FORT LORAMIE — Minster scored the first three touchdowns of a nonconference game to help spark a 34-14 win in a season opener at Fort Loramie on Friday.
Junior Jacob Niemeyer threw for three touchdown passes and junior Alex Schmitmeyer ran for two to help the Wildcats win. Both are in their first years as starters.
Niemeyer threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Cody Frericks midway through the first quarter to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead and followed with a 41-yard touchdown pass midway through the second to push the lead to 14-0. Schmitmeyer ran for an 7-yard TD late in the quarter, which gave Minster a 20-0 lead after a missed extra point.
Fort Loramie’s Collin Moore threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mason Kemper right before halftime to cut the deficit to 20-7, but Niemeyer threw a short touchdown pass to August Boehnlein early in the fourth to extend the lead back out to 20.
Minster had 382 yards of offense, while Fort Loramie had 309.
Niemeyer completed 9-of-12 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 77 yards on 10 carries. Trent Roetgerman led the squad with two catches for 59 yards and one touchdown. Schmitmeyer ran for 109 yards on 20 carries.
Moore started at quarterback for Fort Loramie and completed 22-of-36 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Nick Brandewie led the squad with 16 carries for 52 yards, while Carter Mescher gained 48 yards on three carries. Mescher also led the team receiving-wise with eight catches for 83 yards.
Joe Winner had an interception for Minster, while CJ Billing recovered a fumble for the Redskins and Jake Ratermann intercepted a pass. Mike Ketner led Minster with eight tackles while Brandewie led Fort Loramie with five.
Middletown Fenwick 42, Anna 27
Fenwick scored the first two touchdowns of the second half to take control and earn a win over Anna in a season opener on Friday in Middletown.
Bart Bixler completed 11-of-17 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns and had 72 rushing yards on 14 carries. Riley Huelskamp led the Rockets with 124 rushing yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Isaac Lininger caught both of Bixler’s touchdown passes. He finished with four catches for 42 yards. Jeffrey Richards had four catches for 91 yards.
Fenwick led 21-13 at halftime but took a 35-13 lead by the 4:00 mark of the third quarter.
Fort Recovery 23, Lehman Catholic 6
Fort Recovery outscored the Cavaliers 16-0 in the second half to earn a win in a nonconference game at Sidney Memorial Stadium on Friday.
Lehman outgained Fort Recovery 210 yards to 147. The Cavaliers had four turnovers, while the Indians had three. Senior quarterback Elliott Gilardi completed 20-of-34 passes for 178 yards with two interceptions.
Lehman’s points came on 28- and 25-yard field goals by Michael Denning.
The Cavaliers will travel to Miami East next Friday.
New Bremen 27, Benjamin Logan 12
The Cardinals scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away from Ben Logan on Friday in a road season opener.
Nolan Bornhorst scored a 5-yard touchdown run with 7:05 left in the fourth to boost the lead to 20-12, then Zach Bertke scored a 44-yard run with 4:42 left.
Bornhorst opened the game with a 1-yard run with 5:50 left in the first, but Ben Logan cut the lead to 7-6 after a touchdown pass late in the quarter. Bornhorst threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Blickle with 4:06 left in the second that increased the lead to 13-6, but the Raiders scored on a short touchdown pass just before halftime to come within 13-12.
Bornhorst completed 10-of-17 passes for 122 yards and ran for 3 yards on 12 carries. Bertke led the team with 44 rushing yards, all on his touchdown run. Blickle led the team in receiving with 83 yards on four receptions.
Jacob Rindler had 7.5 tackles (4.5 for loss) and one sack for New Bremen.
The Cardinals had 257 yards of total offense, while Ben Logan had 214.
New Bremen will host Mississinawa Valley next Friday.
Ansonia 28, Riverside 0
The Tigers scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away from Riverside in a season opener on Friday in De Graff.
Riverside had 231 yards of offense but lost five fumbles and had two interceptions. Luke Roby led Riverside with 108 rushing yards on 16 carries while Joel Cotterman ran for 45 yards on seven carries. Cotterman completed 3-of-8 passes for 24 yards and had two interceptions.
Roby led Riverside with nine tackles, with three for loss. Ethan Burrows also had nine tackles. Kaden Burk had seven tackles and one fumble recovery.
Riverside travels to Mechanicsburg next Friday.
Celina 41, Versailles 12
Kyle Zizelman ran 18 times for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the host Bulldogs start the season with a win over Versailles.
The Tigers allowed 370 rushing yards and 417 total yards of offense.
If was a tough opener for Versailles’ offense, which amassed 159 total yards of offense and converted 2-of-10 third downs and 0-of-1 fourth downs. Celina had 18 first downs, while Versailles had nine.
Jake Poling led Versailles with 50 rushing yards on 15 carries. Ryan Martin completed 4-of-16 passes for 50 yards.
Wes Bruns threw a 15-yard touchdown pass for Versailles, while Martin scored on a short run.
Tyler Henry and Ben Albers led Versailles with eight tackles.
The Tigers host Delphos Jefferson next Friday.