Sidney lost at home Friday night to Bellefontaine in non-league high school football, 34-28, then got some more bad news after that.
Sophomore quarterback Andre Gordon, who the Jackets were pinning a lot of their hopes on, will be out for the season with a broken wrist, head coach Adam Doenges said Sunday morning.
Gordon actually injured his wrist in the first preseason scrimmage, but it has not healed properly, according to Doenges.
“It’s a broken wrist, and it looks like it will take surgery to heal it properly,” Doenges said. “He is supposed to have surgery sometime this week, so he is out for the year. He will probably be in a cast for a month, then had another four-and-a-half weeks in rehab, so he should be ready for basketball.”
The Jackets lost Friday despite a sensational game from junior running back Isaiah Bowser. He carried the ball 40 times against the Chieftains and rushed for 281 yards and a touchdown.
The problem in two straight losses by the Jackets has come on the defensive side. Sidney allowed Bellefontaine 320 yards on the ground, after giving up 388 rushing yards the previous week against St. Marys.
The Jackets are back in action Friday at West Carrollton.
Minster 44, Lehman 21
MINSTER — Lehman fell to 0-2 and Minster went to 2-0 after a 44-21 verdict Friday at Minster.
The Wildcats stunned the Cavs with 24 first-quarter points, and Lehman couldn’t recover.
Minster rushed for 347 yards to just 69 for the Cavaliers, and the total yardage figure was 485-285.
Bryce Schmiesing carried 18 times for 248 yards for Minster, an average of nearly 14 yards per carry. And quarterback Jared Huelsman added 81 yards on the same number of carries.
Lehman quarterback Elliott Gilardi was 18 for 29 for 206 yards. Kam Lee caught six passes and both Dylan Arnold and Michael Bunker five apiece.
Anna 35, Brookville 14
Anna and Brookville hooked up in a good battle Friday night, and the Rockets were clinging to a 21-14 lead early in the final period.
The Rockets led 14-0 at the half and 21-7 after three, but the Blue Devils scored on the first play of the final period.
Bugt the Rockets pulled away with two more scores and are now 2-0 on the season.
The Rockets got a huge game from running back Aiden Endsley, who carried 24 times for 211 yards and a touchdown. Riley Huelskamp added 77 yards on 12 carries, and those two opened things up for quarterback Travis Meyer, who connected on 11 of 14 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns. he also had a rushing touchdown.
Colin Wuebker was his favorite receiver, catching five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Reed Leininger also caught a touchdown pass.
“We kinda responded and made a couple nice plays and put it away there in the fourth quarter,” said Anna head coach Nick Marino. “We could have blown it up more in the first half, but had one score called back with twominutes left in the half. They started to run the ball at us pretty well in the third quarter. They’re a good running team. Struggled a little bit in the third but we kinda stepped it up in the fourth quarter.
“This is a much better start to the season than last year,” he added. “The kids are having a lot of fun.”
Recovery 32, Loramie 0
FORT RECOVERY — Fort Loramie also dropped to 0-2 after losing at Fort Recovery.
The Redskins were forced to play without two key backfield starters in quarterback Austin Siegel and running back Carter Mescher.
Jake Ward again had a big game for the Redskins, rushing for 161 yards on 34 carries.