MOUNT BLANCHARD — Bluffton pounded out 427 yards on the ground to post a 55-27 victory over Riverdale in the first round of the Division VI, region 22 football playoffs Friday night at Mount Blanchard.
Bluffton advances to the second round to face Fairview at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fairview.
Bluffton is 4-2. Riverdale is 4-3.
The Pirates’ Tyson Shutler led the offense with 21 carries for 261 yards with three TDs. He had TD runs of 44, 4 and 50 yards.
Bluffton quarterback Nate Schaadt had 16 carries for 98 yards with two TDs. He had TD runs of 6 and 7 yards.
In the air, Schaadt completed 4 of 9 for 61 yards.
Landon Shutler added four carries for 68 yards with one TD.
Riverdale’s Kwade McCoy completed 8 of 18 for 123 yards. He had one TD.
Riverdale’s Lane Morris had eight carries for 37 yards with one TD.
Bluffton had 488 total yards.
Riverdale had 266 total yards, with 91 on the ground.
Bluffton led 7-0 after the first quarter and 27-0 at the half.
But Riverdale came back and got within 35-21 with 3:16 left in the third quarter.
Bluffton outscored Riverdale 20-6 in the final quarter to pull away with the 55-27 win.
Van Buren 16, Paulding 0
VAN BUREN — Van Buren blanked Paulding in the first round of the playoffs at Van Buren.
Van Buren advances to the second round to face Northwood at 7 p.m. Saturday at Northwood.
Paulding is 1-6. Van Buren is 5-2.
Parkway 36, St. Bernard-Elmwood 6
ST. BERNARD – Parkway won its first game of the year with a victory over St. Bernard-Elmwood in the first round of the playoffs at St. Bernard.
Parkway (1-6) advances to the second round to meet Frankfort Adena at 7 p.m. Saturday at Frankfort Adena.
Coldwater Lions Invitational
COLDWATER — Shawnee edged Van Wert 61-62 to win the boys team championship at Saturday’s Coldwater Lions Invitational cross country meet.
Minster (83 points) was third and Lincolnview won the sixth-place finisher tiebreaker against Covington for fourth among the 19 that posted team scores.
Minster’s Alex Albers was the race winner. Van Wert’s Hunter Sherer (Van Wert), Shawnee’s Isaiah Jones, Van Wert’s Asanke Steyer, Coldwater’s Issac Schoen, Shawnee’s Noah Williams, Allen East’s Hunter Sidle, Jackson Center’s Kellen Reichert, Van Wert’s Gage Wannemacher and Shawnee’s Justin Altenbach finished second through 10th respectively.
Minster (25 points) with Fort Recovery (125), St. Henry (129), Versailles (133) and New Bremen (172) also finishing in the top five among the 17 that posted team scores.
Minster’s Ella Bote was the race winner. Lincolnview’s Madison Langdon, Minster’s Maggie Hemmelgarn, Shawnee’s Lily Cleaves, Fort Recovery’s Ellie Will, Minster’s Mason Pohl, Taylor Roth and Chaney Cedarleaf and St. Henry’s Ally Heath were second through ninth respectively.
FOSTORIA — Columbus Grove (23 points) won the boys team championship followed by Van Buren (84) and Carey (89). Fostoria won the sixth-place runner tiebreaker to finish fourth ahead of Eastwood after each had 107 points. Elmwood (127) was sixth.
Grove’s Carson Closson (17 minutes, 15.65 seconds) finished second behind race winner Cory Jay (17:08.67) from Eastwood.
Grove’s Caleb Stechschulte (17:43.65) and Trent Koch (17:45.07) were third and fourth respectively. Roy Langhals (18:14.8) was sixth and teammates Derek Birkemeier (18:27.95), Tayden Pingle (18:32.78), Caleb Morman (18:48.98), Logan Mershman (18:51.98), Evan Pitts (19:19.12), Luke Ellerbrock (19:19.79) and Anden Blankemeyer (19:38.38) were eighth through 14th respectively also for CG.
Antwerp Archer Invitational
ANTWERP — Paulding (194 points) finished eight and Leipsic (237) was 10th behindchamp Holgate (34) among the 10 that posted team scores. Reid Johanns (18:44) led Paulding with a 17th place and Roman DeLaRosa (20:10) was 37th to lead Leipsic behind race winner Joshuah Taylor (16:45) from Bryan.
In the girls race, Paulding’s Elyse Manz (23:01) was 25th and Leipsic’s Whitney Langhals (25:05) was 45th to lead their respective squads. Liberty Center’s Hope Oelkrug (19:58) was the race winner. Neither Paulding or Leipsic posted team scores in the girls event.
Columbus Grove 1
COLUMBUS GROVE — The Rockets won 25-23, 15-25, 25-19, 25-17
Alanya Ricker had 16 kills, Lauren Benroth had four aces, Lauren Benroth had 41 assists and Grace Selhorst had 19 digs for Grove. P-G’s individual stats were not reported by deadline.
