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had to learn not to be selfish and control what we can control. I think that’s probably the biggest thing between the last few years and this year. We can’t control injuries. We can’t control calls. We can’t control the ball that doesn’t bounce our way. We gotta continue to press forward and they’ve been so unselfish. They’re not worried about who scores the touchdowns; they’re just worried about winning.” In Week 7, Winton Woods travels north to take on Canton Central Catholic. This trip was by design, based on the fact that the state champion-

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like that,” said McKinney. “Nobody was stopping us.” During that streak, Princeton survived a thriller at Middletown before a raucous crowd of nearly 10,000 at Barnitz Stadium. Future NFL Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown for the Middies. But, Taylor rushed for 141 yards and two scores, including the game-winner with 6:11 left in a 23-22 Princeton victory. “Probably the most exciting game I’ve watched,” said Mancuso, “even as a spectator.” By that point in the sea-

ship games are back in Canton this season, and Canton Central Catholic is a perennial contender for state titles. Parker said, “I think there’s something to be said when you’ve been through a situation in life and you feel like you’ve been there before. This week, we travel to Canton Central Catholic. That’s a four-hour drive, roughly nine hours on the bus, and they won a state title last year. The reason we wanted to play them is because they’ve been to the state final three years in a row. We like to compete against that.” Parker’s not surprised by the talent or attitude of his team. They’re running the same schemes and same playbook as last year. The difference this

season is they believe. “Like I told them the other day, as a coach you look to the future and you see things,” said Parker. “Part of the whole Canton trip was we got a shot. We want to go up there. We want to see what it’s like up that way, see how that trip is. I want them to be able to say, ‘If you wanna do this later in about six or seven weeks, then here it is. It’s right here.’” The Warriors aren’t just a talented team with major college recruits all over the field. They’re built on togetherness. The captains are linebacker Chris Oats, quarterback Kenny Mayberry, cornerback Quinn Smith and lineman Maurice Chapman. Oats essentially can pick where he wants to play in college,

already with offers from most of the major programs. Parker said of Smith, “I think he’s the best corner in the state of Ohio and he’s been doing it since he was a sophomore. The problem with Quinn is he’s so good in coverage, not a lot of people try (to throw against) him.” Winton Woods also has guys like Evan BlackwellStephens, Markeif White and Paul McKnight — all three-year starters. “We don’t have to get in playoff mode because we have to be in playoff mode every week,” said Parker. The Warriors beat three-defending state champion, La Salle, back in Week 5, 18-15, and they still play host to Elder and Moeller later in the regular season.

son, Taylor had taken full charge of the Vikings’ offense. He had breakaway speed, a strong arm, and a 3.6 grade-point average. Most of all, he had the complete trust of his teammates. “When you went to Princeton, you started learning the offense in the eighth grade,” Taylor said. “If I called something, it was going to be the right thing to do.” A 47-7 victory over Lima Senior the following week earned Princeton its 16th straight Greater Miami Conference championship Despite losing 28-21 to Moeller in the regularseason finale at Galbreath Field, the Vikings qualified for the state playoffs, setting up a rematch with the Crusaders the following week.

As a sophomore, Taylor watched Moeller dismantle Princeton, 56-7, at Vikings Stadium. The Crusaders went on to win the state title and a mythical national championship. “From the time I was little, I hated to lose,” said Taylor. “Nobody likes Monday practice when they lose. We weren’t losing like that. It’s not going to happen.” Momentum in the game swung just before halftime when Harrison returned a punt for a touchdown to tie the score 7-7. Mancuso sensed the rising confidence in his kids at halftime. “If we just limited our mistakes in the second half,” he thought, “the kids felt confident we could win.” With Higdon doubleteamed, Munlin wound up

with three catches for 94 yards. Brown scored the go-ahead touchdown with 52 seconds left. Moeller QB Mark Kamphaus’ “Hail Mary” pass fell incomplete in the end zone and the Vikings held on to win by an identical final score as the previous week, 28-21. The loss ended Moeller’s 23-game winning streak. It was Princeton’s first victory over the Crusaders since 1978. “If they beat us, they would’ve won state; we know that,” Mancuso said. “The kids earned that win. We played our best. They played their best.” The rest seemed anticlimactic. Princeton defeated Fremont Ross 35-7 at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. Afterward, Ross head coach Pete Moore was quoted saying, “All we saw was a blur.” On a cool, drizzly Sunday afternoon at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Princeton, at that point ranked 10th nationally, faced the third-ranked team in the nation, Akron Garfield, in the Division I state championship game. Garfield running back Charles Gladman, who rushed for 1,500 yards that season, was held to 36 in a 24-6 Vikings’ victory. “I don’t care what USA Today says, we’re still No. 1 in the nation,” Barnett said following that game. Princeton finished No. 2 behind Berwick, Pa. in the USA Today poll, narrowly missing a mythical national crown. The Vikings were the only two-loss team to be ranked nationally that season, and arguably Ohio’s best two-loss team in the playoff era. “We didn’t have superstars,” Mancuso said. “We had kids who weren’t afraid of practicing hard. Everyone was committed to the team. Our best team? It’s difficult to say. Talented, yes. Hard working, yes. Dedicated, without a doubt.” Mancuso, 88, spent 37 seasons as head coach at Princeton and never had a losing season He compiled a 305-76-1 record, with 29 GMC crowns, and three state titles in 1978, ’83, and ‘87. “He’s one of the greatest living coaches,” McKinney said. “He could’ve left for any Big 10 school, but he stayed with us. He gave us courage and strength. The coaches were like fathers to me.” Jeff Wallner was a senior wide receiver on the 1983 state championship football team at Princeton.

