ALLEN EAST 28, NEW BREMEN 13
NEW BREMEN — Behind three touchdowns from Ross Stewart the Allen East Mustangs pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 28-13 victory over the New Bremen Cardinals in the opening game of the season Friday night at New Bremen.
“Ross is our workhorse,” Mustangs head coach Mike Abbey said. “There is no doubt about it. He was able to get loose a few times and we needed his running.”
Stewart had 175 yards rushing to go with the three touchdowns.
“They have a good runner,” Cardinals head coach Jason McGaharan said. “They are going to give him the ball and defensively we have to stop him and we didn’t. We struggled getting the ball back and anytime we come to a big situation we killed ourselves with a big penalty.”
“We just made critical mistakes in certain situations,” McGaharan said. “We had silly penalties. We had holding penalties and blocking in the back. We pride ourselves on being a disciplined team and winning games that way and we just didn’t play disciplined enough to win tonight.”
New Bremen was the first team to get on the board in the game as they used a 10-play 80-yard drive with quarterback Garrett Westerbeck doing the majority of the work carrying the final four plays of the drive scoring on a run up the middle from the nine yardline. The extra point kick by Trey Naylor gave the Cardinals a 7-0 lead with 2:34 left.
Westerbeck was the leading rusher for New Bremen with 22 rushes for 116 yards and a touchdown.
FORT LORAMIE 21, MINSTER 18
MINSTER — Fort Loramie running back Delaunte Thornton finished off a wild game as the Redskins downed Minster, 21-18.
Thornton, who rushed for 111 yards on 24 carries, went around the left end for the winning touchdown with 15 seconds remaining, capping off an unlikely comeback.
“The toughest team won out there tonight,” said Minster head coach Geron Stokes.
Ft. Loramie was able to answer everything the Wildcats threw out them, including taking the opening kickoff 55 yards. But Loramie answered with runs from Thornton and a 20-yard reception by Craig Fullenkamp from Tyler Kazmaier. The half ended with the Skins up 14-6.
Minster responded when Eli Wolf picked off a pass and raced in for the touchdown.Then in the opening minutes of the fourth period, Sam Dues plowed in from 1-yard, giving Minster the 18-12 lead.
Dues led Minster with 101 yards rushing.
But after Fort Loramie got stopped on fourth and short deep inside Minster territory, the Skins forced a punt and went on the winning drive.
Most of the damage was done in the air, with Fort Loramie going 45 yards in just over two minutes, picking up the victory.
Fort Loramie won despite turning the ball over four times.
WAPAKONETA 35, BELLEFONTAINE 17
WAPAKONETA — Though they never trailed, the Wapakoneta Redskins were resilient when they needed to be Friday as they had to execute in several key situations to hold off a pesky Bellefontaine Chieftains squad.
Wapak’s two-touchdown halftime lead, 21-7, was threatened immediately in the third quarter, but the Redskins made enough plays to hold on in a 35-17 victory over Bellefontaine in the 2013 regular season opener for varsity football.
“We were resilient,” Wapakoneta head coach Doug Frye said. “We’re a young team. We don’t have many seniors. We’re young in the skill areas. We have a long ways to go to be a good football team.”
Bellefontaine responded to the halftime deficit with scores on its first two second-half possessions.
Wapakoneta put the game away late on a 4th-and-4 from the Bellefontaine 18-yard line. Junior running back Adam Henderson found the end zone for his third total touchdown of the game to put the Redskins up 35-17 with 3:08 to play.
Wapak’s win Friday, combined with a 22-2 win Friday by Kenton over Coldwater, sets up a clash at Harmon Field next Friday.
SPENCERVILLE 19, PERRY 13
The Spencerville football team outgained Lima Perry 327-181 in total yardage, yet still had to hold off the Commodores 19-13 on Friday night. Colton Miller rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries to lead a Bearcat running attack that rolled up 307 yards on the ground.
KENTON 22, COLDWATER 2
Kenton dominated this battle of state powerhouses. Kenton quarterback Grant Sherman went 25-of-44 for 256 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions. Kenton wideout Justin Sawmiller caught 13 passes for 139 yards and a TD. Kollin Stollar had six catches for 89 yards and a score.
MARION LOCAL 42 LIMA SHANWEE 7
Adam Bertke threw three touchdown passes as the Flyer rolled.