By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — Sidney took advantage of four turnovers by the Tippecanoe football team — including three interceptions by Darren Taborn — and was able to hold on for a narrow 16-10 victory Friday night in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play at Tipp City Park.
Taborn’s final interception of the night came with 6:50 to play after Tippecanoe (3-4, 0-2 GWOC American North) had made it a one-touchdown game, and the Yellow Jackets (4-3, 1-1 GWOC American North) were able to run out the clock from there.
Sidney quarterback Ryan Dunham was 18 for 25 for 181 yards, including a 38-yard score to Josiah Hudgins that gave Sidney a 7-0 lead with 7:05 left in the first quarter. But after the Red Devils tied the score at 7-7 early in the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by Josh Burritt, Dunham threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Quamir Brown with 1:20 left in the first half to give the Jackets a 13-7 lead at the break.
Hallie Truesdale kicked a 26-yard field goal for the only score of the third quarter, and Ben Sauls kicked a 26-yarder to cut Sidney’s lead to 16-10 with 11:18 left in the fourth. Tippecanoe’s defense forced a three-and-out, but Taborn came up with an interception on Sidney’s 12-yard line to kill off the Red Devils’ final chance.
A pair of Devils had big nights running the ball — Burritt had 104 yards on 17 carries and Cade Beam had 101 yards on 22 carries.
Tippecanoe travels to Greenville in Week 8 looking to snap a two-game skid.
BRANDT — Covington not only got payback for a loss to Bethel last season, it did so in dominant fashion as the Buccaneers (4-3, 3-1 Cross County Conference) routed the Bees (4-3, 2-3 CCC) 54-7 Friday night on the road.
Bethel’s Jacob Ullmer posted the first score of the game with a 62-yard run, but from there it was all Covington as the Buccaneer defense only allowed 29 more yards of Bethel offense the rest of the game.
Andrew Cates caught a pair of touchdown passes from Cade Schmelzer — one 29-yarder and one 10-yarder — and Brayden Wiggins added an 11-yard touchdown run and also a 29-yard touchdown on a lateral by Parker Dysinger after he caught a Schmelzer pass. Trentin Alexander added a 46-yard touchdown run, and the Buccs also had a pair of defensive touchdowns — a 75-yard interception return by Josh Latimer and a 31-yard fumble return by Gavin McReynolds.
In Week 8, Bethel travels to 5-2 Tri-County North for another tough matchup, while Covington hosts winless Bradford.
Miami East 63,
BRADFORD — Miami East bounced back from a disappointing Week 6 loss to Covington Friday night, forcing seven turnovers — and scoring on two of them — in a 63-0 rout of winless Bradford in Cross County Conference play.
Justin Brown intercepted three passes and piled 168 yards of returns, taking one of them back 64 yards for the Vikings’ final score of the first half — a touchdown that made it 49-0 at halftime. Kaleb Nickels also returned an interception 45 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, and Aaron Lawrence and Nick Shields both picked off a pass. In total, the Vikings had 253 yards’ worth of interception returns and no passing yardage of their own on offense — conversely, the East defense held Bradford to only 39 passing yards and 48 total yards on the night. Brenden Dalton Also recovered a fumble to give the Vikings a 7-0 edge in turnovers.
Brown also had 57 rushing yards on four carries, including touchdowns of 21 and 24 yards, and Vincent Villella had 95 yards on five carries, including touchdowns of 54, 16 and 9 yards. Connor McNulty added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Austin Francis had a 14-yard score.
With the win, Miami East improved to 5-2 on the season, 3-2 in CCC play, while Bradford fell to 0-7 and 0-5 in the CCC.
Miami East returns home in Week 8, hosting Arcanum, while Bradford travels to Covington.
Preble Shawnee 3
CAMDEN — Milton-Union (4-3, 3-1 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) won its second straight and third in its last four Friday night, cruising past 1-6 Preble Shawnee 36-3 on the road.
Milton-Union travels to Valley View in Week 8 for its final non-league game of the season.
PIQUA — Piqua (5-2, 2-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) won for the second straight time to begin division play Friday night, building a 22-0 halftime lead and putting away visiting Greenville 42-7.
Micah Karn had 188 yards on 16 carries with a pair of scores, a 21-yarder and a 5-yarder, to lead the Indians. Matt Blankenship added a 1-yard touchdown run, Brennan Toopes ran in an 11-yard score and Coren Coleman scored on a 1-yard run. Owen Toopes also added a defensive touchdown, returning a fumble 38 yards for a touchdown.
Piqua travels to Butler in Week 8.
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen snapped Lehman’s four-game winning streak Friday, stunning the Cavaliers 22-3.
Lehman (4-3, 3-1 Northwest Central Conference) hosts Upper Scioto Valley in Week 8.
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