By David Fong
and Josh Brown
NEW MADISON — Last year, Bethel posted its first winning season this decade.
Next week, the Bees have a chance to reach another milestone.
Bethel posted its third straight victory to begin the season Friday night, obliterating Tri-Village 64-14 on the road in the teams’ first meeting since the Patriots joined the CCC. The Bees have not been 4-0 since 2006.
In 2014, Bethel won its first three games only to finish the season on a seven-game skid. And last year, the Bees won three straight to begin the season then went on a three-game losing streak, eventually finishing the year on a four-game winning streak to go 7-3, the team’s first winning season since 2010.
And this season, Bethel (3-0, 1-0 Cross County Conference) has been winning in dominant fashion. Friday was the second time in three games that the Bees have topped the 60-point mark, winning by an average score of 57.3-17.
Bethel will look to win its fourth straight in Week 4 when it hosts 1-2 Ansonia.
Troy Christian 36,
TROY — The Eagles had the ground game running in high gear Friday, as a pair of running backs topped the 100-yard mark.
Louden Saulbeamer led the Eagles with 16 carries for 162 yards and two touchdowns, while Jacob Edwards added 16 carries for 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Quarterback Caleb Twiss completed 6 of 11 passes for 57 yards and one touchdown. In his first game of the season after suffering a preseason injury, Cameron Strine had five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown.
With the win, Troy Christian improved to 2-1, while Northridge fell to 0-3.
Troy Christian travels to Lucas this Friday.
Miami East 49,
National Trail 0
CASSTOWN — Miami East’s Justin Brown had a 100-plus-yard game both rushing and receiving, he and Vincent Villella racked up three touchdowns apiece and the Vikings (2-1, 1-0 Cross County Conference) opened up league play with a dominant 49-0 victory over National Trail Friday at Miami East.
Brown caught a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Ian Gengler in the first quarter — the first a 45-yard score and the next a 54-yarder — and, after a blocked extra point on the first one, Villella carried in a two-point conversion on the next to make it 14-0. Villella then added the first of his touchdown runs, a 10-yarder, to make it 21-0 after one quarter, then Villella scored on touchdown runs of 12 yards and 1 yard in the second to give the Vikings a 35-0 lead at halftime.
Brown broke a 21-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Jacob Brown scored on a 7-yard run in the fourth to finish things off.
Justin Brown had 115 rushing yards on eight carries and 112 receiving yards on four catches, while Villella piled up 67 yards on 15 rushes. Gengler was 6 for 8 passing for 137 yards and the two scores.
Miami East travels to Fort Loramie in Week 4 for a big early-season CCC showdown.
WEST MILTON — Milton picked up its first win of the season, while handing Northwestern its first loss of the season Friday.
Milton got on the board first on a 26-yard touchdown run by Zac Shields. The Bulldogs extended that lead to 9-0 when Michael Whitmer forced a safety.
After Northwestern had cut Milton’s lead to 9-7, Milton would go up 16-7 in the third quarter when William Morris picked off a pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. After Northwestern scored to make it 22-13, Morris slammed the door shut with a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
With the win, Milton improved to 1-2, while Northwestern fell to 2-1.
Milton-Union hosts Northridge this Friday.
Fort Loramie 28,
COVINGTON — Covington dropped its Cross County Conference opener to CCC newcomer Fort Loramie Friday.
Down 7-0, Covington tied the score when Ethan Herron stepped in front of a Redskin pass and returned in 95 yards for a touchdown.
Trailing 14-7, the Buccaneers would tie the score late in the first half when sophomore quarterback Cade Schmeltzer hooked up with Ty Freeman on a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Fort Loramie would go up 28-14. Covington would pull within a touchdown with 1:10 to play on Herron’s 1-yard touchdown run. The Buccaneers recovered the onside kick, but were unable to move the ball as the clock expired.
With the loss, Covington fell to 0-3 (0-1 in the CCC), while Fort Loramie improved to 2-1 (1-0 in the CCC).
PIQUA — Piqua never could get its offense on track in a loss to Franklin Friday.
The Indians managed just six first downs and 155 yards in total offense — including 35 total rushing yards — against the Wildcats.
Still, though, Piqua’s defense was able to keep the Indians in the game for the most of the night. Down 14-0 at halftime, Piqua cut that lead in half on a 10-yard touchdown run by Devon Brown in the third quarter. Franklin would add a touchdown later in the quarter and shut out the Indians the rest of the way for the win.
With the loss, Piqua fell to 1-2, while Franklin improved to 3-0. The Indians travel to West Carrollton this Friday.
Miss. Valley 21,
BRADFORD — In its first game back in Cross County Conference play after a three-year absence, Bradford became the team Mississinawa Valley ended its 31-game losing streak against as the Railroaders fell 21-6 to the Blackhawks Friday night.
Hunter Penkal had a 56-yard touchdown run for the Railroaders (0-3, 0-1 CCC) that made the score 7-6 Mississinawa Valley with 4:20 left until halftime, but Mississinawa Valley (1-2, 1-0 CCC) was able to shut Bradford out in the second half and put the game away.
Bradford travels to Arcanum in Week 4.
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