CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy averaged 43.9 points per game during the regular season, but its defense was the story in a 19-0 playoff victory over Madeira.
CHCA (11-0) went three-and-out on their first five offensive possessions and didn’t get a first down until late in the second quarter. Quarterback Conner Osborne started the game with eight incomplete passes before he finally got things going. The Eagles took a 7-0 lead in the locker room on the strength a 20-yard Nick Marsh rushing touchdown with just under a minute to go in the half.
Osborne connected a 44-yard TD pass with David Bechtold with 9:43 left in the game to open up a 13-0 lead. Kyle Davis added a rushing score less than two minutes later for the Eagles to round on the scoring. For the night Osborne 16-of-28 for 156 yards.
Madeira (8-3) had their hands full against the No. 2 seeded Eagles and were playing without a full deck. The Mustangs entered the contest without senior quarterback Matthew Ballweg and running back Jewels Edmerson, who was injured in last week’s regular-season finale.
The defense of CHCA was too much for the undermanned Mustangs. The unit pitched its fifth shutout of the season. They were led by defensive lineman Ryan Prescott, who finished with four sacks.
CHCA moves on to take on Badin (9-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mason High School. The Rams knocked off Mariemont 37-13 in their opening-round mathcup.