Lehman football tops East; Buccs, Railroaders, Tigers all lose

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SIDNEY — Miami East coach Max Current had a logical reason why his team maybe didn’t have the best night Friday night.

“Lehman is a very good football team — in fact, they’re a big reason why we were not playing so well,” he said.

The Cavaliers (1-1) scored 17 unanswered points after Miami East (1-1) fought back to tie the score in the second half, pulling away for a 31-14 victory at home.

After a scoreless first quarter, Lehman jumped out in front when Elliott Gilardi scored on a 3-yard touchdown run. A bad snap on a punt by Miami East then allowed Michael Bunker to fall on the ball in the end zone, putting the Cavs up 14-0.

“We had some trouble running the ball, some mental breakdowns with blocking, some penalties, and that snap gave away an easy score,” Current said. “Still, we were right there even though we weren’t playing so well.”

Miami East made sure it stayed in the game right before halftime, with Ian Gengler hitting Justin Brown for a 23-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7 at the break. And in the third, Gengler hit Blaine Brokschmidt with an 11-yard touchdown pass, and Jonah Brautigan’s second point-after of the night tied the score at 14-14.

But Gilardi hit Kameron Lee with a 34-yard touchdown pass to give the lead back to the Cavs heading into the fourth quarter, and Michael Denning kicked a 29-yard field goal with 8:13 to go to make it a two-score game. Gilardi capped things off with a late 5-yard touchdown run, sealing the win.

“Lehman is a good football team, and they executed when they had to,” Current said. “You can’t make mistakes against a good football team.”

Miami East hosts National Trail on Friday in Cross County Conference play, while Lehman hosts Graham on Saturday at Alexander Stadium/Purk Field in non-conference action.

Minster blanks

Covington football

COVINGTON — Covington dropped its second game in a row to a Mid-American Conference powerhouse — this time to Minster, a Division VII state runner-up last season — to fall to 0-2 for the first time since 1991.

It was the first time Covington had been shut out in a regular season game since falling 20-0 to Mississinawa Valley in 2004.

Covington had its chances to make a game of it, parituclarly in the first half, but turnovers would prove costly against the Wildcats. The Buccaneers would drive inside the Minster 20 twice in the first two quarters, but penalties stalled out both of those drives. Covington also finished the game with four turnovers and a number of dropped passes, including a pair in the end zone.

Minster would take advantage of those miscues to build a 21-0 lead by halftime.

With the win, Minster improved to 2-0. Covington opens Cross County Conference play as it hosts new conference member Fort Loramie this week.

Bradford falls

to Troy Christian

BRADFORD — The Bradford football team lost to Troy Christian 45-6 Friday night.

Bradford scored on the final play of the first half.

On a fake field, Gavin Trevino hooked up withLarkin Painter in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown strike with :01 on the clock, getting the Railroaders within 20-6 at the break.

Bradford will host Mississinawa Valley Friday.

Tigers fall

to Wildcats

DELPHOS – In week one, the Versailles football team could do no wrong. In week two, it seemed the Tigers couldn’t do anything right.

Turnovers and failure to finish off possessions doomed Versailles Friday night and led to 14-7 loss to Delphos Jefferson.

The Tigers threw two interceptions in the first half and failed to cover a kickoff that led to the Wildcats’ 14 points in the first quarter.

Versailles responded in the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by George Grow. Neither team could manage to put the ball in the end zone after the Grow score.

The Tigers out-gained the Wildcats 203 to 153 yards. The Tigers dominated between the 35-yard lines but could not finish once inside Jefferson territory. The Tigers had multiple possessions in Wildcat territory in both halves only to be stopped short on fourth down.

The Versailles defense had another solid night. The defense harassed the Jefferson quarterback, sacking him multiple times. The Wildcats offense were not able to sustain many drives as the Tiger defense stepped up on fourth and short with the Wildcats on the Tiger side of the field.

Versailles will host Anna on Friday night in the Midwest Athletic Conference opener. The Rockets thumped 2016 playoff team Brookville Friday night.