Anyone who left the Defiance-Lima Shawnee game early is kicking themselves.
After Jaylin Thomas ran for a 55-yard touchdown for Shawnee and the conversion failed, the Indians led 40-28 with just 1:42 left.
Defiance narrowed the gap to 40-35 on Joe Keween’s 30-yard scoring pass to Trey Guilliam with 19 seconds left.
Of course, the Bulldogs kicked onside and Santana Villareal recovered.
Keween completed two passes to get the ball to the 10 with 6 ticks left before hitting TE Ryan Voll for the TD with 2.1 seconds remaining. Austin Hancock added the PAT in what was a 42-40 victory for Defiance.
NEVER TOO LATE: After rallying from a 19-point deficit in the final 6 minutes to beat Patrick Henry 32-28 a week ago, Bryan beat Liberty Center 14-7 when Austin Schimmoeller hit Sean Culler with a 20-yard TD pass with 8 seconds left.
FAST STARTS: Columbiana Crestview had the ball only 45 seconds of the first quarter and still led North Jackson Jackson-Milton 28-0 on the way to a 63-7 win Friday; and Jerry Brown rushed for three TDs, Cody Wilson for two and Dalton Buck for one in McComb’s win over Arcadia — in the first quarter — while building a 42-0 lead on the way to a 64-0 win.
HOOPS TO GRIDIRON: In his first year playing football since he was a freshman, Jordan Lauf is making a big impact at Napoleon. The University of Toledo basketball recruit set a school record for touchdown receptions in a season with 11 after catching a pair in Friday’s 35-34 overtime win over Perrysburg in a battle of state-ranked teams. In that win Lauf also blocked a punt to set up one TD and intercepted a pass to set up another. The 6-foot-5 Lauf also punts (37.5 yard average) and kicks off.
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE: Colby Speice threw for 337 yards and five TDs while rushing for 61 yards and two scores in Haviland Wayne Trace’s 48-35 victory over Defiance Tinora; Jack Schaaf of unbeaten Springboro passed for three scores and ran for three more in a 49-26 defeat of Miamisburg; and David Roberts was 7-for-7 passing for 219 yards and three TDs and running for another in Xenia’s 55-27 win over West Carrollton.
BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL: Coldwater’s 27-0 win over Marion Local gave coach Chip Otten at least a share of his first Midwest Athletic Conference title — and the third in the family, since Chip’s father Barney Otten led Coldwater to back-to-back titles in 1975 and 1976; St. Marys Memorial (0-8) tries to avoid its first winless season ever when it plays at Van Wert (0-8) on Friday; Jesse Bray had TD receptions of 31 and 24 yards and also returned a kickoff 99 yards Huber Heights Wayne beat Centerville 26-10; Hamler Patrick Henry lost 55-21 to Archbold, marking the first time since 2000 that the Patriots had lost consecutive games in the same season; and Berlin Center Western Reserve’s Tim Cooper put on a show in his last home game, scoring four times, running for 122 yards on 14 carries, catching four passes for 109 yards and made a diving interception in the end zone to beat Salineville Southern 28-6.
HE’S BAA-AACK: Jordan Campbell was lifting weights last April when he broke his left humerus bone while attempting to bench press 315 pounds. The junior made it back in time for the high school football season and has shown no ill effects. He rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries in Ontario’s 48-14 win over Buckeye Central, giving him 1,535 yards and 23 touchdowns so far this season.
WHEELS AND VALLEYS: Wheelersburg (7-1) travels to Lucasville Valley (8-0) Friday night. The winner claims at least a share of the Southern Ohio Conference Division II title. Last year, Valley went into Wheelersburg and won 39-27. It was one of the final hurdles for the Indians to overcome before finishing the regular season 10-0 and winning the league for the first time — and beating Wheelersburg for the first time in half a century.
RECORDS DEPT.: Fort Recovery QB Mason Evers rushed for 132 yards to break the school record for yards in a season (1,172) in a 28-6 loss to Minster; Genoa’s Kyle Nutter established a single-game school record with seven rushing TDs and added a scoring pass in a victory over Woodmore; Jalen Santoro set a Bellevue record with six rushing TDs in a victory over Norwalk in which he gained 325 yards on 30 carries; Clyde’s Brad Smith broke a 52-year-old record by rushing for 379 yards (he also scored six TDs) in a 68-21 win over Oak Harbor; and Vance Settlemire carried 24 times for 228 yards and two TDs in a 52-20 win over Oregon Clay, becoming Findlay’s career rushing leader with just over 2,400 yards.
WELL GROUNDED: Clarksville Clinton-Massie has outgained opponents 3,906 yards to 666 yards this season, outscored them 474 to 40 and is averaging 11.4 yards per carry.
RUSH CHAIRMEN: T’Monte Watson rushed 18 times for 229 yards and two TDs in Jefferson’s 70-14 win over St. Bernard Elmwood Place; and Tipp City Bethel’s Mason Kretzer ran it 26 times for 259 yards and three scores in a 38-18 win over Ansonia.