WAPAKONETA 29, CELINA 26
WAPAKONETA — Faced with a 4th-and-32, the Wapakoneta Redskins needed a miracle to keep their drive and Homecoming victory hopes alive, and they got one.
On the long fourth down conversion, Wapak senior running back Zach Schmerge made a 42-yard catch and run on a screen pass from quarterback Kodi Morgan, weaving his way through Celina defenders behind a wall of Wapak offensive linemen.
The conversion led to a Redskins go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter Friday in a 29-26 win over the previously unbeaten Celina Bulldogs.
Schmerge plowed in from the 1-yard line three plays later with 44 seconds on the clock.
ST. HENRY 42, NEW BREMEN 0
NEW BREMEN — It was almost total control by the St. Henry Redskins Friday night. In front of a homecoming crowd the Redskins scored almost every way possible and defeated the Cardinals 42-0 for their first victory of the season.
St. Henry returned a punt and an interception for touchdowns while the offense cranked out 234 yards rushing. Jessie Niekamp rushed for 104 yards.
“We finally were able to control the action on the field tonight,” Redskins head coach Brad Luthman said. “We have been trying to establish the base running game in the program and tonight it came to fruition.”
St. Henry (1-4) will entertain Coldwater next Friday, while New Bremen (0-5) will travel to Fort Recovery next week.
COLDWATER 35, MINSTER 13
COLDWATER — Football is divided into three parts, offense, defense and special teams and unfortunately for the Minster Wildcats that lesson was learned the hard way Friday night at Coldwater.
The Cavs downed the Wildcats 35-13 in game that took a dramatic turn in the second period, thanks to special teams. Drew Otten returned punt 54 yards for a touchdown and Adam Kosterman returned a punt 61 yards to the house.
Coldwater quarterback Caleb Hoying went 12 of 25 for 148 yards passing with an intercpetion and ran for 144 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns.
Minster (2-3, 2-1 MAC) quarterback Josh Nixon went 14 of 36 for 238 yards with two TDs and an interception. Eli Wolf pulled down five passes for 138 yards.
SPENCERVILLE 39, COLUMBUS GROVE 27
COLUMBUS GROVE — John Zerbe’s Spencerville Bearcats had the Wing-T offense rolling in a 39-27 win over Columbus Grove on Friday night.
The Bearcats rushed for 443 yards and had a trio of 100-yard rushers. Anthony Schuh rushed for 200 yards on 27 carries with four touchdowns. Hunter Hardesty had 140 yards rushing on 14 carries. Colton Miller ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.
Spencerville improved to 4-1 and 3-1 in the Northwest Conference. The Bearcats travel to Lima Central Catholic next Friday night.
Delphos Jefferson leads the NWC at 4-0 in conference play.