SIDNEY — Sidney wound up having one of its better passing games in a while Friday night when the defeated West Carrollton 42-0 at Sidney Memorial Stadium.
The Jackets finished with 272 yards passing on 14 of 19 passing. Freshman quarterback Andre Gordon, filling in for injured starter Jack Feazel, who did not suit up for the game, was 12-for-17 passing for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He was also picked off twice. And his backup, Peyton Osborne, completed both his passes for nine more yards.
Darryl McNeal was the favorite target, catching four passes for 84 yards, including a 48-yarder for a touchdown on the Jackets’ first play of the game.
Gordon also led the Jackets in rushing with 75 yards on 11 carries, and Conor Beer added 48 yards on nine carries.
Sidney’s touchdowns came from McNeal, Gordon on a 1-yard run, Devon Santos on an 85-yard return of a fumble, Isaiah Bowser on a 5-yard run, Josiah Hudgins on a 12-yard pass from Gordon, and Osborne on a 2-yard run.
Danny Dean was perfect on six point-after kicks.
Sidney’s defense held the Pirates to 63 yards rushing. Through the air, West Carrollton had 164 yards.
Defensively, Sam Niswonger and Damien Duff led the Jackets with seven tackles apiece, and Hudgins had a pass interception. In addition to Santos, Jay Clark also recovered a fumble for the Jackets.
Sidney is at Fairborn Friday.
FORT RECOVERY — Anna accounted for more total yards than undefeated Fort Recovery Friday night, but still came out on the short end of a 21-12 score in the Midwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Anna rushed for 220 yards and added 100 yards through the air against the Indians. Recovery had 235 yards rushing and 42 passing.
Anna’s Colin Wuebker had a big game, carrying 24 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns, with a longest run of 64 yards. Connor Rioch made it a solid 1-2 punch with 87 yards on 14 carries.
However, Recovery struck in a big way early. After Anna forced a 3-and-out, the Rockets drove 66 yards in five plays, thanks to Wuebker’s 64-yarder on second down. But the Rockets were intercepted two plays later.
Fort Recovery took over at its own nine, and after a 13-yard gain out to the 22, the Indians sprung running back Kyle Schroer for a 78-yard touchdown run to really turn the tables on the Rockets.
The two-play, 91-yard drive took just 29 seconds.
Then late in the first quarter, Anna fumbled the ball away and the Indians recovered on the Anna 42. Anna was called for pass interference on the ensuing play, and three plays later, Will Homan went 21 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 11:53 left in the second quarter.
Anna fumbled it away again on the very next play but Blake Stephens intercepted for the Rockets at his own five to prevent any more damage. The Rockets then put together a 95-yard drive in 12 plays, with Wuebker taking it in for the first of his two touchdowns to make it 14-6 at the half.
The Rockets then cut the lead to 14-12 on a 12-play, 74-yard drive in the third quarter, with Wuebker scoring this time from three yards out.
But the Rockets couldn’t manage another score and the Indians added a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the third period.
Anna hosts Parkway Friday.
COLDWATER — Coldwater’s defense kept the high-powered Minster offense out of the endzone Friday night in a 28-0 verdict in MAC action.
The Wildcats had just 102 yards rushing and 113 yards passing in the loss. Quarterback Josh Nixon, who threw for 507 yards in the first two games, was held to 10-for-22 passing.
Coldwater, which led 21-0 at the half, had just 50 yards on the ground but piled up 276 yards through the air on 27-for-34.
Evan Huelsman carred the ball 16 times for 82 yards for the Wildcats.
Minster has another big MAC game Friday at home against Marion Local.