SIDNEY — After getting shut out by Vandalia last week, the Sidney offense must have been itching to get in the endzone this week.
That’s how it appeared in the early going against a Troy Trojan team that was coming off a stunning 21-20 upset of the Trotwood Madison Rams last week.
Sidney bolted to a 22-0 lead at the 4:13 mark of the opening quarter, then withstood Troy attempts to grab the momentum in the second period, going on to a big 52-28 victory Friday.
The Jackets are now 5-3 on the season and head to archrival Piqua Friday.
By the 4:50 mark of the third quarter, the clock did not stop because of the mercy rule, with the Jackets rolling along at 45-14.
Sidney drove 55 yards for a score on its first possession, getting a touchdown run from Andre Gordon. Then Troy fumbled the ball away and Sidney capitalized, scoring again in just two plays, with the help of a Troy personal foul penalty.
On the next possession, Troy was forced to punt and the Jackets took over at their own 45. Isaiah Bowser ran for 15 on first down and that set the tone. Gordon scored again on a 2-yard run to make it 22-0 after one.
Troy got on the board on a 19-yard touchdown pass, but before the Trojans could seize the momentum, the Jackets came back and hit a 73-yard scoring strike from Gordon to Damien Duff to make it 29-7.
Troy again drove for a score to make it 29-14 with 6:35 remaining. Then late in the half, Sidney rolled the dice and went for it on 4th-and-5 at midfield and threw an incomplete pass. Troy had plenty of time to pull within one touchdown, but the Jackets held on downs.
Sidney then drove the other way and got a 36-yard field goal from Danny Dean as time expired for a 32-14 halftime lead.
Troy came up empty on its first possession of the second half, and the Jackets kept the pressure on.
Gordon scored from 36 yards out to make it 39-14, and Bowser added a 3-yard run with 4:50 left in the third quarter to make it 45-14.
Troy came back with a score, but Bowser then broke off a 60-yard run, and that set up a couple of runs by Conor Beer, who eventually reached the endzone from the two to make it 52-21.
Dean kicked the point-after, his 33rd of the season, which is a new school record.
FORT LORAMIE — Fort Loramie rode the running of quarterback Drew Wehrman to a surprisingly easy 35-19 victory over Lehman in a key Northwest Central Conference game Friday night.
The Redskins started 0-4 and are now 4-4 on the season heading into a big game Friday at Upper Scioto Valley. Loramie, Upper and Riverside are all tied for first in the NWCC at 4-1.
Wehrman got the Redskins off to a 14-0 lead with a 36-yard run to the one that set up Wes Puthoff’s short TD run, then after the defense stopped Lehman on the Loramie 8-yard line, Wehrman broke off a 92-yard run for a score.
Lehman scored the next two touchdowns, but still trailed 14-13 at the half. But the Redskins scored twice in the third quarter, one of them on a 33-yard run by Wehrman, to pull away. The other was on their only pass completion of the night, of 75 yards.
Loramie rushed for over 350 yards.
Anna wins big
NEW BREMEN — Anna won its second in a row, routing New Bremen 46-6 Friday night.
The Rockets travel to Minster next week.