Roughriders tie up Tigers
An early 10-point lead evaporated quickly Friday for West Liberty-Salem as visiting West Jefferson reeled off 35 unanswered points to stay unbeaten on the season with a 38-13 victory in an Ohio Heritage Conference game.
West Liberty-Salem’s Levi Moell is tackled by a West Jefferson defender during their game Friday at WL-Salem High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)
The Roughriders racked up 463 yards of total offense, and forced six turnovers defensively.
West Jefferson held the Tigers to 167 yards of total offense, limiting WL-Salem to 53 yards on 32 carries for the game.
Braden Miller rushed 10 times for 34 yards and a touchdown to help lead the Tigers offense.
Major Stratton rushed nine times for 26 yards and a touchdown. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 114 yards.
Levi Moell logged five catches for 42 yards, and Thomas Allen added a pair of catches for 38 yards.
Tevon McNutt recorded eight tackles to help pace the Tigers defensively.
Riverside dusts Gophers
Riverside used its punishing ground attack and a hard-nosed defense to overwhelm host Ridgemont 54-7 on Friday in a local Northwest Central Conference contest.
The win improves the Pirates to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the NWCC, while the Gophers remain winless at 0-9, 0-6.
Riverside piled up 387 yards of offense, all on the ground, while the defense limited Ridgemont to just 98 yards of total offense.
The Pirates now face a key matchup with Lehman Catholic on Friday at home. A win would give Riverside a major boost in computer points as they chase a playoff berth.
Riverside’s Caleb Stevens, who returned last week from a shoulder injury, had a big game Friday. A senior, Stevens piled up 114 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just four carries. He also returned a punt for a score.
Gaven Anderson led the Pirates’ rushing attack with 129 yards on four carries and Roby finished with 111 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Nick Hall and Roby led Riverside’s defense with nine tackles each and Gavin Stallard added five tackles.
Troy Cameron completed 6 of 10 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown for Ridgemont. Ethan Mouser tallied 69 receiving yards on two catches and L.J. Jackson had 40 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Defensively for the Gophers, Mouser led with seven tackles and a sack, Jordan Streets had five tackles and Patterson and Jadon Miller each had four tackles.
Urbana surprises Benjamin Logan
Urbana came out firing on all cylinders in the first half Friday against host Benjamin Logan and held on to surprise the Raiders 34-22 in a Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division contest.
Benjamin Logan’s Nolan Robson (16) returns a kick off Friday night against Urbana at Benjamin Logan High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)
The Hillclimbers are now 3-6 overall and move into a tie for second place with the Raiders in the Mad River division at 2-1.
The Raiders are now 5-4 overall.
Urbana held Ben Logan to under 300 yards of offense and took advantage of three turnovers by the Raiders.
The Hillclimbers led 14-8 at the break and outscored the Raiders 20-14 in the second half to preserve the win.
Cole Waugh sparked the Raiders with 95 receiving yards on 11 catches and Derek Coy had 59 rushing yards on eight carries. Trent Berry finished with 39 rushing yards and two scores.
Defensively for Ben Logan, Waugh piled up 12 tackles, Cole Houser made eight tackles and Bryden Penhorwood tallied six tackles.
Ben Logan hosts Indian Lake on Friday to decide the CBC Mad River division championship. A win for the Raiders would give them a share of the title, while a win for the Lakers would give them the outright crown.
Chiefs stick to their winning formula
Big plays on offense and a swarming defense again spelled a dominant performance for Bellefontaine on Friday against rival Indian lake.
The Chiefs stuck to their winning formula to overpower the visiting Lakers 41-0 at AcuSport Stadium.
Bellefontaine won its seventh game in a row to improve to 8-1. The win also locked up a playoff berth for the Chiefs.
Indian Lake is now 6-3.
Fairbanks tops Triad
Triad was no match for a fast-paced Fairbanks offense Friday as the Panthers cruised to a 51-27 victory in Ohio Heritage Conference football action.
The Cardinals drop to 1-8 overall and 1-6 in the OHC standings, while the Panthers move to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the league.
Jordan Simonelli led the Triad offense with 91 passing yards and a touchdown along with 51 rushing yards and two scores.
Cam Atchison tallied 49 receiving yards on three grabs and Isaiah Bruce had 43 receiving yards and a touchdown on two catches. Jacob Jenkins added 48 rushing yards.
Defensively for Triad, Riley Louck piled up 12 tackles with two sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Andy Martin had nine tackles and two sacks, Derek Bruce had five tackles, Isaiah Bruce had one interception and one fumble recovery.