By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — Every time Tippecanoe got back to within striking distance in the second half, Fairborn answered.
So many potentially back-breaking moments — but the Red Devils never broke.
Aaron Hughes connected with Nyles Anderson on a late touchdown pass to cut the Skyhawks’ lead to only two points, then Caiden Smith kicked a 29-yard field goal with 10 seconds to go to give Tippecanoe (4-1) a stunning 45-44 come-from-behind victory over Fairborn Friday Night at Tipp City Park.
There was not much defense to be had in the back-and-forth game, as both teams amassed more than 400 yards of offense. Anderson led the Devils with 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, Quenten Williams had 79 yards on 13 carries and Cole Barhorst had 78 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Hughes was also 6 for 12 passing for 102 yards and two scores, with Anderson making three receptions for 57 yards and a score.
Austin Subler gave the Devils a 7-0 lead with an 11-yard touchdown reception from Hughes, but Fairborn’s (0-5) Garison Secrest threw the first of his four touchdowns on the night to close the gap. A 4-yard touchdown run by Anderson made it 14-6 Tipp after one.
Fairborn scored back-to-back touchdowns in the second quarter to take an 18-14 lead, but Anderson broke off a 69-yard touchdown run to give the edge back to the Devils. But with 15 seconds left in the half, Secrest threw a 14-yard touchdown to Brandon Easterling to give the Skyhawks a 24-21 lead at the break.
Easterling scored on a 34-yard run to start the second half and make it a 32-21 game, and the Devils were stuck playing from behind the rest of the way. Barhorst scored on a 32-yard run, but Fairborn answered. Aaron Hughes scored on a 2-yard run and Williams added the two-point conversion to make it 38-35 … but again, Fairborn answered, extending the lead to 44-35.
Anderson then caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Hughes to cut the lead to 44-42. Tippecanoe kicked off deep and used its timeouts to get the ball back, drove to the Fairborn 20 and then Smith kicked the game-winning 29-yarder with only 10 seconds on the clock.
Tippecanoe opens Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play in Week 6 with a gigantic showdown at Troy.
Preble Shawnee 7
CAMDEN — Every time the Bulldogs needed one, their defense came up with a big play or a big stop.
And as a result, Milton-Union (4-1, 2-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) sits stop the division standings at the season’s halfway point, holding a dangerous Preble Shawnee team in check for a hard-fought 20-7 victory on the road Friday night — with a big showdown looming next week.
“We’ve put ourselves in a good position,” Milton-Union coach Mark Lane said. “We grinded out a big win on the road, and at this point in the season, getting this win is huge. The kids keep buying in more when you have success like this.”
Preble Shawnee (3-2, 0-2 SWBL Buckeye) entered the week as the second highest-scoring team in the division, but the Bulldog defense held them to only one touchdown.
“We forced three turnovers again tonight, had three interceptions, and that just frustrated Preble Shawnee,” Lane said. “We just persevered. Our defense came up big. They have a big offensive attack, had been putting up a lot of points, and we held them to only seven.”
Milton-Union hosts Madison — which is second in the division at 4-1, 1-0 in the Buckeye, only half-a-game behind — in Week 6.
Miami East 70,
Miss. Valley 0
UNION CITY — Now things get interesting for Miami East.
After a blowout 70-0 victory at winless Mississinawa Valley in Cross County Conference play Friday night, the Vikings (4-1, 4-0 CCC) will return home in Week 6 to host Bethel, the beginning of five straight games against teams with winning records to end the season.
Levi Adducchio had two of his four touchdown runs in the first quarter alone against the Blackhawks, scoring on runs of 1 and 30 yards. Arron Adams added a 27-yard touchdown and a 1-yarder, and the Vikings led 28-0 after one. Adducchio then broke a 30-yard touchdown, Adams scored on an 11-yarder and Justin Brown broke a 57-yarder to make it 49-0 at halftime.
Adducchio scored one last time, a 69-yard run, to start the third, Adams ran in his fourth score of the night on a 1-yarder and Vincent Villella added a 34-yard score, then Jacob Brown scored on a 14-yard run in the fourth to put an end to the night.
Adducchio finished with 208 yards on only six carries, Adams had 136 yards on 14 carries and Justin Brown had 99 yards on five carries. Villella added 72 yards on three carries and Jacob Brown had 32 yards on four carries.
TC North 36,
BRANDT — Bethel suffered its second straight loss Friday night as Tri-County North (4-1, 4-0 Cross County Conference) turned a 15-13 second-quarter lead into a 36-19 victory at Bethel.
The Bees (3-2, 1-2 CCC) face another tough task in Week 6, traveling to Miami East seeking to get back on track.
XENIA — Piqua (3-2) continued to build momentum heading into Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play next week, routing winless Xenia 55-20 Friday night on the road.
Allen Schrubb had 215 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries for the Indians, Ben Schmiesing added 69 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and Micah Karn scored on a 2-yard run. Hayden Schrubb also caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Austin Davis, who went 10 for 14 for 128 yards on the night.
Piqua travels to Sidney in Week 6.
SIDNEY — Lehman won its third straight after beginning the season 0-2, scoring its second straight in Northwest Central Conference play with a 48-20 victory over Perry Friday at Sidney’s Memorial Stadium.
Lehman (3-2, 2-0 NWCC) will continue conference play when its faces Riverside in Week 6 at Piqua.
JOHNSTOWN — Bradford continued to struggle Friday night, traveling to face Division V’s Northridge Vikings and falling 48-0.
The Railroaders (0-5) will look to snap their losing streak at home against Manchester in Week 6.
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