TROY — After getting dinged up toward the end of Troy Christian’s game last week, star running back Luke Dillahunt was questionable going into Friday night’s game against Northridge.
Dillahunt showed no ill-effects from whatever had been ailing him, carrying the ball 30 times for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 42-14 victory.
“He’s a special back, there no doubt about it,” Troy Christian coach Steve Nolan said. “There are other good backs out there at this level, but he’s really just a cut above. Some of the plays he makes are pretty incredible.”
Northridge scored on an 80-yard pass on the second play of the game, but from that point on, Troy Christian dominated the action.
“Once the weather got bad, we just pounded the ball at them,” Nolan said. “They are a passing team, and they had trouble doing that once the weather got bad. We just pounded the ball.”
Troy Christian quarterback Hayden Hartman also accounted for three touchdowns for the Eagles.
With the win, Troy Christian improved to 3-0. The Eagles had been scheduled to travel to Cincinnati Christian this coming Friday, but that game was canceled due to Cincinnati Christian’s lack of players. Troy Christian will take a bye week before returning to action in Week 5.
Miami East 42,
CASSTOWN — Friday night, the Miami East Vikings welcomed back members of the 1965 football team — the first one in school history to win a league title.
Then this year’s Vikings went out and played like champions.
Miami East dominated Friday’s matchup against Ansonia, building a 35-0 lead, scoring on the first drive of the third quarter and coasting to a 42-16 victory to improve to 2-1 on the season, 2-0 in the Cross County Conference.
“I thought we were better this week than we were last week,” Miami East coach Max Current said. “It’s good to see us improve every week. We were up 35-0 at the half, scored on the first possession of the third quarter and got some kids in.
“Justin Brown had a nice game running the ball, broke off an 85-yard touchdown. And in the second quarter, Kurt (Brower) got going and carried the ball well for us. And overall I thought our defense played well despite the fact that it constantly rained all night.”
The Vikings will look to keep their roll going and build a three-game winning streak at Arcanum.
“Their triple-option can cause headaches. We’ve got to keep working to get better every week,” Current said. “I liked our effort tonight. Our effort was really good.”
Dayton Christian 10
DAYTON — In Week 1, Bethel let a close game get away.
Down 10-7 in the fourth quarter during Friday’s Week 3 contest, the Bees showed what a difference two weeks can make.
Josh Wills scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, capping off lengthy Bethel drives and propelling the Bees to a 21-10 victory over Dayton Christian.
“It was a tough win, really,” Bethel coach Scott Clodfelter said. “I told the kids, though, that this was one of the first times we’ve been in a tight game like this and I still felt like we were in complete control. I had total confidence that we were going to do it.
“This is year two now, and I felt like we were a little more composed than last year. We didn’t get down on ourselves. And in the end, we imposed our will. We’re going to run the ball and use the triple option, and we got things done.”
With Dayton Christian (2-1) up by three, the Bees (2-1) drove the ball 80 yards, with Wills punching it in to give Bethel the lead. Bethel then forced a Warrior turnover, and Wills put the game out of reach with roughly five minutes left.
“That was the No. 4-ranked team in Division VI coming into this week. That was a really good football team,” Clodfelter said. “This was a really good win for us.”
Bethel faces another tough team in Week 4, hosting 2-1 Covington.
Miss. Valley 0
COVINGTON — Covington High School celebrated its 33rd annual Hall of Fame Night on Friday with the induction of the 1995 volleyball team and 2002 graduate Jarod Meyer, who excelled in basketball, golf and baseball.
But it was the Covington football team that stole the show with a convincing 49-0 victory over a much improved Mississinawa Valley team.
“That’s an improved football team,” Covington coach Dave Miller said. “It’s probably the hardest hitting Mississinawa Valley team we’ve played since I’ve been here.”
Still, Covington controlled the action throughout thanks to a balanced offensive attack that racked up 376 yards on the ground and a defense that held the Blackhawks negative 39 yards rushing and just seven yards of total offense.
“Defensively, we accomplished what we wanted coming in,” Miller said. “To hold a team scoreless and allow just two first downs in four quarters is pretty impressive.”
After holding Mississinawa Valley to a three-and-out in the opening possession of the game, Covington wasted little time marching 60 yards for a 7-0 lead on a 9-yard run by junior Deron White and a successful point-after by Nathan Blei.
Mississinawa Valley then followed by moving the ball into Covington territory for the only time in the contest thanks to a quick pass that netted 20 yards and a run around left end that netted 11 more.
But the Buccaneer defense stiffened and forced a Blackhawk punt that was downed at the Covington 21.
On the very next play junior fullback Lance Miller found a huge hole up the middle and raced nearly untouched 79 yards for a 14-0 lead after yet another Nathan Blei PAT.
Things went from bad to worse for the visiting Blackhawks on the ensuing possession as the Covington defense made three straight plays for negative yards to force yet another punt. Only this time the snap sailed over the punter’s head and senior Ben Kuether dove on the pigskin at the Blackhawk four.
Deron White then powered his way in from the four to push the margin to 21-0 with just over 2:00 left in the opening frame.
And with the momentum on its side, Covington wasn’t about to let up as it put two more touchdowns on the board in the second quarter.
First, Deron White capped a time consuming drive with a one-yard plunge for his own hat trick and then Lance Miller took advantage of another mishandled snap over the Blackhawk punter’s head by scoring on a two-yard run.
Leading 35-0 at the break, Covington wasn’t about to become complecent, which sophomore Ethan Herron made sure of by taking the second half kickoff 79 yards for the score to push the Buccaneer lead to 42-0.
With the running clock in effect, Covington then substituted freely throughout the remainder of the contest.
