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Friday night football recap

Tigers impose their will early vs. Pirates

West Liberty-Salem ran its record to 3-0 on the season Friday night after a 45-0 victory over visiting Riverside.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Trent Thomas is brought down by Riverside defenders after a long gain in the first half of the Friday game at West Liberty. (EXAMINER PHOTO | BRIAN HARMON)

Sophomore quarterback Brandon Upton led the Tigers’ offense with three touchdowns. He was 8-for-14 for 154 yards and two TDs passing and he also added a rushing score.

West Liberty-Salem totaled 382 yards of offense, with 228 yards rushing and 154 yards passing.

The young Pirates could only manage 120 yards of offense on the evening. Junior running back Tanner Lane led the Pirates on the ground with 41 yards on nine carries, and sophomore running back Connor Cotterman chipped in 37 yards on 16 carries.

IL ground game jolts USV for first win

There was no slowing down Indian Lake’s ground attack Friday as it showed flash and power on homecoming night against visiting Upper Scioto Valley in a 52-0 victory.

The Lakers are now 1-2 overall. It was the Rams’ first loss of the season.

Indian Lake piled up 450 yards of total offense, including 431 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. The Laker defense limited USV to just 114 yards of total offense.

L.J. Henderson led the Laker offense with 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Chris Teague had 61 rushing yards and one score and Merritt tallied 88 rushing yards and a score.

Urbana’s explosive first half stuns Chiefs

Urbana came out firing and Bellefontaine had no answers for the Hillclimbers’ high-octane attack in the first half Friday night in Urbana.

Standout junior quarterback Nathan Mays and a talented group of skill players around him shredded Bellefontaine’s defense in the first half for a 35-0 halftime lead.

The Chiefs fought back with three scores in the second half, but it wasn’t nearly enough to atone for the slow start as Urbana came away with a 35-20 non-league victory.

Bellefontaine ended the game with 253 yards of offense. Kennedy threw for 128 yards on 13-of-22 passing with two interceptions.

Boy caught nine passes for 82 yards, Calieb Johnson made two grabs for 31 yards and Gorham added two catches for 15 yards.

Baughman was Bellefontaine’s leading ground gainer with 76 yards on 13 rushes.

Bellefontaine is back in action Friday at Benjamin Logan.

Offense stays hot for Cardinals

Triad’s impressive start to the season continued Friday with a convincing 40-7 win over host Fairbanks in a non-league contest.

The Cardinals remain perfect at 3-0, as the Panthers fall to 0-3.

Triad’s electric offense gave another impressive performance with 493 total yards. Sophomore quarterback Trent McIntyre threw for 210 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran in a score.

Eagles shut out Gophers

Middletown Christian’s football team churned out a 16-0 win over host Ridgemont on Friday in a non-league meeting.

The Gophers’ record is now 1-2 on the season.

For the Ridgemont defense, Aaron Shepherd tallied 15 tackles and a fumble recovery, Deric Cobb had 13 tackles and one interception and Trent Bevington had 13 tackles.

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