ANNA — Caleb Kaufman had only two carries on Friday, but they were enough to do big damage against Delphos St. John’s.
Anna overcame an early deficit and beat St. John’s 21-13 in a Midwest Athletic Conference game on Friday, in part thanks to two touchdown runs by Kaufman in the second half.
Kauffman scored on a 58-yard touchdown run 12 seconds into the third quarter to break a tie and give the Rockets a 14-7 lead. St. John’s quarterback Jared Wurst scored on an 11-yard touchdown run later in the quarter, but the Rockets blocked the extra point to maintain the lead.
Kauffman broke open a run in the last minute of the game and ran over a St. John’s defender on his way to the end zone to boost Anna’s lead to eight points. Austin Fogt sacked Wurst on St. John’s last possession, and Malachi Minnich recovered the fumble to secure the win.
Riley Huelskamp rushed for 119 yards on 15 carries, while Kauffman had 85 rushing yards, all on his two touchdown runs. Bart Bixler threw for 72 yards.
Anna had 321 yards of offense, while the Blue Jays had 266.
Wurst scored on a short touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Blue Jays an early lead. Huelskamp scored on an 11-yard run in the first minute of the second quarter to tie the game.
Anna (5-0, 3-0 MAC) plays at Marion Local next Friday.
Lehman Catholic 55, Elgin 8
Elliott Gilardi threw for 141 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 88 yards and two scores to spark the Cavaliers’ Northwest Central Conference win on Friday against Marion Elgin.
All three of Gilardi’s touchdown passes came in the first half. He threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Kameron Lee, a 9-yard scoring pass to John Cianciolo and a 30-yard TD pass to Brandon Barhorst in the first half. Gilardi scored the game’s first touchdown on a 7-yard run.
Lehman amassed 417 yards of offense in the game. Owen Smith ran for 105 yards and one touchdown, while Drew Barhorst ran for 63, all on one carry. Lee caught two passes for 61 yards, while Brandon Barhorst caught two for 42 yards.
Lee returned an interception 66 yards with 18 seconds left in the first half to extend the lead to 35-0.
Smith scored a 70-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gilardi ran 53 yards for a score. Tyler Sollmann returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to finish Lehman’s scoring.
Lehman (4-1, 2-0 NWCC) travels to Hardin Northern next Friday.
Fort Loramie 52, Ansonia 28
Carter Mescher and Mike Hoying scored two touchdowns in the first half as the Redskins improved to 3-2 with the big Cross County Conference win on Friday.
Mescher scored the first touchdown of the game on a 5-yard run and added a 49-yard run with 3:04 left in the second. Hoying scored a 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 1-yard TD run with 1:47 left in the second quarter to increase Loramie’s lead to 28-6.
Mescher scored a 46-yard run in the third to give the Redskins a 36-12 lead after a two-point conversion, and Hoying scored on a 29-yard run early in the fourth and a short run midway through the quarter to extend the lead to 52-28.
Loramie (3-2, 2-1 Cross County Conference) hosts Twin Valley South next Friday.
New Bremen 34, Parkway 20
The Cardinals won their first MAC game since 2012 with a big offensive performance. New Bremen amassed over 400 yards of offense in the game, including over 200 rushing yards by Avery Powers and 155 yards from quarterback Nolan Bornhorst. Bornhorst threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, while Powers ran for two scores and caught a TD pass.
Bornhorst scored on a short touchdown run and threw a short pass to Zach Flaute late in the second half to give the Cardinals a 27-12 lead at halftime. Powers scored on a short touchdown run in the third to increase the lead to 34-12.
New Bremen (3-2, 1-2 MAC) plays at Delphos St. John’s next Friday.
Fort Recovery 28, Minster 27 overtime
Jared Huelsman ran 15 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give the Wildcats a lead, but Fort Recovery scored a touchdown on its first overtime play and Will Homan scored a two-point conversion to give the Indians the win.
Hueslman also scored on a 60-yard run threw two touchdown passes to Alex Luhmkuhl.
Minster had 332 total yards of offense in the game, 181 of which came on the ground.
Marion Local 28, Versailles 18
Versailles played the top-ranked Marion Local Flyers tough but could not pull out the victory, losing 28-18.
“Even though we lost, I feel we got better tonight,” Versailles coach Adam Miller said. “If we can bring this attitude and effort every week, we are going to do good things the rest of the year.”
The Tigers fell to 1-4 on the season and 0-3 in the MAC, while the Flyers, who are ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Division VI state rankings, improved to 5-0 and 3-0.
After an interception in the third, Noah Grisez took the ball to the Flyers’ 5-yard line and Garrett Thompson punched it in to make it 21-12. The Tigers decided to try for two, but the conversion failed.
Versailles closed the gap to three points with 3:48 left in the game when Kurtis Rutshilling ran in from 31 yards out. The timing on the extra point was off and turned into a two-point try. Holder Andrew DeMange threw an incomplete pass.
Marion Local closed out the scoring on the night with a touchdown with 47 seconds left in the game. The Tigers created a fumble at their 25-yard line on the drive but were unable to recover the ball.
Versailles returns to action next Friday at Fort Recovery.
Riverside 54, Hardin Northern 14
The Pirates had 510 yards of offense in the win, nearly all of which came on the ground.
Among Riverside’s big plays, Gaven Anderson had touchdown runs of 64 and 52 yards, Ollie Jacobs had touchdown runs of 73 yards and 51 yards, and Kale Long scored a 50-yard run.
Riverside (3-2, 2-0 NWCC) plays at Waynesfield-Goshen next Friday.