High school football kicked off Friday night in southwest Ohio. A great time of the year with so much anxiety and anticipation that the Cincinnati Bengals struggle to achieve. There's a huge fanbase of Bengals fans in the area, obviously. But everyone seems to be a fan of high school football.
One of the games featured Friday night was a 38-7 Sycamore thrashing over Anderson during the Skyline Crosstown Showdown at Nippert Stadium. Sycamore's quarterback, Greg Simpson, posted 153 yards rushing and two touchdowns while completing five of seven passes for 89 yards and a passing touchdown. At some point late in the second quarter, Joey Gruden, son of Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, replaced Simpson (leg cramp) at quarterback, completing two of three passes for 29 yards.
But it wasn't on offense that Gruden made his biggest impact. Later in the third quarter, Gruden returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown, giving Sycamore a 32-7 lead, sealing the win.
In other high school football news, my Mason Comets lost 10-7 to Springboro. Now back in my day as the Comets starting strong-side guard..........