Once again the Glenville Tarblooders decided to spot their opponents two touchdowns early in the first quarter. However after that early bump in the road, Glenville's senior star Christian Bryant simply took over the game, and led the Tarblooders to a very impressive 57-28 win over Huber Heights Wayne.
Things started off well enough for Braxton Miller. On a third down and six play on the Warriors opening drive, Miller avoided the Glenville rush and made an impressive pass under duress to Bear Westmoreland. Westmoreland made one guy miss, and 69 yards later he was hooting and hollering in the end zone. A missed extra point made the score 6-0 Wayne.
After a Glenville punt, Miller went to work again. He led the Warriors on an 11 play 71 yard drive that he capped off with a two yard touchdown run. That put Wayne up 13-0 early, but things would go downhill, and downhill in a hurry for the Warriors.
On the second play after the touchdown, Glenville running back Robert Walton went through the middle of the line 65 yards for a touchdown, and the track meet was on.
The ensuing kickoff was fumbled by Wayne, Glenville recovered and that marked the beginning of Bryant's hostile takeover. Bryant, who started at quarterback, made a perfect 29 yard touchdown pass to electric wide receiver Shane Wynn to tie the score up at 13.
Then the Glenville defense, led by Jayrone Elliott and Andre Sturdivant up front and Bryant and Latwan Anderson in the secondary simply locked down Miller and the Wayne offense.
Miller got out of sorts, made ill-advised throws, and the wheels completely fell off. About his defense, Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. said, "I thought the defense did well. We made some mistakes, but the defense played hard."
After the slow start, Bryant says he and his defensive mates just got things going and stepped it up. "What really changed is our defense stepped it up. We knew (Miller) was a good player with a lot of hype. We just wanted to stop that hype. He showed us he is a real good player, I can't knock him, but we just tried to slow him down."
Bryant then put Glenville up for good on a 33 yard touchdown run in which he made guys miss and then simply outran a fast Wayne defense. That made the score 20-13 in favor of the Tarblooders, and it was about to get worse.
A promising Wayne drive ended at their own 10 yard line when Miller was picked off by Anderson who returned the ball 32 yards to the Wayne 42. With Bryant needing a rest, usual starting quarterback Cardale Jones took a reverse, but instead of running he found Glenville wide reciver Nicholas Davis wide open on the trick play to make the score 26-13.
Bryant's only mistake of the game came on Glenville's next possession. On a fourth down he lined up in punt formation, and with a low snap he put his knee on the ground while catching the ball at his own 11 yard line.
A few plays later, Miller scored on a three yard run to make the score 26-20, but that would be Wayne's last gasp.
With the score 29-20 at halftime, Glenville was just getting warmed up. Wynn took the opening kickoff of the second half 99 yards for a touchdown.
Then Bryant made an impressive interception at the his own 18 yard line, and then had an even more impressive return of 82 yards to the house in which he got some key blocks and made some nice moves, and just like that the score was 43-20.
About his team's big plays, Ginn said, "We have a few weapons here and there. The key is just staying disciplined and staying fundamentally sound."
Bryant's play all game long was just unreal. He passed for 50 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown, had an interception return for a touchdown, kicked a field goal of 39 yards, and overall he was just a leader.
When asked about his play, Bryant said, "I just really came out and played for the team. We just knew coming into this that we had to be one heartbeat and one family because in the past weeks we had been going our separate ways. This week we had to just be a family."
He continued, "Me and my coaches go over the film and the scouting reports so I know what the defense is doing, and tonight I just had a real good game of reading the field."
Ginn was complementary of how his star senior stepped up. "It was excellent. Christian isn't our starting quarterback, but Christian stepped up as the quarterback. That's what seniors and great players do."
As the track meet finally ended, Glenville racked up 57 points, and probably secured their place as a representative of region I in the Ohio football playoffs.