Southwood, Wabash post big wins

An official signals a touchdown as Southwood’s Blake Martz finds the end zone for the Knights’ second score against Oak Hill. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By The Paper staff

Blake Martz scored four touchdowns and Peyton Trexler added two more as the Southwood Knights defeated the Oak Hill Golden Eagles, 44-13, on Friday, Aug. 26.

Three of Martz’s touchdowns and both of Trexler’s touchdowns came off of passes from Carson Blair. Blair, the leading passer in the Three Rivers Conference, finished the night 17 of 34 for 231 yards and five touchdowns.

The Knights jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a rushing and receiving TD from Martz.

Oak Hill came back in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 14-13 at halftime thanks to touchdowns by Noah King and Reid Newhouse.

The second half belonged to the Knights, which put nine points on the board in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth.

Martz finished the night with five receptions for 74 yards, and Trexler had six receptions for 131 yards.

Matt Cox had 17 carries for 142 yards.

Southwood, 2-0 on the season, hosts Northfield in a non-conference contest on Friday, Sept. 2.

Wabash 44 - Alexandria 7
Wabash senior Sammy Hipskind threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more as the Apaches defeated Alexandria, 44-7.

Wabash opened a 13-0 lead thanks to a 52-yard touchdown pass from Hipskind to Justin Beauchamp, and a 2-yard TD run from Hipskind.

Alexandria countered with a 2-yard run by Dylan Dowling to cut the Wabash lead to 13-7.

Wabash never was challenged again.

The Apaches rattled off 31 unanswered points to easily go to 2-0.

Logan Vander Velden scored on a 21-yard pass from Hipskind in the second quarter. The third quarter saw Austin Vinopal score on a 10-yard pass from Hipskind and Luke Proctor score on a 9-yard run.

In the fourth, Hipskind scored from five yards out, while Eryk Weber capped the Apache scoring with a 4-yard run.

Hipskind finished the night 13 for 19 for 235 yards.

Proctor rushed for 173 yards on 20 carries, while Hipskind added 93 on 10 carries.

Beauchamp was the leading receiver, catching three passes for 85 yards. Weber added 66 yards on four catches and Vinopal had 63 yards on five catches.

Wabash, 2-0, hosts Manchester in a non-conference matchup on Friday.

Peru 18 - Northfield 12
Peru jumped out to a 6-0 lead on Friday before Northfield managed to put 12 points on the scoreboard in the second quarter, building a 12-6 lead at halftime.

Peru came back and scored TDs in the third and fourth quarter while blanking the Norsemen en route to an 18-12 win.

Jensen Frieden scored Northfield’s first TD on a 10-yard run to tie the score at 6-6.

Layne Evans gave Northfield a 12-6 lead on a one-yard run with just under two minutes left in the half.

Frieden had 98 yards on 12 carries for Northfield, while John Schuler had 67 yards on 10 carries.

Evans finished the evening 3 of 14 passing for 45 yards and two interceptions. Kyle Reed caught all three of the passes for 45 yards.

Northfield, 1-1 on the season, travels to Metro School District rival Southwood on Friday for a non-conference game.

Bluffton 12 - Manchester 7
Manchester's defense held Bluffton to just 12 points, but despite moving the ball throughout the game, only managed a second quarter touchdown in a 12-7 loss to the Tigers Friday night.

The Squires took a 7-0 lead on a one-yard touchdown run from quarterback Hayes Sturtsman with 8:31 left in the second quarter.

Bluffton answered with a seven-play drive that resulted in an eight-yard touchdown with 1:47 left in the second quarter, but a failed extra point kept the Squires ahead 7-6 going into the half.

Bluffton took the lead midway through the third quarter when Adam Baumgartner broke free for an 86-yard touchdown run with 6:54 left in the quarter.

The Squires had one last chance late in the game, taking control of the ball with 2:35 left in the fourth quarter on their own 15-yard line. They moved the ball to the Tigers' 48-yard line, but Sturtsman was intercepted on a fourth and 18 with 47 seconds left, clinching the game for Bluffton.

Manchester will travel to Wabash to start conference play on Friday with a 7:00 p.m. kick-off.

Posted on 2016 Aug 30