SIDNEY — A disastrous opening quarter ended any hopes the Sidney Yellow Jackets had of pulling off a huge upset in Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play Friday night in high school football action at Sidney Memorial Stadium.
Trotwood became the third team this season to return a kickoff for a touchdown, and this one opened the game and definitely set the tone. By the end of the first quarter, the Rams were well on their way to their 33rd consecutive GWOC North victory, leading 27-0. It ended 59-21.
Sidney’s kickoff team thought it had the Rams smothered inside the five-yard line on the opening kickoff, but a couple of handoffs by the Rams had the ball winding up in the hands of a player the Jackets hadn’t accounted for. And he returned it 97 yards to make it 7-0.
The Jackets went three-and-out and after a good punt return, the Rams set up at the Sidney 40. On a third-and-16 at the 45, Sidney was called for pass interference. A hold backed the Rams up, but Sidney returned the favor with a late hit out of bounds at around the five. Two plays later Caleb Johnson scored on a two-yard TD pass.
Things went from bad to worse when Sidney quarterback Andre Gordon fumbled and Trotwood took over on the Sidney 15. An eight-yard touchdown made it 21-0, and on the next possession for Sidney, Isaiah Bowser fumbled the ball away. Another touchdown pass to Johnson made it 27-0 with 3:04 left in the opening period.
Trotwood fumbled early in the second quarter and the Jackets drove down to the four-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. On the very next play, a Trotwod back broke loose and went 95 yards to make it 34-0.
Sidney got on the board on a six-yard run by Conor Beer with 4:42 left to make it 34-7. The score capped an 83-yard drive.
However, Trotwood put together another good drive and scored with just a minute to go to make it 41-7, meaning a continuous clock in the second half.
Sidney scored first in the second half on a 22-yard run by Bowser, and added a score midway through the final period on a pass from Gordon to Damian Duff.
Rockets fall to
No. 1 Marion
ANNA — Anna was unable to stop Marion Local’s ground attack and lost in Midwest Athletic Conference play Friday night at Booster Field, 35-13.
The loss left the Rockets at 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the Midwest Athletic Conference with Delphos St. John’s coming to Anna Friday. Marion Local is 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the league and has the annual matchup with unbeaten Coldwater Friday night on the road.
Marion opened the game with a sustained drive that took eight minutes and produced a 7-0 lead. The Flyers were up 14-0 before Anna was able to pin them back at their own one with a punt. The Flyers were forced to punt and the ball went out only to the Flyer 35. A few plays later, Colin Wuebker scored from 20 yards out to make it 14-6 before the Flyers added another score before the half for a 21-6 advantage.
WAYNESFIELD — Fort Loramie made it two in a row with an easy 53-8 rout of winless Waynesfield-Goshen in Northwest Central Conference action Friday night on the road.
The Redskins are now 2-1 in the league and 2-4 overall heading to Ridgemont Friday night in league play.
Cavs get big
DEGRAFF — Lehman came from behind for the second week in a row to post a big Northwest Central Conference win Friday, 26-21 over previously unbeaten Riverside.
Lehman is now 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the league with Hardin Northern coming to town Friday. Riverside is 2-1 and 5-1 and hosts league-leading Upper Scioto Valley Friday.
Riverside led 21-14 after three quarters before the Cavs rallied for the win.
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