Local teamsstart slow

FORT RECOVERY — Lehman had its hands full with Fort Recovery on the road Friday night in its season-opening football game, losing 36-0 to the Indians.

The Cavs next take on defending state champion Minster Friday at Sidney Memorial Stadium.

Fort Recovery dominated the final statistics, having two runners go over 100 yards in the game. Kyle Schroer had 146 yards on 21 carries and Will Homan added 102 on 10 carries. And quarterback Caleb Martin hit 17-for-28 for 170 yards.

By contrast, the Cavaliers rushed for just 66 yards, and quarterback Stephen Monnin struggled, hitting just 5-for-21 for 80 yards.

The Cavs trailed 21-0 at the half.

Jacob Earhart led Lehman in rushing with 42 yards on 12 carries. Monnin had 37.

Buccs drop

road opener

ST. HENRY — It wasn’t the start to the 2015 football season the Covington Buccaneers were looking for as St. Henry torched the Bucc defense for 407 yards in a 27-3 defeat.

And it was senior running back Jesse Niekamp who gave Covington the most fits as he racked up 214 rushing yards on 15 carries and scored on runs of 92, 37 and 4 yards.

Still, Covington had its opportunities to control the tempo of the game, especially in the first half.

All the Buccs could manage was a 22-yard field goal by Nathan Blei to get within 13-3 at half and it was the only points Covington would get.

Covington returns to action Friday at Arcanum.

East stunned

by Bulldogs

CASSTOWN — The Miamie East football team opened the season with a 21-7 loss to Milton-Union.

Miami East looked dominant on its first drive of the game, marching the ball 88 yards on 14 plays and finishing it off with a 3-yard touchdown run by senior Kurt Brower. That drive chewed up eight minutes of the first quarter, and the Vikings led 7-0.

“We’re grinders. That’s our M.O.,” Miami East coach Max Current said. “To be successful as a team like that, you can’t make mistakes — penalties, mental errors, execution breakdowns. And that was our only drive where we didn’t have any of those.”

Miami East will play at National Trail Friday.

Roaders fall

to Cardinals

NEW BREMEN – Bradford shut out New Bremen through the first half in its return to varsity football Friday night but couldn’t hold on as the Railroaders lost 21-0 to the Cardinals.

After two scoreless quarters, New Bremen scored the game’s first points as Jake Hemmelgarn ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 6:17 left in the third quarter.

Then less than a minute into the fourth quarter Avery Powers connected with Deion Hoehne for a 23-yard touchdown pass, putting New Bremen up 14-0.

Hemmelgarn then scored his second touchdown of the night on a 3-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to put New Bremen up 21-0.

New Bremen had 262 total yards on the night with 239 rushing yards and 23 passing yards. Bradford had 161 total yards with 59 through the air and 102 on the ground.

Bradford turned the ball over three times on three fumbles. New Bremen lost one fumble and threw one interception.

Andy Branson was 4-for-17 passing for 59 yards for Bradford. His leading receiver was Tyler Gunter, who caught three passes for 40 yards. Jarrad Crist caught one pass for 19 yards.

Bryson Canan carried the ball 14 times for 39 yards for Bradford. Branson had nine carries for 37 yards, and Mason Justice ran three times for 29 yards.

Bradford will return to action at 7 p.m. on Saturday as plays Elgin at Sidney Memorial Stadium. Elgin, which is from Marion, beat Ridgedale 49-13 in its season opener.

Tigers start

with victory

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Tigers opened the season with an impressive victory over Celina on Friday night in Versailles.

The Tigers overcame an early 7-0 deficit to win 28-7. Senior running back Collin Peters led the Tigers with 175 yards and three touchdowns.

While the Tiger offense failed to score early, the defense swarmed to the ball and gave the offense good field position.

“Defense played outstanding,” Versailles football coach Adam Miller said. “I’m very impressed we held them to seven points.”

The Tiger running game got on track in the second quarter with Peters.

“We tell the kids we are going to wear them down and keep grinding,” Miller said. “Celina does a lot of stuff on defense, and they’re tough to prepare for.”

Peters had a 38-yard run to set the Tigers up at the Celina 19. The Tigers were helped by an offside penalty, and Peters scored on a 1-yard run to tie the game at 7-7.

The Tigers scored on a Jared Niekamp run with 3:11 left in the first half. The score was set up by a Bulldog turnover. A fumble on a pitch was recovered by Denver Toner, who pounced on the ball at the Bulldog 19-yard line.

The Tigers led at halftime 14-7.

The Tigers scored again in the third quarter in part to another fumble recovery.

Peters hit pay dirt from 12 yards out to put the Tigers up 21-7.

Peters sealed the game with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers travel to Germantown on Friday to take on Valley View. The Tigers won last year 31-27 in a game that took two days to complete.

The game was called due to lighting with a little over one minute to go in the fourth quarter as the Tigers took the lead. The Tigers kicked off and got two turnovers in the final minute to hold on to the victory.