By Josh Brown
PIQUA — In the Greater Western Ohio Conference, every point counts.
And an early missed point-after proved costly for Tippecanoe Friday.
Piqua’s Micah Karn scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal with only 9 seconds remaining and then ran in the game-winning two-point conversion, capping off a 93-yard, six-minute-plus drive and handing the Red Devils a heartbreaking 14-13 victory Friday night in Piqua.
After Tippecanoe (4-5, 1-3 GWOC American North Division) had blocked the extra point on Piqua’s first touchdown, the Indians elected to go for two and the win after Karn’s late score. Karn running in the two-point try gave the Indians (6-3, 3-1 GWOC American North) their first lead of the game.
Cade Beam gave the Devils the lead on a 2-yard run with 4:38 left in the first quarter, but the extra point was no good, giving Tippecanoe a 6-0 lead.
Piqua evened the score with 3:17 left in the first half on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Karn to Owen Toopes, but the Devils blocked the extra point try to leave the score knotted at 6-6. And with 27 seconds left until halftime, Josh Burritt scored on a 5-yard run and Ben Sauls drove home the point-after to give the Devils a 13-6 lead.
Tippecanoe appeared to score a putaway touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter, but those points were wiped out by a false start penalty on the play. And on the very next play, the Devils fumbled the ball away, allowing Piqua to take over on the Tippecanoe 7-yard line with 6:22 to play and setting up the eventual game-winning drive.
Burritt led the Devils with 200 yards on 22 carries and Beam added 66 yards on 20 carries. Karn, meanwhile had 114 rushing yards on 17 carries for Piqua and was 7 for 12 passing for another 112 yards.
The loss mathematically eliminated the Red Devils from playoff contention, while the Indians are still alive in ninth place in the Division III, Region 12 standings and needing to climb one place to get in. Piqua will get that chance in Week 10 when it hosts archrival Troy — which already locked up a playoff spot with a win over Greenville on Friday. Tippecanoe, meanwhile, will finish its season at home looking to play spoiler against another playoff hopeful, Butler, in Week 10.
Miami East 42,
TC North 0
LEWISBURG — Miami East looked dominant Friday night at Tri-County North, making a case for the playoffs by shutting out the Panthers 42-0 in a Cross County Conference matchup.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings (7-2, 5-2 CCC) took control with 21 unanswered second-quarter points. Justin Brown scored on a 2-yard run, the Ian Gengler hit Kaleb Nickels with a 53-yard touchdown pass to put East up 14-0. Brown finished off the half with a 4-yard touchdown run to make the score 21-0 at the break, and then he broke a 49-yard touchdown run in the third to make the score 28-0. Vincent Villella added a pair of touchdowns on runs of 19 and 30 yards to put the game away.
Villella led the Vikings with 248 yards on 20 carries on the night, while Brown added 97 yards on only eight carries. Gengler was 3 for 6 for 122 yards, with Nickels leading the receiving corps with two catches for 73 yards.
The win helped the Vikings in the Division V, Region 18 playoff standings — the Panthers fell to 6-3 with the loss, tied for the most wins of any of East’s defeated opponents, putting the Vikings in seventh place in the standings.
Miami East will finish the regular season against 4-5 Twin Valley South in Week 10.
TV South 0
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Needing to win out to keep its playoff hopes alive, Covington posted its sixth straight victory and hit the 50-point mark for a third consecutive game, pitching a shutout at Twin Valley South and winning 50-0 in Cross County Conference play Friday.
With the win, Covington improved to 6-3 and 6-1 in the CCC, needing 8-1 Fort Loramie to lose next week against 6-3 Tri-County North to get a share of the league title. The Buccaneers also sit in seventh place in the Division VI, Region 24 playoff standings, with the Panthers falling 4-5.
The Buccs took control with 22 first-quarter points and never let go. Gage Kerrigan scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, Duncan Cooper added a 3-yard scoring run — with Brayden Wiggins running in a two-point conversion — and Kerrigan broke a 60-yard run to put the Buccs up 22-0 after one. Eli Gerling scored on a 1-yard run and Cade Schmelzer threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Kadin Presser to make the score 36-0 at the half.
Alex Schaffer broke a 53-yard touchdown run and Trentin Alexander scored on a 66-yard run in the second half to salt away the win, and the defense did the rest, allowing only 23 yards of total offense for the Panthers.
Covington takes on 4-5 National Trail at home in Week 10.
BRADFORD — The Bethel Bees entered Week 9 having lost four of their last five, but they got back on track Friday night with a 54-0 victory over winless Bradford on the road.
Bethel improved to 5-4 with the win, 3-4 in the Cross County Conference, and will host Mississinawa Valley in Week 10 to finish the season, while Bradford (0-9, 0-7 CCC) travels to Ansonia.
Troy Christian 0
LIMA — Troy Christian’s postseason hopes took a hit Friday night as the Eagles (7-2) lost at undefeated Lima Central Catholic, 48-0.
As of Saturday morning, the Eagles unofficially sat in ninth place in the Division VI, Region 24 standings, needing to climb one more place to get in. LCC, meanwhile, improved to 8-0, sits in first place in the D-VI, Region 24 standings and clinched a home playoff game.
Troy Christian will finish the regular season in Week 10 at 3-5 Crestline.
LIMA — Lehman survived a challenge at Perry Friday night, scoring a late touchdown to grab a 21-14 victory — and clinching a playoff spot in the process.
The Cavaliers sat in seventh place in the Division VII, Region 28 standings after Friday’s win.
Lehman still has something to play for in Week 10 after clinching a playoff spot, though — it hosts Riverside in the Northwest Central Conference championship game. Both teams will enter Week 10 with matching 6-3 overall, 5-1 NWCC records.
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