Lehman, Miami East lock up playoff berths


Covington program gets 500th victory

Amanda Ullery | for the Daily Call Lehman Catholic’s RJ Bertiini, looks to avoid a tackler against Lima Perry

Amanda Ullery | for the Daily Call Lehman Catholic’s RJ Bertiini, looks to avoid a tackler against Lima Perry


Amanda Ullery | for the Daily Call Lehman Catholic quarterback Elliott Gilardi runs the ball against Lima Perry Friday night.


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SIDNEY — Lehman Catholic officially wrapped up both a Region 28, Division VII playoff berth and a share of the Northwest Central Conference title with a win over Perry Friday.

Lehman quarterback Elliott Gilardi finished with 10 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to throwing for two touchdowns. Owen Smith had 49 rushing yards in the first half, but finished the game with 214 yards and a pair of scores.

With the win, Lehman improved to 8-1 (6-0 in the NWCC), while Perry fell to 5-4 (5-1).

Lehman travels to Riverside this coming Friday.

East football

rolls to victory

TROY — Miami East needed only a win to clinch a share of the Cross County Conference championship.

Instead, the Vikings sent a message.

Miami East (8-1, 6-0 CCC) put Friday’s Senior Night game against visiting Tri-County North (4-5, 4-4 CCC) out of reach by the end of the first quarter and went into the second half with the mercy rule already in effect, steamrolling their way past the Panthers in a dominant 42-0 showing in Casstown.

“It feels pretty good,” said Miami East coach Max Current when asked how it felt to be league champions again. The Vikings last won in 2015, sharing the title with Covington. “This is only the fifth league title in school history, and our senior class is the first class to be two-time champions. So they’ve got some pretty good bragging rights as a class after tonight.”

Justin Brown finished with 125 yards and three touchdowns on only eight carries to lead the way for the Vikings. Vincent Villella added 63 yards on 11 carries and Caleb Nickels had 22 yards on three carries, with both scoring a touchdown.

Austin Kearns scored on a fumble return.

Miami East travels to Twin Valley South in Week 10, needing only a win to clinch the CCC championship outright. The last outright championship for the Vikings came in 2008.

Buccs football

gets 500th win

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Covington recorded recorded the 500th win in program history Friday, rolling past Twin Valley South in Cross County Conference action.

Zach Parrett scored three touchdowns for the Buccaneers, two on passes from quarterback Cade Schmelzer, and one when Ethan Herron intercepted a pass and lateraled it to him on the return. Parrett then raced the rest of the way into the end zone for the score.

Bowen Swank, Gage Kerrigan, Herron and Bryce Keiser also added touchdown runs. Swank and Keiser are normally linemen for Covington. Schmelzer also completed a touchdown pass to Bradley Wiggins.

With the win, Covington improved to 4-5 (4-3 in the CCC), while Twin Valley South fell to 3-6 (3-4).

Covington will close the season at National Trail this coming Friday.

Bradford drops

game with Bethel

BRANDT — Bethel moved one step closer to its first trip to the playoffs since 2001 with a win over Bradford Friday.

Caleb South had five carries for 112 yards and three touchdowns for Bethel. He also caught two touchdown passes from Jacob Evans. Jacob Ullmer had eight carries for 105 yards and a touchdown, while Travis Durst had three touchdown runs.

The Bees outgained the Railroaders 495-84 in total offense.

Bradford plays at Ansonia Friday.

Tigers fall

to Wildcats

MINSTER – The Versailles football team dropped its second game in a row on Friday night. The latest loss came at the hands of Minster, 26-21.

The Tigers were all but eliminated from playoff contention last week, and now are guaranteed a losing record on the season. The Tigers are 3-6 on the season and will finish the season on Friday hosting New Bremen.

Friday’s game against Minster started out good for Versailles as the Tigers took a 7-0 lead early. The score was set up on an interception by Kurtis Rustshilling then Garrett Thompson scored on a 4-yard run.

After falling behind 26-7, Versailles picked up two fourth quarter scores.

Thompson scored on a 1-yard run with 1:57 left in the game to close within 26-14.

The Tigers did an onside kick and recovered at their 46-yard line. A 27-yard touchdown pass to Andrew DeMange made it 26-21 with a minute left in the game.

Amanda Ullery | for the Daily Call Lehman Catholic’s RJ Bertiini, looks to avoid a tackler against Lima Perry
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_LHS2_MJU_8731.jpgAmanda Ullery | for the Daily Call Lehman Catholic’s RJ Bertiini, looks to avoid a tackler against Lima Perry

Amanda Ullery | for the Daily Call Lehman Catholic quarterback Elliott Gilardi runs the ball against Lima Perry Friday night.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_LHS3_MJU_8715.jpgAmanda Ullery | for the Daily Call Lehman Catholic quarterback Elliott Gilardi runs the ball against Lima Perry Friday night.
Covington program gets 500th victory

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