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Football » St. Xavier’s Chase Wolf’s pair of touchdown passes to Cameron Specht was enough to lead St. Xavier to a 14-6 win over Elder on Sept. 29. » La Salle quarterback Griffin Merritt orchestrated a 13-play, 98yard drive in the final 4:37 and capped off the game-winning march with a one-yard touchdown run with 21 seconds left that pushed the Lancers to a 28-24 win over Moeller on Sept. 29. » Mason Bernhardt caught two of Danny Vanatsky’s three touchdown passes and Alex Barnard totaled two scores in CHCA’s dominating 51-8 road win over North College Hill on Sept. 29. » Courtney Woodward’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Lorenzo Sparks was North College Hill’s only score in a 51-8 loss to CHCA on Sept. 29. » Mitch McKenzie’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Jack McCracken gave Moeller a threepoint lead in the fourth quarter. But La Salle drove 98 yards in the game’s waning moments and the Crusaders fell to the Lancers 28-24 on Sept. 29. McKenzie threw for 219 yards and two scores in the loss and Chrystopher Watkins led all rushers with 88 yards and one score on 23 carries. » Tyrese Sherman ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in Princeton’s 36-18 win over Oak Hills on Sept. 29. The Vikings averaged 6.6 yards over 48 carries in the win, while their defense intercepted Oak Hills’ quarterback Jacob Woycke three times. » Finneytown’s losing streak hit 29 straight games (dating back to Oct. 2014) in a 12-9 overtime loss to Taylor on Sept. 29. The Wildcats managed just 95 yards of offense in the loss, with their only touchdown coming on Larry Haywood’s 49-yard fumble return touchdown. » Aiken snapped a two-game losing streak with a 56-10 win over Shroder on Sept. 29. Quarterback Timothy Jordan and Kievaughn Sanks combined for 426 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 33 carries. James Goss added two rushing scores on 10 attempts as the Falcons’ offense racked up 523 yards on the ground. » Roger Bacon fell to Alter 42-0 Sept. 29. » Mt. Healthy fell to Campbell County 41-6 Sept. 29. » Kenny Mayberry’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Miyan Williams turned out to be the game-winner in Winton Woods’ 28-27 victory over Bishop Chatard on Sept. 29. Mayberry threw for 193 yards and three scores in the win, while Williams ran for a team-high 112 yards on 22 carries. » Wyoming score 48 first-half points and cruised to a 68-21 win over Deer Park on Sept. 28. Evan Prater completed all nine of his

La Salle’s quarterback Griffin Merritt looks to pass during the Lancers’ 28-24 win over Moeller, Friday, Sept. 29. TONY TRIBBLE FOR THE ENQUIRER

pass attempts for 123 yards and three touchdowns, while two of Pierson Rogers’ six carries went for scores. Freshman backup quarterback Brennan Pagan had a team-high 161 rushing yards on four carries, including an 86yard fourth-quarter touchdown gallop that capped the Cowboys’ scoring on the night. » Colerain’s defense intercepted Mason quarterback Will Adams three times, including a game-sealing fourth-quarter pick-six by Josh Huber, and Gunner Leyendecker threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the Cardinals’ 36-10 win over the Comets on Sept. 29. Junior running back Deante Smith-Moore ran for a season-high 122 yards on 27 carries. » Northwest’s two fourth-quarter touchdowns were not enough as the Knights fell to Little Miami 21-19 on Sept. 29. Tarpley Kameron’s one-yard touchdown run with 7:54 left made it a two-point game, but Dae’Mon Cherry’s pass on the ensuing game-tying conversion attempt fell incomplete. Northwest forced three turnovers in the loss, including Caleb Thurmond’s 52-yard fumble return touchdown in the first quarter. » Gamble Montessori blanked Riverview East on Sept. 30.

Boys soccer » Roger Bacon fell to Carroll 3-0 Oct. 3. » La Salle fell to Moeller 3-2 Oct. 3.

Girls soccer » McAuley fell to Badin 1-0 Oct. 2. » North College Hill bowed to Norwood 4-0 Oct. 3. » Princeton fell to Sycamore 4-0 Oct. 3.

Girls’ Tennis » Northwest fell to West Clermont 3-2 Oct. 2. » Lindsay Macey tallied McAuley’s only set win in a 4-1 loss to Seton on Oct. 5. » Wyoming beat Finneytown 5-0 Oct. 5 with wins by Jenny Lewis, Eleanor Stall, Abby Rosenberg, Lindsay Sasson-Anya Kirch and a forfeit.

Volleyball » Wyoming bowed in straight sets to McNicholas on Oct. 2. Wyoming (13-4) beat Madeira 25-17, 16-25, 25-17, 2516 Oct. 3. » Finneytown fell in straight sets to Deer Park Oct. 3. » Mt. Healthy fell in straight sets to Talawanda Oct. 4. » McAuley fell in straight sets to Ursuline (20-1) on Oct. 5.

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