CELINA — Celina emerged from a Western Buckeye League struggle with Wapkoneta with a 24-21 win.
Wapakoneta was leading by 4 points about midway through the fourth quarter when Celina started a drive on its own 21 yard line.
A systematic drive with passes of four, nine, 20, 12, 18, six and a eight yards was enough to score the game wining touchdown. The 14-play, 79-yard drive which was capped by a jailbreak screen from Bilger to junior wide receiver Braeken Bader for the touchdown.
“We had good blocking, good blocking on the safety coming up, all I had to do was run to the end zone,” Bader said. “I just saw the goal line ahead of me.”
Celina coach Jared Rolfes was happy with his team’s performance after the game.
“We didn’t play really good offensively, we only scored 24 points,” Rolfes said. “But I thought they played very good defensively. They were better than I thought they were.”
Coming down to the wire, Rolfes said he was confident once he has a lead late.
“If they are down and there is no more time, they cannot win,” Rolfes said. “It’s not a knock on them, it’s just their style of offense.”
Wapakoneta plays Defiance at home next week, and Celina travels to St. Marys for a rivalry game.
COLDWATER 41, DSJ 6: The Cavalier defense smothered Delphos St. John’s offense, holding the Blue Jays to just 133 yards of total offense in a 41-6 win on Friday in a battle of state-ranked MAC teams. Coldwater quarterback Austin Bruns was efficient, going 9 of 12 for 180 yards and four touchdowns through the air and rushing for 80 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries on the ground. Coldwater’s Brody Hoying intercepted two Mark Boggs passes. The Cavaliers improved to 4-0 and 2-0 in the MAC. DSJ fell to 2-2, 1-1 in the MAC.
MARION LOCAL 42. FORT RECOVERY 0: Division VI’s top-ranked team rolled to a 42-0 win over Fort Recovery. Marion Local is 4-0 and 2-0 in the MAC. Fort Recovery falls to 2-2, 0-2 in the MAC.
VERSAILLES 41, ANNA 27: Versailles rallied from an early deficit to move to 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in the MAC.
Anna dropped its first game of the season, falling to 3-1, 1-1 in the MAC.
OTTAWA-GLANDORF 70, DEFIANCE 21: Ottawa-Glandorf’s Tristan Parker rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns and Caleb Siefker ran for 190 yards as O-G pummeled the Bulldogs at Fred J. Brown Stadium.
KENTON 66, SHAWNEE 42: Kenton’s Grant Sherman tied a state record with nine touchdown passes as Kenton rolled to its third win of the season on Friday. Sherman went 44 of 53 passing for more than 680 yards — which if official will also set a new OHSAA record.