NEW PARIS — October 31. Week 10 of last season. That was the last time Miami East won a football game.
They just had to wait an extra day to do it this season.
After Friday’s rain pushed the Vikings’ Week 2 game at National Trail back a day, Miami East (1-1, 1-0 Cross County Conference) didn’t feel like waiting anymore, starting fast and never letting up in a 43-0 victory over the Blazers Saturday morning.
Logan May scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns — a 17- and a 2-yarder — to put the Vikings up 13-0. He added a third touchdown on a 7-yard run to start the second quarter, and Kurt Brower converted the two-point conversion. May then caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Donaldson, and Colton Kowaluk hit a 37-yard field goal to make it 30-0 at halftime.
Brower added a 3-yard touchdown in the third and Cody Smith scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth as the whole second half was played under a running clock.
“We made some plays in the passing game today that we didn’t make in Week 1, and that was nice to see,” Miami East coach Max Current said. “We had some penalties, a touchdown called back right before the half, so we still have some things to clean up. But we got a look at a lot of guys today. Everyone got in, and that’s a good thing.”
May finished with 73 rushing yards on 10 carries and added 98 receiving yards on four catches. Brower ran for 68 yards on 10 carries, and Donaldson was 9 for 13 for 160 yards through the air.
“We just have to keep working and getting better,” Current said. “We’ve got to get ready for Ansonia next week.”
GERMANTOWN – The Versailles football team struggled with Valley View’s big play ability, and it ultimately cost the Tigers a victory in a 31-22 loss.
The Spartans scored 21 points on three plays of more than 60 yards. The Spartans scored on a 60-yard pass in the first quarter and an 87-yard kickoff return just before the half. They put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 67-yard run.
Valley View drew first blood with the long pass, but the Tigers responded with a Kyle Subler 10-yard run late in the first quarter. Subler was able to find holes in the defense and spark the Tigers.
“Kyle’s a good running back,” Versailles coach Adam Miller said. “We have two good weapons in Collin (Peters) and Kyle.”
Valley View came back with a 28-yard field goal to retake the lead.
The Tigers were able to recover a fumble at their own 42 that set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Peters.
With 2:12 left in the half, the Tigers looked to take a 14-10 lead into the locker room. The Spartans had other plans as the kickoff was on the turf, and the Spartan player was able to pick it up, barely keeping his knees off the ground, and took it to the end zone for an 87-yard kickoff return. The Spartan went to the locker room with a 17-14 lead.
The Tiger passing game was able to beat the Spartan defense deep most of the game. Alex Wendel was Jared Niekamp’s favorite target. Niekamp hooked up with Wendel on multiple deep plays. Wendel scored on a 59-yard screen play, but it was called back on a block in the back.
Valley View scored on a 32-yard pass play with eight minutes left in the game to go up 24-14.
The Tigers would not give up though and scored in less than three minutes when Peters scored on a 5-yard run. A two point conversion pass to A.J. Ahrens had the Tigers down 24-22.
Valley View closed out the scoring on a 67-yard run, making the final score 31-22.
“Valley View is a good team. I’m not taking any credit away from them, but we really beat ourselves today,” Miller said. “We had the opportunity to win, and we didn’t do it.”
The Tigers look to get back above .500 on Friday when they play host to Delphos St. Johns.