Rams take nail-biter over River Valley
CALEDONIA — Upper Sandusky scored in all three facets of the game Friday and slipped past River Valley 17-16 for a season-opening win.
River Valley struck first, getting a 22-yard TD run from German Howard and a conversion run by Jake Green for an 8-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Upper Sandusky’s defense answered first, with Colton Breidenbach falling on a fumble in the end zone for a score and Johnny Lambrite adding the PAT kick to cut the deficit to 8-7 midway through the second period.
Lambrite booted a 27-field goal late in the third quarter, and Levi Malone hit Diago Cazares with a 24-yard scoring strike to help the Rams take a 17-8 lead with 9:36 left in the game.
The Vikings countered with Green’s 21-yard TD pass to Trae Davis about 4 1/2 minutes later, followed by another Green conversion run to cut Upper Sandusky’s lead to a point.
River Valley later regained the ball, but couldn’t score.
Malone threw for 111 yards and Cazares caught eight passes for 108 yards.
Green threw for 172 yards for the Vikings, but also tossed three interceptions.
Redmen rally falls short
CANTON — Bellevue rallied late, but Canton Central Catholic held on Friday to claim a 14-13 win.
Chase Miller scored both touchdowns for the winners, busting in from 6 yards out midway through the first quarter and from 5 yards out midway through the second.
Matt Kling hit both PATs for the Crusaders to help them enter halftime up 14-7.
The Redmen scored on a pair of Keegan Ray passes.
He found Jake Holmer from 13 yards out with 2:33 left in the first period.
The Redmen closed to within 14-13 with 2:27 left in the game on Ray’s 31-yard pass to Dylan Hundley, but Canton Central Catholic halted Bellevue’s conversion run attempt.
Bellevue’s onside kick attempt then went out of bounds and the Crusaders ran out the clock.
Rockets blank Fostoria
OAK HARBOR — Jac Alexander ran for 112 yards and two first-half touchdowns Friday to spark Oak Harbor’s 18-0 win against Fostoria.
Alexander’s scores came on runs of 18 yards in the first quarter and 40 in the second.
The Rockets’ other TD came when Clay Schulte bulled in from 3 yards out in the second period.
Maalik Tucker’s 76 yards rushing led the Redmen.
away from Bucks
CRESTLINE — Ty Clark connected with Jaxson France for three touchdown passes in the second half Friday to help Crestline turn a close game into a 26-6 win against Buckeye Central.
The Bulldogs led 7-0 at the break after Caleb Moore’s 2-yard plunge midway through the second quarter.
Clark hit France on scoring plays of 29 yards in the third quarter and 15 and 59 yards in the fourth to push the lead to 26-0.
The Bucks avoided the shutout when Avery Baldosser returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown after Crestline’s final score.
Clark ended 13 for 22 passing for 176 yards for Crestline. France caught four passes for 116 yards, and Moore ran 17 times for 129 yards.
Baldosser’s 70 yards on 15 carries led the Bucks.