By David Fong
and Josh Brown
FORT LORAMIE – One week ago, Fort Loramie – new to the Cross County Conference this season – knocked off the league’s defending champion, Covington.
Friday night, last year’s runner-up stepped up.
Vincent Villella scored a pair of first-half touchdowns to get Miami East back into the game, and then Justin Brown scored back-to-back touchdowns late, including the eventual game-winner with 5:31 remaining, as the Vikings (3-1, 2-0 CCC) came from behind to stun the Redskins 27-26 on the road Friday night.
Fort Loramie (2-2, 1-1 CCC) took the lead on a 2-yard run by Mike Hoying in the first quarter to go up 6-0, but Villella – who finished with 148 yards on 29 carries – scored on runs of 3 yards and 1 yard in the second quarter to give the Vikings a 13-6 lead at the half.
The Redskins fought back in the third, though, scoring three straight times. Carter Mescher broke a 56-yard touchdown run that cut the lead to 13-12 after a second failed extra point, but Hoying broke a 25-yard touchdown and cashed in a two-point conversion to put Fort Loramie up 20-13. Austin Siegel then hit Mark Seger with a 45-yard touchdown pass, and the Redskins looked to be in total control, up 26-13.
Brown changed all that before the end of the third, though. He broke loose on a 62-yard touchdown run that kept Miami East’s hopes alive and cut the lead to 26-20 heading into the fourth quarter, then he scored on a 9-yard run, and Jonah Brautigam’s extra point gave the Vikings a 27-26 lead with 5:31 to go.
Brown then grabbed his second interception of the night at the 3:58 mark, and Miami East took the clock down to under a minute before giving the ball back for one last Redskin chance. But Blaine Brokschmidt picked off the Redskins’ desperation heave as time expired to put away the win.
Brown finished with 120 rushing yards on 14 carries, Colt Frazier added 14 yards and Kaleb Nickels had 11. Ian Gengler was 4 for 9 passing for 56 yards with no interceptions – a key stat, given the Viking defense picked off three Redskin passes on the night.
Miami East has another big test in Week 5 as it travels to Bethel to take on the 4-0 Bees.
Bethel 52, Ansonia 6
BRANDT — For the first time in more than a decade, the Bethel football team is 4-0 following is drubbing of Ansonia Friday.
The last time the Bees started a season 4-0 was 2006. That season, Bethel lost in Week 5 to end the streak and finished the season 7-3.
With Friday’s win, Bethel improved to 4-0 (2-0 in the CCC). Ansonia fell to 1-3 (1-1).
Bethel quarterback Jacob Evans ran two touchdowns in in the first quarter to stake the Bees out to a 16-0 lead after one, then he hit Kendal James for a 63-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. Caleb South ran in another score, then Evans had his third rushing touchdown of the game to make it 38-0 at halftime.
Jacob Ullmer scored on a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, then South added a fourth-quarter touchdown to cap off the scoring.
Through four games this season, Bethel is outscoring its opponents by an average score of 56.0 to 14.3.
Bethel hosts Miami East this Friday in a game that could have massive CCC title and playoff implications.
Covington 20, Tri-County North 7
COVINGTON — Covington ended its uncharacteristic three-game losing streak — the first time Covington lost three in a row to open the season since 1991 — with a win over TC North Friday.
Sophomore quarterback Cade Schmelzer got the Buccaneers on the board first with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. After TC North came back to tie the game before halftime, Covington took a 13-7 lead on another 1-yard run by Schmelzer. The Buccs would seal the game early in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard touchdown run by Gage Kerrigan.
With the win, Covington improved to 1-3 (1-1 in the CCC), while TC North fell to 2-2 (1-1). The Buccaneers host Arcanum this Friday.
Lucas 50, Troy Christian 12
LUCAS — The Troy Christian football team fell to 2-2 with a loss to Lucas Friday. Lucas improved to 3-1 with the win.
Troy Christian hosts Greenfield McClain this Friday.
Trotwood 56, Tippecanoe 10
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe suffered its second loss in a row Friday, falling to Division III state powerhouse Trotwood-Madison.
Cole Barhorst did finish with 21 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Red Devils. Caiden Smith added a field goal.
With the loss, Tippecanoe fell to 2-2, while Trotwood improved to 4-0. Tippecanoe travels to Fairborn this Friday.
Piqua 35, West Carrollton 0
WEST CARROLLTON — Piqua jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to a running clock victory over West Carrollton Friday.
Piqua quarterback Austin Davis completed 11 of 16 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Devon Brown had 12 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Ben Schmiesing had a rushing touchdown, while Hayden Schrubb and Cale Meckstroth both had touchdown receptions.
With the win, Piqua improved to 2-2, while West Carrollton fell to 1-3. Piqua hosts Xenia this coming Friday.
Lehman 62, Ridgemont 8
MOUNT VICTORY — Lehman cruised to its third win in a row Friday, blasting Ridgemont.
With the win, Lehman improved to 3-1, while Ridgemont fell to 0-4. Lehman hosts Elgin this Friday.
Arcanum 30, Bradford 0
ARCANUM — Bradford remains in search of its first victory of the season after falling to Arcanum Friday.
With the loss, Bradford fell to 0-4 (0-2 in the CCC), while Arcanum improved to 1-3 (1-1). Bradford hosts Tri-County North this Friday.
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