VANDALIA — For the second week in a row, the Sidney Yellow Jackets got off to a bad start, and for the second week in a row, it cost them in a loss in Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play.
The Vandalia Butler Aviators forged a 22-0 lead at the half and rolled from there to a 29-0 victory over the Jackets, who dropped their second straight and are now 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the North. They play their final home game of the season next Friday night against the Troy Trojans.
Vandalia goes to 2-0 in the North and 5-2 overal and keeps its playoff hopes alive with the win.
Last week, Trotwood returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Friday night, the Aviators’ Logan Flatt returned the kick to midfield, and it took the Aviators just four plays to reach the endzone, the score coming on a touchdown pass from Chandler Craine to Tray Sanders. A two-point conversion made it 8-0.
After Sidney was forced to punt, Vandalia returned the kick to the Sidney 35. This time it took just three plays, with the score coming on a one-yard run for a 14-0 lead with still 7:01 left in the first quarter.
The Sidney defense tightened up after that, but Vandalia took advantage of outstanding field position to add another score late in the second quarter. Vandalia chose to punt in Sidney territory and it was a good move, the Jackets taking over on their own two. A holding penalty was called in the endzone, giving the Aviators a safety, and they then took over on their own 48 after the Sidney kickoff.
Two middle screens hurt the Jackets, and the Aviators got in the endzone on a three-yard run for a 22-0 bulge at the break.
Sidney’s offense struggled, thanks mainly to five Vandalia sacks in the first half.
Sidney got an interception and a fumble recovery in the third quarter but couldn’t turn any of it into points. One drive stalled at the Vandalia one.
Rockets win 2nd
ANNA — Anna bounced back from two straight losses to take care of Delphos St. John’s Friday night in Midwest Athletic Conference play, 28-6
The Rockets are now 2-5 on the year and play at New Bremen next Friday. Delphos falls to 1-6.
Anna scored a touchdown in each of the first three periods for a 21-0 lead going to the fourth. Travis Meyer scored on runs of 11 and two yards in the first half, and Connor Rioch from six yards out in the third quarter. Meyer’s second score came on a fourth-down play, and there was no time on the clock when he crossed the goal line.
Anna scored its final touchdown on a 45-yard pass to Carter Huelskamp.
Loramie wins big
RIDGEWAY — The Fort Loramie Redskins made it three in a row with a 55-0 victory over Ridgemont in Northwest Central Conference play Friday night on the road.
The Redskins inch closer to the .500 mark at 3-4 on the season and is 3-1 in the NWCC and likely among four teams tied for first place.
Loramie’s win sets up the annual showdown between county rivals Friday when Lehman visits the Redskins next week.
Cavs roll 49-13
SIDNEY — Lehman rolled to a 49-13 victory in Homecoming action at Lehman High School over Hardin Northern.
The Cavs move to 3-1 in the NWCC and are tied with three others for first place. Overall, they are now 4-3.
“I thought we played well,” said Lehman coach Dick Roll. “We gave up a score early, but their second score came real late.”
The Cavs are at Fort Loramie Friday.