No parade this time for Vanlue

Published 2:17 am Friday, September 17, 2010

The Associated Press

The fire trucks were silenced in Vanlue on Friday night.

It had become customary to roll out the fire trucks to escort the football team through town after recent Vanlue wins. That was because wins were so rare they were cherished by the tiny school in the southeast corner of Hancock County, the smallest public school in the state which plays football.

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There are only 16 players on the team: 15 boys and one girl.

The first impromptu parade came after the Wildcats opened the season with a 26-7 win over Ridgemont. The big red trucks were out and the sirens were wailing again the following week when Vanlue beat Hardin Northern 24-13, marking the first time since 1984 that the Wildcats were 2-0.

With winless Arcadia, Vanlue’s rival, coming up next, Vanlue had a shot at reaching 3-0 for the first time since 1962.

But Arcadia broke open a close game with three touchdowns in 3:09 of the third quarter and went on to ruin Vanlue’s parade, 34-13, in the 86th meeting between the backyard rivals.

ALL STATE(S): Steubenville Big Red has defeated a team from Michigan (Inkster), Pennsylvania (McKeesport), West Virginia (Brooke) and takes on a team from Washington D.C. (St. John’s College Prep) this week. Big Red will play two West Virginia schools (Morgantown and Wheeling Park) in Weeks 5 and 6 and will play its first team from Ohio (Massillon) in Week 7.

RUN FOR IT! Conor Hundley carried 22 times for 251 yards and three TDs as Cincinnati St. Xavier beat Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier, 32-13; Fredericktown’s Matt Smith rushed for 249 and two TDs (48, 58) on 18 carries in a 42-14 win over Ashland Crestview; Lucas Rosebrook rushed for 230 yards and three TDs in Hamler Patrick Henry’s win over Montpelier; and Oak Harbor’s Jake Scott ran for 217 yards on 36 carries and recovered a fumble as the Rockets defeated Eastwood 34-7.

AERIAL ATTACK: Canton South’s Jared May tied a school record with nine touchdown passes in a 62-14 win at East Palestine, completing 26 of 38 passes for 451 yards with no interceptions; Brody Flegal threw for 365 yards and ran for 148 leading Edgerton past perennial Michigan power Mendon 48-27; McComb’s Andrew Dee has completed 65 of 85 passes (76.4 percent) for 970 yards and 13 touchdowns in three wins; and Dakota Dartis was 14 of 18 passing for 408 yards and three TDs, and added a 12-yard TD run as Cincinnati North College Hill beat Madeira 52-13.

NEVER TOO LATE: North Lewisburg Triad led Milford Center Fairbanks 34-7 early in the third quarter. But Fairbanks QB Nick Gibson ran for three TDs and threw for another for a 37-34 victory, sealed when Ryan Rausch kicked a field goal with three seconds left. And Wheelersburg went 8-2 and made the playoffs last season but lost its first two games this season. Facing Portsmouth in Week 3, Brandon Schankweiler had 165 yards rushing, caught one TD pass and ran for four more, including the game-winning score on a 19-yard run with 14.3 seconds remaining for a 34-28 win.

NOTE THIS: The Middletown-Lima Senior series came to an end with the Middies taking a 49-14 victory last week, giving them a 34-17-2 advantage in the rivalry; Danbury’s Lucas Kennedy ran for four TDs, passed for one and picked off two passes as the Lakers — who have just 16 players — defeated Fostoria St. Wendelin 33-20 for their first home win in four years; Josh Cook threw two TD passes and had a 75-yard interception return for a score as Lisbon David Anderson snapped a 29-game losing streak with a 20-7 win over Wellsville; after entering the season with a 5-94 record this millenium, Sebring McKinley won its second straight game by defeating Youngstown Christian, 33-14; Archbold scored 35 points in the second quarter en route to a 52-0 halftime lead and a 59-21 win over Sherwood Fairview; Symmes Valley beat Chesapeake 27-12 for its first win in the series since 1989; Hamilton Badin’s Alex Rieman had seven catches for 108 yards in a 31-13 victory over Hamilton Ross, giving him a school-record 1,313 career receiving yards; and Lucasville Valley QB Blake Yates scored 31 points in a 49-21 victory over Coal Grove.

HONORING COACH REED: Coldwater started 1-2 for the first time since 1994. The Cavaliers will honor longtime coach John Reed, who passed away in May after a battle with esophageal cancer, when they host St. Henry in the Backyard Battle this weekend.

ANOTHER SWITCH: When Ada’s all-state QB Mitchell Faine was injured in the third game a year ago, coach Mike Fell replaced him with all-state receiver Heath Jackson. All Jackson did was pass for 2,131 yards, rush for 905, add 781 yards receiving and account for 47 TDs in leading Ada to a 12-1 season. Jackson is now at Bowling Green State University, but the receiver-to-quarterback trend continues for Ada. Konnor Baker, an all-Ohio end in 2009 when he caught 67 passes for 1,147 yards and 13 TDs, has taken over at QB this season. He threw for 375 yards and six TDs in a game-one win over Hardin Northern, and has the Bulldogs off to a 3-0 start.

FATHER’S DAY: Youngstown Ursuline coach Dan Reardon had an eventful week. On Thursday, Reardon and his wife Amanda welcomed a new baby boy. Patrick Reardon was born at 2:25 p.m. By 3:35 pm, Reardon had left the hospital and was at practice. He was back at the side of his wife and son by 5:30.

On Friday, Reardon guided the Irish (3-0) to a 14-10 win over previously unbeaten Mentor Lake Catholic.