By Josh Brown
OAKWOOD — Milton-Union’s been busy building.
And while that’s still an ongoing effort, the Bulldogs are already seeing progress this season.
Milton-Union fought back from a first-half deficit for the second straight week, outscoring Oakwood 20-3 in the third quarter to take control and holding on in the fourth for a 36-30 road victory Saturday morning — making the Bulldogs 2-0 for the first time in three years.
“Absolutely, it was a great day,” Milton-Union coach Mark Lane said. “Our kids battled all day long through some pretty hot weather.
“Our kids just want it. We keep telling them that if they want it, they’ll go out and get it. And that’s what they’ve done.”
The Lumberjacks (0-2) took the lead in the first quarter, but Zac Shields put Milton-Union on the board with a 4-yard touchdown run. The kick failed, though, and Oakwood led 7-6 after one.
Kaleb Rue put Milton on top with a 21-yard field goal, but Oakwood regained the lead with a long touchdown run. Rue then broke off a 49-yard run for a score, but the Jacks scored one last time before the half to take a 24-16 edge.
Rue continued his big day, scoring his second touchdown, then Blake Smith hit Tommy Smith with a 30-yard touchdown pass to make it 29-24 Bulldogs. The Milton defense held Oakwood to a field goal, and Shields scored on a 25-yard run to give the Bulldogs a 36-24 lead heading into the fourth. Oakwood got one last score, but it couldn’t connect on a two-point conversion try, and the Bulldogs held on from there.
And though Milton-Union is 2-0, they don’t want to stop building.
“These have been two stepping stones,” Lane said. “We’ve been laying down bricks for a while now, and we’re building something pretty special.”
Milton-Union will host its home opener in Week 3, facing Tippecanoe.
Miami East 43,
National Trail 0
NEW PARIS — October 31. Week 10 of last season. That was the last time Miami East won a football game.
They just had to wait an extra day to do it this season.
After Friday’s rain pushed the Vikings’ Week 2 game at National Trail back a day, Miami East (1-1, 1-0 Cross County Conference) didn’t feel like waiting anymore, starting fast and never letting up in a 43-0 victory over the Blazers Saturday morning.
Logan May scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns — a 17- and a 2-yarder — to put the Vikings up 13-0. He added a third touchdown on a 7-yard run to start the second quarter, and Kurt Brower converted the two-point conversion. May then caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Donaldson, and Colton Kowaluk hit a 37-yard field goal to make it 30-0 at halftime.
Brower added a 3-yard touchdown in the third and Cody Smith scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth as the whole second half was played under a running clock.
“We made some plays in the passing game today that we didn’t make in Week 1, and that was nice to see,” Miami East coach Max Current said. “We had some penalties, a touchdown called back right before the half, so we still have some things to clean up. But we got a look at a lot of guys today. Everyone got in, and that’s a good thing.”
May finished with 73 rushing yards on 10 carries and added 98 receiving yards on four catches. Brower ran for 68 yards on 10 carries, and Donaldson was 9 for 13 for 160 yards through the air.
“We just have to keep working and getting better,” Current said. “We’ve got to get ready for Ansonia next week.”
Troy Christian 51,
GOSHEN — While other teams waited through lightning delays Friday, either finishing their games close to midnight or seeing their games delayed to Saturday, Troy Christian was busy winning.
The Eagles improved to 2-0 Friday night, only waiting through one lightning delay before routing Waynesfield-Goshen on the road, 51-14.
“We’re playing pretty well for this time of the year,” Troy Christian coach Steve Nolan said. “We’re not making a whole lot of mistakes. We’ve still got to get better, but we’re playing pretty well.”
Luke Dillahunt got the Eagles started with a 10-yard touchdown run, then the Troy Christian passing game took over. Hayden Hartman threw three touchdown passes — a 35-yarder to Jacob Brown, a 50-yarder to Chase Hayden and a 78-yarder to Peyton Spurlock. All told, Hartman was 7 for 10 for 196 yards passing in the game.
Chase Hayden also added a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Jacob Calvert finished the night with 119 yards rushing on six carries, scoring two touchdowns.
Troy Christian hosts Northridge in Week 3.
ARCANUM — After being shut down in Week 1, Covington completed its two-week road trip to start the season Saturday night, opening up Cross County Conference play with a dominant 35-6 victory at Arcanum.
Ethan Herron scored on Covington’s first two possessions of the game — a 3-yard run and a 51-yard run — to give the Buccaneers a 14-6 lead, then Lance Miller finished off a long drive to make it a 15-point lead. Herron scored one last touchdown on a 7-yard run to make it 28-6 at the half, and he added a 9-yard score for the second half’s only points as the Trojans could not move the ball against the Covington defense.
The game began at 6 p.m. Saturday after being postponed a day by Friday night’s lightning and storms.
Editor’s note: The Bethel at Mississinawa Valley and Bradford at Elgin games were not complete at time of press. Bethel led 28-0 at halftime, and Bradford trailed 15-6 at halftime.
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