2019 High School Football Spotlight | Fueled by Gatorade


The Cincinnati Bengals have selected Turpin High School for this week’s Gatorade High School Football Spotlight. 

In a thrilling battle between two rival high schools, spectators on Friday held their breaths until the last 66 seconds. Turpin ultimately ended up beating the Anderson Redskins at Spartan Stadium, 29-28. 

Turpin scored the first touchdown in the first quarter. By the end of the second quarter, Anderson had scored their first touchdown and Turpin had scored another one, making the score 14-7 in favor of the Spartans. 

After halftime, Anderson's offense exploded for three consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 28-14 advatage. Eventually, Turpin would adjust and score early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to seven.

With only 66 seconds remaining in regulation, Turpin moved the ball 90 ytards and scored a touchdown thanks to quarterback Justin Silverstein rallied his team, connecting on two deep passes to Josh Bell to cut the deficit to 28-27. 

The Spartans then went for two and the win, defeating Anderson in a thriller, 29-28. 

Congratulations to Turpin head coach Kent McCullough and the Spartans on their big win. Turpin will play Withrow on Friday, Oct. 25, with their 8-0 season record.


The Bengals have selected Covington Catholic High School as the Week 7 Gatorade High School Football Spotlight team. Noted as the underdogs going into the game, Covington Catholic blew past the La Salle Lancers 27-7. 

The last time these two teams played each other was in 2012 with La Salle on the winning end. This time was different with Covington Catholic scoring a touchdown in each quarter.

Covingon Catholic running back Daniel Felix enjoyed a strong two-way game leading his team with 9.5 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and was able to score twice. Altogether, the Covington Catholic offense had 359 total yards, while La Salle only had 187 total yards.

Senior TE Michael Mayer stacked up a strong game, with six catches for 97 yards, nine tackles, two for loss and a 45-yard interception return. 

Congratulations to Covington Catholic Head Coach Eddie Eviston and his Colonels on their win. Covington Catholic takes on Highlands High School on Friday, Oct. 18.


The Bengals selected Princeton High School as the Week 6 Gatorade High School Football Spotlight team after a 43-21 win over Middletown. 

The game started off with Princeton jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. But it was short lived after Middletown’s Josh Bryant got going on the ground and rushed for a pair of touchdowns to push the Middies to a 21-14 halftime lead. Bryant rushed for 214 yards in the first half.

However, the Vikings made adjustments in the locker room and came out strong on both sides of the ball. Quarterback MyJaden Horton started the rally completing a 32 yard scoring strike to Rodney Harris Jr. and followed that up with a 96-yard touchdown run. Thomas Boyd had three rushing touchdowns and ran for 100 yards on 10 carries.  

Congratulations to the Vikings on their exciting win. They are now 4-2 for the season. Princeton will take on Fairfield High School at the Viking Stadium on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.


The Cincinnati Bengals have selected the Hamilton High School football team for the Week 5 Gatorade High School Football Spotlight.

Hamilton High School celebrated their homecoming night with a victory, beating Oak Hills 31-21.

Big Blue had two touchdowns in the first quarter, making the score 14-0. Hamilton QB Quincy Simms-Marshall completed 9 of 12 passes for 136 yards and a 24-yard touchdown to WR Kevon Burnett. By halftime, Hamilton was ahead 24-7.

However, Oak Hills cut down the double-digit lead in the final quarter. Unfortunately, it still was not enough to beat Big Blue, thanks to Hamilton RB Keyshawn Stephens. He had his third rushing touchdown of the night with 2:39 on the clock. It was a big game for the junior, with 170 rushing yards on 22 carries.

Congratulations to Big Blue on their exciting win. Their next game is against the Mason Comets on Friday, Oct, 4. Hamilton is 3-3 for the season.


The Bengals have selected Winton Woods High School as the Week 4 Gatorade High School Football Spotlight team. The Warriors beat Moeller in a blowout at Charlie Fredrick Stadium on Sept. 20 and remain undefeated at 4-0. 

Senior running back Miyan Williams had a 58-yard carry that assisted with Winton Woods’ first touchdown of the night. Junior linebacker Daylon Long had eight tackles and a 66-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, which gave Winton Woods a 14-0 lead early in the game. By the end of the first quarter, Winton Woods led 27-0. 

By the end of the first half, the score was 34-0. The final touchdown was carried out by Junior quarterback Mi’Chale Wingfield and Senior running back Jamonte Murray. DeMeer Blankumsee completed a 37-yard pass. 

Williams finished with 18 carries for 165 yards. Overall, Winton Woods had 222 rushing yards. Moeller had only 32 yards and fumbled four times. 

