Powerful East Central, defending Class 4A state champs and unanimous No. 1 in the polls this year, got off to a 21-0 start Friday at FCHS en route to a 55-0 rout of the Wildcats. This was the 29th consecutive win for the Trojans in the neighboring rivalry.
A pair of Division I recruits – Josh Ringer and Ryan Brotherton – showed why early on with Ringer (Miami, Ohio) scoring the first two touchdowns from 17 and 2 yards away and Brotherton (Western Michigan) catching a 23-yard pass from Cole Burton for the third score of the first frame.
Ringer went 50 yards to pay dirt very early in the second period. Nathan McFee's fourth PAT made it 28-0. The Mr. Football candidate then scored from 26 yards out to make it 34-0. Burton hit Brotherton for an 18-yard hookup just under the 4-minute mark of the first half and McFee's kick forced a second-half running clock at 41-0. Just before the break, Burton tossed a 5-yard TD to Corey Helms and it was a 48-0 contest. Freshman Ryan Minges scored the final six for EC on a rush.
Blake Stephenson saw his first career action at quarterback for the Cats, throwing for 62 yards. FC managed just 13 yards net rushing. Earl Carr had a catch and carry for 57 yards. Kayden Kerr had 6 tackles and Luke Halpin a sack.
FC (2-2) continues its toughest stretch of the schedule with a trip to Class 3A top-5 Lawrenceburg Friday, 7 p.m.