PREBLE COUNTY — Dylan Stinson rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns to lead Tri-County North’s football team to a 35-28 win over rival Twin Valley South on Friday, Oct. 4.
The win was the first of the season for North, after dropping five straight.
“It was a back and forth game,” North coach Matt Money said. “Our team played with a lot of heart and determination. We were able to pull through adversity and were able to finish off a game finally. This team has gone through a lot this year and many players would have given up or not cared. This team believes in themselves and knows how great they can be. They’ve shown signs of it before, but this game they proved it. Very proud to be their coach.”
North held a 7-6 lead after the first quarter and was up 16-14 at the half.
Each team scored a touchdown in the third quarter, leaving North with a 23-21 lead.
In the final quarter, South tied the game at 28-28, but Stinson broke free for a 70-yard touchdown run with 2:30 to play.
North’s Darryn Shellenbarger tipped two straight South passes on the visitor’s next possession to help seal the win.
North (1-5) is scheduled to host Arcanum on Friday, Oct. 11.
South, now 1-5, is scheduled to travel to Bradford on Friday.
Eaton topples Monroe for Homecoming win
Eaton racked up 386 yards of total offense en route to a 27-21 homecoming win over Monroe.
Senior Jarod Lee rushed for a 101 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to their second straight win.
Quarterback Dawson Blaylock completed 15 of 20 passes for 209 yards and touchdown.
Senior Zac Schmidt caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Monroe got on the board first with a 94-yard touchdown run. The score came two plays after the Hornets stopped Eaton on a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line.
In the second quarter, Lee scored his first touchdown on a 27-yard run to tie the game with 7:19 left.
Eaton added to its lead when Blaylock connected with Schmidt with 1:02 left in the half to make it a 14-7 game.
The Eagles got the ball back with 35 seconds left after a Monroe fumble. Eaton moved to the Hornet 1-yard with six seconds left and appeared to add to the lead, but a penalty negated the score. Eaton missed another opportunity to score just before the half when a field goal attempt was wide as time expired.
“It was missed opportunity. We’ve got to come away with points there,” Eaton coach Brad Davis said.
Lee scored on Eaton’s first possession of the third quarter to extend the lead to 21-7 with 5:28 left.
Monroe closed to within 21-14 with 34 seconds left.
Eaton then took six minutes off the clock, scoring with 6:23 left in the game on a 3-yard run by Lee. A missed point after try left the Eagles with a 27-14 lead.
“That was probably one of our more impressive drives of the season,” Davis said.
Monroe added a touchdown with 32 seconds remaining to make it a 27-21 game.
Eaton improved to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the SWBL Southwestern Division.
“It’s fun to win,” Davis said. “I’m pleased with the effort and we’ll celebrate the victory. It’s always nice to win homecoming.”
The Eagles are scheduled to travel to Bellbrook on Friday.
“Bellbrook’s going to be a hand full,” Davis said. “They’re very well coached. We’ll enjoy this one then we’ll get to work on Bellbrook.”
Shawnee falls in shootout
Preble Shawnee and Franklin combined to scored 26 points in the final nine-plus minutes Friday night, but the Arrows came up just short, falling to the visiting Wildcats 38-36.
Shawnee rallied from a 20-7 first half deficit and a 27-14 early second half deficit to take the lead late, but a Wildcat field goal late gave them the win.
After falling behind 6-0, Shawnee took the lead on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jake Green to Bryce Singleton.
Franklin then scored the games next 20 points.
Ben Hobbs got the Arrows within 20-14 on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Green.
Franklin extended its lead to 27-14.
Austin Tutt then broke free for a 70-yard TD run to make it a 27-21 game.
Hobbs added his second scored on a 1-yard TD run and the extra point gave Shawnee its first lead since the first quarter.
The Wildcats regained the lead at 35-28, before Tutt caught a 76-yard TD pass from Green. A successful 2-point conversion gave the Arrows a 36-35 lead with 5:17 left on a fourth-and-9 play.
Franklin, however, drove for the game-winning field goal.
The Arrows are now 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the SWBL Buckeye.
They are scheduled to plat at Milton-Union on Friday.
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