TROY — Grove City Christian entered Friday night’s game at Troy Christian on a four-game winning streak, while the Eagles had just snapped a three-game skid the previous week.
But Troy Christian coach Steve Nolan wasn’t concerned.
“We’ve been banged up, especially during those three games in the middle. Now we’re healthier — pretty darn close to full strength — and a much better football team,” he said.
The Eagles showed that Friday night as Lee Burkett rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback Ethan Twiss scored three different ways as Troy Christian routed Grove City Christian, 49-12 to finish the regular season 3-3.
Burkett carried much of the load, piling up 134 yards and three scores on 10 carries. Twiss, meanwhile, returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown, returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and threw for 113 yards and two more scores — a 34-yarder to Gavin Blore and a 71-yarder to Charlie Knostman.
Troy Christian will host a first-round playoff game in Week 7 — the Eagles’ sixth straight home game this year — taking on Ridgemont.
XENIA — Both Tippecanoe and Xenia struggled to get anything going all night Friday in the regular-season finale, but a missed extra point by the Buccaneers in the third quarter allowed the Red Devils to escape with a hard-fought 14-13 victory on the road.
Tyler Carlson finished off a lengthy drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Devils in front 7-0 in the opening quarter, but Xenia (1-5) answered immediately as Tremell Wright broke a 96-yard touchdown run to tie the score after one. In the second quarter, Griffin Caldwell — who carried the load for Tippecanoe, piling up 145 of the Devils’ 190 total yards of offense on 31 carries — scored on a 4-yard run, and Owen Hadden kicked his second extra point of the night to make it 14-7 Tippecanoe at halftime.
That extra point proved to be the difference, too, as Ramon Browder scored on a 36-yard run in the third, but a missed extra point by Xenia left the Bucs trailing by one — and neither defense allowed a score the rest of the night.
Tippecanoe (4-1) will host 0-2 Ponitz to open the postseason in Week 7.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union bounced back from its blowout loss at Valley View the previous week, returning home to rout Dixie in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play, winning 48-15.
Holding only an 8-7 lead after one quarter, the Bulldogs put the game away with a 28-8 second quarter. Blake Neumaier had 142 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 13 carries, and Blake Brumbaugh had 146 rushing yards on eight carries and also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass. Peyton Nichols added a 5-yard touchdown reception as Nate Morter was 5 for 11 passing for 31 yards and two scores. Ashton Jones also broke a 30-yard touchdown run and Cooper Brown returned a punt 59 yards for a score.
The Bulldogs (4-2, 4-1 SWBL Buckeye) will host Greenfield McClain in the first round of the playoffs in Week 7.
Miami East 14,
Miss. Valley 6
UNION CITY — Miami East snapped its four-game losing streak Friday night on the road, knocking off Mississinawa Valley (1-5) 14-6.
When Miami East’s offense needed a big play, senior quarterback Tyler Kirby turned them in, going 7 for 11 for 125 yards passing and throwing two touchdown passes, including a 49-yarder to Dylan Williams. Austin Francis, who also ran for 66 yards, had for receptions for 63 yards and the Vikings’ other score.
The Vikings (2-4) will travel to 1-5 Anna in the first round of the playoffs in Week 7.
ARCANUM — Bethel (2-4) saw its two-game winning streak snapped Friday night at Arcanum, falling to the Trojans (4-2) 28-20.
Will Reittinger returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 7-7 midway through the second quarter, but Arcanum took a 14-7 lead into halftime and led by 14 before Reittinger caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Mason Brown with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter to cut the lead to 21-14. The Trojans got another insurance touchdown early in the fourth, though, and another Brown touchdown pass with 54 seconds left in the game wasn’t enough for the Bees to rally.
Bethel travels to 3-3 Madeira to kick off the playoffs in Week 7.
TV South 40,
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Bradford could not slow down Twin Valley South in a battle of winless teams as the Panthers (1-5) knocked off the Railroaders (0-5) 40-6 Friday night.
Bradford, which opted out of the playoffs, will travel to 0-6 Catholic Central in Week 7.