Symmes Valley falls from Ohio playoffs
NEWTIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Holding onto the football was a problem Friday night for Bishop Rosecrans.
The Bishops had three fumbles and two bad snaps, but one miscue turned into the pivotal play.
Ben Baldwin scooped up a bad snap 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage and scrambled into the end zone for the go-ahead score before the half that propelled the Bishops to a 26-3 win over Symmes Valley in the Division VI, Region 23 quarterfinal at Maysville High School.
Baldwin, whose touchdown came with 2:55 left in the first half, credited his awareness that turned the mistake into momentum.
“I had time to pick the ball up and saw I had blockers in front of me,” he said. “They gave me a huge hole, and the O-line deserves the credit.”
The touchdown put the Bishops (8-3) up 6-3 at halftime.
Symmes Valley (8-3) couldn’t slow down the Rosecrans offense in the second half. Adrick Cronin and Jess Moore combined to run for 48 yards on the opening series of the third quarter before Cronin found Jared Cox for an 8-yard touchdown.
The Vikings tried to answer, reaching the Rosecrans 8 before a holding call and an intentional grounding penalty led to a turnover on downs.
Vikings coach Rusty Webb felt that turn of events proved to be the difference.
“We made too many mistakes in the red zone,” Webb said. “Rosecrans is a good enough team to capitalize.”
Cronin led the Bishops back down the field. He hit Cameron Roberts for a 15-yard gain on the second play of the drive and connected with Baldwin for gains of 16 and seven yards to set up a 14-yard scoring pass to Thomas Thacker early in the fourth to stretch the lead to 20-3.
Cronin and Thacker hooked up late in the fourth for an 11-yard touchdown to cap the scoring.
Webb credited the Bishops for controlling both sides of the line of scrimmage.
D.J. Miller paced the Vikings with 171 yards on 15 carries and Tyler Rowe added 38 yards on nine carries.
SYMMES VALLEY 3 0 0 0 — 3
BISHOP ROSECRANS 0 0 7 13 — 26
SV — Ferguson 26 field goal
BR — Baldwin 2 run
BR — Cox 8 pass from Cronin (MacLean kick)
BR — Thacker 14 pass from Cronin (MacLean kick)
BR — Thacker 11 pass from Cronin
First down 10 17
Rushing yards 229 131
Passing yards 22 153
Passes 1-6-1 14-18-0
Total offense 251 284
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties-yds 6-45 3-28
Punts-avg. 4-29.8 1-45.0
RUSHING — SV: Miller 15-171, Rowe 9-38, Heerrell 6-30, Mays 2-6, Baldwin 2-minus 16. BR: Moore 7-47, Cronin 16-46, Baldwin 5-30, Thacker 2-7, Lanning 2-1.
PASSING — SV: Rowe 1-5-0, 22 yards; Miller 0-1-1; BR: Cronin 14-18-0, 153 yards.
RECEIVING — SV: Miller 1-22. BR: Baldwin 6-71, Thacker 4-48, Roberts 2-23, Cox 2-11.