The Sidney Yellow Jackets had no trouble winning their third in a row, and now turn their focus to rival Piqua in a rare Thursday night game this week.
The Jackets scored 47 points in the first half, and head coach Adam Doenges used his starters sparingly over the final two periods en route to a 53-22 victory over West Carrollton Friday night. The win put the Jackets at 3-2 on the season heading into Thursday’s home game against Piqua in what will be the American North Division opener for both squads.
Highlighting the game was junior running back Isaiah Bowser going over the 1,000-yard mark just halfway into the season. Bowser needed 70 yards Friday night to become the 14th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards, and he got that in the first half.
He finished the game with 135 yards rushing, all in the first two quarters, and now has 1,065 yards this season. The school single-season record of 1,551 is well within his reach. He scored four more touchdowns, giving him 20 this season, including 17 on the ground.
Sidney was going with its third quarterback of the season Friday after both Andre Gordon and Jack Feazel were lost for the season with injuries. Dillion King moved from wideout to quarterback and connected with Allec Gordon for a 55-yard scoring play on the very first pass he threw. King went on to finish 3 for 7 for 110 yards and two scores, and Gordon scored touchdowns on both of his receptions on the night, the other one going for 48 yards.
With the score 47-6 at the half, the second half featured a running clock. The Pirates scored with just :04 left in the game and kicked off. Caleb Harris returned it 78 yards for a touchdown to end the game.
Sidney’s defense scored once, on a 77-yard interception return by Darren Taborn.
Lehman 48, Perry 20
Lehman also won for the third straight game, blasting Lima Perry 48-20 at Sidney Memorial Stadium.
The Cavs are 2-0 in the Northwest Central Conference now, and 3-2 overall heading into a big game Friday night at Piqua against the 4-1 Riverside Pirates.
The Cavaliers recovered a fumble on the first play of the game at the Lima Perry 23, and Elliott Gilardi passed to Kam Lee from a yard out for a quick 7-0 lead.
But after an interception, Perry scored to cut the lead to 7-6.
But the Cavs got going after that, with Smith scoring from three yards out after a long pass from Gilardi to Dylan Arnold put the ball at the Perry 29. Then on the next series, Gilardi hit Jared Rourke for a touchdown and a 21-6 lead.
Perry threatened, but late in the half the Cavaliers drove 80 yards with under two minutes to play to score a key touchdown on a 6-yard pass to Rourke for a 28-6 halftime lead.
Perry scored first in the third quarter to make it 28-14, but the Cavs pulled away from there. Gilardi ran in from 17 yards out in the third quarter, then Owen Smith scored from 12 yards away in the final period. The final touchdown came on a pass from Dylan Arnold to Braden Sherman for 27 yards.
Gilardi was 12 for 19 for 163 yards and two scores, and Smith rushed 22 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns.
Loramie 55, HN 22
DOLA — Fort Loramie got on the winning side for the first time this season, blasting Hardin Northern in NWCC play 55-22 Friday.
The Redskins are 1-1 in the league and 1-4 overall with winless Waynesfield coming to town Friday night.
Loramie was ahead 14-0 before the offense ever took the field. Jake Ward returned the opening kickoff 81 yards for a score, then Frank Meyer picked up a blocked punt and took it in from about 10 yards out.
The offense did plenty of damage once it got on the field. Ward added a 65-yard run for the third score, then Dan Berning scored twice on a 10-yard pass from Austin Siegel and an 11-yard run.
After a 30-yard TD pass from Siegel to Nate Pleiman, Berning scored on a 17-yard run. The final score came on a 15-yard pick-six by sophomore Carson Moore.
Berning and Ward were quite the one-two punch on offense for the Redskins. Berning rushed for 147 yards on 16 carries, and Ward added 137 yards on 11 carries. Loramie finished with 330 yards on the ground.
Recovery 33, Minster 21
FORT RECOVERY — Minster battled hard but came up short in a 33-21 loss to Fort Recovery Friday night in MAC action on the road.
The Wildcats have dropped three straight, all in league play, and are 2-3 overall heading into a home game with St. Henry Friday.
The Wildcats got scores from Jonny Niemeyer on a 40-yard pass from Jared Huelsman, Niemeyer on a 38-yard pass from Huelsman, and from Huelsman on a 5-yard run that pulled the Wildcats even at 21-21 with 5:33 left in the third quarter.
Fort Recovery got the go-ahead score with :38 left in the third quarter, and iced it with a touchdown with just 1:29 left to play.
Huelsman rushed for 72 yards and completed 18 of 36 passes for 282 yards for the Wildcats.