ELIDA — Delphos St. John’s edged Elida 28-27 in an opening night thriller Friday.
Leading the way for the Blue Jays were Brady Parrish with a 10-of-17 passing night for 138 yards, as well as rushing for 103 yards on 15 carries and two scores of 27 and two yards. He added a 31-yard punt return for a score. Brady Grothaus also added a 2-yard scoring run. The Jays overcame a 20-point second-period deficit.
Toping the Bulldogs were Evan Unruh with 20-of-41 passing for 254 yards and touchdowns to KeShawn Spivey (60 yards) and Devon Barnett (18), while adding 98 yards on 19 carries and two scores of 11 and four yards. Spivey caught 10 passes for 134 yards.
WAYNESFIELD - Waynesfield-Goshen used a steady offense to grab a non-league victory over Ayersville.
The Tigers’ Cooper Roberts threw for five touchdown passes and 212 yards 7-of-9 passing, including TDs to Evan Miller (8 yards), Layton Campbell (38), Cole Schlegel (55), Miller (15) and Campbell (44). Joel Rickle also added a 6-yard TD run.
The Pilots’ Jakob Trevino threw a pair of touchdown passes to Ricky Sherman (5 yards) and Weston McGuire (9), as well as two touchdown rushes by Chase Eitner (2 and 1 yards).
New Bremen 51, Ada 21
ADA - New Bremen outgained Ada 438-223 in a besting of the Bulldogs.
The Cardinals ran for 420 yards on 39 attempts, led by Wyatt Dicke’s five caries for 138 yards and two scores (61 and 10 yards), Mitchell Hays three touchdown runs (44, 2 and 1 yards) and Zach Bertke ‘s 1-yard scoring run and 85-yard punt return. Owen Gable kicked a 23-yard rifle goal.
Brandon Hull went 19-of-25 passing for 193 yards and a 25-yard score to Daniel Mattson. Hull added a 17-yard scoring run and Zac Swaney returned a punt 85 yards for a score.
Fort Recovery 35,
Lehman Catholic 0
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery opened the 2019 football season with an impressive non-league performance against Lehman Catholic.
The Indians received a 20-of-26 passing day from Clay Schmitz for 269 yards and five touchdowns: three to Gavin Thobe (18, 24 and 14 yards), a 13-yarder to Riley Pearson and a 7-yarder to Regan Martin. Martin caught eight passes for 112 yards and Thobe caught six passes for 103 yards.
The Indians also held the Cavaliers to minus-12 yards of total offense, including minus-39 on the ground.
Bluffton 42, Cory-Rawson 26
BLUFFTON - Blufton outscored Cory-Rawson 15-0 in the fourth period.
Tyler Shutler and Baylor Garmatter each ran for two scores for the Pirates: Garmatter for one and six yards and Shutler for nine and 68 yards. Zavier O’Neal recovered a blocked punt for a score and Nate Schaadt threw a 21-yard scoring toss to Andrew Wehrly. Shutler ran seven times for 108 yards and Tucker Neff 21 times for 143 yards.
Deontae Davis scored twice on runs of 61 and one yards for the Hornets, while Tommy Stauffer ran in a 50-yard score and threw a 21-yard scoring toss to Grant Bacon. Davis ran for 166 yards on 22 tries.
Upper Scioto Valley 38, Springfield Catholic Central 6
MCGUFFEY - Upper Scioto Valley held Springfield Catholic Central to zero yards of total offense in the Rams’ non-league win.
The Rams received a 30-yard punt return from Jackson Rohrs; two touchdown passes by Kadyn Hurley (28 yards to Tristan Fisher and 37 yards to Evan Sousley, a 10-yard Sousley run and a Rohrs interception for a score.
Hardin Northern 48, Arcadia 26
DOLA - Hardin Northern accounted for 447 yards of total offense in its beating of Arcadia.
Owen Wetherill ran six times for 134 yards and three scores from 27, six and 20 yards. Nevin Robson went 6-of-13 passing for 217 yards and scores to Frank McCoy (82 yards) and nine yards to Daylin Pees, as well as a 60-yard fumble return and Brock Hipsher’s 7-yard scoring run. McCoy caught three passes for 133 yards.
Hayden Rader accounted for two touchdown runs for Arcadia: 18 and one yards; as well as a 79-yard kickoff return and a 22-yard pass to Tristan Martinez.
Parkway 33, Crestview 20
ROCKFORD - Parkway pulled away from Crestview in a non-league tussle.
Eli Rich led the way for the Panthers with three touchdown passes (63 yards to Caleb Kinney, 31 yards to Nick Hawk and 11 to Jason Luth. Rich also ran in a 27-yard score and Hawk ran in from 47 yards out. Hawk ran 15 times for 126 yards.
