Mitch Apple’s 5-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter lifted Wapak to a 36-33 win over previously unbeaten Elida.
Apple rushed for 149 yards and 2 TD’s on 15 carries, while Rob Gerstner rushed for an even 80 yards on 10 carries.
Isaac McAdams led the way for Elida, throwing for 233 yards on 21 of 30 passes, while rushing for 77 yards. He threw for 2 touchdowns, while rushing for another. Daniel Unruh ended the night with 107 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Cole Harmon caught 9 passes for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury in the 3rd quarter.
With the win, Wapak moves to 3-2, while Elida drops to 4-1.
Shawnee 35, Van Wert 27
Shawnee scored early and often, taking a 28-7 halftime lead, before Van Wert battled back to make it interesting. But the hole was too deep for the Cougars to dig out of, as Shawnee won a crucial WBL contest 35-27.
Johnny Caprella did it all for the 3-2 Indians, throwing for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns, while rushing for another 141 yards and two more scores. Christian Ford caught 7 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Van Wert’s Nate Place was 19-26 for 261 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Place also led the Cougars in rushing with 60 yards on the ground. James Aquaviva had 2 rushing touchdowns in the loss for Van Wert, who falls to 3-2 with the loss.
Celina 14, Ottawa-Glandorf 7
Celina jumped out to an early 14-0 lead before holding on to defeat Ottawa-Glandorf 14-7.
Kyle Zizleman carried the ball 13 times for 124 yards and a touchdown in the win. Bret Schwieterman was 7-15 for 61 yards, and rushed for 91 yards on 22 carries for the 3-2 Bulldogs. Kole Merlin also rushed for a touchdown for Celina.
Jacob Balbaugh was 17-37 for 171 yards in the loss for O-G. Richie Knowlton caught 8 passes for 87 yards, while Daniel Beemer rushed for 114 yards and the lone touchdown for the 1-4 Titans.
Crestview 36, Columbus Grove 13
Drew Kline completed just 5 of his 12 pass attempts, but 2 went for touchdowns as Crestview stayed unbeaten with a 36-13 win over Columbus Grove.
Kline threw for 130 yards while rushing for another 62 yards and 2 more TDs in the win. Trevor Gibson led the Knights with 69 yards on the ground. Wade Sheets caught 2 passes for 64 yards and 2 TDs.
Columbus Grove’s Blake Reynolds was 9-19 through the air, for 114 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. Caleb Barrientes caught 3 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Trevor Taylor also caught a touchdown pass. Garrett Nemire rushed for 86 yards on 15 carries in the loss.
With the win, Crestview moves to 5-0 while Columbus Grove drops to 1-4.
Bluffton 42, Paulding 14
Bluffton piled up 314 yards on the ground as a team en route to a 42-14 win over Paulding Friday.
Kaleb Jefferson carried the ball 10 times for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Dakota Bricker (77 yards) and Gavin Conrad (69 yards) also ran for touchdowns for the 2-3 Pirates.
Bricker completed just 1 of his 3 pass attempts, to Brice Rayle for a 34-yard touchdown.
Paulding was led by Jacob Deisler, who was 4-8 through the air for 54 yards, while rushing for 42 yards. Fernando Garcia and Payton Beckman had touchdown runs for the Panthers, who fall to 1-4.
Delphos Jefferson 41, Allen East 32
Brennen Auer rushed for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries, leading Delphos Jefferson to a 41-32 win over Allen East.
Darius Shurelds also rushed for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns on 28 carries for the 3-2 Wildcats.
Allen East’s freshman quarterback Tyler Clum was efficient, completing 7 of his 12 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Kyle Nickles, Jacob Treglia, Dustin Rowe, and Bryce Belcher all had touchdown runs for the Mustangs, who fall to 1-4 with the loss.
Spencerville 21, Ada 17
Chris Picker carried the ball a whopping 35 times for Spencerville, as the Bearcats took down Ada 21-17.
Picker rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Ada’s Seth Conley was 18-39 for 225 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also rushed for a touchdown. Chase Sumner caught 6 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Spencerville moves to 3-2, while Ada drops to 3-2.
Fort Recovery 28, Minster 27 OT
Minster and Fort Recovery have played each other twice in each of the past two seasons, and that familiarity was on display Friday, as the two played into overtime before Will Homan’s two-point conversion run lifted the Indians to a 28-27 win.
Homan carried the ball 26 times, good for 144 yards and a touchdown. Cade Wendel, who started the first four games of the season at quarterback, was moved to wide receiver, and freshman Clay Schmitz saw his first action of the season, completing 10 of 20 passes for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wendel caught 5 passes for 68 yards and caught both of the touchdowns thrown by Schmitz.
Minster’s Jared Huelsman did it all for the Wildcats, rushing for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns, while throwing for 188 yards and another score. Huelsman also blocked Fort Recovery’s potential game-winning extra point with just over a minute to play.
