NEW BREMEN — Anna’s defense shut down New Bremen in a Midwest Athletic Conference opener on Friday.
The Cardinals, which had scored 75 points in their first two games, were held to 235 yards of offense and eight first downs in Anna’s 42-7 win.
The Rockets racked up 322 yards of offense and built a 21-0 lead by halftime. Junior quarterback Bart Bixler scored on a 47-yard touchdown run with 9:50 left in the first quarter and added a 1-yard run early in the fourth. Jeffrey Richards then threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Lininger 31 seconds before halftime.
Riley Huelskamp scored on a 1-yard run with 8:54 left in the third quarter to boost the lead to 28-0, then Richards returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown less than a minute later to put on a running clock.
Bixler completed Anna’s scoring with a 21-yard touchdown to Richards with 6:35 left in the fourth. New Bremen’s touchdown came on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Nolan Bornhorst to Bryce Blickle with 5:33 left in the fourth.
Bixler completed 7-of-13 passes for 61 yards and ran 10 times for 133 yards. Huelskamp ran for 51 yards on 17 carries. Richards finished with five receptions for 49 yards and Lininger had two catches for 37 yards. Lininger led Anna with five solo tackles.
Bornhorst completed 10-of-18 passes for 140 yards with one TD and one interception. Nicholas Wells led the Cardinals with 48 rushing yards on seven carries, while Bornhorst ran for 17 yards on two carries. Blickle caught three passes for 80 yards and Grant Selby caught four passes for 45 yards. Wells led New Bremen with seven solo tackles, one of which was for loss.
Anna (2-1) will host St. Henry (3-0) in MAC play next Friday. New Bremen (2-1) will travel to Fort Recovery (2-1).
Fort Loramie 33, Covington 14
Collin Moore threw four touchdown passes to Carter Mescher as Fort Loramie cruised to a win in a Cross County Conference opener on Friday.
Moore threw 42-, 52- and 99-yard touchdown passes to Mescher in the first half to put the Redskins up 20-0. Max Hoying added a 14-yard run before halftime to increase the lead to 26-7, and Moore threw a 71-yard TD pass to Mescher in the third quarter to close the Redskins’ scoring.
Fort Loramie had 460 yards of total offense, with 336 coming through the air. Covington had 237 yards of offense.
Individual statistics were not reported.
The Redskins (2-1) travel to Miami East (3-0) in a CCC showdown next Friday.
Lehman Catholic 24, Graham 14
The Cavaliers scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away to a nonconference win on Friday in St. Paris.
Michael Denning hit a 31-yard field goal to put the Cavaliers up 17-14, then Elliott Gilardi intercepted a pass from Graham quarterback Brady King and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to clinch the victory.
Graham took an early 6-0 lead, but Gilardi threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Sollman in the first quarter to put Lehman up 7-6 after a Denning extra point.
Sollman scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, but Graham’s Camron VanHoose scored a 1-yard run in the third quarter and Austin Gibson caught a two-point conversion to tie it up.
Graham had 276 offensive yards but had two interceptions. Lehman had 259 yards of offense and didn’t turn the ball over. The Cavaliers had 185 passing yards and 74 yards on the ground.
Individual statistics were not reported.
Lehman (1-2) will open Northwest Central Conference play on Saturday against Ridgemont (1-2) at Alexander Stadium.
Minster 28, Fort Recovery 22
Jacob Niemeyer threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to August Boehnlein with 54 seconds left to lift the Wildcats to victory in a MAC opener on Friday in Minster.
Niemeyer completed 11-of-15 passes for 115 yards and also ran for 75 yards on 10 carries. Alex Schmitmeyer ran for 58 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns.
The teams were tied 7-7 at halftime. Schmitmeyer ran for a 1-yard touchdown early in the third. Clay Schmitz threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Thobe with 3:51 left in the third quarter, but Fort Recovery missed the extra point and trailed 14-13.
Schmitmeyer scored on another 1-yard run with 30 seconds later, but Minster missed the extra point and led 20-13. Clay Schmitz scored on a 1-yard run with 44 seconds left to pull Fort Recovery within 20-19 after a missed PAT. Cobe Wendel made a 26-yard field goal with 7:39 left in the fourth quarter to give the Indians the lead.
Fort Recovery had 406 yards of offense but had three turnovers. Minster had 249 yards of offense with no turnovers.
Cody Frericks had one fumble recovery for Minster while Jack Heitbrink had two interceptions and one sack.
Minster (3-0) will travel to Coldwater (3-0) in MAC action next Friday.
Riverside 21, Indian Lake 7
After being shut out the first two weeks, Luke Roby ran for three touchdowns to help the Pirates earn a nonconference win on Friday in De Graff.
Roby ran for a 21-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a short TD run in the second quarter to put Riverside up 14-0 at halftime. After the Lakers scored midway through the third, Roby added another short scoring run midway through the fourth.
No statistics were reported.
Riverside (1-2) will open Northwest Central Conference play next Friday at home against Marion Elgin (1-2).
Coldwater 35, Versailles 7
Jake Hemmelgarn threw three touchdowns in the first half to help Coldwater take a 28-0 lead over Versailles, which dropped to 1-2 with the home loss.
The Tigers had 179 yards of offense, while Coldwater had 369. Hemmelgarn completed 16-of-21 passes for 222 yards and Mitch Niekamp ran for 73 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.
Jake Poling rushed for 73 yards on 26 carries for Versailles while Jake Barga ran for 31 yards on five carries and Derek Cavin ran for 20 yards on two carries. Cavin had one catch for 32 yards and Poling had one catch for 16 yards. Ryan Martin completed 4-of-15 passes for 57 yards with two interceptions.
Poling scored Versailles’ touchdown on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Nathan Wagner led Versailles with 10 tackles while Tyler Henry and Andrew DeMange each had six. Tyler Gigandet had four pancake blocks.
The Tigers will travel to Parkway (0-3) next week in MAC play.
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