Brody Brecht ran for two scores for the Knights: from one and 50 yards; as well as Jayden Ward’s 15-yard scoring toss to Caylib Pruitt.
Leipsic 28, Carey 20
LEIPSIC - Leipsic secured their home opener versus Carey.
Cole Williamson ran in three scores for the Vikings: six, 45 and one yards; and Lorenzo Walther added a score. Wiliamson ran 22 times for 133 yards.
Carey countered with three touchdown rushes: 20 yards by Reece Billock, three yards by Conner Williams and 15 yards by Brady Curlis.
Wayne Trace 28, Paulding 27
PAULDING - Wayne Trace held off Paulding in a battle of archrivals.
Trevor Speice led the Raiders with three touchdown passes: 20 yards to Nate Showalter, five yards to Nathan Gerber and 16 yards to Alex Reinart; as well as adding a 2-yard scoring run. Speice went 19-of-29 passing for 239 yards and Owen Manz caught five passes for 122 yards.
Pacing the Panthers were Fernando Garcia with scoring runs of two and one yards, along with Payton Beckman’s 4-yard scoring run and 5-yard pass to Caleb Manz.
Wapakoneta 28, Bellefontaine 0
WAPAKONETA - The Wapakoneta defense limited Bellefontaine to 101 yards of total offense in grabbing a non-league triumph.
Evan Kaeck led the Redskin offense with three touchdown rushes of 23, 23 and seven yards, as well as a 79-yarder from Connor McDonald. Kaeck ran 15 times for 109 yards, McDonald six times for 100 and Reed Mericle 14 for 131.
Allen East 24, Bath 21
BATH TOWNSHIP - Allen East’s Bradden Crumrine kicked a 24-yard field goal late in the fourth period to give the Mustangs a victory over archrival Bath.
Crumrine caught a 25-yard pass from Bryce Belcher. Belcher threw a 75-yard pass to Cole Fletcher and Belcher added a 5-yard run.
Lex Boecidkcer threw a 23-yard scoring pass to Lucas Prichard and added a 7-yard run. Trey Johnson tacked on a 3-yard TD run.
Eastwood 21, Ottawa-Glandorf 14
EASTWOOD - Eastwood rallied with a 21-point second half to down Ottawa-Glandorf.
Jacob Baulbaugh ran in from a yard out and threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Clayton Recker. Baulbaugh went 13-of-26 passing for 198 yards.
Shawnee 35, Delphos Jefferson 6
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP - Shawnee outgained Delphos Jefferson 402-111 to grab a non-league victory.
Peyton Wilson ran in from 14 yards, Jacob Vorhees returned a punt 73 yards, Vorhees caught a 43-yard scoring pass from John Barker, William Roberson ran in from 17 yards out and Wilson tacked on a 43-yard run. Wilson ran 10 times for 124 yards and Roberson 15 for 112.
Logan Hubert threw a 43-yard scoring toss to Logan Herron for the Wildcats.
Marion Local 49, Woodlan 0
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local’s defense held Woodlan to 71 yards of total offense in dominating their foe.
Dylan Heitkamp scored three times on the ground for the Flyers: from two, 17 and one yards. Kyle Muhlenkamp threw a 15-yard scoring toss to Charles Huelsman and added a 9-yard scoring run. Brandon Fleck added a 1-yard run and Connor Griesdown a 1-yard run.
St. Marys 25, Sidney 22
SIDNEY - St. Marys held on to down Sidney in the season opener.
Scoring for the Roughriders were Dylan Trogdlon from one yard out; a 25-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Reineke to Carson Fischbach; a 5-yard scoring run by Ethan Wedding; and a 25-yard field goal ny Henry Spencer.
Coldwater 42, Kenton 7
COLDWATER - Jake Hemmelgarn ran for a pair of touchdowns and added four touchdown tosses to help Coldwater defeat Kenron.
Hemmelgarn ran in from five and 60 yards for the Cavaliers. He also threw touchdowns to Zach McKibben (50 yards), Noah Miller (13 and 25) and Will Broering (25).
Jayden Cornell threw a 55-yard score to Blaine Huston for the Wildcats.
Minster 20, Fort Loramie 13
The Redskins pulled within seven points with a late touchdown but couldn’t pull closer in a season-opening loss at Minster on Friday.
The Wildcats built a 13-0 lead by halftime. Fort Loramie pulled within seven points after Collin Moore threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Damon Mescher early in the third, but Minster scored on its next drive to re-take control. Moore threw a 4-yard TD pass to Nick Brandewie with two minutes left.
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