With a 38-19 loss to Springboro in the second round of the Division II, Region 8 playoffs, the illustrious prep career of Miles Schlichter at Miami Trace High School came crashing to an end on the gridiron.
The Panthers of Miami Trace High School held a 13-10 halftime lead over the unbeaten Panthers of Springboro who were coming off a hard-fought and emotional 38-35 victory over Cincinnati Winton Woods in overtime a week before.
"It's heartbreaking. It wasn't suppose to end like this," said Schlichter with tears still running down his face long after the game had ended. "Springboro is a good team but it's just heartbreaking. I've been through four years of this and I've been with these kids since I was real little and it's just so painful. But there's life after football and there's life after high school and everything, and so we just have to go on from here. I wish Springboro the best of luck and our juniors next year just have to step it up."
Miami Trace had an 18-game regular-season winning streak come to an end in week two this year and they didn't lose a league game for the third consecutive year this season. The Panthers, a member of the South Central Ohio conference, moved up a division this season but Schlichter was still dreaming about playing 15 games with the strongest team in his four years at Trace.
"This was a huge game for us and we knew we had a shot at it," said Schlichter who was 10 of 21 passing for 191 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to Springboro. "We came out and we played them strong and had a couple of mistakes here and there. But in the second half they figured out the only play that could hurt us and they ran it well. That buck sweep play, or whatever they ran, it worked on us and it stopped our year. It's a shame but they're a good team so you can't take anything away from them."
Schlichter basically took over as the school's starting signal caller in week two of his freshman campaign and was 3-6 as a starter that year. He was 8-2 as a sophomore starter and 10-1 as the starting quarterback last year. The loss to Springboro resulted in a 9-3 finish for the Panthers this season. Schlichter threw for 1,790 yards last season and close to 1,650 yards this year.
"It's been a great four years," Schlichter said. "I've been with every single one of these coaches for four years, over 40 games I've started, and I can't look back and say that I did anything bad in my career. And tonight we came out and played our best and it's just sad that it's over, but it had to happen."
Next up for Schlichter is basketball season. After playing on the hardwood in his first two years at Miami Trace, Schlichter sat out last year to concentrate on his senior year in football.
Jake Ballard, #86, in pursuit.
"We've got basketball next," Schlichter said. "We'll be in basketball next week some time so we have to move on, but it's going to hurt for a while. I didn't play basketball last year but I'm playing this year. At our school I was always the big kid when I was little so I'll run some at the 3 and 4 (positions). I'm more of rebounder and I score some, so we'll see what happens this year."
And of course college is also on his mind now that he's played his last down of high school football. Schlichter attended numerous camps in the off-season, including the U.S. Army All-American combine last January, but he really has no idea of what his future has in store for him at this time with respect to recruiting.
"I have no clue really," said Schlichter who will entertain offers between now and February from any school that's interested in him. "It will be interesting I'm sure. There's a lot of schools that I'm in contact with and a lot of schools that are wanting stuff, but we'll just wait and see what happens."