Area football roundup: Anna crushes Versailles to open MAC play

VERSAILLES — Versailles’ defense ranked among the MAC’s best in the first two weeks of play, but Anna moved the ball on offense as well as it has all season in a 52-20 win.

The Rockets (3-0) amassed 472 yards of offense with a nearly equal split between passing and rushing. Quarterback Travis Meyer threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns, while the Rockets ran for 225 yards. Aidan Endsley rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while Riley Huelskamp ran for 102 yards and two scores.

Anna jumped out to a 10-0 lead and pulled away from Versailles late in the first half.

Meyer scored on a short touchdown run with 8:41 left in the second to give the Rockets a 17-7 lead, and Endsley scored a one-yard touchdown run three and a half minutes later to increase the Rockets’ lead to 17 points.

Versailles quarterback Noah Waymire threw a short pass to George Grow, who then ran 77 yards for a touchdown with 49 seconds left to cut Anna’s lead to 24-14. The Rockets answered right away, though, on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Meyer to Austin Fogt with 25 seconds left to boost the lead to 31-14 at halftime.

Endsley added another one-yard touchdown run in the second half and Huelskamp scored on runs of four yards and 29 yards.

Meyer threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Kauffman to cap off the first drive of the game and put Anna up early. Robert Flynn added a 29-yard field goal later in the quarter. Versailles (1-2) cut the lead to 10-7 late on a 16-yard scoring pass from Waymire to Evan Hiestand.

Kauffman had 110 receiving yards on four catches, while Fogt had 72 receiving yards on three receptions.

Wyatt Bensman had a fumble recovery, and Wil Luthman and Luke Cantrell each forced a fumble. Cantrell had seven tackles, and Ethan Burd had six tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Versailles had 237 yards of offense in the game.

“Anna is a very good team,” Versailles coach Adam Miller said. “A little disappointed we didn’t play with them more.”

Anna hosts New Bremen next Friday, while Versailles plays at Delphos St. Johns on Saturday.

Fort Loramie 28, Covington 21

Mike Hoying ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns as Fort Loramie (2-1) survived a late Covington rally to earn a 28-21 win. It was Loramie’s first win in a Cross County Conference game.

Hoying scored on a 12-yard touchdown run in the first minute of the second quarter to give the Redskins an early 7-0 lead. He scored on a 9-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter and scored another short TD run with 4:53 left in the third to give Loramie a 21-7 lead.

Covington cut the lead to 28-21 with 1:18 left in the fourth on a one-yard touchdown run by Ethan Herron and then recovered an onside kick, but Loramie’s defense forced a turnover on downs to secure the win.

Austin Siegel completed 7-of-9 passing attempts for 114 yards for the Redskins, while Carter Mescher ran seven times for 45 yards. Loramie had 385 yards of offense in the game.

Carson Moore led Loramie with eight tackles. The Redskins host Miami East in CCC action next Friday.

Minster 41 Delphos St. Johns 14

Minster held a 14-point lead at the end of the third quarter but ran away from the Blue Jays in the fourth.

Isaac Schmiesing scored on a short touchdown run to give the Wildcats a 27-7 lead with 9:18 left in the fourth quarter. Mike Ketner then intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown with about six minutes left, and freshman running  Jacob Heuker scored a touchdown two minutes later after a fumble to increase the lead to 41-7.

Jared Huelsman scored a 5-yard touchdown run in the middle of the second quarter to give Minster an early 7-0 lead. Huelsman threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Austin Brown later in the quarter and threw a TD pass to tight end Cody Freiricks late in the third. St. John’s scored on a short touchdown run by Jared Wurst with about a minute left in the third to close the deficit.

Minster had 225 team rushing yards and 399 total offensive yards. Huelsman had 151 rushing yards and completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 174 yards.

The Wildcats (3-0) play at Marion Local next Friday in a key early-season MAC game.

St. Henry 35 New Bremen 0

Andrew Lange threw for three touchdown passes in the first half as St. Henry built a 28-0 lead and cruised to the lopsided win. Lange threw touchdown passes of 26, three and 35 yards and Ryan Luttmer scored a 1-yard TD run after an interception to build the lead. Luttmer added a short touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to start the running clock.

The Cardinals (2-1) travel to Anna on Friday.

Indian Lake 23 Riverside 0

The Lakers led 3-0 at halftime but scored on the opening possession of the third quarter and added two more touchdowns in the second half to pull away. Connor Dixon ran for a 16-yard touchdown and a 26-yard TD in the second half.

It’s the second consecutive shutout for Riverside, which had 150 yards of offense in the game. The Pirates (1-2) play next on Friday at Marion Elgin in a Northwest Central Conference game.