CASSTOWN — With Fort Loramie winning the Cross County Conference the past two seasons, Covington and Miami East battled Friday night to see who the No. 1 contender for the reigning champ’s title was.
And while the Vikings were able to keep pace for two-and-a-half quarters, in the end the Buccaneers (2-0) got big plays out of Duncan Cooper and Trentin Alexander late to seal a 43-14 victory at Miami East.
Gavin Swank got the Buccs rolling, scoring on a 30-yard touchdown run, but the extra point was no good. Miami East’s Austin Francis then broke a 37-yard touchdown run, and the point-after gave the Vikings a 7-6 lead after one. Alexander broke the first of his two long scoring runs, though, a 53-yarder, and Swank added a 5-yard touchdown to give Covington a 20-7 halftime lead.
Cooper then punched in a 1-yard score in the third to give the Buccs a comfortable 20-point lead, but Francis got loose for a 53-yard touchdown run to get the deficit down to two scores again at 27-14.
That’s when Cooper, with the Buccs pinned deep in their own territory, broke the game open, breaking free for an 89-yard touchdown run to make the score 33-14 heading into the final quarter. The defense then forced a Viking punt on the ensuing possession — a punt that Alexander returned 70 yards for a score to put the game well out of reach. Covington kicker David Robinson tacked on a 39-yard field goal late to set the final margin.
Covington remains on the road in Week 3, traveling to 0-2 Twin Valley South, while Miami East (1-1) will take on defending CCC champion Fort Loramie on the road.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union won the first of back-to-back huge Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division matchups Friday at home, holding off visiting Madison for a 13-12 victory to improve to 2-0 overall and in division play.
Madison (0-2) had a chance to tie or win the game after scoring as time expired — but the Mohawks elected to go for the win, and the Bulldogs stuffed the ensuing two-point conversion try to hold on for the victory.
Blake Neumaier led the Bulldogs with 150 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and quarterback Nate Morter was 4 for 8 for 41 yards and two interceptions but threw a clutch 16-yard touchdown pass to Matt Pickrell.
Milton-Union will host defending SWBL Buckeye champion Waynesville (1-1) in another critical Week 3 matchup.
GREENVILLE — Tippecanoe quarterback Troy Taylor tossed a pair of touchdowns and ran for two more Friday night, while the Red Devil defense shut down Greenville to propel the team to a 28-0 victory and a 2-0 record to start the season.
Taylor hit Nick Shirley with a 23-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter, then he added a 14-yard rushing score with 1:08 on the clock to give the Devils a 14-0 lead after one. He then found Shirley again for a 56-yard touchdown pass in the second to make the score 21-0 at halftime, and finally he broke a 77-yard touchdown run in the third to put the game away.
Taylor finished with 125 rushing yards and two scores on 11 carries and was 7 for 18 passing for another 110 yards and two touchdowns. Shirley finished with four receptions for 102 yards and two TDs.
The defense, meanwhile, held the Green Wave (0-2) to a mere eight rushing yards on the night and 90 total yards of offense compared to Tippecanoe’s 387.
Tippecanoe returns home in Week 3 to take on 2-0 Fairborn.
Troy Christian 14
TROY — Last year, Troy Christian was hammered by 2018 Division VII state champion McComb on the road, 44-16.
This year, Steve Nolan’s Eagles showed a lot of toughness, battling for all four quarters before falling 28-14.
After McComb (2-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead early, Gavin Blore returned an interception for a 31-yard touchdown get to within 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. That’s where things remained at halftime, until the Panthers scored on the opening possession of the third to take a 21-7 lead.
Ethan Twiss connected with Noah Willis just before the fourth quarter on a 25-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to seven again, but McComb put the game away with a score in the fourth and held on from there.
Troy Christian (1-1) will host Wayne Trace in Week 3, the second game of its five-game homestand to close out the six-week regular season.
Fort Loramie 61,
BRANDT — Bethel’s first matchup against two-time defending CCC champion Fort Loramie was a rough one as the Bees lost 61-7 Friday night at home.
Bethel (0-2) will travel to Tri-County North in Week 3.
SIDNEY — Riverside (2-0) jumped out to a 26-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back Friday night, capitalizing on a total of six Lehman turnovers in a 39-7 victory over the Cavaliers (1-1).
Lehman lost a pair of fumbles and threw four interceptions in the game, falling behind 32-7 by halftime and never recovering. The Cavs’ only score of the game came late in the second quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by McFarland.
Lehman will look to bounce back in Week 3 when it hosts 0-2 Ridgedale.
National Trail 41,
BRADFORD — Bradford dropped its second straight home game to start the season Friday night, falling to National Trail (2-0) 41-7.
The Railroaders (0-2) will travel to 0-2 Mississinawa Valley in Week 3.