Covington’s Gavin Swank (43) and Connor Sindelir (36) bring down a Tri-County North runner Friday.
Covington’s Jakob Hamilton goes up for a reception Friday against Tri-County North.
LEWISBURG — For three quarters, Tri-County North put up a valiant fight.
In the end, though, Covington’s defense was just too much to overcome.
The Buccaneers only allowed 116 yards of offense all night, with Deacon Shields — who also rushed for a pair of touchdowns — picking off a pass late and setting up one final insurance score as Covington pulled away from the Panthers for a 26-0 Week 5 victory Friday night on the road.
Shields put the Buccs (4-1) on the board late in the first quarter on a 5-yard run to give Covington a 6-0 lead. But the Panthers (3-2) held them in check from there, keeping it a one-score game all the way to the final quarter.
But the Buccs simply wore Tri-County North down in the end, and finished off a length drive — keyed by another big run by Shields — with a 1-yard score by Trentin Alexander to go up 12-0 with 6:05 left to play. And after the defense forced a quick three-and-out, Shields broke a 27-yard touchdown run with 2:35 on the clock to make the score 19-0 and put the game out of reach.
Shields then intercepted a pass on the ensuing possession, and the Buccs cashed in on the short field with Clayton Stephan scoring on a 1-yard run to ice the game.
The win leaves the Buccs in an odd place heading into the final week of the shortened regular season, though — Covington was scheduled to host National Trail from the other half of the Cross County Conference, but the Blazers cannot return to the field until after Oct. 5 due to positive COVID-19 tests at the school. Covington is still searching for a Week 6 opponent before the playoffs begin in Week 7.
Miami East 19
BRANDT — Bethel’s Mason Brown threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more Friday night as the Bees (2-3) won their second straight and snapped a 13-game losing streak to Miami East, defeating the Vikings 28-19.
Brown hit Carter Bennett with a 13-yard pass midway through the first quarter, and the Bees turned a bad snap on the point-after into a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead. The Vikings (1-4) cut the lead to 8-6 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Austin Francis, and the Bees missed a field goal try before halftime to leave the score 8-6 at the break.
In the third, Brown capped off a 12-play drive by punching in a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2:05 on the clock to put the Bees up 14-6, but the Vikings answered with Tyler Kirby scoring on a 2-yard run — but they couldn’t convert for two points and still trailed 14-12. Brown scored again to make the score 21-12 Bees with 11:34 left in the game, but Francis broke a 30-yard touchdown run to pull the Vikings within two at 21-19 with 8:06 to play. In the end, though, Bethel strung together a 13-play drive and scored the clincher with 45 seconds left in the game.
“It was a good battle,” Miami East coach Max Current said. “The difference was that Bethel made the plays on third down and we didn’t.”
Miami East travels to Mississinawa Valley in Week 6 for its CCC crossover game, while Bethel will take on Arcanum.
Troy Christian 28,
Dayton Christian 7
TROY — Troy Christian (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak, once again beating a Dayton Christian team that it topped in the season’s opening week as the Eagles put away a 28-7 victory Friday at Eagle Stadium.
The Eagles converted an onside kick to begin the game to take a 7-0 lead, and then after the Warriors tied the score, Ethan Twiss scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to put Troy Christian up 14-7 with 5:36 left in the first quarter — which was where things remained at halftime.
But Twiss hit Gavin Blore with a 38-yard touchdown pass with 4:20 left in the third for an insurance score, and Landon Rich added a 2-yard touchdown run late in the fourth to put the game away.
Troy Christian will end its five-game homestand in Week 6 against Grove City Christian.
Valley View 52,
GERMANTOWN — A short-handed Milton-Union team struggled to slow down Valley View’s potent offense Friday night on the road as the Bulldogs (3-2) lost 52-14 in a non-league matchup.
Blake Neumaier scored on a 2-yard run with 2:56 left in the opening quarter to put the Bulldogs up 6-0, but it was all Spartans from there as they built a 29-6 halftime lead. Cody Dohrman caught a 27-yard touchdown pass in the game’s final minute, but the Spartans (3-2) had scored 52 unanswered points before then.
Milton-Union hosts Dixie to finish the regular season in Week 6.
ARCANUM — Bradford (0-5) fell behind 42-6 by halftime and never challenged Arcanum (3-2) Friday night in a 62-12 loss.
Bradford will face 0-5 Twin Valley South in Week 6’s Cross County Conference crossover matchup.