NEW PARIS – Preble Shawnee took advantage of a couple of special teams’ mistakes by National Trail to pull away from a tie game at the half for a 28-13 win on Friday, Sept. 1.
With the win, Shawnee improves to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference, while Trail falls to 1-2 and 1-1 with the loss.
With the game locked at 7-7 midway through the third quarter, the Arrows recovered a bad snap by Trail inside the Blazers own 5-yard line. Two plays later, Isaac Blankenship scored on a 2-yard run to give the Shawnee a 13-7 lead.
Moments later, the Arrows blocked a punt, which led to another score as Lane Lovely scored from 6-yard out. The 2-point conversion extended the Arrows lead to 21-7.
In thought fourth, a muffed punt by Trail set the Arrows up inside the Blazer 10-yard line. Three plays later Riley Steveson scored on a 7-yard run for 28-7 Shawnee lead.
Joey Roberts brought the Blazers to within 28-13 with a 4-yard TD pass from Jamison Watts.
Shawnee’s Blankenship scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter to get the scoring started. Roberts and Watts also connected on an 18-yard TD pass in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7.
Brody Morton completed 14-of-23 passes for 101 yards for Shawnee. Lovely rushed for 66 yards on 12 carries.
For Trail, Watts completed 11-of-17 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 72 yards on 16 carries.
Shawnee returns home this Friday, Sept. 8 to host Twin Valley South (1-2, 1-1).
National Trail goes on the road on Thursday, Sept. 7, to play at unbeaten Middletown Madison (3-0).
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4061 and follow on X @emowenjr.