FORT LORAMIE — Fort Loramie rolled to its fourth consecutive Cross County Conference victory with a 49-14 win over Tri-Village on Friday. The Patriots scored all of their points in the second half after Loramie had removed its starters from the game.
Senior running back Mike Hoying had 14 carries for 92 yards and scored four touchdowns for the Redskins, who led 42-0 at halftime. Loramie improves to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the CCC.
Fort Loramie unofficially had 416 total yards, including 322 rushing yards and 94 passing yards.
Carter Mescher had four carries for 31 yards and a touchdown, and Blake Holthaus had seven carries for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Austin Siegel completed 3-of-7 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Mark Seger had 53 receiving yards and Mescher had 31.
Fort Loramie shut down Tri-Village’s offense, holding the Patriots to just 30 yards in the first half – 15 rushing and 15 passing. Tri-Village entered the game averaging more than 260 yards per game on the ground.
Tri-Village threw the ball on its first three plays, but a couple drops forced the Patriots to punt.
Fort Loramie’s first three plays all went for first downs. A few plays later Hoying scored a 4-yard run to give the Redskins a 6-0 lead after just three minutes of play.
Nathan Raterman intercepted a Tri-Village pass on the next drive, setting up a Fort Loramie touchdown drive that culminated with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Siegel to Barhorst. With a two-point run by Hoying, Loramie led 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
Pinned inside its own 10-yard line to start its next possession, Tri-Village wasn’t able to get anything going, which set up Fort Loramie with great field position. It took just three plays for Loramie to score with Hoying taking a handoff for a 2-yard touchdown run and a 20-0 lead.
Fort Loramie made it 28-0 before the first quarter ended with a 1-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion run, both by Hoying.
An interception by Carson Moore then gave Loramie possession near midfield. Five minutes into the second quarter Hoying ran for his fourth touchdown of the night, and Fort Loramie led 35-0.
Moments later an interception by Devin Wehrman led to a four-play drive that ended with a 26-yard run by Mescher.
After Fort Loramie scored touchdowns on its first six possessions, Tri-Village finally made a play late in the second quarter when Dylan Finkbine recovered a fumble – the first of two fumble recoveries for him on the night.
With its backups in, Fort Loramie still continued to move the ball in the second half. The home team put together an 11-play drive to start the second half that ended with a 6-yard touchdown run by Blake Holthaus to make it 49-0.
Facing an insurmountable deficit, Tri-Village finally got its offense moving in the third quarter. The Patriots covered 51 yards in five plays with quarterback Austin Bruner running 29 yards for a touchdown late in the quarter, making it 49-6 and ending Loramie’s hopes of a shutout.
Tri-Village got the ball back midway through the fourth quarter but went three-and-out. The Patriots caught a break, however, when Fort Loramie muffed the punt return and Finkbine fell on the loose ball.
That set up a 40-yard scoring drive that culminated in a 1-yard run by Buckley. He also caught a two-point conversion pass from Trey Frech to make it 49-14.
Tri-Village unofficially finished the night with 122 total yards, 103 rushing and 19 passing.
Buckley led the way with 47 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Bruner had 43 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.