FT. LORAMIE – Last season the Minster Wildcats football team suffered a tough loss to the Ft. Loramie Redskins, but Friday night the Wildcats retaliated and shutout the Redskins 34-0, keyed by 283 yards through the air.
“The kids were excited tonight because they put in a lot of work,” Minster head coach Geron Stokes said. “They were excited for this game. We were led tonight by a great group of nine seniors that really care about what we are doing. It is fun but we have a long way to go.”
Quarterback Josh Nixon had his pick of receivers the whole night as he passed for 283 yards completing 17 of 24.
Eli Wolf was the leading receiver for the Wildcats with seven receptions for 127 yards and Jacob Dues had two receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.
“Our guys earned this win,” Stokes said. “You have to credit their work. Nine months of stuff that they are not normally used to.”
The Redskins travel to New Bremen next Friday, while the Wildcats entertain Sidney Lehman.
ALLEN EAST 49, NEW BREMEN 26
HARROD — The Allen East Mustangs used the momentum of a late first-half kickoff return for a touchdown to catapult them to a wild 49-26 win over the New Bremen Cardinals on Friday night to open the regular season.
New Bremen pulled to within 28-19 on quarterback Trey Naylor’s one-yard touchdown with 25 seconds left in the half — his third of the second quarter — when Allen East’s Logan Schick took back the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to give the Mustangs a 35-19 advantage at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Allen East scored two early fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach.
New Bremen relied on its running game thoughout, rushing the ball 46 times for 232 yards. Ben Schwieterman led the way with 112 yards on 23 carries with a fourth quarter 1-yard touchdown. Naylor rushed for 81 yards and three touchdown on 16 carries. Naylor was 1-of-5 passing for 32 yards on a pass he connected with Nick Gusching.
Braden Elshoff led New Bremen with 10 tackles.
New Bremen (0-1) will host Fort Loramie on Friday. The Redskins lost to Minster 34-0 on Friday night.
CELINA 26, VERSAILLES 3
CELINA – The Celina Bulldogs’ defense smothered Versailles, holding the Tigers to just 144 yards of total offense in a 26-6 victory on Friday night.
Celina’s Garrett Winget rushed for 54 and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Bulldog quarterback Caleb Hoyng went 11-of-19 passing for 199 yards and a touchdown. Celina’s Jacob Stolly made three catches for 116 yards and a touchdown, including a 79-yard reception from Hoyng in the fourth quarter that gave Celina a comfortable lead.
Versailles rushed for 112 yards on 45 carries.
Celina put up 199 yards through the air and rushed for 89 yards on 22 carries.
Celina hosts Bath next Friday while Versailles travels to Delphos St. John’s.
WAPAKONETA 28, BELLEFONTAINE 6
BELLEFONTAINE — Wapakoneta passed its first test in the new era of Redskins football Friday.
Wapakoneta’s defense shut down Bellefontaine, while Redskins running backs Keaton Metz and Jon Eaton scored two rushing touchdowns each for the Redskins in their 28-6 win over the Bellefontaine Chieftains in non-league varsity football action, giving first-year Wapakoneta coach Travis Moyer his first win with the school.
The Redskins led the entire game, rushed for 289 yards, and took down the Cheiftains in front of a packed stadium, with the game played on AcuSport Stadium’s newly installed artificial turf.
“The game is simple … it comes down to blocking and tackling,” Moyer said. “I thought we did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage. I thought we did a good job of setting that line of scrimmage. I thought our backs ran hard.
Jon Eaton paced the Redskins in rushing with 108 yards on 12 attempts. Keaton Metz totaled 78 yards rushing and had two catches for 17. Kodi Morgan notched 39 yards of 4 of 5 passing.
Wapakoneta will start the nine-game Western Buckeye League portion of its schedule next Friday, with a visit to Hardin County and the Kenton Wildcats, who lost Friday to Coldwater, 24-2.
COLDWATER 24, KENTON 2
The Coldwater Cavaliers kept Kenton’s usually prolific offense at bay and Brody Hoying ran at will against the Wildcat defense in Coldwater’s 24-2 win on Friday night at Robinson Field.
Hoying ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and threw for another 114 yards on 8-of-13 passing.
New Kenton quarterback Trent Hites went 20-of-37 for 182 yards with two interceptions.
Kenton’s lone two points came on a sack of Brody Hoying in the end zone in the third quarter.
Kenton, playing their fwithout Mike Mauk as head coach for the first time in 31 years, had to punt five times in Brent Fackler’s debut as head coach of the Wildcats.
SPENCERVILLE 51, LEIPSIC 0
Spencerville’s Zach Goecke accounted for five offensive touchdowns, the Bearcats’ Wing-T offense rolled up 365 yards on the ground and the defenseheld Leipsic to just four first downs in a 51-0 victory to open the season on Friday night.
Spencerville led 35-0 at the half and never looked back.
The Bearcats’ Goecke rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries and caught three passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns.. Andrew Emery had 126 yards on 13 carries.
Spencerville quarterback Mason Nourse went 3-for-5 for 72 yards and two TDs through the air.
Spencerville will host Ada on Friday night at 7;30 p.m.