FORT LORAMIE —The Redskins couldn’t hold onto a 13-point lead in a Cross County Conference game on Friday night. Miami East’s Justin Brown scored two touchdowns in the second half to lead the Vikings to a 27-26 comeback win over Fort Loramie.
Loramie trailed 13-7 at halftime but took the lead early in the third quarter. Carter Mescher scored a 56-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third and Mike Hoying scored on a 32-yard run with 9:03 left to give the Redskins a 20-13 lead. Austin Siegel then threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Mark Seger to increase the lead to 26-13.
Brown changed all that before the end of the third, though. He broke loose on a 62-yard touchdown run that kept Miami East’s hopes alive and cut the lead to 26-20 heading into the fourth quarter. He then scored on a 9-yard run, and Jonah Brautigam’s extra point gave the Vikings a 27-26 lead with 5:31 to go.
Brown grabbed his second interception of the night at the 3:58 mark, and Miami East took the clock down to under a minute before giving the ball back for one last Redskin chance. But Blaine Brokschmidt picked off the Redskins’ desperation heave as time expired to put away the win.
Hoying scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 10:02 left in the first quarter to give the Redskins an early 6-0 lead, but the Vikings controlled the rest of the first half. Joseph Villella scored a 3-yard run early in the second quarter and added a 1-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds left to give Miami East a 13-6 lead.
Aside from two missed PAT attempts, turnovers and penalites hurt Loramie. The Redskins had two touchdowns called back due to penalties on the same drive in the second quarter, and Siegel was intercepted three times in the game.
Fort Loramie (2-2) plays at Ansonia next Friday.
Lehman Catholic 62, Ridgemont 8
The Cavaliers scored seven touchdowns in the first half and cruised to a big win to open Northwest Central Conference play.
Lehman had 587 yards of offense in the running-clock win. Elliott Gilardi completed 9-of-12 passing attempts for 172 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 32 yards and two scores. Owen Smith ran for 227 yards on seven carries, three of which were touchdowns. Brandon Barhorst caught five passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Gilardi ran for touchdowns of 12 yards and 19 yards in the first quarter and threw a 22-yard TD pass to Kameron Lee. Smith added a 66-yard touchdown run.
Gilardi threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Barhorst in the second quarter, while Lee threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Barhorst. Smith scored on a 76-yard touchdown run in the second and a 5-yard run in the third. Freshman Drew Ivey scored on a 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to finish Lehman’s scoring.
Ridgemont’s touchdown came in the fourth quarter. The Golden Gophers had 108 offensive yards.
Lehman (3-1) hosts Elgin next Friday.
Marion Local 21, Minster 7
The Flyers scored the last three touchdowns to beat Minster in a Midwest Athletic Conference game on Friday.
Minster quarterback Jared Huelsman threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Austin Brown with 5:05 left in the first quarter, but the Flyers contained things from there on defense and got to work on offense.
Nate Bruns threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Nick Tangeman late in the second quarter to tie the game. Henry Keller scored a short touchdown run with 7:07 left in the third quarter and added another short run with 7:20 left in the fourth quarter.
Marion Local had 385 yards of offense in the game compared to 207 by Minster. The Wildcats converted 1-of-12 third down conversion attempts.
Minster (3-1, 1-1 MAC) hosts Fort Recovery on Friday.
Delphos St. John’s 24, Versailles 21 3OT
Delphos St. John’s kicker Mark Wrasman hit a 35-yard field goal in the third overtime to lift the Blue Jays to a 24-21 victory over Versailles on Saturday at Stadium Park.
Wrasman missed a 33-yard field goal in the first overtime period, which could ended the game at that point. But Wrasman booted the ball solidly down the middle of the uprights to end the game after three overtime periods.
No team scored in the first overtime period.
In the second overtime, the Blue Jays went the 20 yards in six plays to score on a 3-yard keeper by Jared Wurst. Versailles came back to even the score 21-21 when quarterback Noah Waymire scored on a 1-yard sneak.
In the third and final overtime, Versailles took the ball first. But on a fourth-and-4 from the Delphos 14-yard line, Waymire pitched the ball to the left, but the ball bounced off the back of running back George Grow and St. John’s Austin Adams recovered.
On the Blue Jays’ four play of the third overtime, Wrasman ended the night with the 35-yard field goal.
Kurtis Rutschilling ran for 138 yards with one touchdown on 11 carries for Versailles. Garrett Thompson ran for 95 yards on 18 carries.
The Tigers (1-3, 0-2 MAC) had a 14-6 lead with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter, but St. John’s went 64 yards in 13 plays to score.
The key play was on third-and-22 when Wurst hit Curtis Schwinnen for 25 yards to take the ball to the Versailles 25.
The Blue Jays (3-1, 1-1) scored on a fourth-and-7 when Wurst hit a leaping Connor Hulihan for a 22-yard TD.
After a pass interference call on the TD pass, St. John’s took the ball just outside the 1 for the two-point conversion. Wurst ran it in for the two-point conversion to tie the game with 4:13 to go.
Riverside 53, Elgin 20
Riverside hadn’t scored a point since Week 1 but got to work early against Elgin. Gavin Anderson scored on three long touchdown runs in the first half and added another in the third quarter to spark the Pirates’ win.
Riverside (2-2, 1-0 NWCC) plays Hardin Northern next Friday in De Graff.