By Joey Slovin
BLUE ASH, Ohio – After falling for the first time this season last week at Lakota West in an overtime heartbreaker, Sycamore was hungry for a victory and didn’t have to wait very long to satisfy that appetite.
From the first moments when GMC opponent Hamilton stepped onto the field at Sycamore Stadium, the Aviators dominated on both sides of the ball in a 42-20 win on Friday night.
The parade of Sycamore touchdowns opened up with a run by senior running back Solomon McMullen, who found the end zone from eight yards out with 5:56 remaining in the first quarter.
Despite the lopsided time of possession favoring the Aviators, the Big Blue managed to keep Sycamore out of the end zone the remainder of the opening quarter, as the teams exchanged a couple of punts.
Senior quarterback Greg Simpson quickly bullied the Hamilton defense with his arm and legs, driving Sycamore to the Hamilton’s 35 yard line. From there, Simpson easily scrambled all the way for the score, increasing the advantage to 14.
The Big Blue defense was finally able to get on the scoreboard when junior defensive back Larry Wilkerson snagged a pass in the end zone.
But with 5:29 remaining in the half, Simpson connected with junior wide receiver Ryan Wahler on a 37-yard strike.
In the dwindling minutes of the first half, Hamilton quarterback Kenny Smiley located one of his receivers that had gotten past a Sycamore defensive back for his second TD pass of the game.
Again, the Aviators answered. With four seconds remaining in the second quarter, Wahler caught yet another Simpson launch, this time from 36 yards out, giving Sycamore a 21-point lead at halftime.
Throughout the third and beginning of fourth quarter, the Aviators collected another two touchdowns, one from McMullen, his second of the night, and the other from sophomore defensive back Brian Cox.
The Hamilton offense was able to find one last spark, and muster a couple of touchdown passes late in the fourth quarter, but not until after Sycamore had removed the majority of their starters from the game.
Sycamore held Hamilton to just four rushing yards.
"Every game in the GMC is important." Sycamore coach Scott Dattilo said. "You are playing or playoff possibilities, and conference standings."
The Big Blue’s fell to 1-5, while Sycamore was able to bounce back from last week and improve to 5-1.
“Sycamore is a very good team,” Hamilton coach Chad Murphy said. “We’re just trying to get better, week to week.”