SYCAMORE — Mohawk and Wynford won in the final minute last week, but it will not happen to both this week as the Warriors and Royals meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Warrior Field.
Wynford (1-0) scored on 23-yard touchdown pass from Brock Williamson to Adam Hartz on the final play for a 20-14 victory against River Valley. Mohawk (1-0) got a Grant Price 2-yard touchdown run with just 49 seconds left to top Upper Scioto Valley, 28-24.
Both Williamson and Hartz had big season debuts for the Royals. Williamson was 10 of 17 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns and added 14 carries for 93 yards. Hartz was his favorite target with four catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He also competed a pass for 25 yards.
The Royals got 53 yards on 15 carries from Corey Brown and 37 yards on just five attempts from Gage Roe, tallying 186 total yards on the ground.
After Hartz, Evan Snode was the top receiver with four catches for 71 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Garrett Shutler led the Royals with 10 tackles. Roe and Dillon Lambert had six tackles apiece.
Altogether, Wynford surrendered only 199 yards to the Vikings, including just 22 yards through the air. River Valley averaged 4.5 yards per carry.
Mohawk had a huge offensive game in its opener against the Rams, finishing with 311 yards on 45 carries and getting another 142 passing yards to total 453 yards of offense.
Quarterback Drew Loose was the biggest reason. He ran 15 times for 133 yards and completed 11 of 22 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Grant Ekleberry and Price each had 58 yards rushing on 14 and 11 carries, respectively, and Logan Stillberger carried three times for 55 yards.
Mitch Parker was Mohawk’s top receiver with five catches for 59 yards and two scores. Ekleberry had three grabs for 61 yards.
The Warriors had some trouble stopping the Rams’ passing attack, allowing 281 passing yards, but they did come up with three interceptions. They also limited USV to 99 yards rushing on 23 attempts.
Upper Sandusky at Colonel Crawford
NORTH ROBINSON — Two North Central Conference teams, Upper Sandusky and Colonel Crawford, will meet for the second straight year in a non-league contest at 7 p.m. Friday.
Upper Sandusky is coming off a 26-12 victory at Carey, having received a huge performance from Tylor Pritchard. The quarterback was 16 of 26 passing for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception and he carried 18 times for 80 yards and three more scores.
Donald Barth contributed eight carries for 90 yards and added three receptions for 55 yards. Tristan Reichelderfer reeled in seven catches for 72 yards and Cory Frey had four grabs for 63 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams finished with 368 yards of offense and allowed just 284. Carey ran 36 times for 172 yards and added 112 passing yards.
Reichelderfer had a dominant defensive effort with 21 tackles, while Pritchard made 14 stops.
Spencer Tackett led Colonel Crawford’s season-opening 42-12 victory against Mount Gilead. Tackett ran 16 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Eli Reffey added a 64-yard touchdown score as the Eagles tallied 251 rushing yards on just 24 attempts.
Nate Klingenberger gave Colonel Crawford a viable passing attack, going 12 of 25 for 223 yards and a touchdown, spreading the ball around to seven different receivers. Alec Hetzel had four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Eagles gave up 305 yards, most of them (221) through the air. They allowed only 84 rushing yards on 37 attempts.
Ashton VanMeter led the Eagles defensively with 12 tackles.
Upper Scioto Valley at Riverdale
MOUNT BLANCHARD — Last week, Riverdale struggled to stop Arlington’s ground attack in a 43-14 loss to the Red Devils. This week, the Falcons will face a big challenge through the air when they host Upper Scioto Valley at 7 p.m. Friday.
Arlington ran for 447 yards on 55 attempts in week 1, opting to attempt only six passes in the game. It will be a different story this week against Rams quarterback Cole Crawford, who went 30 of 48 passing for 281 yards and three touchdowns — but with three interceptions — in the loss to Mohawk. He also added a rushing touchdown.
Austin Howard was a tough cover for Mohawk, making 12 catches for 155 yards and a score.
But the USV defense was vulnerable, giving up 453 yards of offense to Mohawk.
Riverdale managed only 42 yards rushing and 96 yards passing in its opener. Adam Fox was the most efficient rusher for the Falcons with five carries for 36 yards and a touchdown. Seth Knoll got a lot more carries, 15, but was held to only 11 yards.
Quarterback Dillon Farrow went 4 of 15 for 96 yards.
Carey at Bluffton
BLUFFTON — Carey had not started its season with a loss since 2007. That year, the Blue Devils recovered to make the playoffs. They will be aiming to do the same thing this year, beginning with Friday night’s 7:30 game at Bluffton.
The Blue Devils suffered a 26-12 setback against Upper Sandusky in the opener. They were held to 290 yards of offense.
First-year quarterback Matt Holsinger was responsible for a good portion of it, throwing for 111 yards on 6 of 12 passing with one touchdown and one interception. He added 110 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Bryan Powers was the Blue Devils’ top receiver with three catches for 21 yards. Austin Patton had a 45-yard reception and Tyler Stoops had a 26-yard touchdown catch.
Defensively, Carey’s stats indicate it gave up 318 total yards to Upper Sandusky — 161 passing and 157 rushing.
Bluffton’s season-opening 30-0 victory against Cory-Rawson included 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Robbie Stratton.
By LONNIE McMILLAN