WEST JEFFERSON — Anna’s upset bid in a Division VI, Region 24 playoff game was derailed by a field goal in the final minute on Saturday at West Jefferson.
Mason Cordetti hit an 18-yard field goal with 35 seconds left to lift West Jefferson to a 36-35 victory.
The No. 13 seed Rockets (2-6) led 28-24 at halftime and boosted their lead to 11 points when Brandon Axe hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Kohlten Carey early in the third quarter.
Cordetti hit a 24-yard field goal in the third to close the gap to 35-27, then Tyler Buescher threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Adam Fry early in the fourth to close the gap to 35-33, where it stayed after a failed two-point conversion try.
The No. 4 seed Rough Riders (6-1) amassed 404 yards of offense while Anna racked up 338. West Jefferson had two turnovers and Anna had one.
Carey completed 6-of-14 passes for 61 yards with one touchdown and one interception and ran for 40 yards on 13 carries.
Axe led the Rockets with 101 rushing yards on 15 carries and scored one rushing touchdown, and Hunter Schmidt had 71 rushing yards and one rushing TD on 12 carries. Justin Richards had 65 rushing yards and two rushing TDs on seven carries.
Anna will travel to Indian Lake for a regular-season game on Friday. The Rockets beat the Lakers 25-16 in a scrimmage in late August.
Fort Loramie 49, Troy Christian 6
The Redskins built a 42-6 lead by halftime and cruised from there to a big victory in a Div. VII, Region 28 playoff game on Friday at Redskin Stadium.
No statistics were reported.
Fort Loramie (6-1), which is the region’s No. 2 seed, will host No. 7 Ansonia in a regional quarterfinal on Friday.
New Bremen 52, South Charleston Southeastern 7
The Cardinals built a 38-0 lead by halftime and cruised from there to a big victory in a D-VII, Region 28 playoff game on Friday at Cardinal Stadium.
New Bremen (5-2) amassed 374 yards of offense in the victory and held the Trojans to 173. Mitchell Hays completed 4-of-5 passes for 130 yards and had two passing touchdowns while running for 37 yards and one TD on five carries.
Hunter Schaefer led the squad with 93 rushing yards and six carries and Zach Bertke gained 43 rushing yards on six carries. Schaefer and Bertke each had one rushing touchdown, as did Wokelle Googeg.
Dan Homan led the team with three receptions for 80 yards and had two TD receptions.
New Bremen, which is the region’s No. 3 seed, will host Midwest Athletic Conference rival and No. 6 seed St. Henry in a regional quarterfinal on Friday. The two squads didn’t face off in MAC play in regular season.
Riverside 50, Lockland 0
The Pirates picked up their second playoff victory in school history on Friday in De Graff by depantsing Lockland in a D-VII, Region 28 playoff game. They built a 22-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, added eight points in the second quarter and added another 20 in the second half.
Riverside (6-1) gained 463 yards of offense, 322 of which came on the ground. The squad held Lockland to 114 yards.
Kale Long led the Pirates with 281 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored five rushing TDs. Myles Platfoot completed 11-of-14 passes for 141 yards with one touchdown, which was caught by Landon Stewart. Warren Shockey led the team with five receptions for 73 yards.
Long made eight tackles on defense while Deven Frilling made eight tackles and had two interceptions. Dylan Smith had nine tackles and four sacks. Shockey, Walker Whitaker and Simon Godwin each had one interception.
Riverside, which is the region’s No. 5 seed, will travel to No. 4 Tri-Village for a regional quarterfinal on Friday.
Preble Shawnee forfeits to Versailles
Versailles has advanced to a Div. V regional quarterfinal without playing a postseason game after it picked up a win by forfeit on Saturday.
The Tigers were voted the No. 4 seed in Region 20 and earned a first-round bye. Preble Shawnee won a first-round game to earn a second-round matchup with Versailles on Saturday, but the school forfeited the contest early Saturday after several of its students tested positive for COVID-19.
The Tigers (4-2), which haven’t played since a 36-7 loss to New Bremen on Oct. 2, are slated to host Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy this Saturday in a regional quarterfinal.
Lehman Catholic 24, Upper Scioto Valley 6
The Cavaliers built a 21-0 lead by halftime and cruised in the second half to earn a Northwest Central Conference win on Friday in McGuffey.
Lehman racked up 225 yards of offense in the win, with 174 coming on the ground. The Cavaliers had two rushing TDs and one passing TD. The squad committed two turnovers, while the Rams committed three.
Lehman (3-3) is scheduled to travel to Waynesfield-Goshen for an NWCC game on Friday. The squads were originally scheduled to meet on Sept. 25, but Lehman postponed the contest due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
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