Hardin Northern 3,
DOLA — The Hornets won 25-17, 25-21, 25-13
Alli Garmatter had 10 kills, Averie Elchert had four aces, Maddy Wellington had 10 assists and Faith Bowersox and Maddy Wellington had eight digs each for C-R. Hardin Northern’s individual stats were not reported.
Marion Local 3, Fairlawn 0
SIDNEY — The Flyers won 25-17, 25-11, 25-18
Marion Local leaders: Alana Pohlman had 13 kills, Alana Pohlman had four aces, Heidi Rethman had 27 assists and Heidi Rethman had six digs for Marion Local.
Minster 3, Houston 0
MINSTER — The Wildcats won 25-12, 25-11, 25-14,
Minster leaders: Alyssa Niemeyer and Ivy Wolf each had eight kills, Brynn Oldiges had four aces, Jayden Clune had 29 assists and Ava Sharp had 18 digs for Minster.
Ottawa-Glandorf 3, St. Henry 0
OTTAWA — Titans moved to 19-0 with the 25-16, 25-13, 25-23 victory.
Ottawa-Glandorf leaders: Maddie White had 15 kills, Mia Verhoff had a pair of aces, Saleigha Ellerbrock had 32 assists and Mia Ellerbrock had 14 digs for O-G.
Miller City 3, Paulding 1
MILLER CITY — The Wildcats won 22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-16.
Miller City leaders: Abi Lammers had 28 kills, Kiana Gable had three aces, Adrienne Kuhlman had 47 assists and Abi Lammers had 31 digs for Miller City.
Allen East 3, Vanlue 0
HARROD — The Mustangs won 25-14, 25-15, 25-9
Allen East leaders: Soraya Jackson had 12 kills, Savana Brooks and Hannah Williams each had five aces, Hannah Williams had 24 assists and Savana Brooks had 13 digs for Allen East.
Elida 3, Kalida 0
The Bulldogs won 25-13, 25-11, 25-18.
Cadence Miller had 35 assists and Kylie Vorhees had 13 kills and 13 digs for Elida. Brooke Siefker and Brooke Vennekotter each had four kills and Maria Gerding had 17 assists for Kalida.
Ottawa-Glandorf 7, Kalida 0
KALIDA — Myka Aldrich had three goals and Kelsey Erford, Alexa Fortman, Lilly Haselman and Brianna Douglas each had a single tally. Abby Warnecke got the shutout in goal.
Cory-Rawson 6, Allen East 0
HARROD — Zoe Chisholm had three goals and Libby McVetta, Grace Roebke and Lanie Kempf each had a single tally. Katie Bish and Evelyn Waltz combined for the shutout in goal.
Celina 6, Coldwater 1
CELINA — Celina’s Taylor Klingshirn, Mia Rolfes, Carley Eichler, Jena Wilson, Kira Dirksen and Ellie Hitchcock and Coldwater’s Blair Muhlenkamp each had a goal.
Van Wert 0
OTTAWA — Carson Fuka, Derek Crumrine and Mike Evers each had a goal and Dylan Birkimeier got the shutout in goal.
Temple Christian 2, Lincolnview 2
LIMA — Temple Christian’s Daniel Engle and Van Heffner and Lincolnview’s Cole Gorman and Clayton Leeth each had a goal.
Bluffton 1, Shawnee 1
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Bluffton’s Jonathan Schriner and Shawnee’s Carter Jensen each had a goal.
Lehman Catholic 2, LCC 1
Alex Arellano had Lima Central Catholic’s goal.
Fort Jennings 2, Lima Senior 0
Jack Sellman and Cody Horstman each had a goal and Jon Grote made 15 saves to earn the shutout in goal.
BLUFFTON — The host Beavers split a pair of contests with Adrian College. Adrian took the opener 8-2 before Bluffton rolled to a 12-2 victory in game two.
Bobbi Adams provided the offense for Bluffton in game one with a bomb to center in the fourth inning. She followed that up with an RBI single in the seventh that plated Crestview grad Sydney Bowen. Adams finished 3-of-4 with two RBI in the opening game.
Bluffton scored in five of six innings en route to a victory in the nightcap. Baker hits a two-run shot in the first frame before the Beavers posted five runs in the third frame. Lily Tate delivered with a two-run double down the right field line as Bluffton led 8-2 after just three innings.
Riley Langstaff drove in two with her double to left center in the sixth and Baker followed with an RBI single to left that made the final score 12-2.
Katie McCord went five innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits with a pair of strikeout. Shawnee grad Molly Bollinger followed with two innings of shutout relief.
TIFFIN — Bluffton opened with a 399 team score to be in 13th place after the first round at par 72 Mohawk Golf & Country Club. Marissa Hall led the way with a 94.
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