By Eddie Mowen Jr.
PREBLE COUNTY — Two county football teams managed wins this week and one kept its playoff hopes alive.
Preble Shawnee got a scare against a one-win Waynesville team on Friday, Oct. 13. The Arrows improved to 6-2 with a 26-17 win over the Spartans.
Senior Eli Gibson rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Arrows to 4-2 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division.
Gibson scored on runs of 16, 12, and 74-yards, the first two coming in the first quarter as Shawnee built a 13-3 lead. The final score put the game out of reach in the third quarter.
With the win, Shawnee moved into the 10th spot of the OHSAA computer rankings with two games remaining. The top eight teams make the playoffs.
The Arrows will host Northridge (0-8) Friday, Oct. 20.
National Trail rolled to a 41-12 win over visiting Mississinawa Valley. Quarterback Evynn Short passed for six touchdowns in the win. The Blazers improved to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the Cross County Conference.
The Blazers are scheduled to travel to Fort Loramie this wee Friday.
Eaton falls at Brookville
Eaton led Brookville 14-0 at halftime, but couldn’t hold on and suffered a 28-20 loss. With the loss, the Eagles record dips to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the SWBL Southwestern Division.
Quarteback Ryan Venable passed for 72 yards and a touchdown to Alex Almeyda-Roe. Jordan Lewis had 56 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns.
Eaton will visit Carlisle on Thursday, Oct. 19, in a game to be televised by FOX 45 on channel 45.2 or 995 on Spectrum and it will be streamed live online at mytvdayton.com.
Bethel remained on track for a playoff berth with a blowout win over Tri-County North Friday, winning 51-15.
Kendal James got the game started on the right foot for the Bees, returning the opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown. After the Panthers evened things up, Caleb South scored on a 2-yard run to give the lead back to the Bees, and Jacob Evans scored on a 14-yard run. Ben Lawson added an 18-yard field goal to make the score 23-7 at the half, and the rout was on from there.
With the win, Bethel improved to 7-1 (5-1 in the Cross County Conference), while Tri-County North fell to 4-4 (3-3).
North will visit Miami East on Friday.
South comes up short against Ansonia
Twin Valley South fell to 3-5 with a 35-28 home loss to Ansonia on Friday.
Ryan Bassler scored on a 50-yard run in the first quarter. Chandler Napier caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cade Cottingim in the second quarter to give the Panther a 14-7 lead. After two scores by Ansonia, Bassler scored his scored touchdown of the night on a 3-yard run to tie the game at 21-all. But the Tigers went ahead 35-21, before Napier hauled in a 54-yard pass from Cottingim in the fourth quarter.
South is scheduled to play at Covington on Friday.