PDT Sports Editor
MINFORD — Minford improved its record to 3-0 with a decisive victory over Piketon Friday night. The Falcons scored early and often on their way to a 59-0 win.
The loss drops the Redstreaks to 0-3 on the season.
Minford won the coin toss, elected to receive and scored the opening touchdown with 9:20 remaining in the first quarter. The Falcons’ Austin Carter capped the five-play scoring drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. Baylee Moore missed the extra point as Minford settled for six points.
On Piketon’s opening possession, the Redstreaks muffed a punt after the offense went three-and-out, which gave Minford excellent field position.
The Falcons began their second drive on Piketons’ 20-yard-line but failed to come away with any points after a Cody Stapleton pass fell incomplete.
Just like their first drive, Piketon promptly went three-and-out and had to punt from their own 24-yard-line. However, on fourth down, the Redstreaks caught Minford selling out to block the punt and ran a fake. The long snapper hiked the ball to the up man, quarterback Devin Brewster, who had a receiver wide open but the pass sailed high.
“We were going for the block that time,” Minford coach Brent Daniels said. “They were struggling a little bit and we decided to go for the block on that one. They called a fake punt on us but fortunate for us, it was over thrown.”
Brewster finished the contest 18-of-24 for 114 yards.
With great starting field position for the second consecutive drive, the Falcons only needed two plays to find the end zone. The two-play drive was capped off by a Levi Jenkins one-yard touchdown run.
Disaster struck again for the Redstreaks as Shawn Collier fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which set up Minford on Piketon’s 23-yard line. Two plays later, Nathan Compton was celebrating in the end zone as the Falcons increased their lead to 20-0 with 3:49 left to play in the opening quarter.
The Redstreaks finally sustained a long drive with their third possession of the night. However, just like the previous possessions, Piketon was unable to take care of the football. The Redstreaks drove the length of the field before Ethan Fremdner fumbled on Minford’s 6-yard line, which was recovered by Jenkins.
The turnover bug bit Piketon as they committed five miscues in the game.
“The defense is doing a great job,” Daniels said. “The defensive staff put a heck of a game plan together and they get these kids in the right position. When teams are going for it on fourth and eight, and we are stuffing them, that’s a tremendous job. The kids are flying around and I’m proud of them.”
The Falcons wasted no time capitalizing on the Redstreaks turnover as Minford scored in 1:25 to go up 27-0 in the second quarter. Stapleton capped off the four-play, 91-yard drive by handling a low snap, scrambling to his left and finding Caleb Clark wide open down field for a 45-yard touchdown completion.
Minford got the ball back with 4:10 left to play before halftime. In an attempt to run down the clock, the Falcons handed the ball to Carter who broke a few tackles and was finally brought down, but not before picking up 37 yards. On the very next play, Zack Justice broke a run of his own, scoring from 24 yards out to give Minford a 39-0 lead at the half.
The second half was used as a learning experience for both squads as they emptied their benches to give the younger players an opportunity to play at the varsity level.
One player who took advantage of the playing time was Jared Alley. The 6-2, 235-pound sophomore scored twice for Minford in the third quarter. Alley finished the game with three rushing attempts for 16 yards, and a touchdown from six yards away and eight yards out.
As a team, the Falcons rushed the ball 23 times for 297 yards.The only negative aspect to Minford’s game was the amount of penalties, including personal foul penalties.
“We just have to get mentally sharper,” Daniels said. “We will work on it again this week. But overall, not to bad of a performance.”
Minford plays a rare Saturday game next week as the Falcons travel to Portsmouth to take on the Trojans.
Piketon will return home, looking for its first win on the season as Adena comes to town.
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Piketon 0 0 0 0 — 0
Minford 20 19 13 6 — 59
Minford-Carter 7 run (failed kick) 9:20
Minford-Jenkins 1 run (Moore kick) 4:28
Minford-Compton 4 run (Moore kick) 3:49
Minford-Clark 45 pass from Stapleton (Moore kick) 11:52
Minford- Justice 24 run (failed kick) 3:52
Minford-Compton 4 run (failed kick) 0:00
Minford- Alley 8 run (Joyce kick) 6:48
Minford- Alley 6 run (failed conversion) 1:36
Minford-Kennedy 25 run (failed conversion) 10:18
Rushing: Piketon—Fremdner 8-20, Bivens 5-23, Thacker 3-14, Robertson 4-13, Brewster 7-11, Sickles 5-10, Henderson 5-6, McNelly 1-6; Minford—Carter 4-68, Justice 3-54, Fitch 1-48, Compton 4-27, Kennedy 1-25, Joyce 1-24, Jenkins 5-20, Alley 3-16, Hall 2-15.
Passing: Piketon—Brewster 18-24 114; Minford—Stapleton 5-7 121
Receiving: Piketon—Thacker 4-42, Southworth 5-39, Farmer 7-16, Collier 2-12; Minford—White 1-47, Alley 1-26, Justice 1-3.