By David Fong
and Josh Brown
TROY — What a difference a week can make.
One week after falling 50-12 to Lucas, the Troy Christian football team improved to 3-2 with a 28-7 win over Greenfield McClain Friday.
With the loss, McClain fell to 0-5.
Troy Christian travels to 4-1 Carey this coming Friday.
Tippecanoe 23, Fairborn 21
TIPP CITY — After back-to-back losses to Trotwood and Northmont, Tippecanoe got back on track with a win over Fairborn Friday.
With the win, Tippecanoe improved to 3-2, while Fairborn fell to 1-3.
Josh Burritt had 14 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown for the Red Devils. Cole Barhorst had 19 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown. Barhorst also caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brad Detwiller. Caiden Smith booted a 33-yard field goal.
Smith’s game-winning field goal came with 5:15 left in the game, as well, after Tippecanoe hadfallen behind for the first time. Barhorst’s 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Burritt’s 65-yarder in the second put the Devils up 14-0, but the Skyhawks tied the score at halftime. Barhorst then caught a touchdown pass from Detwiller early in the third, but Tippecanoe missed the extra point and held only a six-point lead.
Wesley Watts hit Shaunn Monroe with a 27-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, and Fairborn cashed in the extra point to take a 21-20 lead heading into the final quarter. But Smith redeemed himself with a 33-yard go-ahead field goal, and Tippecanoe’s defense held on from there.
Tippecanoe hosts Troy in its Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division opener this coming Friday.
Covington 41, Arcanum 21
COVINGTON — After dropping its first three games of the season, Covington picked up its second win in a row Friday, dispatching of Arcanum in a Cross County Conference contest.
With the win, Covington improved to 2-3 (2-1 in the CCC), while Arcanum fell to 1-4 (1-2).
Cade Schmelzer scored on a 3-yard run and then hit Ty Freeman with a 66-yard touchdown pass to put the Buccaneers up 14-0 in the first quarter. Arcanum fought back, though, tying the score at 14-14 early in the second.
The Buccs took charge from there, though, scoring 27 unanswered points to put the game away. Ethan Herron returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to give Covington the lead for good, then Schmelzer hit Bradley Wiggins with a 62-yard touchdown pass. Joey Schmelzer added a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 34-14 at halftime. Gage Kerrigan tacked on a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter before the Trojans got one final meaningless score late.
Covington travels to Miami East for a big CCC showdown this coming Friday.
Preble Shawnee 29, Milton-Union 6
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union couldn’t get its offense going in a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division loss to Preble Shawnee Friday.
With the loss, Milton fell to 2-3 (1-1 in the SWBL), while Preble Shawnee improved to 4-1 (2-0).
Milton travels to Middletown Madison this coming Friday.
Piqua 36, Xenia 20
PIQUA — Down early and tied at halftime, Piqua pulled away from Xenia in the second half Friday.
Piqua quarterback Austin Davis completed 10 of 19 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns. Hayden Schrubb had three catches — all touchdowns — for 100 yards. Ben Schmiesing carried the ball 12 times for 68 yards and a touchdown, while also catching a touchdown pass.
With the win, Piqua improved to 3-2, while Xenia fell to 0-5. Piqua hosts Sidney this Friday in its GWOC American North Division opener.
Lehman 55, Elgin 8
SIDNEY — Lehman and Elgin entered Friday’s game with identical records, but Lehman made it obvious the two teams weren’t on equal footing with a blowout victory Friday.
With the win, Lehman improved to 4-1, while Elgin fell to 3-2.
Quarterback Elliott Gilardi has a 7-yard rushing touchdown then threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Kameron Lee in the first quarter to make it 14-0 after one, then the Cavaliers added three TDs in the second quarter. Gilardi threw TD passes of 9yards to John Cianciolo and 30 yards to Brandon Barhorst, while Lee returned an interception 66 yards for a score.
In the third quarter, Owen Smith had a 70-yard touchdown and Gilardi broke a 53-yard scoring run. And in the fourth, Tyler Sollmann returned a fumble 90 yards for one final touchdown.
Lehman travels to Dola Hardin Northern this coming Friday.
Tri-County North 38, Bradford 0
BRADFORD — Bradford’s struggles continued with a loss to Tri-County North Friday.
With the loss, Bradford fell to 0-5 (0-3 in the CCC), while Tri-County North improved to 3-2 (2-1 in the CCC).
Bradford travels to Tri-Village this coming Friday.
Contact David Fong at firstname.lastname@example.org; follow him on Twitter @thefong. Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.