This all led to a very well executed drive by the younger kids that was capped by a three-yard touchdown run by freshman fullback Garrett Warner.
“This is a good win for our football team because of the way we played,” Miller said. “We still have to study the film, but I felt the kids gave a good effort. We came of this healthy and move on to the next challenge.”
Which is a huge road contest at Bethel (2-1) next Friday.
Lima Senior 36,
Piqua 28, 2OT
PIQUA — It was a battle to the end in a matchup of unbeatens before Lima Senior came away with a 36-28 win in double overtime Friday night at Alexander Stadium/Purk Field.
“There were just a couple of plays that could have gone differently,” Piqua coach Bill Nees said. “I feel like we played well enough offensively and defensively to win. We just came up a little short.”
Piqua had the only score of the second half on a 73-yard drive in the third quarter, with Darien Tipps-Clemons running 26 yards for the score and Noah Lyman kicking the PAT to tie it at 20 with 4:34 to go im the third quarter.
Piqua stopped two lima drives with Dylan Cole interceptions, one forced on a big hit by Jarrett Toopes.
But, Piqua could not get in the end zone despite several good drives and the game went to overtime.
In the first OT, where teams start on the other team’s 20-yard line, Lima’s Demontray Liles ran 20 yards for the score on the first play and Darius Gordon threw to Reuben Flowers for the PAT.
Piqua was able to answer.
Elijah Hudson ran 12 yards for the score.
On the PAT, Nate Monnin caught a pass from Rupert Delacruz to tie it, but Piqua was called for ineligible receiver downfield.
After a great scramble by Delacruz on the second try, Monnin made a diving catch to force a second OT at 28-28.
“It was a great catch,” Nees said. “We had a lot of good things happen.
In the second OT, on fourth down, Jaden Walker ran 12 yards for a score and also ran for the two-point PAT.
Piqua could not score, despite two near completions in the end zone, ending the game.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle.
Lima Senior had the early advantage, before Piqua used a couple interceptions to swing the momentum of the game.
After a bad snap on a Piqua punt, Lima took over on the Piqua 10 and quarterback Darius Gordon threw to Ruben Flowers for a 10-yard touchdown. The PAT kick was wide.
After a Piqua punt, the Spartans struck again.
On third-and-goal from the 11, Gordon lofted the ball high into the corner of the end zone to Flowers to give Lima a 12-0 lead with 2:39 to go in the first quarter. The PAT pass failed.
Piqua then started to get its running game untracked.
The Indians put together a 65-yard drive.
Darien Tipps-Clemons had a 19-yard run on the drive and on fourth-and-goal from the one — on the first play of the second quarter, Tipps-Clemons rambled 31 yards to the end zone. The PAT kick failed, leaving Piqua behind 12-6.
Four plays later, Piqua linebacker Ben Schmiesing stepped in front of a Gordon pass, giving Piqua the ball at the Spartans 41.
A 27-yard run by Tipps-Clemons set up Allen Schrubb’s 10-yard TD run and Noah Lyman’s kick put Piqua in front 13-12 with 9:27 remaining in the half.
On Lima’s next play, it was Alex Nees picking off Gordon to give Piqua the ball at the Lima 25.
Piqua had a third-and-goal at the one, but a high snap in the shotgun led to quarterback Rupert Delacruz being tackled at the seven.
On fourth-and-goal, Delacruz passed to Clemons, but it was tackled at the one, giving the ball to Lima.
The Spartans put together a 99-yard drive.
They used a hook-and-lateral to convert a third-and-14 and on second-and-seven from Piqua’s 46, Gordon hooked up with Flowers again for a go-ahead touchdown. Gordon then ran for the 2-point PAT to make the score 20-13 at halftime and set up some high drama in the second half.
Piqua, 2-1, will travel to Northmont Friday.
Catholic Central 39,
SPRINGFIELD — Bradford scored a late touchdown to avoid the shutout in a 39-8 loss to Springfield Catholic Central on a rainy Friday night in Springfield.
“We didn’t play well tonight, and that happens,” Bradford football coach Nathan Hyatt said. “We’re disappointed that we didn’t play well. They came out and played great. They executed and fundamentally I thought they were really sound. They executed their schemes. A lot of their kids, they’re three-year starters now. You could tell that.”
Catholic Central scored its final touchdown of the night with 10:06 left in the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Colin Kelly ran 1-yard for a touchdown, making it 39-0.
Bradford then got the ball, and on a third-and-14 play Bryson Canan busted free for a 57-yard touchdown run to get the Railroaders on the scoreboard.
“It was good to see us do that,” Hyatt said. “And more so than the touchdown … we did things right on that play. We blocked well. We hit the hole correctly, and he had some good vision, and he bounced it outside, and he finished it off. So it was good to see us do things correctly and then have a positive result for it.”
Canan also ran in the two-point conversion and made it a 39-8 game.
The Railroaders then recovered an onside kick, but the drive went nowhere and Catholic Central recovered a Bradford fumble to end the game.
For the night Catholic Central unofficially outgained Bradford with 347 yards to the Railroaders’ 128. Bradford had 48 rushing yards and 80 passing yards while Catholic Central had 236 rushing yards and 111 passing yards.
Five Railroaders carried the ball Friday night with only Canan netting positive yards. He had 78 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
Bradford quarterback Andy Branson went 6-for-19 for 80 yards and an interception. Walker Branson caught three passes for 22 yards, and Tyler Gunter caught one pass for 35 yards to lead the Railroader receivers.
Bradford fell to 0-3 with the loss to Catholic Central. The Railroaders play their first home game of the season on Friday when Hillcrest travels up to Bradford from Cincinnati.