LIMA — The Lehman Catholic football team got a big 21-14 win over Lima Perry Friday night to clinch a berth in the Division VII playoffs.
Lehman rallied from a 14-7 halftime deficit, with Elliott Gilardi running 60 yards with 5:14 remaining to break the 14-14 tied and Michael Denning adding the PAT kick.
Lehman still has something to play for in Week 10 after clinching a playoff spot, though — it hosts Riverside Thursday at Sidney Memorial Stadium in the Northwest Central Conference championship game. Both teams will enter Week 10 with matching 6-3 overall, 5-1 NWCC records.
LEWISBURG — Miami East looked dominant Friday night at Tri-County North, making a case for the playoffs by shutting out the Panthers 42-0 in a Cross County Conference matchup.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings (7-2, 5-2 CCC) took control with 21 unanswered second-quarter points. Justin Brown scored on a 2-yard run, the Ian Gengler hit Kaleb Nickels with a 53-yard touchdown pass to put East up 14-0. Brown finished off the half with a 4-yard touchdown run to make the score 21-0 at the break, and then he broke a 49-yard touchdown run in the third to make the score 28-0. Vincent Villella added a pair of touchdowns on runs of 19 and 30 yards to put the game away.
Villella led the Vikings with 248 yards on 20 carries on the night, while Brown added 97 yards on only eight carries. Gengler was 3 for 6 for 122 yards, with Nickels leading the receiving corps with two catches for 73 yards.
The win helped the Vikings in the Division V, Region 18 playoff standings — the Panthers fell to 6-3 with the loss, tied for the most wins of any of East’s defeated opponents, putting the Vikings in seventh place in the standings.
Miami East will host Twin Valley South Friday.
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Needing to win out to keep its playoff hopes alive, Covington posted its sixth straight victory and hit the 50-point mark for a third consecutive game, pitching a shutout at Twin Valley South and winning 50-0 in Cross County Conference play Friday.
With the win, Covington improved to 6-3 and 6-1 in the CCC, needing 8-1 Fort Loramie to lose next week against 6-3 Tri-County North to get a share of the league title. The Buccaneers also sit in seventh place in the Division VI, Region 24 playoff standings, with the Panthers falling 4-5.
The Buccs took control with 22 first-quarter points and never let go. Gage Kerrigan scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, Duncan Cooper added a 3-yard scoring run — with Brayden Wiggins running in a two-point conversion — and Kerrigan broke a 60-yard run to put the Buccs up 22-0 after one. Eli Gerling scored on a 1-yard run and Cade Schmelzer threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Kadin Presser to make the score 36-0 at the half.
Alex Schaffer broke a 53-yard touchdown run and Trentin Alexander scored on a 66-yard run in the second half to salt away the win, and the defense did the rest, allowing only 23 yards of total offense for the Panthers.
Covington hosts National Trail Friday.
BRADFORD — The Bradford football team lost to Bethel 54-0 Friday in CCC action.
Bradford travels to Ansonia Friday.
MINSTER — The Versailles football team lost to Minster 32-0 Friday in MAC action.
Ryan Martin completed 12 of 24 passes for 83 yards for the Tigers and rushed 12 times for 40 yards.
Michael Stammen caught eight passes for 57 yards.
Versailles will play at Fort Recovery Friday night.