Owen Sheridan led the Indians with 10 tackles, while Homan had 8 tackles in the win.
With the win, Fort Recovery moves to 3-2, while Minster falls to 3-2.
New Bremen 34, Parkway 20
Avery Powers and Nolan Bornhorst rushed for a combined 351 yards as New Bremen snapped a 38-game MAC losing streak, beating Parkway 34-20. It was the first MAC win for the Cardinals since they beat Fort Recovery in week 6 of the 2012 season.
Powers carried the ball 22 times for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns, while catching 1 pass for 27 yards and another touchdown. Bornhorst was 5-9 through the air for 59 yards and 2 TDs, and carried the ball 25 times for 155 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Parkway was led by Caden May, who rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on just 8 carries, while Andrew Baker and Nick Hawk each added touchdown runs for the Panthers.
With the win, New Bremen moves to 3-2, giving them 3 or more wins in a season for the first time since 2009. Parkway drops to 1-4 with the loss.
Pandora-Gilboa 39, Leipsic 20
Pandora-Gilboa remained undefeated, as they beat Leipsic for the first time since 2008, with a 39-20 win Friday.
Jared Breece had a tremendous night, throwing for 276 yards and 4 touchdowns, completing 13 of his 17 attempts, while rushing for 66 yards and another touchdown. Peyton Traxler led the Rockets on the ground, with 95 yards and a touchdown. Travis Maag (88 yards), and Riley Larcom (81 yards) each caught touchdown passes, while Carter Nofziger (83 yards) hauled in 2 touchdowns in the win.
Dylan Schroeder was 19-30 for 139 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in the loss for Leipsic, their first setback of the season.
Arcadia 42, Vanlue 0
Arcadia’s Trevor Brubaker was one of the area’s leading rushers through 4 weeks. He might have distanced himself from the pack Friday.
Brubaker rushed for 415 yards and 5 touchdowns as Arcadia beat arch rival Vanlue 42-0.
Brubaker’s 415 yards ties him for 31st in the OHSAA record books for rushing yards in a game. He ties Kareem Hunt, who went on to play at the University of Toledo and is currently 3rd in the NFL in rushing through 2 weeks of the season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Arcadia is now 2-3 on the season, while Vanlue sits at 1-4.
North Baltimore 57, Cory-Rawson 17
North Baltimore’s Brady Rader leads all quarterbacks in passing yards through 4 games, and he added to that total Friday, throwing for 363 yards and 6 touchdowns, as the Tigers had no problem taking care of Cory-Rawson, winning 57-17.
David Patterson, the area’s leading receiver, caught had 177 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win.
North Baltimore moves to 3-2, while Cory-Rawson falls to 1-4.
Wayne Trace 19, Fairview 7
Hunter Showalter rushed for 110 yards on just 11 carries, while Trevor Speice threw for 183 yards as Wayne Trace moved to 4-1 with 19-7 win over Fairview.
Speice was 9-10 for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also rushing for a touchdown in the win. Jake Kuhn caught 3 passes for 91 yards for the Raiders.
Fairview was led by Ian Groves, who rushed for 118 yards on 16 carries. The Apaches lone touchdown came on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Cade Polter to Russ Zeedyk. Polter was 7-12 for 65 yards and a TD.
With the loss, Fairview drops to 2-3.
Ayersville 26, Antwerp 0
Sam McGuire did most of his damage on the ground for the Ayersville Pilots, as the sophomore rushed for a whopping 295 yards on 23 carries, good for 3 touchdowns as Ayersville shutout Antwerp 26-0.
As a team, Ayersville out gained Antwerp by a 403-168 margin.
The Pilots now sit at 4-1, while Antwerp drops to 1-4.
Bellefontaine 49, Benjamin Logan 20
Dezmin Lyburtus is one of the area’s best dual-threat athletes, and that was on full display Friday as the Chieftains had no problem dispatching Benjmain Logan 49-20.
Lyburtus was 7-12 for 87 yards and a touchdown through the air, but did most of his damage on the ground, rushing for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. Garrett Gross rushed for a game-high 206 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. Gross also caught 3 passes for 74 yards and another touchdown.
Derek Coy struggled for Benjamin Logan, completing 16 of 29 pass attempts, good for 170 yards, 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions. Cole Waugh rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown, and also 7 passes for 53 yards and another score.
Bellefontaine moves to 4-1 with the win, while Benjamin Logan drops to 2-3.
Jonathan Alder 35, Indian Lake 34
Indian Lake’s Clay Jacobs threw an overtime touchdown pass to Colin Coburn to bring the Lakers within one point, but an injury to their kicker forced Dave Coburn’s squad to go for the two-point conversion. Jacobs threw an incomplete pass, handing Jonathan Alder a 35-34 win.
Jacobs was 17-29 for 298 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, while Connor Dixon rushed for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns on 30 carries.
Coburn caught 11 passes for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss.
Indian Lake is now 3-2 on the season.