Red Devils hold off pesky Chieftains

PHOTO BY PAT GIAETTO Hopewell-Loudon's Jaret Nelson and Charlie Wickham break up a pass to Arlington's Devin Plunkett Friday in Bascom.

BASCOM — Evan O’Rear and Devin Plunkett both ran for a pair of scores, including a key 1-yard plunge by the latter on the final play of first half, to help Arlington hold off Hopewell-Loudon 36-22 in Blanchard Valley Conference play.

The Red Devils never trailed, but didn’t really seal the win until the fourth quarter.

A safety and Plunkett’s score at the end of the first half let Arlington enjoy a 17-7 lead at the break, and O’Rear sprinted in from 11 yards out at the 4:17 mark of the third period to make it 23-7.

But Sam Stickley raced in from 26 yards out for his second rushing TD for the Chieftains and Brock Williams’ conversion run cut the gap to 23-15.

Plunket added another 1-yard scoring dive near the end of that period to push the lead to 30-15, but Stickley hauled in Luke Jameson’s 8-yard scoring strike and Jaret Nelson added the PAT to make it 30-22 with nine minutes left.

It stayed that way until Jacob Russell bounced in from 2 yards with 1:51 to go to put the Red Devils back up by two scores.

O’Rear opened the scoring with a 5-yard run late in the first quarter, with Plunkett adding a conversion run.

Stickley’s 2-yard dive and Nelson’s PAT kick midway through the second quarter made it 8-7. The Chieftains then forced a turnover on downs deep in their own territory, but Arlington’s Ryan Metzger tackled Stickley in the end zone for a safety to bump the lead to 10-7.

SE jumps all over Royals

ATTICA — Blaine Swartzmiller ran for 190 yards and two scores and threw for another 63 yards Friday to fuel Seneca East’s 30-6 romp past Elmwood.

Swartzmiller’s TD runs covered 1 yard in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth.

Eli Riggs added a scoring run for the Tigers and D.J. Ruffing returned a punt 57 yards for another touchdown. Seneca East also got a safety in the fourth quarter.

The Royals trailed just 14-6 at halftime after Josh Condon returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown following Ruffing’s punt return.

Blue Devils erase quick strike

ASHLAND — Crestview scored early, but Carey scored more.

The Cougars found the end zone just 16 seconds into the game on Dylan Balcarcel’s 42-yard TD strike to Kolton Kissel, but Griffin Summit ran for a score and caught a pass for another Friday to key Carey’s 24-7 victory.

Summit’s 6-yard sprint and the first of three Ian Yeater PAT boots knotted the game at 7 at the 10:09 mark of the second quarter.

Yeater added a 31-yard field goal later in the period, and the Blue Devils added third-quarter scores when Summit hauled in a 46-yard pass from Ethan Berringer and Austin Hertel scooted in from 19 yards out.

Fliers can’t catch Generals

CLYDE — Ezra Scott ran for a pair of scores and Max Denman added a TD run and pass Friday as Anthony Wayne upended Clyde 34-21.

Scott opened and closed the scoring, plowing in from a yard out midway through the first quarter and racing in from 19 yards out with 18 seconds left in the game.

In between, the teams went back and forth.

Clyde’s Gunner Golden had a pair of 1-yard TD plunges. The first knotted the game at 7 in the second quarter, and the second got the Fliers within 20-14 with 1:38 left in the third quarter.

But Mason Alberts returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a score to put the Generals up 27-14.

Clyde countered with Braydi Clark’s 2-yard scoring plunge with 4:15 left in the game, but the Fliers couldn’t stop Anthony Wayne after that.

Meanwhile, Denman added a 2-yard scramble for a touchdown and hit Nick Kaufman with a 49-yard TD pass in the third period. The pass put the Generals up 20-7.

Scott finished with 157 yards rushing and Denman threw for 187, with Max Bradfield catching three passes for 81 yards.

Clyde’s Ryan Lozier went 11 for 16 passing for 131 yards. Cam Farrar caught five passes for 87 yards.

Redmen can’t hold back Knights

BELLEVUE — West Holmes rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter Friday to beat Bellevue 31-27.

The Redmen held a pair of double-digit leads, going up 21-10 on Colton Ray’s 15-yard run in the third quarter before pushing their lead to 27-17 in the fourth when Keegan Ray connected with Dalton Hay from 24 yards out.

But they just couldn’t halt the Knights.

Shane Jones hauled in a 31-yard TD strike from Gavin Sheldon in the third period to cut the deficit to 21-17. The pair connected on a 6-yard pass in the fourth to trim the gap to 27-24 before Cale Ogi bulled in from the 1 to put the Knights up for good.

Ogi opened the scoring with a 17-yard sprint in the first quarter and Bridger Cline’s 32-yard field goal later in the period put West Holmes up 10-7.

Bellevue had the answers early.

Keegan Ray found Hay from 5 yards out to tie the game at 7 in the first quarter, Jake Holmer’s 2-yard put the Redmen up 14-10 in the second quarter, before Colton Ray’s score pushed the lead to 21-10.

Big Red blasts Bucks

PLYMOUTH — Walker Elliot and Lukas Montgomery combined for 204 yards rushing and five touchdowns Friday as Plymouth thumped Buckeye Central 47-7.

The Big Red led 21-0 by the end of the first quarter and 41-0 at halftime.

Elliot scored on runs of 12 and 8 yards in the opening period and 45 in the second, while Montgomery raced in from 45 yards in the first and 3 in the second.

Kade Collins added a 25-yard scoring run for Plymouth in the second quarter, and Blake Vanderpool plowed in from the 2 in the fourth.

Elliot ended with 108 yards on eight carries while Montgomery ran 12 times for 96 yards.

The Bucks avoided the shutout when Avery Baldosser scored on a 29-yard jaunt early in the fourth.

Middleton-led Tigers rout Rams

UPPER SANDUSKY — Elias Middleton accounted for 379 yards of offense and figured in all of the scoring Friday as Galion raced past Upper Sandusky 34-0.

Middleton scored on runs of 24 and 1 yards in the first quarter for the Tigers, 67 yards in the second and 65 yards in the fourth, while also tossing a 6-yard TD pass to Jackson Staton early in the final period.

He finished with 198 yards on 13 carries while going 10 for 14 through the air for another 181 yards.

Kalib Griffin caught three passes for 69 yards.

Nate McMillan ran 21 times for 125 yards for the Rams, Levi Malone ended 10 for 23 passing for 130 yards and Diago Cazares caught four passes for 62 yards. However, the Rams lost all five of their fumbles.