Week 7 Area Football Round-Up
MINSTER 41, PARKWAY 19
MINSTER — The Minster Wildcats didn’t waste much time Friday night getting on the scoreboard in front of a homecoming crowd. The Wildcats forced the Parkway Panthers to punt and on one 54-yard run by junior Sam Dues the Wildcats had a quick lead.
Minster never looked back 41-19 victory.
“Our kids have been wanting to get off to a good start for a long time,” Wildcats head coach Geron Stokes said. “We have not started off well this season and our seniors really focused and demanded that the rest of the team be focused and I thought it showed right off the get go.”
Dues rushed for 134 yards on 13 carries.
Minster quarterback Josh Nixon threw for four touchdowns and 130 yards.
Eli Wolf followed up his 250-yard receiving game a week ago with seven catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
The Wildcats (4-3, 4-1) will travel to Fort Recovery next Friday, while Parkway (3-4, 2-3) will entertain St. Henry.
VERSAILLES 31, NEW BREMEN
NEW BREMEN —Versailles rolled to a 31-0 win over New Bremen.
“We are constantly inconsistent, “ New Bremen Coach Jason McGaharan “The kids are working hard and I don’t mean that in a mean way. It is frustrating and that’s the MAC.”
The Cardinals had a few opportunities but could not finish off drives.
After Versailles took a 6-0 lead on a Nick Campbell touchdown run, the Cards took an interception deep into the Tigers’ territory. But the home team could not convert the turnover into points, turning the ball over on downs.
As the game turned into the second quarter the Cards stood tough, but disaster hit late in the second period. Campbell hit Mitch Gigandet on a five-yard pass making it 12-0. Then in a span of two minutes Versailles scored two more times on passes to Damien Richard. After playing so well, Bremen was now down 24-0 and up against the wall.
The game played out in the second half as Versailles scored one more time taking a commanding 31-0 lead.
WAPAKONETA 45, OTTAWA-GLANDORF 13
OTTAWA — When the Wapakoneta Redskins were cruising on offense, Keaton Metz was involved Friday, as the junior not only returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown but also accounted for a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown.
Metz and the Redskins powered past a 45-13 win Friday over the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans in a Western Buckeye League varsity football contest at Titan Stadium in Ottawa.
After the hot start to Friday’s game, ignited by Metz’s 92-yard kickoff return, the Redskins cooled slightly before halftime but emerged in the second half and closed the door on the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans.
Metz had 120 yards receiving on four catches and contributed four TDs.
Kodi Morgan totaled 150 passing yards and went 10-of-14.
O-G Logan Rieman countered with 202 passing yards and was O-G’s leading rusher at 94 yards.
Wapak hosts St. Marys (0-7, 0-6)next Friday.
CELINA 55, VAN WERT 19
Celina’s Caleb Hoyng ran for 97 yards and threw for 150 yards in Celina’s 55-19 romp over Van Wert.
Celina put up 424 yards of total offense, with 218 through the air and 206 on the ground.
Celina improves to 6-1, 5-1 in the WBL. Van Wert fell to 0-7, 0-6 in the WBL.
Celina travels to Shawnee next Friday night.
COLDWATER 43, ANNA 7
COLDWATER — The Cavaliers kept pace with Marion Local atop the MAC standings at 5-0 with a convincing win over the Rockets.
Coldwater picked off Anna quarterback Josh Robinson three times. One of those interceptions was returned 50 yards for a touchdown in the opening minutes of the game. Drew Otten and Aaron Harlamert also had interceptions for the Cavs.
Coldwater quarterback Brody Hoying did most of his damage with his legs, rushing for 76 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries. He also went 5 of 10 passing for 80 yards and an interception.
Coldwater travels to Marion Local next Friday in one of the state of Ohio's marquee match-ups.