The Minster Wildcats will return to the site of their first-round playoff upset from a season ago, Wapakoneta hits the road in its first playoff appearance since 2006, and nine Western Buckeye League and Midwest Athletic Conference teams (along with Fort Loramie) received first-round playoff assignments on Sunday afternoon.
Div. VI — Minster (7-3) at Springfield Cath. Cent. (8-2) — Saturday, 7 p.m
Dick West left his St. Marys Memorial assistant defensive coaching job in the 1970s knowing full well the head coaching spot of the Roughriders wouldn’t be available any time soon — not with Skip Baughman entrenched in his third decade at the position.
In what could be his final trip to the stadium named after his mentor, West left St. Marys on Friday night a 42-21 winner with his Shawnee Indians.
ST. MARYS — D.J. Manning became the first St. Marys running back to ever rush for 2,000 yards in a season, but it was Lima Shawnee that emerged from Friday night's game with a .500 record after a 42-21 win over the Roughriders at Skip Baughman Stadium on Friday night.
Shawnee's Sam Altenbach rushed for 226 yards and found the end zone four times, as the speedy but tough tailback went over 1,000 yards for the season.
Shawnee has won five straight games over St. Marys.
MINSTER — If projections hold up, the Minster football team will play Springfield Catholic Central for the second straight year in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday night.
JoeEitel.com projects Minster to be the sixth-seed in Division VI's Region 24 after the Wildcats stunned Coldwater, 22-6, on Friday night to deny the Cavaliers a piece of the MAC title. Minster beat the top-seeded Irish in Springfield, 44-21, in the first round of its Cinderella run through the playoffs to the regional title game.
NEW BREMEN — New Bremen got a pair of record-setting performances, but it wasn't enough against a Delphos St. John's team that clinched a piece of the Midwest Athletic Conference title with a 42-21 win over the Cardinals on Friday night.
In the game senior Ben Chaney broke two records with most receiving yards in a season and most receptions in a season. Both records were held by Scott Steineman.
WAPAKONETA — Maty Mauk sliced his way through the Wapakoneta Redskins defense — both in the air and on the ground — to lead the Kenton Wildcats to a 52-32 win in a battle of Western Buckeye League unbeatens Friday night at Harmon Field.
The win gave Kenton (10-0, 9-0 WBL) its fourth-straight league championship and denied the Redskins’ (9-1, 8-1) bid for a 10-0 season.
LIMA — Braden Billger went 26-of-34 for 264 yards and a touchdown as the Celina Bulldogs pulled out their second win of the season, 49-34, over Bath on Friday night.
Celina's Derek Waterman led the Bulldogs with 7 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Bath was without leading rusher Aaron Smith for the second straight week. The Wildcats still rushed for 324 yards, with Keanu James picking up the slack for Smith with 188 yards and four TDs rushing on 24 carries.
Celina finishes the season 2-8. Bath finishes the season 4-6.
CELINA — St. Marys’ Kelly Heitkamp bent a 35-yard rainbow from the right wing just over the reach of the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms with 35:42 left in the second half with what proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 Division II district semifinal win at Celina on Wednesday night.