By David Fong and Josh Brown
Sports Content Providers
TROY — In the cold light of day, the film Saturday morning certainly looked better than the product did Friday night.
“Our film actually wasn’t that bad,” Troy football coach Scot Brewer said Saturday afternoon after his team’s 42-7 loss to Chaminade Julienne Friday night. “Our kids were in position to make plays, CJ made a lot of good plays Friday night. You’ve got to give them some credit — they are a great football team.
“We took a lot of positives out of this game. Yes, we made mistakes, but we feel the mistakes we made are all mistakes we can fix. We didn’t make a lot of the same mistakes we made during the preseason.”
One of the positives Troy will take out of the game was the play of its offensive line and junior running back Elijah Pearson. In the first varsity start of his career, Pearson — running behind four new starters along the offensive line — carried the ball 20 times for 140 yards.
“I thought our running game was outstanding,” Brewer said. “Elijah did a great job and so did our offensive line.”
It won’t get any easier for Troy in the coming weeks. This week, Troy will travel to Cincinnati Norwest, a Division II playoff qualifier in 2013. From there, Troy will host Miamisburg and Wayne in Weeks 3 and 4 — both were Division I playoff qualifiers last season and both won their opening games Friday.
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Troy Christian picked up right where it left off in 2013 — namely, running the ball with Luke Dillahunt.
In 2013, Dillahunt rushed for more than 1,100 yards and averaged 13 yards per carry in just eight games. In Week 1 against Perry, he rushed for more than 200 yards and five touchdowns.
Under coach Steve Nolan, expect more of the same when Troy Christian takes on Miami Valley Christian Academy this coming Friday in its home opener. From there, Troy Christian travels to Northeastern and hosts Cincinnati Taft.
Speaking of picking up where things left off last year, the Tippecanoe Red Devils went right back to work after their regional championship game appearance last season, routing Graham 49-13 in a game that was called off with nine minutes still on the clock due to lightning.
Quarterback Zack Blair threw four touchdown passes — a 50-yarder to Austin Clack, a 55-yarder to Bobby Hopkins, a 24-yarder to Eric Seeman and a 55-yarder to Jakob Prall. Clack scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 6 yards, and Cameron Gibbs scored on a 23-yard run as the Devils took a 28-13 halftime lead and outscored the Falcons 21-0.
Now the Devils will head to Greenville next week to face the Green Wave — who will be playing without quarterback Clay Guillozet.
Miami East looked strong in its opener, as well, winning at Milton-Union for the first time since 2000 and playing a nearly perfect first half. The Vikings, who won their first ever playoff game last year, scored on their first four possessions and forced three-and-outs on the Bulldogs’ first four tries.
The young Bulldogs will try to get back on track against Oakwood next week. The Vikings will begin Cross County Conference play with National Trail — another of the CCC’s four playoff teams last year.
Another of those playoff teams, regional semifinalist Covington, lost its first regular season game since Week 8 of the 2009 season — a 43-game streak — falling to St. Henry 34-7.
The Buccaneers lost three fumbles and St. Henry cashed in, building a 20-0 lead after one quarter, a 27-0 lead at the half and a 34-0 lead before Covington finally punched one in in the fourth. St. Henry only had 67 more yards of offense — 276-209 — but the Buccs simply couldn’t hang onto the ball, something they will look to correct against Arcanum in Week 2.
Bethel, meanwhile, unveiled its new offense and its new coach, Scott Clodfelter — and reversed one result from last season. The Bees dropped last year’s opener at Northridge 18-13, but they dominated this year, piling up 300 rushing yards and winning 30-6. They will remain at home in Week 2 and face Mississinawa Valley, which dropped its Week 1 game.
Another returning playoff team from last year lost its opener as Lehman was routed by Anna 41-7, and Piqua held off Toledo St. John’s 42-21 at home.