WEST CARROLLTON — As expected, the Sidney Yellow Jackets had little trouble getting past West Carrollton and junior running back Isaiah Bowser went over 1,000 yards Friday night in high school football action at West Carrollton.
The Jackets rolled up 26 points in the opening quarter and went on to a 53-22 victory, putting them at 3-2 going into the much-anticipated Thursday night game at home against Piqua next week. The game will be the “Thursday Night Lights” game and be shown on cable channel 995.
Bowser needed just 70 yards to reach 1,000 for the season and had 135 in the first half, along with four touchdowns. He became the 14th player in Sidney football history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
Sidney went into the game having lost their top two quarterbacks for the season to injuries. Coach Adam Doenges turned to wideout Dillion King to fill in, and his first play as a quarterback was a 55-yard touchdown pass to Allec Gordon with only 11 seconds off the clock.
Then defensive back Kelton Stockton took center stage, picking off two West Carrollton passes and returning them deep into Pirate territory. He returned the first some 35 yards down to the 10 and Isaiah Bowser went in on the first play from scrimmage for a 12-0 lead, both PATs failing. Stockton then picked off another pass and returned it to the Pirate 19, and a couple plays later, Boswer scored from 11 yards out for a 19-0 lead at the 6:25 mark.
Sidney added another score with two minutes left in the period when King hit Gordon again, this time from 52 yards away, for a 26-0 bulge.
West Carrollton mounted a good drive on its next possession, but the Jacket defense again came up with a big play when freshman Darrin Taborn picked off a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown and a 33-0 lead with 10:45 left in the opening quarter.
The second quarter belonged to Bowser. He had runs of 22 and 20 yards to put the ball in West Carrollton territory, then scored from 10 yards out with 3:58 left in the half.
West Carrollton scored with 1:40 left in the half on a 25-yard pass, but then Bowser broke loose from 58 yards away to make it 47-6.
SIDNEY — The Lehman Cavaliers were on the verge of making it three straight wins since opening the season 0-2, leading Lima Perry 41-14 early in the fourth quarter Friday night at Sidney Memorial Stadium.
The win gave the Cavaliers a 2-0 mark in the Northwest Central Conference and a 3-2 mark overall heading into a game against Riverside Friday at Piqua.
The game started well for the Cavaliers as they recovered a fumble on the first play of the game at the Lima Perry 23. Owen Smith run the ball to the one, and Elliott Gilardi then passed to Kam Lee from a yard out for a 7-0 lead.
Perry drove to the Cavaliers 25 on its next possession but went backward from there and punted into the endzone.
Lehman took over at the 20, and two plays later, Perry intercepted a pass. But the Cavs held, only to fumble the ball away, with the Commodores recovering on the Lehman 19.
This time, Perry reached paydirt, on a 6-yard pass to make it 7-6.
But the Cavs got going after that, with Smith scoring from three yards out after a long pass from Gilardi to Dylan Arnold put the ball at the Perry 29. Then on the next series, Gilardi hit Jared Rourke for a touchdown and a 21-6 lead.
Perry threatened, but late in the half the Cavaliers drove 80 yards with under two minutes to play to score a key touchdown on a 6-yard pass to Rourke for a 28-6 halftime lead.
Loramie 55, HN 22
DOLA — Fort Loramie was looking for its first win, and wasted no time in making dure that happened Friday night in a 55-22 victory in Northwest Central Conference action at Hardin Northern.
Loramie is now 1-4 on the season and hosts Waynesfield Friday.
Loramie was ahead 14-0 before the offense ever took the field. Jake Ward returned the opening kickoff 81 yards for a score, then Frank Meyer picked up a blocked punt and took it in from about 10 yards out.
The offense did plenty of damage once it got on the field. Ward added a 65-yard run for the third score, then Dan Berning scored twice on a 10-yard pass from Austin Siegel and an 11-yard run.
After a 30-yard TD pass fro Siegel to Nate Pleiman, Berning scored on a 17-yard run. The final score came on a 15-yard pick-six by sophomore Carson Moore.