On 98.3 WPKO, Indian Lake came back from an early 3rd quarter deficit to hang on against the host Triad Cardinals 40-33.
Indian Lake rebounded to take the lead in the fourth quarter after giving up a Triad 91-yard bomb to close out the first half.
Coach Dave Coburn’s Lakers took a one-point lead on a Ben Wahl touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
After a 54-yard touchdown pass from Christian Grider to Ivan Reichert pushed the lead to 40-33, the Lakers needed a defensive stand late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Listen to the key defensive stop.
On 1390 WBLL, the young and limping Bellefontaine Chieftains were handled by the visiting Wapakoneta Redskins 49-13.
(Pictured: Bellefontaine stretches before their home opener vs. Wapakoneta.)
Junior fullback Zach Schmerge rumbled for 129 yards and a touchdown to lead the Redskins balanced attack. He was named the Steve Austin's Player of the Game.
After a failed onside kick, Wapakoneta drove 55 yards on the ground to take a quick 7-0 lead.
The Redskins doubled their lead three plays later when outside linebacker Colt Place returned an interception 22 yards for a score.
The Chiefs responded with an 80-yard scoring drive, capped by a four-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Gorham to Ryan Rogan.
The Redskins led 28-7 at the half.
The Chiefs opened the third quarter with a 73-yard kickoff return by Gorham. A few plays later, sophomore running back Jordan Baughman scored on a four-yard touchdown run.
The Redskins then took control with their bruising ground game to score three more touchdowns.
Wapakoneta rushed for over 350 yards.
Baughman led the Bellefontaine ground attack with 130 yards on 23 carries.
Listen to the complete postgame interview with BHS head coach Chris Schmidt.
The Chiefs will visit Sidney next week on WBLL.
The bonus game on www.PeakofOhio.com saw West Liberty-Salem light up the scoreboard in the second half, rolling over host Greenon 62-35.
Listen to senior quarterback Riley Sims hit paydirt.
Sims rushed for two scores and passed for two touchdowns.
The Tigers have won fifteen straight regular season games.
The theme seemed to be more huge scoring efforts than defense for week one, as indicated by area scores:
Benjamin Logan romped over Riverside 54-18.
Coldwater knocked off Kenton 41-22.
Tecumseh defeated Fairborn 42-20.
Tippecanoe hung 60+ on Graham, winning 62-7.
Urbana also topped the 60 mark, rolling over London 65-14.
Springfield Shawnee got off to a winning start over Springfield Catholic 35-13.
In a rare defensive struggle, Sidney beat St. Marys 10-7 in overtime. The Yellow Jackets snapped a 20-game losing streak.
Anna shut down Lehman 14-0.
Minster blanked Fort Loramie 28-0.
Ada blasted Hardin Northern 55-0.
Kenton Ridge beat Northeastern 35-20.
Hilliard Bradley edged Marysville 17-10.
Elida handled Piqua 30-7.
Celina outscored Versailles 46-26.
West Jefferson ran past Mechanicsburg 40-20.
Xenia defeated Dayton Carroll 34-23.
Ft. Recovery beat Edgerton 33-28.
Marion Local outscored Lima Shawnee 42-28.
In a Saturday final, Ridgemont knocked off Vanlue 13-6.