DEGRAFF — Owen Smith scooped up a fumble and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to bring Lehman 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 for a game at Lehman High School. 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.
Lehman was still trailing 21-20 when Owen Smith returned a fumble 50 yards for the winning touchdown.
Lehman got on the board in the first quarter when Dylan Arnold caught a 25-yard TD pass from Stephen Monnin. Monnin had TD runs of 1 and 10 yards and Arnold ran for a 2-point PAT to get Lehman within 21-20 and set up Smith’s winning touchdown.
Monnin completed three of seven passes for 36 yards — all to Arnold — and rushed for 198 yards on 26 carries. Jake Earhart added 88 yards on 22 carries.
SIDNEY — Sidney was hoping to make a statement in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Friday night against the dominant team in the division, but a bad first quarter put an end to those hopes in a 59-21 loss.
Sidney is 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the league heading to 4-2 Vandalia Friday night. Trotwood is 5-1 and has now won 33 straight North Division contests.
Sidney was burned for a 91-yard kickoff return for a score to start the game and never recovered. The Rams went on to score 27 points in the opening quarter.
The Rams did it without 1,000-yard rusher Raveion Hargrove, who played little after the opening quarter. But his replacement, Rondric Bogan, filled in nicely, rushing for 202 yards on only nine carries. He scored three touchdowns, two of them going for 95 and 81 yards.
Sidney’s Isaiah Bowser rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries, but Trotwood throttled freshman quarterback Andre Gordon, holding him to just 37 yards on 22 carries, an average of just 1.7 yards per carry.
He threw 26 passes and completed 17 for 144 yards and a touchdown. Darryl McNeal caught 10 passes for 78 yards.
WAYNESFIELD — Fort Loramie made it two in a row, both in league play, with a 53-8 mauling of Waynesfield on the road Friday.
The Redskins are 2-4 on the year and should make it three straight Friday in league play against Ridgemont. The Redskins are now 2-1 in the Northwest Central Conference.
The game was over by the half, with Loramie holding a 33-0 bulge. The touchdowns came on a 2-yard run by Brad Pleiman and a 32-yard pass from Drew Wehrman to Blake Gaier in the first quarter, and runs of eight and three yards by Wes Puthoff and a 30-yard run by Wehrman in the second period.
Puthoff added a four-yard run in the third quarter and Carter Mescher scored twice in the final period on runs of 11 and 62 yards.
The Redskins totaled 439 yards, with 407 of them coming on the ground. Puthoff carried 16 times for 116 yards.
MINSTER — Minster got its high-powered offense cranked up Friday in a 52-28 rout of Delphos St. John’s in Midwest Athletic Conference action.
The win evened Minster’s MAC record at 2-2 and put them at 4-2 heading into a big game Friday night at 6-0 Fort Recovery.
Minster exploded for 20 points in the opening period on a 1-yard run by Evan Huelsman, a 37-yard pass from Josh Nixon to Bryce Schmiesing, and a 48-yard pass from Nixon to Jacob Dues.
Minster added two more scores in the second quarter on Schmiesing’s 93-yard kickoff return and a 9-yard run by Huelsman, but the Blue Jays scored three times in the quarter to stay within striking distance at the half at 32-21.
Huelsman added touchdown runs of one and 13 yards in the second half, and Schmiesing caught a 63-yard TD pass from Nixon.
Minster rushed for 275 yards and threw for another 230 for a total offense of 505 yards. Nixon was 13-for-16 for 221 yards and Schmiesing caught nine passes for 122 yards.
Huelsman had a big game on the ground, rushing 27 times for 210 yards.
The Wildcats picked off the Delphos quarterback three times.