Minster Tops Fort Loramie 37-7 In Postseason Opener

Minster running back Evan Huelsman runs the ball in the first quarter against Fort Loramie.
Staff Writer

Sometimes football is a complicated game, full of wonkish discussions of strategy, formations and techniques.

Sometimes it is not.

“We just needed to stop getting beat up. They kicked our face in in the first half,” Minster head football coach Geron Stokes, when explaining how his team went from being in a tied dogfight with 2:22 left in the first half to running away with a 37-7 playoff victory over Fort Loramie on Friday night.

After Fort Loramie knotted up the game 7-7 on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Drew Wehrman to Brad Pleiman, Minster marched down the field in the closing minutes of the half and changed the entire complexion of the game

Minster’s scoring drive ended with an 8-yard touchdown toss from quarterback Josh Nixon to Jacob Dues with 43 ticks left in the half.

“That drive was big,” Stokes said. “We were sleepwalking and they were playing.”

The touchdown was the first salvo in a 30-point barrage of unanswered Wildcat points. The dominating final 24 minutes made this playoff game look more like the Week 1 match-up, when Minster throttled the Redskins 41-7, than the six-game winning streak Fort Loramie carried into the contest might have suggested.

Minster (9-2) ends its home season at 5-1 at Memorial Field and now will face the other Northwest Central Conference co-champion, Riverside, next Friday night in a second round playoff game at a place to be determined. Riverside (10-1) defeated Ada 32-7 on Friday.

In other area sports scores, Wapakoneta defeated Dayton Belmont 44-22 and Celina fell to Trotwood-Madison 34-14.

MAC Scores

Fort Recovery 62, Miami Valley Christian 34
Coldwater 42, Bathel Tate 0