By Josh Brown
SPRINGFIELD — As they left the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division, the Tippecanoe Red Devils dropped the mic.
Tippecanoe (9-1, 4-1 CBC Kenton Trail) scored three times in the second quarter in Friday’s division title game at Kenton Ridge, taking over early and never letting go to win 40-0 over the Cougars and clinch the outright championship 40-0 in its final season in the division.
The Devils, who lost the division title last season before defeating the Cougars in the first round of the playoffs, will move to the Greater Western Ohio Conference next year.
“Our team motto was ‘Unfinished business,’” Tippecanoe coach Joel Derge said. “We felt like we left one on the field last year, and the seniors really bought into the thought. They wanted to take care of that unfinished business before we left the division.”
And, having already clinched a home game for the first round of the playoffs after Week 9, the Devils could have settled for that. But they weren’t about to.
“We were real focused on Kenton Ridge this week,” Derge said. “The kids really responded well and executed our gameplan. We knew last Saturday we’d clinched the home game, so we went in that day to talk to the kids. We said congratulations on the home game, but now we’re not going to talk about that until after we’re done with our business with Kenton Ridge.”
Jakob Prall, who led the Devils with 116 yards on 12 attempts, gave Tippecanoe a 7-0 lead after one quarter with a 5-yard touchdown. Then in the second quarter, Brandon Gotthardt hit Bobby Hopkins with a 29-yard touchdown pass, Cole Barhorst scored on a 3-yard run and Gotthardt hooked up with Eric Seeman on a 17-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-0 at the half.
“We received the opening kickoff and went right down the field in about six minutes,” Derge said. “On our five possessions in the first half, we scored on four of them. The offense was really clicking, and we were happy about that.”
Tippecanoe put the game away in the third quarter as Prall broke a 53-yard touchdown run, then Aaron Hughes hit Hopkins for a 13-yard touchdown in the fourth.
Tippecanoe’s opponent for Week 11 was still not finalized as of Saturday morning, but the Devils will play at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
WAYNESVILLE — Before the Bulldogs’ regular season finale was even over, they’d already clinched a home game for the first round of the playoffs.
It helped them deal with how Friday’s game went, as Milton-Union finished the season with a disappointing 34-17 loss at Waynesville to end the regular season with a 6-4 record, 4-2 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division.
“We told the kids that we’ve got more life left,” Milton-Union coach Mark Lane said. “We’ve still got a chance to redeem ourselves after that showing.”
The Bulldogs had already clinched a playoff spot, but with the first three seeds already taken, they held a tenuous grasp on the fourth and final home game going into Friday. But the computer points turned in their favor before the night ended, and they will return home after a two-game road trip to end the regular season.
“Our kids are excited about it,” Lane said. “We’re going to get better from this game and be ready next week. Waynesville’s just a good football team that doesn’t have a good record. The kids played hard tonight, but they just outplayed us.”
Milton-Union will play at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday against a still-to-be-finalized opponent as of Saturday morning.
COVINGTON — The Covington Buccaneers clinched a share of their 15th Cross County Conference championship Friday night, blowing out Ansonia 42-6 to finish the regular season 8-2, 7-1 in the CCC.
The Buccs, who had already locked up a home game in the first round of the playoffs, shared the title with Miami East, who defeated Twin Valley South 41-7 in their Week 10 showdown to finish with a 7-1 CCC record. The Buccs handed the Vikings their lone league loss, while Twin Valley South handed Covington its only CCC defeat.
Branden Robinson caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Blei to get things started, then Jared Williams broke a 45-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 after one. Williams the broke a 74-yard touchdown run to make it a three-score game before Ansonia put its only points of the night on the board to make it 21-6 at the half.
The Buccs then put the game away with a 21-0 third quarter, with Williams scoring his third touchdown of the night on a 31-yard run, Brandon Magee scoring on a 1-yard run and Shane Straw on a 2-yard run.
Covington’s first-round postseason opponent had yet to be decided. It will be finalized Sunday afternoon.
Troy Christian 62,
Miss. Valley 6
UNION CITY — Having already been mathematically eliminated from the postseason, Troy Christian was just playing for pride Friday — and to end a three-game losing streak.
The Eagles did just that, though, routing winless Mississinawa Valley 62-6 to finish the season with a winning record at 5-4.
Arcanum 65, Bethel 22
BRANDT — Bethel entered Week 10 on a three-game winning streak and looking to post a winning record, but the Arcanum Trojans spoiled those plans, defeating the Bees 65-22 to finish the year on a five-game winning streak of their own.
Arcanum held a 26-0 lead early until Jacob Evans scored back-to-back touchdowns, one on a 1-yard sneak and another on a 27-yard run, to cut the deficit to 26-14. After Arcanum answered, the Bees scored with 35 seconds left in the half as Evans hit Tyler Terry with a 30-yard touchdown pass to make it 33-22 at the half. But by the time the third quarter was over, Arcanum held a 53-22 lead and finished the game strong.
Bethel and Arcanum both finished the season 5-5, 4-4 in the Cross County Conference.
SIDNEY — Lehman already knew it wasn’t going to get any help Friday in the playoff standings, playing winless Waynesfield-Goshen, but the Cavaliers still clinched a playoff berth with a 56-21 victory in the regular season finale.
Lehman’s (6-4) Week 11 opponent will be finalized officially on Sunday.
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