By David Fong
and Josh Brown
CASSTOWN — The Miami East football team is one step closer to both a Cross County Conference title and a home playoff berth with a 55-8 homecoming win over Bradford Friday.
With the win, Miami East improved to 6-1 (4-0 in the CCC) and remained the lone CCC team with an unblemished conference record. It was Miami East’s fifth win in a row. With the loss, Bradford fell to 0-6 (0-5).
The Vikings left no doubt about the result from the beginning with a 26-point first quarter and 49 unanswered points to start the game. Justin Brown put East on top by breaking a 38-yard touchdown run, then Vincent Villella scored on runs of 8 and 28 yards to make it 20-0. Jacob Brown added the first of his three touchdowns, a 26-yard run, to make it 26-0 after one quarter, and he scored on a 3-yard run in the second to make it 33-0 at halftime.
Miami East then scored a safety on the opening kickoff of the second half, with Bradford’s returner taking the ball at the 10 and running backwards looking for room — only to be tackled in the end zone by Viking kicker Jonah Brautigam. Justin Brown then scored on a 2-yard run and Tyler Kirby followed his own 78-yard scramble with a 2-yard score to make it 49-0 after three.
The Railroaders finally got on the board in the fourth, with Hunter Penkal scoring on a 25-yard run, but the Vikings answered with Jacob Brown’s third score of the night, an 8-yard run, to close things out.
Villella had 106 yards on 12 carries and Justin Brown had 98 yards on 11 carries, both with two touchdonws, Jacob Brown had 66 yards and three scores on seven carries, and Kirby had 102 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Miami East travels to Arcanum this coming Friday, while Bradford hosts Covington.
Troy Christian 54, Jefferson 12
DAYTON — Troy Christian improved to 4-3 with a convincing win over Jefferson Friday.
With the loss, Jefferson fell to 0-6.
Troy Christian hosts Hillcrest Academy this coming Friday.
Brookville 49, Milton-Union 35
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union couldn’t keep up with Brookville in a high-scoring Southwestern Buckeye Leagyue crossover game Friday.
With the loss, Milton fell to 2-5, while Brookville improved to 5-2.
Zac Shields had a big night for the Bulldogs with 194 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Robbie Grove added 67 yards and two scores on 14 carries and William Morris ran for 59 yards and a touchdown and added 83 yards passing.
Grove gave the Bulldogs the lead with a 20-yard touchdown early, then after Brookville tied it up at the end of one quarter, Shields punched in a 1-yard run to make it 14-7 Milton-Union. Brookville scored back-t0-back touchdowns, though, to take a 20-14 halftime lead.
Shields scored on a 3-yard run to put the Bulldogs on top 21-20, but two more Blue Devil touchdowns put Milton-Union in a 35-21 hole. Morris added an 18-yard tocuhdown and Grove a 3-yard one, but the Bulldogs could get no closer than seven the rest of the way.
Milton hosts Carlisle (5-2) this coming Friday.
Piqua 42, Greenville 7
GREENVILLE — Piqua rebounded from last week’s heartbreaking loss to Sidney with a 42-7 win over Greenville Friday.
Austin Davis completed 12 of 14 passes for 219 yards and four touchdowns. Hayden Schrubb had six receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Cale Meckstroth and Devon Brown also had touchdown catches.
Ben Schmiesing had a rushiing touchdown.
With the win, Piqua improved to 4-3 (1-1 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division), while Greenville fell to 2-5 (0-2).
Piqua hosts Butler this coming Friday.
Lehman 77, Waynesfield-Goshen 14
SIDNEY — For the fifth week in a row, Lehman scored 50 or more points in the game.
In the last five games, the Cavaliers have scored 51, 62, 55, 63 and 77 points — an average of 61.6 points per game and an impressive feat in the running clock era.
With the win, Lehman improved to 6-1 (4-0 in the Northwest Central Conference), while Waynesfield-Goshen fell to 1-6 (0-4).
Lehman travels to Upper Scioto Valley this cominig Friday.
Results will be updated and details will be added on the www.troydailynews.com Saturday afternoon and in Sunday’s print edition