By Josh Brown
CASSTOWN — Vincent Villella ran for four touchdowns Friday night — all in the first half — as Miami East (6-2, 4-2 Cross County Conference) coasted past Arcanum in a 76-13 blowout on homecoming night.
Villella finished the night with 204 rushing yards on only eight carries, with four of those going the distance. He ran for touchdowns of 30 and 21 yards in the first quarter and then added a 4-yard and a 66-yard score in the second quarter.
Ian Gengler hit Justin Brown with a 32-yard touchdown pass to start the scoring, and Colt Frazier returned a blocked put 28 yards for a score to help give the Vikings a 28-0 lead after one. And in the second quarter, Gengler and Kaleb Nickels connected on a 16-yard touchdown pass, then Nickels broke a 54-yard touchdown run, giving the Vikings a 56-0 lead at halftime.
Connor McNulty added a 48-yard touchdown run to give East 63 unanswered points to begin the game before Arcanum (1-7, 1-5 CCC) scored back-to-back touchdowns to make the score 63-13 in the fourth. But Jonah Wolf broke a 55-yard touchdown, and Tyler Kirby returned a fumble 29 yards for another score to close out the game.
Led by Villella, the Vikings had 419 rushing yards on 26 attempts — and team average of 16.1 yards per carry. Gengler was also 4 for 6 passing for 77 yards, with Brown leading the way with two receptions for 54 yards.
Miami East travels to Mississinawa Valley in Week 9.
GREENVILLE — Tippecanoe did its heavy lifting in the first half Friday night, scoring 43 unanswered points to begin the game and routing Greenville on the road 43-7 for its first Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division victory of the season.
Cade Beam led the way for the Red Devils (4-4, 1-2 GWOC American North) with four touchdowns on the night, scoring on runs of 9, 4, 10 and 25 yards. He had a pair of first-quarter touchdown runs and the defense recorded a safety to make the score 16-0 after the opening quarter, and after this third score of the night made it 23-0, Ben Ambos ran for another touchdown to give the Devils a 30-point lead. Beam then punched in his final touchdown of the night and Troy Taylor hit Mason Gostomsky with a 21-yard touchdown pass, and the Devils led 43-0 at halftime — and put the game on ice from there.
Beam finished with 104 yards on 10 carries and Ambos had 56 yards on six carries to lead the Devils and Taylor was 4 for 8 passing for 65 yards, with each pass going to a different receiver.
Tippecanoe travels to Piqua in Week 9.
COVINGTON — The Covington Buccaners won their fifth straight Friday night, taking a 40-0 lead by halftime and cruising past winless Bradford 53-2.
With the win, Covington improved to 5-3 overall and 5-1 in Cross County Conference play, while a depleted Bradford squad fell to 0-8 and 0-6.
Every Covington touchdown was scored by a different player. Dalton Weer started things off with a 3-yard run, then Cade Schmelzer broke a 30-yard run, Duncan Cooper scored on an 18-yard run and Gage Kerrigan scored on a 17-yard run to make it 26-0 Buccs after one. And in the second, Dylan Burns scored on a 13-yard run and Schmelzer hit Parker Dysinger with a 32-yard touchdown pass to make the score 40-0 at the break.
In the second half, Alex Schaffer scored on an 11-yard run to give the Buccs a 47-0 lead before the Railroader defense recorded a safety for the team’s only score on the night. Cael Vanderhorst then hit Kaden Presser with a 51-yard touchdown pass to cap off the scoring.
Altogether, Covington had 402 yards of offense while only allowing 59 for Bradford.
In Week 9, Covington travels to Twin Valley South, while Bradford travels to Bethel.
Valley View 36,
GERMANTOWN — Valley View snapped Milton-Union’s two-game winning streak Friday night, defeating the Bulldogs 36-19 in non-league play.
Milton-Union (4-4) returns home in Week 9 to host Dixie.
TC North 30,
LEWISBURG — Bethel lost for fourth time in five games Friday night, falling to the .500 mark with a 30-6 loss at Tri-County North in Cross County Conference play.
Bethel (4-4, 2-4 CCC) travels to winless Bradford in Week 9.
VANDALIA — Piqua rallied from a 27-point halftime deficit and had a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter Friday night, but Butler was able to force a fumble and hang on for a 27-25 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division victory over the Indians.
After the Aviators (5-3, 2-1 GWOC American North) took a 27-0 lead at halftime, Micah Karn scored all four of the Indians’ touchdowns in the second half to get Piqua back into the game. Karn finished with 141 yards on 20 carries, scoring on runs of 17, 6, 14 and 21 yards — the final one coming with 7:48 remaining in the game to cut Butler’s lead to two.
Piqua hosts Tippecanoe in Week 9.
Upper Scioto Valley 6
SIDNEY — Lehman bounced back from a surprising loss at Waynesfield-Goshen the previous week, routing Upper Scioto Valley 52-6 at home Friday to improve to 5-3 on the season.
In Week 9, Lehman travels to Perry.
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