CASSTOWN — The Miami East football team made the program’s 300th victory a memorable one.
Austin Francis broke a 35-yard touchdown run in the first half and Tyler Kirby kicked the point-after for the Vikings’ only scoring output, then — with Miami East leading only by one in the fourth — Grayson Jacobe blocked the potential go-ahead field goal with less than two minutes to play and the Viking defense made one final stand in the closing seconds to hold on for the 7-6 victory Friday over Twin Valley South.
“It makes it that much more memorable, huh?” Miami East coach Max Current said. “It was an exciting game. It really was. You like coaching in those games, seeing the kids rise up and make plays when you need them. These guys made history.”
That history came in the form of a defensive battle, too, as neither offense could find ways to finish drives. After Twin Valley South cut the lead to 7-6 in the third — with a bad snap on the point-after keeping the Panthers from tying the score — Miami East’s Brad Wittenmeyer intercepted a pass on the Viking 7-yard line to kill a Panther drive. But East was forced to punt, and South returned the kick back to the East 14-yard line.
But on fourth-and-12 from the 16, East’s Jacobe blocked a field goal try with 1:39 on the clock to keep the Vikings ahead. Miami East was again forced to punt, but the Panthers only had time for two plays — a short run and an incomplete pass — before time ran out.
“We faced some adversity before the game even started with an unexpected injury, and we had to make some adjustments before the game,” Current said. “We needed a lot of guys to step up. A lot of these guys got their first varsity action tonight, and they came through for us in critical times. That’s what a team does.”
Miami East (1-0) hosts Covington in Week 2.
COVINGTON — Jensen Wagoner threw two touchdown passes and ran another in to help Covington build a 28-point halftime lead, and the Buccaneers held off a second-half rally by the Bees to claim a 28-12 victory over Bethel Friday to open the season.
Deacon Shields started the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, then Wagoner hit Shields for a 27-yard touchdown pass — the first of three second-quarter Covington (1-0) touchdowns. Wagoner then connected with Landon LaPoint for a 20-yard score and broke a 55-yard touchdown run to stake the Buccs out to a 28-0 lead at the break.
Mason Brown threw a pair of touchdowns in the second half — a 28-yarder to Carter Bennett in the third and a 44-yarder to Spencer Briggs in the fourth — but Covington’s halftime lead was too big for the Bees (0-1) to overcome.
Covington travels to Miami East in Week 2, while Bethel hosts reigning Cross County Conference champion Fort Loramie.
Troy Christian 42,
Dayton Christian 6
MIAMISBURG — Troy Christian won in a romp over Dayton Christian in Steve Nolan’s return to the helm Friday night, with the Eagles putting away a 42-6 victory in their one road game this season.
Landon Rich rushed for almost 200 yards and punched in a 4-yard touchdown, Ethan Twiss had touchdown runs of 38 and 2 yards, Jonathan Haddad had a 2-yard touchdown run, and Nelson Lair connected on three field goals, from 27, 32 and 20 yards. And on defense, the Eagles held the Warriors to less than 200 yards of offense, recovering three fumbles on the night in addition to Gavin Blore’s two interceptions.
Troy Christian (1-0) hosts McComb in Week 2.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe took control early and never let go Friday against Miami Valley League Miami Division rival Butler, defeating the Aviators 30-13 to begin the season 1-0.
Gavin Garlitz returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown to begin the game, then Troy Taylor hit Nick Shirley with a 33-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0. Butler scored to cut the lead in half, but Shirley responded by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to make the halftime score 21-7 Red Devils.
Butler again cut into the lead in the third, getting to within 21-13, but Tippecanoe scored a safety and then Taylor ran for a touchdown in the fourth to seal the win.
Tippecanoe travels to Greenville in Week 2.
DAYTON — Milton-Union (1-0) began its final season in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division in impressive fashion Friday, coasting to an easy 39-12 victory at Northridge.
After Northridge took a 6-0 lead after one, the Bulldogs ran off 39 unanswered points, with 26 of them coming in the second quarter alone. Blake Neumaier scored on a 4-yard run — the first of his three touchdowns — Blake Brumbaugh caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Justin Randall, Michael Elam scored on a 13-yard run and Neumaier punched it in from two yards out to make the score 26-6 Milton-Union at halftime.
Neumaier then added a 3-yard touchdown run in the third, and Brumbaugh caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Nate Morter to wrap up the win.
Milton-Union hosts Madison in Week 2.
BRADFORD — Bradford’s losing streak hit 33 games Friday as it opened the season with a 40-6 defeat against visiting Ansonia.
The Railroaders (0-1) remain tied for the longest current streak in the state with Buckeye Central, which also dropped its season opener. Fairfield Christian Academy — which also entered the season in the three-way tie — defeated Green 39-8 to end its streak at 32.
Bradford hosts National Trail in Week 2.
MT. VICTORY — Lehman opened the season with a victory on the road Friday, defeating Ridgemont 22-12.
The Cavaliers (1-0) host Riverside in Week 2.