CENTERVILLE – For the second straight season, Cincinnati Turpin is headed to the regional finals following a 21-13 win over Trotwood-Madison in Division II, Region 8 playoff action at Centerville Stadium Friday night.
The Spartans (12-0) defense allowed just 207 yards and held Trotwood to its second lowest scoring output of the season.
“I think our defense stepped up big,” said Turpin head coach Rob Stoll. “Holding Trotwood to 13 points is awesome. They’ve got so many weapons. Multiple times our defense was called out to step up big and I think they did.
“We knew they were loaded with talent. They were motivated and were hitting us as hard as any team has hit us and it was just a great football game,” he added. “This is one of the best teams – if not the best team – we’ve played all year.”
Both defenses flexed their muscles in the first quarter with the score knotted 0-0 after the opening frame but Turpin struck early in the second quarter as QB Ryan Martin connected with WR Andy Cruse for a 7-yard scoring strike to put the Spartans up 7-0.
Midway through the second quarter, Trotwood blocked an Eric Platek 51-yard field goal attempt and recovered on the Turpin 40.
The Rams capitalized scoring on an 8-yard TD pass from QB Domonick Britt to WR Roy Roundtree tying the game heading into the break.
Turpin started the second half with the ball and orchestrated an 11 play, 66-yard scoring drive that chewed 5:58 off the clock and was capped off by a 6-yard Wayne Dunham run to put the Spartans up 14-7.
On Trotwood’s ensuing possession, Britt was picked off on second down by Turpin DB Phillip Furbay who returned the interception 37 yards to pay dirt to stretch the Spartans lead to 21-7.
Trotwood scored on its next possession on a 1-yard Ike Washington TD run which was set up by a 74-yard Michael Shaw run in the waning seconds of the third quarter. Trotwood elected to go for the 2-point conversion but was denied by the Turpin defense to preserve the 21-13 lead.
Trotwood (8-4) had an opportunity late in the fourth quarter to put together a scoring drive but on fourth down and 10 Britt was picked off Danny Polaneczky on the Turpin 36 with 26 seconds remaining to seal the win.
“We played hard and gave them everything we had,” Trotwood head coach Maurice Douglass said.
Sophomore Dunham led all stat-getters with 140 yards rushing on 38 carries and the TD in the third quarter.
“(He) has great presence,” Stoll said. “I think the leadership of our team is with the quarterback and with the (offensive) line and he feeds off that. He is a big playmaker.”
Martin was 12-of-21 passing for 140 yards with the TD Cruse and an INT.
Cruse, a Miami (Oh.) recruit, reeled in seven catches for 65 yards and his fourteenth TD of the season.
Penn State recruit Shaw led Trotwood with 148 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Britt, a Cincinnati verbal, was held to just 37 yards through the air on 7-of-20 passing.
Turpin will take on neighborhood rival Cincinnati Anderson next week for a second straight Region 8 title following a 31-13 win over Dayton Carroll on Friday.