Cavs, Buccs, Vikings make postseason

Ben Robinson/ Covington’s Dalton Weer looks for running room Friday night against National Trail.

Ben Robinson/ Covington’s Dalton Weer looks for running room Friday night against National Trail.

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Three high school football teams advanced to postseason play after wins this week.

On Friday, Covington will play Lima Central Catholic at Lima Stadiun in a D-VI, Region 24 game at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Miami East will play at Liberty Center in a D-V, Region 18 game at 7 p.m., while Lehman Catholic will play at Ansonia in a D-VII, Region 28 game.

Lehman Catholic defeated Riverside 21-7 on Thursday.

East blanks

Panthers 53-0

CASSTOWN — Miami East came into the season with the longest running postseason streak in the county, having qualified the past six seasons in a row.

But the Vikings needed a Week 10 win to ensure lucky No. 7.

And just like the previous three games, Miami East left little doubt from the start, building a 35-0 lead by halftime and putting away a 53-0 victory over Twin Valley South in Friday night’s regular-season finale at home, officially locking up a playoff spot in the Division V, Region 18 standings.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 8-2 overall and finished 6-2 in Cross County Conference play, closing out the season on a four-game winning streak. Three of those four wins were shutouts, including Friday’s blowout, and the least points East put up during that stretch was Week 9’s 42-0 win over Tri-County North, with the average margin of victory in those four games being 58.5-3.3.

Justin Brown got things started Friday night with a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown, then a 2-yard touchdown run by Vincent Villella made the score 14-0 after one quarter. And in the second, Ian Gengler threw a pair of touchdown passes — a 43-yarder to Brown and a 15-yarder to Kaleb Nickels — and Nickels broke a 30-yard touchdown run to make the score 35-0 at halftime.

Brown then broke a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, and a 6-yard touchdown run by Villella made the score 47-0 after three. Jonah Wolf capped off the scoring with a 2-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Brown had 120 rushing yards on only four carries and added two receptions for 76 yards to lead the way for the Vikings on the night. Villella added 98 rushing yards on 17 carries and Wolf had 40 yards on five carries. Gengler was 4 for 7 for 98 yards passing in the game.

Buccs roll

past Trail

COVINGTON — After losing three straight to start the season for a second year in a row, prospects looked bleak for the Covington Buccaneers.

But Covington finished off a seven-game winning streak to close out the regular season with a second straight shutout Friday night, defeating visiting National Trail 40-0 to clinch a playoff spot after missing out on the postseason last year.

Josh Latimer returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown to give the Buccs the lead after one, then a 2-yard run by Duncan Cooper and a 1-yard run by Alex Shaffer gave Covington a 21-0 lead at halftime. Cade Schmelzer then hit Andrew Cates with a 67-yard touchdown pass and Latimer posted his second pick-6 of the game, returning an interception 11 yards for a score to make it 33-0. Sam Pritchard capped things off with a 3-yard run in the fourth.

Covington finished the season 7-3, 7-1 in the Cross County Conference. The Buccs’ only conference loss came to eventual champion Fort Loramie in Week 3 — the Redskins shut out Tri-County North 42-0 Friday to clinch the title outright.

Ansonia gets

past Bradford

ANSONIA — The Ansonia football team locked up a home game with Lehman Catholic with a 41-6 win over Bradford in CCC play Friday night.

Bradford finishes the season 0-10.

Tigers drop

final game

FORT RECOVERY — The Versailles football team lost to Fort Recovery 33-14 Friday night.

Versailles finished the season 8-2.

Ben Robinson/ Covington’s Dalton Weer looks for running room Friday night against National Trail. Robinson/ Covington’s Dalton Weer looks for running room Friday night against National Trail.