped Wyoming cut the Eagles' lead to 17-16.
An early fourth quarter interception thrown by Desch was returned to the Eagles 25-yard line by Cowboy's senior line backer Adam Chalmers. Marty capitalized on a 25-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Ben Kurtz to lift Wyoming to a 22-17 lead. The Cowboy's missed a critical two-point conversion.
The Eagles scored the winning touchdown with 56 seconds left on the clock to clinch a 23-22 win.
The game marked Waltnut Hills' first-ever appearance in the Skyline Crosstown Showdown and it was a big win for the team, the school and the fans.
"This was our first trip to the Skyline Crosstown Showdown and I sure hope the Tom Gamble noticed that our side of the stands was completely filled," Kontsis said. "We sold out I think all of our pre-sale tickets and I hope we're invited back. Our team, our community and school deserve to be invited to the Showdown again next year."
Walnut Hills (1-0) will travel to Purcell Marian on Aug. 27 with the kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. Wyoming (0-1) will play at Turpin on Sep. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
*Written by: Mike Collins, TriStateFootball.com