FORT LORAMIE — The Lehman football team trailed Fort Loramie just 14-13 at halftime, before the Redskins scored the first 21 points of the second half to win 35-19.
Lehman had touchdown passes for 40 and 42 yards in the first half and 10-yard TD run in the second half.
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LEWISBURG — It took Miami East one big quarter to take control of its own destiny.
After both the Vikings and Tri-County North started out fast in the first quarter, Miami East (6-2, 6-1 Cross County Conference) scored 28 unanswered second-quarter points to take charge, coasting to an impressive 56-27 victory over the Panthers Friday night to pull into a first-place tie in the conference.
That’s because Covington, which defeated the Vikings the previous week to become the only unbeaten team left in CCC play, was upset by Twin Valley South Friday night.
“I was worried this week,” Miami East coach Max Current said. “We had a tough one last week, but the boys did a nice job. They regrouped and got focused on North.”
The Panthers (5-3, 5-2 CCC) scored on the game’s opening possession, but Arron Adams answered with a 77-yard touchdown run to tie the score. After another Tri-County North score, Adams scored on a 12-yard run to tie the score at 14-14 after the first quarter.
The Vikings took control from there. Kurt Brower scored on a 1-yard run, Braxton Donaldson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Logan May, May scored on a 9-yard run and Justin Brown broke a 44-yard touchdown run on his only carry of the game, making the score 42-14 East at the half.
“There were only 44 seconds off the clock in the first quarter, and it was 7-7,” Current said. “They scored again, we answered again, and after that they just couldn’t stop us.”
The Panthers began the second half with 13 unanswered points, though, cutting the lead to 42-27. But Donaldson scored on a 2-yard run to put the game away, and Brower added a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth.
“We drove it down to the 10 to start the second half, but we fumbled and they scooped it up and took it 87 yards for a touchdown,” Current said. “Then they made us punt and pulled within 15, but we finished it off. Brower ran hard tonight, and Adams had a very nice game offensively.”
Brower had 212 yards on 26 carries, Adams had 167 yards on 15 attempts and May had 93 yards on 11 carries to lead the way. Donaldson was also 4 for 7 passing for 82 yards, with May grabbing three receptions for 59 yards.
Miami East travels to Troy Christian for a big non-league showdown in Week 9 before taking on Twin Valley South in Week 10, with the winner of that final game clinching a share of the CCC title.
COVINGTON — Twin Valley South’s Jacob Bassler hit J.J. Utz with an 8-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds remaining, capping off a back-and-forth battle and handing the Covington Buccaneers (6-2, 5-1) their first Cross County Conference loss of the season, 34-30 Friday night.
Covington had been the only team left without a loss in CCC play, but now the Buccs fall into a first-place tie with the Panthers (6-2, 5-1) and Miami East, which the Buccs defeated last week.
Covington took a 15-7 lead early, with Jared Williams scoring touchdowns of 4 and 14 yards in the first half. But Utz caught one of his four touchdown passes on the night, this one 39 yards from Mike Myers, to make it a one-point Covington lead at the half.
Utz then caught a 22-yard score from Bassler to give the Panthers the lead in the third, but the Buccs retook it on a 1yard run by Ethan Herron. Bassler then hit Utz with a 54-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-23 South after three, but Lance Miller scored on a 1-yard run to give the Buccs a 30-27 lead late, setting up Utz’s heroics late. The Panthers then recovered a squib kick on the ensuing kickoff to put the game away.
Covington will look to bounce back in Week 9 against National Trail, still controlling its own destiny in the CCC. The Buccs need only win their final two games to clinch a share of the CCC title.
MANCHESTER – Bradford won its third consecutive game and improved to .500 with its first road victory since Oct. 26, 2012, in a 36-20 win at Manchester on Friday night.
The Railroaders went into halftime tied 14-14 with the Greyhounds before dominating the second half to secure their fourth victory of the season.
“We went into halftime, and they were a little uptight,” Bradford football coach Nathan Hyatt said. “And we talked about, gosh, let’s just go out there and let’s have fun playing football. And they played so well in the second half. And I’m so proud of these guys. I mean, it was just awesome. It was awesome.”
Andy Branson had an 11-yard run late in the first quarter to tie the game 6-6.
After a successful onside kick, Tyler Gunter ran 32 yards to set up his own 3-yard TD run. He ran for the PAT to make it 14-6, before Manchester tied it by halftime.
Bradford got the ball to start the second half and put together a nine-play, 63-yard scoring drive with Mason Justice running 13 yards for the go-ahead score.
After getting a defensive stop, Bradford again got its offense going. This time the Railroaders covered 85 yards in six plays with Gunter scoring on a 14-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Gunter also ran for a two-point conversion, and the score stood at 28-14.
After Adam Rostkowski intercepted a Manchester pass, Bradford’s offense again went to work and drove 81 yards in four plays with Canan scoring the touchdown. Branson added a two-point conversion run, and the Railroaders led 36-14 with 7:47 remaining in the fourth quarter and held on for the victory.
With Friday night’s victory Bradford improved to 4-4 and kept its playoff hopes alive while Manchester fell to 1-7. Bradford will travel north on Saturday to face Fairview, who is 2-6 and coming off a 28-14 win against Holgate.
VERSAILLES – The Coldwater Cavaliers proved why they are the No. 1 ranked team in Division V Friday night against Versailles.
The Cavaliers used big plays and a punishing defense to take down the Tigers 44-7 Friday night. The Tigers only managed to gain 68 yards in total offense.
The Cavaliers wasted little time jumping out to a 22-0 lead before the Tigers knew what hit them.
“Coldwater definitely got a bunch of athletes,” Versailles football coach Adam Miller said. “We knew coming into this game it was going to be an uphill battle.”
The Tiger defense gave up several big plays, allowing the Cavaliers to build the lead.
The Tigers were able to score late in the first half. Kyle Subler scored on a 1-yard run with: 14 seconds left in the half. The Tigers were aided by an unsportsmanlike conduct call. The Tigers had a little momentum going into halftime.
The Cavaliers took the second half kickoff and extinguished any hope the Tigers had. A 17 yard-touchdown pass had the Tigers down 28-7 early in the third quarter.
The Cavaliers scored two more touchdowns and closed out the scoring with a safety with one minute left in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers do not get any breathing room as they travel to Marion Local Friday night. The Flyers had their long winning streak snapped last week by Coldwater but started a new one with a win Friday over Fort Recovery.