GREENVILLE — Sidney was hoping to build on last week’s win over Piqua and finish with a 7-3 record, but Greenville spoiled those plans, handing the Yellow Jackets a 13-12 loss Friday night in the season finale.
The Jackets, who finish 6-4, started slow, and Greenville took advantage, putting together a sustained drive that ended with a short touchdown run and the extra-point kick, which would be the difference at the half.
Sidney took over at its own seven after the defense held on fourth down, and got out to the 32, where head coach Adam Doenges again rolled the dice and went for it on 4th-and-3. Gordon hit Damian Duff for 16 yards to keep possession of the ball, and after a run by Colin Beer put the ball in Greenville territory, Sidney went to its bag of tricks. Gordon handed the ball off on a sweep, the ball was reversed back and then flipped back to Gordon, who then hit his brother Allec for a 48-yard scoring play. The extra-point kick was no good.
Sidney then tried an onside kick, which failed, but the defense forced Greenville to punt and Sidney took over on its own 12 with time running out.
A pass interference penalty put the ball out to the 27, and on the next play, a screen pass to Darryl McNeal went for 52 yards to the 21. After one running play, Danny Dean came on to attempt a 37-yard field goal, but it was short on the final play of the first half.
The Jackets fumbled the ball away at their own 45 on the first drive of the second half, but the defense forced a 3-and-out. The Jacket offense then took over and drove for a go-ahead score.
Gordon hit Duff for a 25-yard pass play, then ran to the 15. Beer got the first down at the 12, and on the next play Isaiah Bowser went 12 yards up the midde for the score. Sidney went for two, but failed, so the lead was 12-7.
Greenville scored on a fourth-down 20-yard pass, then midway through the final period, Sidney recovered a fumble and drove to a 27-yard field goal attempt, which failed.
Redskins blast LP
for Parks’ 200th win
LIMA — Fort Loramie spotted Lima Perry a 6-0 lead, but roared back to win 41-6 Friday night in the regular-season finale. The win was the 200th of head coach Whit Parks’ career.
The Fort Loramie Redskins now await the final computer rankings to see if their six straight wins to end the season is good enough for a playoff spot.
The Redskins did their part, routing Lima Perry after a slow start to finish 6-4 and capture a share of the Northwest Central Conference championship Friday night at Lima.
Fort Loramie got off to a rough start, with Perry forcing a 3-and-out, and then driving down the field for a score and a 6-0 lead, which stood up after a quarter.
But the Redskins got things going in a big way in the second quarter, scoring three unanswered touchdowns for a 21-6 lead at the half. It was not close after that.
With Perry leading 7-0 and driving, Loramie got an interception in the endzone by Daniel Berning, and that seemed to change things around.
Loramie drove 80 yards, with Drew Wehrman capping it off from a yard out. Then after forcing a punt by Perry, Loramie took over on its own 44 and on the very first play, Wehrman sped 56 yards to give the Redskins the lead for good at 14-6.
A 21-6 halftime score didn’t last after Perry fumbled the ball away on its very first play of the second half, giving the Redskins the ball at the Perry 38. It took just five plays, with freshman Carter Mescher doing the damage, and eventually scoring from four yards out for a 28-7 bulge.
Anna edged 18-16
ST. HENRY — Anna led 9-0 at the half, but St. Henry came back and took an 18-16 victory over the Rockets in the season finale Friday night. Anna finishes 3-7.
The Rockets surprised St. Henry with a solid first half, one that ended with Anna holding a 9-0 lead. The first quarter ended 3-0, with the only score coming on a 27-yards field goal by Aiden Endsley.
Then in the second quarter, Carter Huelskamp outwrestled a St. Henry receiver on a screen pass for an interception which he returned 20 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was missed, leaving the score 9-0 at the break.
Anna’s final score came on an 11-yard pass to Blake Stephens after a long punt return by Colin Wuebker.