Plymouth improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Firelands Conference with the victory, keeping its playoff hopes alive ahead of next week’s big game at Crestview (6-3, 4-2). The Big Red is unofficially 10th in Division VII Region 26, with the top eight teams reaching the playoffs.
The Trojans lost for the fourth straight week to fall to 4-5 (2-4).
South Central senior quarterback Evan Legg hit classmate Timmy Jayes for a 19-yard passing score with 4:41 left in the game. The extra point was no good, but the Trojans were back in the end zone about three minutes later. Legg passed to Jackson McCormack for a TD with 1:44 on the clock.
Plymouth had a 44-25 lead with 8:19 left in the game. Running back Lukas Montgomery ran the ball into the end zone from 6 yards out and the Big Red added a two-point conversion.
The Big Red’s Shae Sparks had a 31-yard scoring run with 5:23 on the clock. The two-pointer made it 52-25.
Plymouth had a 28-13 lead at halftime.
QB Walker Elliott sneaked into the end zone from the 2-yard line for the final score of the second quarter. He earlier had scored on a 46-yard TD run and finished with 83 yards on 11 rush attempts and completed his only pass for a 24-yard gain.
Montgomery paced the Big Red with 96 yards on 19 attempts, while Adler Horne contributed 63 yards on nine attempts. Plymouth ran 58 times for 345 yards and all 7 TDs.
South Central scored with 3:24 before halftime when Legg recovered a fumbled snap, scrambled and found McCormack for a 3-yard TD pass. The Trojans trailed 22-13.
Plymouth took a 14-7 lead into the second quarter.
Legg was 24-of-35 passing for 308 yards and 5 TDs for the Trojans, while Travis Beverly ran 11 times for 64 yards.
S. Central 7 6 12 14 — 39
Plymouth 14 14 8 16 — 52
PLY — Josh Stevens 8 run (run failed)
PLY — Walker Elliott 46 run (Lukas Montgomery run)
SC — David Lamoreaux 5 pass from Evan Legg (kick good)
PLY — Montgomery 1 run (Shae Sparks run)
SC — Jackson McCormack 3 pass from Legg (pass failed)
PLY — Elliott 1 run (run failed)
SC — Lamoreaux 6 pass from Legg (conversion failed)
PLY — Elliott 8 run (Sparks run)
SC — Lathan Sholes 5 run (run failed)
PLY — Montgomery 6 run (Sparks run)
PLY — Sparks 31 run (Allen pass from Elliott)
SC — Timmy Jays 19 pass from Legg (kick failed)
SC — Curtis Fredericks 15 pass from Legg (Jay Cook from Legg)
Edison 41, Vermilion 0
VERMILION — Edison running back Jacob Brewer ran for 98 yards and three touchdowns on just eight attempts as the Chargers cruised to an SBC Bay Division win over the host Sailors Friday.
With the win, Edison improved to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Bay. The Chargers host Huron (7-2, 3-1) next week in a potential play-in to the state playoffs matchup. The Chargers are unofficially 12th in Div. IV Region 14, but just 0.9084 points away from the eight and final spot in the region.
Brewer opened the scoring with a 15-yard TD run, and the first of five Jaime DeLeon kicks put Edison up 7-0.
Joe Stoll scored from six yards away in the second quarter to extend the lead to 14-0, then Grant Ott returned an interception for a TD and a 20-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Brewer scored on runs of 51 and 3 yards, then Stoll capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard TD.
Edison finished with 445 yards of total offense, paced by 350 yards rushing on the ground. Luke Bissell added 63 yards on just two rush attempts, while Noah Staley ran three times for 57 yards.
Quarterback Thomas Simon ran five times for 40 yards and was 4-of-9 passing for 95 yards to four different receivers, including Ott and Stoll.
In earning the shutout, the Edison defense allowed just 152 yards to the Sailors, who fell to 0-9 (0-4).
Edison 7 13 14 7 — 41
Vermilion 0 0 0 0 — 0
EDI — Jacob Brewer 15 run (Jaime DeLeon kick)
EDI — Joe Stoll 6 run (DeLeon kick)
EDI — Grant Ott interception return (kick failed)
EDI — Brewer 51 run (DeLeon kick)
EDI — Brewer 3 run (DeLeon kick)
EDI — Stoll 3 run (DeLeon kick)
Bellevue 35, Sandusky 26
BELLEVUE — Bellevue junior quarterback Keegan Ray carried 26 times for 139 yards and a touchdown and passed for 191 yards and four TDs to lead Bellevue to a 35-26 SBC Lake Division win over Sandusky.
The win clinched a playoff spot for the Redmen, who improved to 6-3, 2-2. Bellevue visits rival Clyde in its regular-season finale next week. A win in that game would give Bellevue a home playoff game.
Bellevue clinched the win on Ray’s 60-yard touchdown run with less than three minutes to play.
The Blue Streaks (6-3, 2-2) got 244 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 19 carries from senior running back Terion Stewart.
Stewart’s 43-yard TD with 3:06 to play cut Bellevue’s lead to 28-26. Sandusky attempted a 2-point conversion but a pass at the goal line was incomplete.
“I think we’ve been playing some good football. You get moral victories, but we got one on the scoreboard tonight,” Bellevue coach Ed Nasonti said. “I thought our kids played well last week and we came up short (in a loss at Tiffin Columbian).
“I thought we improved and played a solid game against a good football team and against a running back that is unreal. He’s a Division I guy for a reason.”
Caleb Marshall caught five passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns for Bellevue. His 9-yard touchdown grab on third-and-goal late in the third quarter, plus Hunter Nottke’s extra point, gave the Redmen the lead for good.
They extended the lead to 28-20 when Jack Fitzgerald made a great fingertip catch of a deep pass that turned into a 61-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Sandusky 7 6 7 6 — 26
Bellevue 7 7 7 14 — 35
B — Caleb Marshall 59 pass from Keegan Ray (Hunter Nottke kick)
S — Terion Stewart 56 run (Isaac Roop kick)
S — Roop 24 field goal
B — Marshall 5 pass from Ray (Nottke kick)
S — Roop 35 field goal
S — Stewart 10 run (Roop kick)
B — Marshall 9 pass from Ray (Nottke kick)
B — Jack Fitzgerald 61 pass from Ray (Nottke kick)
S — Stewart 43 run (pass failed)
B — Ray 60 run (Nottke kick)
Monroeville 28, Mapleton 20
MONROEVILLE — Despite being down by seven points early in the second half, Monroeville (2-7, 1-5) bounced back for a 28-20 FC win to Mapleton.
The Eagles’ first score came on Braden Schuller run. Gunner Howell’s extra point gave the home team a 7-0 lead with 4:11 left in the first quarter.
The Mounties led 14-7 at intermission.
Monroeville held onto a 7-6 lead at halftime. By 5:29 in the third quarter, the Eagles were trailing 14-13 after a touchdown by Anthony Dublo.