Lehman head coach Dick Roll wasn’t surprised that his Cavaliers are matched up with neighboring rival Minster in the first round of the Division 7 playoffs.
The two teams will play Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Memorial Field in Minster, and it will be the second time this season that the two have played there.
“We had it down to three schools we thought we might play in the first round and one of them was Minster,” said Roll. “And we knew the chances were very slim that we would play at home.”
Back in week two, both teams were coming off difficult opening-night games. Minster defeated Fort Loramie 26-20 in overtime, and Lehman lost 21-20 to defending state champion Fort Recovery.
But the Wildcats rolled to a 44-21 victory over the Cavaliers. That put Lehman at 0-2, but they reeled off five straight wins and seven in their last eight games to get in.
Lehman is 7-3 on the year and Minster 6-4. But the Wildcats have been impressive down the stretch, winning some huge games.
After losing to St. Henry on Sept. 30, the Wildcats didn’t figure to have much of a chance at 2-4 against 6-0 power Coldwater. But they dominated in a 33-18 win, and that vaulted them into the playoff picture. They beat Versailles on the road 15-12 in week nine, and then scored with :04 left in the game to beat Anna last week 27-23.
“We didn’t play very well the first time against them,” said Roll. “So we’ll just have to see. Minster is playing very well, and they’ve beaten some quality team these last two weeks.”
As expected, the Lehman Cavaliers had no trouble beating Waynesfield in the regular-season finale Friday night, 42-7.
The win gave Lehman a 7-3 record and the Cavaliers now await their playoff assignment. They will play in a postseason game next Saturday night.
Waynesfield finished the season winless at 0-10.
The win also gave Lehman a share of the Northwest Central Conference championship with Upper Scioto Valley.
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Miami East was on the bubble still in Division VI, Region 24 playoff standings entering Week 10.
A 59-0 victory over Twin Valley South, along with having some other things fall their way in other games, helped the Vikings clinch their fifth straight postseason berth Friday night on the road.
Miami East will play at Mechanicsburg Friday.
“It’s a good feat by the boys,” Miami East coach Max Current said. “We went out and got the job done tonight. I’m proud of them. Five years in a row, we kept the streak alive. They’re really excited, and I’m happy for them.”
Miami East took a 14-0 lead after one, with Arron Adams scoring on a 6-yard run and Justin Brown on a 3-yard run. Brown kicked off the second quarter with an 11-yard touchdown, then Adams threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Brown and Levi Adducchio broke a 69-yard touchdown run to make it 35-0 at the half.
The third quarter went by with no scoring, but the Vikings tacked on four fourth-quarter scores. Colton Kowalak kicked a 25-yard field goal, Bryce Reddick scored on a 2-yard run and Jacob Brown scored on runs of 13 and 17 yards to finish things off.
Adams finished with 191 yards on 19 carries to break the 1,000-yard mark on the season, while Adducchio — who was already a 1,000-yard rusher entering the game — added 86 yards on four carries. Jacob Brown had 40 yards on three carries, Colt Frazier had 35 yards on three carries and Justin Brown had 34 yards on seven carries as the Vikings piled up more than 400 rushing yards in the game. Adams went 2 for 3 passing for 101 yards, with both completions going to Justin Brown.
“Arron needed 156 yards to get to 1,000 for the year, and the line and other backs did a nice job of blocking for him,” Current said. “Levi already had 1,000 yards, so that gives us two 1,000-yard backs.
“We say something on film and executed, came out at the start with an onside kick, Colton Kowalak did a nice job ad Alex Dinardo recovered it. We stole a possession from them, then we got the ball to start the second half with a running clock. That was great execution to start the game.”
NEW BREMEN – The Versailles football team ensured it would not end the season with a losing record by defeating the New Bremen Cardinals 40-7 Friday night.
The Cardinals touchdown came after a Tiger muffed punt at their 24-yard line.
The Tigers were without quarterback Alex Wendel, who was in street clothes. Noah Waymire stepped in and performed well, completing his first three passes and had a solid night.
“Noah works really hard. He prepares really well all year long, and he had a lot of patience,” Versailles coach Adam Miller said. “His turn and he played really well.”
The Tigers did most of their scoring on the ground. Garrett Thompson had two rushing touchdowns, and Kyle Subler and Aaron Mangen each had rushing touchdowns. Mangen also had a 25-yard touchdown catch. Noah Grisez returned an interception 10 yards for a touchdown.
Versailles got a lot of younger guys in late in the game that will hopefully springboard them to bigger and better things next season. The Tigers were all but eliminated from playoff contention with the loss to Minster the week before. With the playoffs all but gone, the Tigers responded by playing hard.
“Love those seniors,” Miller said. “They’re great group of kids and glad to see they got to win their last game.”
The Tigers schedule will change some next year as they will no longer play Valley View in week two. Versailles has picked up Delphos Jefferson, who went 9-1 in the 2016 regular season with its loss coming to Midwest Athletic Conference member Coldwater.