The Warriors play Lakewood St. Edward on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m.


The Bengals have selected the Sycamore High School football team for the Week 3 Gatorade High School Football Spotlight. The Aviators, ranked No. 11, were the underdogs in the match-up versus No. 6 ranked Princeton. 

The first half was uneventful, with neither team scoring. But after halftime, both teams made adjustments and got their offenses going. Sycamore RB Dahmear Celestine scored on a 7-yard run, and Princeton QB MyJaden Horton ran a 1 yard touchdown. Celestine failed the kick in the third quarter, settling the score 7-6. 

In the fourth quarter, the score was tied 13-13. Sycamore Sophomore QB William Ingle was a big component in his team’s victory. With 1:43 left in the clock in the fourth quarter, Ingle recovered a fumble and drove it two yards into the end zone. Senior Kicker Jack Ferron finished the play with a 35 yard field goal. The final score was 16-13. 

The Aviators are now 2-1 for the season. Congratulations are in order to Sycamore head coach, Scott Datillo, who has lead the team to the most wins in school history. As of this past game, Coach Datillo boasts 94 wins. The Aviators take on Lakota West on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.


The Cincinnati Bengals have selected the St. Xavier High School football team for the Week 2 Gatorade High School Football Spotlight. 

Colerain and St. Xavier are known for their football rivalry. The game on Sept. 6 did not disappoint and ended with the Bombers winning 21-14. Seniors Matthew Rueve and Marshall Lang helped lead their team to victory.

Lang, a tight end for St. Xavier, had eight catches for 111 yards and helped score the three touchdowns that won them the game- and won him MVP for the night. QB Rueve passed for 234 yards and WR Liam Clifford had nine catches for 67 yards. 

Clifford opened the game with an 83 yard kickoff return. Rueve threw the ball to Lang for the Bomber’s first touchdown of the night. At the end of the first quarter, the game was tied 7-7. However, by the time halftime came around, St. Xavier had taken a lead at 21-7.

By the time the third quarter was finishing up, Corelain senior safety Deshawn Pace had an 82 yard punt return for a touchdown, which brought the score to 21-14. Neither team was able to scare in the fourth quarter, resulting in a St. Xavier victory. 

St. Xavier is 2-0 for the season, under leadership of Coach Steve Specht and a new Offensive Coordinator, Andrew Coversale. Congratulations to the Bombers on their big win. You can watch St. Xavier play Penn High School on Sept.13.


La Salle High School

The Cincinnati Bengals have selected La Salle High School football team as the Week 1 Gatorade High School Football Spotlight. 

Ranked No. 5 as one of Cincinnati’s most dominant programs by MaxPreps, La Salle did not disappoint in their first non-conference match-up against Lakota West. Dominating in their own Lancer Stadium, the Lancers beat the Firebirds 31-7.

The night began with a power outage, resulting in a 35 minute delay. Once on the field, both teams went into full drive. Lakota West started off strong, with an opening drive that lasted over eight minutes. But after a missed field goal by the Firebirds, the Lancers took control, leading to a 17-0 score by halftime. 

The Lancers continued to hold a strong defense throughout the game, with one exception, allowing a 35 yard punt return by Lakota West freshman Alex Afari. 

Among the standouts on the field Friday night were quarterback Zach Branam with a five-yard touchdown run, RB Gi’Bran Payne with two touchdown runs of 15 and 42 yards, kicker Jake Seibert with a 21 yard field goal and running back Cam Porter hauling in a 69 yard touchdown pass.

Congratulations to Coach McLaughlin and the Lancers on their win. We wish them luck on their season.


Boone County High School

WEEK 0 - The Cincinnati Bengals have selected Boone County High School football team as the Week 0 Gatorade High School Football Spotlight. 

Last season, the Boone County Rebels held a disappointing 2-9 record. Determined to start the season strong, the Rebels, under leadership of new head coach, Bryson Warner, defeated the Holmes Bulldogs 20-6. Warner, a 1992 alum of Boone County High School Class, led the turnaround thanks to a balanced offensive attack. 

Although the game ended in a thrilling manner, it didn’t start off that way. With 0-0 remaining on the scoreboard throughout the first quarter and fumbles from both teams, Rebels senior quarterback Kaden Craft picked up the pace. Craft managed to score two touchdowns before halftime, including one with a 16-yard throw to WR Eli Ross. 

The second half was when the defense took over highlighted by an an interception from Rebels DB Adam Hicks to help seal the victory. 

Congratulations to Coach Warner and the Rebels on their first win and we wish them luck for the rest of the season. The Rebels will take on Paul Lawrence Dunbar in Lexington in a non-conference game this Friday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m.