Lehman, Versailles win in football; Lady Chargers spikers get two wins

Staff Reports

DOLA — Running back Owen Smith had a monster game Friday night as Lehman cruised to an easy NWCC win, 49-14 over Hardin Northern on the road.

Smith rushed for 269 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.

Dylan Arnold was a triple threat in the game.

He completed three of five passes for 56 yards, caught two passes for 53 yards and rushed four times for 22 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Elliott Gilardi completed four of five passes for 67 yards.

Brandon Barhorst caught five passes for 56 yards and had a 19 yard TD run on his only carry.

Kameron Lee ran four yards for a touchdown on his only carry and Jace Chamberlain recovered a fumbled for a touchdown.

The win was Lehman’s fifth straight and puts the Cavs at 4-0 in the league and 5-2 overall heading into the big match at home against Fort Loramie next Friday.

Tigers roll

to MAC win

VERSAILLES – The Versailles football team struggled in the first half, especially offensively, but rebounded in the second half to defeat Parkway 36-21.

The Tigers had 121 yards in the first half but could only find the end zone once and trailed 14-7 at the half.

Parkway scored first on a 49-yard punt return. The extra point was blocked for a 6-0 score.

The Tigers answered with a 25-yard pass from Alex Wendel to Sam Barga and took the lead with the extra point.

The Panthers then scored on a 17-yard reverse midway through the second quarter and made a two-point conversion to go up 14-7.

“Our defense played solid,” Versailles coach Adam Miller said. “We had a special team blunder, which hurt, but the defense played well.”

Versailles came out in the second half scoring 23 points in less than six minutes in the third quarter.

The Tigers scored on their opening possession with a pass on a fake punt. Josh Steinbrunner threw the ball to Sam Barga, who raced 70 yards to tie the game.

“That’s just a great example of a kid making a play,” Miller said. “Josh was very smart to throw it out to Sam.”

The Tigers scored on their next offensive play when Aaron Mangen ran 67 yards to the end zone, giving them a 21-14 lead. Noah Grisez scored later in the third on a 6-yard touchdown run to increase the advantage to 28-14.

The Panthers were flagged for roughing the center, and the Tigers kicked off from the Parkway 45 and pinned the Panthers deep. Versailles scored on a safety when Parkway got an intentional grounding call while the quarterback was in the end zone.

With that the Tigers went from being down 14-7 to a 30-14 lead with over four minutes left in the third quarter.

The Tigers put the game away in the fourth quarter with another Sam Barga score from 26 yards out.

Parkway scored with under a minute left against the Tiger backups for the game’s final points.

“We were pretty concerned coming into this game; Parkway has done a lot of good things offensively,” Miller said. “To do what we did I’m proud of the kids.”

The Tigers racked up 391 yards of offense. They threw for 208 yards on the night after only having 270 yards through the first six games of the year.

Versailles now is 4-3 on the year and 3-2 in the Midwest Athletic Conference. This upcoming week the Tigers will travel to Coldwater to face the Cavaliers, who suffered their first loss of the season on Friday with a 33-18 defeat at the hands of Minster.

Lady Chargers

get two wins

The Edison Community College volleyball team picked up two wins over the weekend.

Edison defeated UC Clermont 25-19, 25-14, 21-25, 25-19.

For the Lady Chargers, Kasey Helmstetter had 14 kills and three block assists. Erin Metz had 13 kills and 11 digs.

Allie Watkins had 17 digs and 13 assists and Denise Schwieterman had 11 kills, one block assists and two digs.

Edison followed that up with a 25-16, 25-15, 26-24 win over Lorain.

Edison was down 24-19 in the third set for Watkins served seven straight points to finish off the match.

Schwieterman had nine kills, thre digs, and two blocks, Faith Hensley had 12 digs and 17 assists; and Watkins had 10 assists, two aces, and eight digs.

The Lady Chargers play at home Friday against WSU-Lake Campus.

Lady Indians

split tri-match

ANSONIA — The Newton Indians lost another close match to the Ansonia Tigers to kick off a tri-match in Ansonia Saturday, but they bounced back with a victory over Stivers to salvage a split on the day.

Newton lost to Ansonia 25-22, 25-23 and defeated Stivers 25-21, 25-8.

Maddie Hildebrand had 21 kills and Catie Kaufman added 10 kills on the day, while Kacie Tackett had 32 assists.

Newton (11-9) travels to Arcanum Tuesday.

Lady Raiders

spike Fairlawn

RUSSIA — Russia topped Fairlawn in SCAL volleyball action Saturday at Russia, 3-0.

The scores were 25-19, 25-22, 25-19.

Russia goes to 6-5 in the county and 11-10 overall going into the regular-season finale Tuesday at Fort Loramie.

Fairlawn is 5-6 in the league now and also 11-10 overall and hosts Anna Tuesday in its regular season finale.

For Russia, Laurissa Poling had nine kills, eight blocks, seven digs and two aces to lead the way. Chris Gaerke and Morgan Wenrick both had eight kills and Claudia Counts added six.

Whitney Pleiman and Chloe Sherman led the defense with 21 digs apiece, and Jenna Cordonner had 27 assists and 12 digs.

Sherman added two aces and Counts three blocks.

Russia won the junior varsity game 2-0.