TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe’s Griffin Caldwell rushed for four of the team’s seven rushing touchdowns, Nick Shirley returned a punt for another score as the seventh-seeded Red Devils (5-1) won their first postseason game since 2015, routing No. 26 Ponitz 55-6 Friday night at Tipp City Park.
Shirley began the scoring with a 28-yard punt return touchdown midway through the first quarter, then Caldwell — who finished with 73 yards on 14 carries — added touchdown runs of 16 and 3 yards to give the Devils a 21-0 lead after one. Caldwell the broke a 21-yard touchdown run, Troy Taylor scored on a 2-yard run and Caldwell punched in a 1-yard touchdown to make the score 41-0 at halftime. Braden Clausen added a 1-yard touchdown in the third and Liam Poronsky had a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth to cap things off.
Ten different Devils carried the ball for a total of 297 rushing yards as Tippecanoe piled up 352 yards of total offense to Ponitz’s 89, with the Devil defense holding Ponitz to only one rushing yard.
Tippecanoe will host No. 10 Mount Healthy — which would have been the Red Devils’ season opener before the Miami Valley League went to a league-only schedule — in Week 8’s second-round matchup. Mount Healthy defeated No. 23 Fenwick 40-7 in the first round.
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TROY — Troy Christian won its third straight and won its first postseason game since 2014 as the No. 15 Eagles routed No. 18 Ridgemont 42-6 in the first round of the D-VII, Region 28 playoffs Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
Troy Christian (4-3) will face No. 2 Fort Loramie on the road in the second round.
WEST MILTON — Tenth-seeded Milton-Union (5-2) earned a rematch with Valley View with Saturday night’s win as the Bulldogs built a 33-point lead by halftime and defeated No. 23 Greenfield McClain 36-10 at Memorial Stadium to open the D-IV, Region 16 playoffs.
Blake Brumbaugh scored three touchdowns on runs of 51, 25 and 12 yards and added a 10-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Justin Randall, with Blake Neumaier adding a 38-yard touchdown run. Nuemaier rushed for 123 yards and Brumbaugh ran for 101.
Milton-Union will face No. 7 Valley View — which defeated the Bulldogs in Week 5 — in a second-round matchup in Week 8.
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ANNA — Miami East’s Austin Francis’ 19-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter Saturday at No. 13 Anna tied the score at 7-7, but that was the final time the 20th-seeded Vikings found the end zone as the defending D-VI state champion Rockets (2-5) ended the first half with three straight touchdowns and pulled away for a 40-6 victory to open the D-VI, Region 24 playoffs.
“We’ve got to use this as a building experience,” Miami East coach Max Current said. “I know they’re not the same team as they were last year, but that’s the defending state champions, and for two quarters, we were right there with them. We threw a pick, though, and our heads started hanging. That was a big turning point in the game early.
“We’re a young and inexperienced team, and we can’t let plays worry us. We’ve got to forget the past play and worry about the next, and we’re just not quite there with that attitude yet.”
Miami East (2-5) is now free to fill out the remaining three weeks with regular season games.
CINCINNATI — No. 21 Bethel did what it could to keep pace with No. 12 Madeira in the first half of Saturday’s D-V, Region 20 playoff opener, but in the end the Mustangs put away a 58-13 victory.
A touchdown pass from Mason Brown to Nico Golden cut Madeira’s lead to 14-7 late in the first quarter, and then Golden returned an interception 73 yards to get the Bees within one score again at 21-13 early in the second. But Madeira (X) led 42-13 by halftime and wasn’t challenged again.
Bethel (2-5) will play a regular season game at Mississinawa Valley in Week 8.
PIQUA — After cancelling its games the past two weeks, Lehman returned to action Friday by hosting a first-round matchup in the D-VII, Region 28 playoffs, with the 14th-seeded Cavaliers falling to No. 19 Southeastern, 21-19.
Lehman (2-3) will travel to Upper Scioto Valley (3-4) for a regular season game in Week 8.
• Regular Season
SPRINGFIELD — After falling behind Springfield Catholic Central 23-0 and trailing by 17 at halftime, it appeared like Bradford’s 38-game losing streak would continue.
But the Railroaders showed the same resolve and determination they’ve shown during that entire streak, never giving up and rallying in the second half, with Taven Leach hitting Landon Monnin with a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to propel Bradford to a 26-23 victory and put an end to the state’s longest ongoing losing streak.
Bradford (1-6) cut the deficit to 23-14 after three quarters and trailed 23-20 with 9:33 to play before the go-ahead score to complete the come-from-behind win.
The loss also gives the Irish (0-7) the new longest current streak at 31 games. Cleveland Lincoln West had lost 29 straight entering the season but hasn’t played this year.
Bradford will continue the regular season in Week 8, hosting 1-5 Northeastern.
ANSONIA — With National Trail shutting its football team down for two weeks due to COVID-19, Covington wasn’t able to play its Week 6 game against the Blazers and Ansonia missed its matchup in Week 5.
Since both teams had first-round byes to open the playoffs in Week 7, they decided to take on each other, and in the end Ansonia (5-1) shut down the Buccaneer offense in a 10-0 victory over Covington (4-2).
Covington, the No. 5 seed, will host No. 12 Arcanum/No. 21 Dixie in the second round of the D-VI, Region 24 playoffs in Week 8.