Springboro’s Levi Ethridge batted down Centerville’s pass for a 2-point conversion that preserved a wild 50-49 Panthers victory to highlight Saturday’s schedule of made-up high school football games.
Inclement weather on Friday forced most games in the Southwest District to be postponed.
“It was one of the most wild games I’ve ever been a part of or ever witnessed,” Springboro coach Ryan Wilhite said. “There were extreme conditions with the heat. It really felt like a heavyweight fight and it was going to be the last guy standing. There’s not a better analogy than that and we were the last guy standing by one play.”
Liam Foley scored on an 11-yard run with 53 seconds left to put the Panthers (1-1) up 50-43. The Elks answered with Jacob Harrison’s 21-yard TD pass to Dominic Ashburn with 13 second left.
Springboro recovered Centerville’s onside kick after the failed 2-point try and ran out the clock.
Springboro senior QB Elijah Cunningham completed 27 of 41 passes for 271 yards to become the program’s all-time career passing leader with 3,427 yards. Foley gained 199 yards and scored three times.
Harrison was 14 of 17 passing for 311 yards and four TDs to lead the Elks (0-2). Ashburn had 172 yards rushing and scored twice. The teams combined for 1,391 all-purpose yards, 720 by Centerville and 671 from Springboro.
Miamisburg 30, Fairmont 27, OT: The Vikings’ desperation heave at the end of regulation gave Miamisburg the opportunity to win in overtime. Tyler Johnson hauled in a Hail Mary touchdown pass from Jake Schoenberger as time expired to force the extra period.
After the Firebirds settled for a field goal on their first possession of OT, the Vikings capitalized as Tony Clark ran in the game-winner from 8 yards out. Clark tallied 59 of the team’s 291 rushing yards. Jake Perkins rushed for 103 yards on 17 carries for Fairmont.
Stebbins 20, Fairborn 14: David Hickey found Joe Simpkins in the end zone on a 7-yard pass play early in the fourth quarter to give Stebbins the come-from-behind victory at home.
Hickey had a 51-yard TD run midway through the third quarter to give Stebbins its first lead, before Fairborn’s Dusty Johnson scored from 3 yards out to tie the game at 14. Hickey finished with 192 yards rushing.
Fairfield 39, Northmont 21: Hunter Krause became Fairfield’s all-time leading passer, throwing for 304 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for two scores. Fairfield recorded a pair of safeties against the Thunderbolts (0-2). Avery Miliner rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns for Northmont.
Vandalia Butler 52, Tecumseh 0: Logan Flatt piled up 114 yards with three touchdowns on 19 carries and Chandler Craine finished 11-of-16 with 98 yards and two touchdowns for Butler. It marks the first time since 2011 that the Aviators have started 2-0.
Valley View 31, Versailles 22: The host Spartans (2-0) overcame a 14-10 deficit. Jake Neatherton carried six times for 92 yards and a touchdown, while Kole Smith and Collin Wood threw TD passes to Austin Lewis and and Micah Matheson. Smith was 8-of-16 for 134 yards. Collin Genslinger contributed a 90-yard kickoff return for a TD. Collin Peters ran for 75 yards and two scores for the Tigers (1-1).
Milton-Union 36, Oakwood 30: Sophomore Zac Shields carried 15 times for 151 yards and two TDs to lead the visiting Bulldogs to a 2-0 start. Kaleb Rue added two TD runs, including a 49-yard scamper, and kicked a 21-yard field goal. Michael Hoecht led the Lumberjacks (0-2) with 201 yards on 27 carries, including a 39-yard TD run. John Thesing had 14 tackles for Oakwood.
Trotwood 46, Thurgood Marshall 0: Raveion Hargrove had 216 yards on the ground with 3 TDs, and Caleb Johnson caught 7 passes for 96 yards and 3 TDs for Trotwood (2-0).
Alter 35, Withrow 7: Ryan Markoff and Holden Rushing each had a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Knights (2-0).
Brookville 21, Anna 0: Harry Hall rushed 21 times for 142 yards and Bailey Wallen added 96 yards on 15 carries for the Blue Devils (2-0). Hall, Wallen, and Austin Delk each had TD runs.
Dunbar 56, Ponitz 20: Quarterback Jamar Walker finished 12-of-20 with 305 yards and three touchdowns and Jeffrey Wagner racked up 121 yards on 18 carries with three TDs for Dunbar (1-1).