By Mark Pinto
INDIAN HILL, Ohio – Cincinnati Country Day junior defensive back Max Guttman intercepted a pass with two minutes remaining to seal a 35-27 win at Summit Country Day on Friday.
Guttman picked the pass off on the Indians’ 2 yard line, icing one of the longest rivalries in Cincinnati.
“This was the first time this season we got our noses bled,” Cincinnati Country Day head coach Tim Dunn. “The defense came through and only allowed 12 points, as the other 15 points came on the backs of the offense or special teams side of the ball giving up field position.”
Neither team led by more than eight points.
With Cincinnati Country Day leading, 28-27 in the fourth quarter, Indians senior running back J. R. Menifee extended the lead when he scored on a 5-yard run with just over eight minutes left in the game.
It was his second touchdown of the game, with his first coming on a 2-yard TD run on Cincinnati Country Day’s second possession of the game.
“It was an insult when they put Summit as the number one school after we had a better record,” Menifee said. “Everybody on our team wanted to get this win to prove to Cincinnati we are number one.”
Menifee finished with a considerable amount of positive yardage to go along with his two touchdowns to help his team stay unbeaten at 8-0, 5-0 in the conference.
In the fourth quarter, Summit Country Day had two opportunities to cut the deficit.
But Woods fumbled on the Cincinnati Country Day 35 yard line with just under six minutes left in the game, and Guttman’s interception essentially ended the game.
Summit Country Day had five possessions in the second half – three ended on turnovers, one on a punt and another with a touchdown pass by Woods to junior wide receiver C. J. Suggs.
The touchdown pass to Suggs in the third quarter gave Summit Country Day the lead 27-21 with just over six minutes left in the third quarter.
Suggs created his own scoring drive by intercepting junior Cameron Alldred’s pass on the 46 yard line, setting up the touchdown four plays later.
On Cincinnati Country Day’s next possession, the Indians put together a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended on a 3-yard touchdown run by Alldred to take the lead, 28-27. Nine of the 10 offensive calls were running plays.
On Summit Country Day’s following possession late in the third quarter, Woods fumbled the snap, which the Indians recovered at Summit’s 33 yard line.
That fumble led to the Menifee touchdown that gave the Indians some needed breathing room and last scoring drive of the night.
Cincinnati Country Day made a critical goal line stand in the second quarter. Suggs returned a punt to the Indians’ 2 yard line, but Summit Country Day was stopped on four straight plays, including a fourth down from the 1.
Cincinnati Country Day will look to stay unbeaten as it faces North College Hill on Oct. 25, and Summit Country Day will play on the road against Dayton Christian.