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WEEK ONE: Friday Night Under The Lights

Redskins stave off Bellefontaine’s comeback


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WAPAKONETA — The effort was there, but the execution still needs a little work.

That was the lasting impression of Bellefontaine’s debut under first-year head coach Toby Smith here Friday.

The Chiefs fought back from a 21-7 halftime deficit to climb within four points late in the third quarter.

However, Wapakoneta came up with several key plays in crunch time to pull away for a 35-17 victory at Harmon Field.

“I feel like we competed the entire game,” said Smith. “The kids played hard and I think we are on the right track. We needed a couple of stops at key moments of the game, and we didn’t get them.”

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WL-Salem wins big in McGill’s coaching debut



West Liberty-Salem receiver Landon Williams outruns Greenon defenders after catching a pass Friday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)



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The Dan McGill era at West Liberty-Salem got off to a fast start Friday as the Tigers poured in touchdown from distances long and short on their way to a 62-13 rout of Greenon.

The host Tigers scored 42 points in the first quarter, eventually opening up a 48-0 halftime lead.

Five different players scored touchdowns for WL-Salem. Offensively, the team scored five touchdowns on plays ranging between 45 and 78 yards.

“We started fast and executed our plays early on,” McGill said of his first win as head coach. “I was pleased with how we started the game.

“We like to get our guys the ball in space and in places where they can make plays.”

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Silver Knights attack Ben Logan early, often

By Brian Harmon

Examiner contributing writer

Summit Country Day brought an experienced and talented football team into Benjamin Logan on Friday, and came away with a convincing 52-7 victory.

Silver Knight quarterback Antonio Woods, who is being recruited in both football and basketball by Division I colleges, accounted for five total touchdowns, three on the ground and two through the air.

The young Raiders forced a fumble on the second play of the game. But they were unable to capitalize on the turnover, and were forced to punt to Country Day.

This time, Country Day wasted no time and drove down quickly for the game’s first points to take a 7-0 lead.

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Riverside starts season in the win column

By the Bellefontaine Examiner Staff

After a winless campaign in 2012, Riverside’s football team made a dazzling turnaround Friday night.

The Pirates cut down Bradford, a playoff team last year, by a score of 24-20.

The Pirates went 0-9 last fall.

For new head coach Tim McGill, who coached Riverside from 2000-2003, Friday’s win to start his second stint was much-needed relief for his players.

“It feels really good for these boys to get a win,” said McGill. “They’ve went through some rough seasons here. I’m real proud of them. They put in the hard work and it showed tonight.”

FRONT PAGE PHOTO: The Riverside Pirates football team runs onto the field to start the 2013 season. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

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Ridgemont bags big win against Vanlue, 46-13


By the Bellefontaine Examiner Staff


Ridgemont’s football team opened the 2013 season with a bang Friday, hammering visiting Vanlue 46-13 in a non-league contest.

The Gophers piled up 408 yards of total offense, including 384 rushing yards and six touchdowns. The defense held Vanlue to 220 yards of offense.

Ridgemont scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. The extra-point failed and the Gophers led 6-0.

...Read more in Saturday's Examiner.


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