Walnut Hills To Play In 16th Showdown

Bearcat Insider caught up with Cincinnati Walnut Hills head coach George Kontsis about his team being in the 16th annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown and more.

A 1976 graduate of Maryland´s Wheaton High School, George Kontsis has been a stabilizing force at Walnut Hills as their head coach since 2008 when he led them to their first victory in 4 years.

The following two years both were 5-5 affairs, but Walnut Hills would have arguably their best season ever in 2011 when they went 8-2 and appeared for the first time ever in the playoffs.

I got a chance to catch up with Coach Kontsis at a luncheon and informational meeting for the nation's biggest prep football showcase, the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.

This is Walnut Hill's third appearance at the showdown, and they have a chance to get their first win in it against Sycamore on Friday, August 30 at Sycamore Stadium.

Coach Kontsis is most excited about the "Seven returning starters," and the "Number of senior leaders returning to the squad."

Quarterback Kevin Blount promises to be one of the most exciting returners to the team.

"He's top five in the conference in passing and rushing, just a great player," said Kontsis. "He'll be a junior this year after starting for the team at QB during his sophomore season.

"We also have two wide receivers and our running back returning this year.

They're not entering the season as a perfect team though, as Coach Kontsis outlined some of the things they have to fix.

"We have holes to plug on the Offensive Line and lots of other things to fix before our first game. There are two starters returning, but there's "a little bit of concern."

Coach Kontsis also detailed some of the strengths this year's team will have in comparison to years past. "We're fast on D and have some returning anchors on that side of the field."

Coach Kontsis has attributed the success the program has shown to two things in particular, "Building a tradition that Walnut Hills can be proud of," And his "Tremendous staff of assistants."

The team will be looking to last year's win against Wyoming as inspiration for this year in continuing to build that tradition.

Walnut Hills has a strong schedule, starting off with two games against GMC opponents, Sycamore and Fairfield. Sycamore finished in second place in the GMC last year and should likely have a team just as strong, giving the Eagles a strong test to start the season.

Fairfield did not win a game and has a lot of work to do, but still have the potential to be a tough opponent.

If the Eagles can win those first two games they'll have good momentum going into their own conference play and can look for another playoff berth after missing it in 2012. Walnut Hills, even with their leaps and bounds of progress since 2007, have a lot of work to do and a lot to prove.


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