Sidney head football coach Adam Doenges said it was the first complete game his Yellow Jackets have played all season Friday night when they put a licking on the Troy Trojans at Sidney Memorial Stadium, 52-28.
Troy was just 2-5 coming into the game, but was coming off a huge upset a week earlier at Trotwood, a team that routed Sidney the previous week.
“We didn’t do anything different, we just executed better than what we have been,” said Doenges. “We played the way we expected to play, against a good opponent. We told the kids, they had to practice better and play better, and they did. They came out really focused.”
Sidney jumped all over the Trojans from the start, putting up 22 points in the first quarter. It started when the Jackets recovered an Troy onside kick to open the game, and the short field led to a score on a 7-yard run by Isaiah Bowser.
The Jackets continued to get great field position in the first quarter and made it pay off. Two drives started in Troy territory, and the other was near midfield. Andre Gordon, Sidney’s fresman quarterback, scored twice in the opening quarter on runs of 10 and one yards for the big early ead.
Troy came back with a sustained drive that produced a score, but the Jackets answered immediately on a 73-yard scoring strike from Gordon to Damien Duff.
Troy scored again to make it 29-14 and had a chance to make it a one-possession game when Sidney failed to convert on a fourth down near midfield late in the half.
“There was a stiff wind blowing in our faces and I didn’t think we could get much out of a punt, so we went for it,” said Doenges. “And we ended the quarter with a little momentum.”
That’s because the Sidney defense stiffened, and got the ball back, and Sidney drove for a 26-yard field goal from Danny Dean to end the half.
The Jackets then came out and put up the first two scores of the third quarter to make it 45-14.
Sidney didn’t go to the air much because there was no need. The Jackets rushed for 357 yards in the game.
Bowser came up big, finishing with 153 yards on 19 carries, and Gordon had 101 on 13 carries. He also completed two passes for 105 yards.
“We challenged our offensive line,” said Doenges. “Last week was probably the worst we’ve graded out all year, and they knew they had to do a better job. Andre, Isaiah and Conor Beer just need a little crease to make something happen.”
Darryl McNeal recovered a fumble and picked off a pass for the Jackets, who are at Piqua Friday.
Minster wins on
MINSTER — Minster and St. Henry played a thriller Friday in Midwest Athletic Conference play, the game being decided on a 43-yard field goal by Jason Schultz with just :09 remaining in the game.
Minster, now 6-2, moved to the top of the Division 7, Region 26 computer rankings with the victory and play at Anna Friday.
Josh Nixon scored from two yards out and tossed a 14-yard pass to Jacob Dues for a score in the first quarter, and hit Bryce Schmiesing with a 77-yard touchdown pass in the second for a 21-7 lead.
But the Redskins stormed back, keeping Minster out of the endzone in the second half until Schultz ended it with his dramatic kick.
Nixon hit 21 of 36 passes for 339 yards for the Wildcats, who managed 96 yards on the ground. Dues caught nine passes for 122 yards and Schmiesing eight passes for 164 yards.
FORT LORAMIE — Drew Wehrman was the difference Friday night in Fort Loramie’s 35-19 rout of Lehman in a key Northwest Central Conference game.
The two teams were tied along with Upper Scioto Valley and Riverside for first place in the league. Loramie remains tied with the other two and plays at Upper Scioto Friday night.
Wehrman scored on a 2-yard run for Loramie’s first score, then bolted 93 yards for the second score. He added touchdown runs of 25 and five yards in the second half, and in between throw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Nate Pleiman.