By Amanda Ernst
CINCINNATI – Two high schools, one district, separated by only five miles.
When it comes to high school rivalries, Anderson Township has one of the biggest when Turpin and Anderson play football.
The Spartans defeated the Redskins, 6-0 at Spartan Stadium on Friday, making it Turpin’s first conference win and second consecutive year beating its township rivals.
“This win is amazing,” Turpin senior offensive and defensive lineman Yanni Gregg said. “There is no other feeling in the world really. We're going to carry this to our death bed; all of the bragging rights and everything with it".
Turpin’s defense was able to hold the Anderson offense in check, stopping the Redskins on key plays.
Turpin's Jeff Dedeker intercepted Kevin Rogers pass with three minutes left in the first quarter, paving the way for Austin Jackson’s 20-yard field goal with 1:20 left in the opening frame.
Turpin dominated in time of possession in the second quarter, and drove into field goal range with two minutes left in the half.
Jackson converted again, this time from 29 yards out to make it 6-0.
The teams combined for three interceptions in the third quarter. Anderson’s T.J. Turner picked Bennie Stoll's pass, allowing the Redskins to take over at the Turpin 48 yard line.
But on the Redskins’ next play, Rogers’ pass, intended for Chet Barger was picked off by Turpin's Zak Bernard.
In the closing seconds of the third stanza, Turpin went for it on fourth down, but another interception gave the Redskins possession to start the final period.
Turpin continued the fourth quarter with lock-down defense, not allowing the Redskins to score in their three nail-biting drives.
Turpin started off the quarter by intercepting Rogers pass on a crucial third down. Unable to do anything with the interception opportunity, Turpin was forced to punt, giving the Redskins the ball at the 31-yard line.
On its ensuing drive, Anderson completed a fourth down pass at the 7 yard line, setting up first and goal.
Turpin held the Anderson offense on their fourth down attempt and took over at Anderson's 12 yard line with four minutes left in the game but was unable to run out the clock and was forced to punt.
With 1:20 left and Anderson’s ball at the 50, Rogers was intercepted by Turpin's Haven Carter, ultimately ending the game.
“It feels great to beat your home town rival your senior year and finally come together and play a good game of football, especially on defense," Turpin senior captain Tyler Ernst said.
The Spartans improve to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference and the Redskins drop to 3-4 overall and even out at 2-2 in the league.
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