After two quarters of scoreless football between Trotwood-Madison and Badin in the Division III Region 12 finals, senior Carl Blanton Jr flexed his muscle with two huge pass plays in the third quarter starting with a 78-yard strike from quarterback Cooper Stewart with 9:29 left in the quarter and then again with Cooper out of the game with an injury on a 69-yard strike from Keon’tae Huguely with 3:42 to put the Greater Western Ohio Conference team up 14-7.

Trotwood would add another touchdown late in the fourth quarter to make it 20-7 but it was Blanton that lifted the Rams to the Region 12 title with four reception for 170 yards and two touchdowns plus four tackles on defense for good measure.

Following the game, spoke with the multi-sport standout about the big plays (in the video), if his future will be football or basketball and why this win was not only important to the team but the entire community of Trotwood in this First Star Logistics sponsored video.


Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (, a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.