Ansonia seniors (L-R) Connor Schmit, Kolton Young, Peyton Beam, Tytus Gasper and Jackson Shellhaas. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Ansonia earns Senior Night win over Blackhawks

Win over Mississinawa Valley gives Ansonia Tigers fifth consecutive winning football season

ANSONIA – The Ansonia Tigers took advantage of Senior Night to defeat the visiting Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks in WOAC action 49-12 in the final game of the 2021 regular OHSAA football season.

“MV gave Tri-County North all they wanted last week,” said Ansonia coach, Matt Macy. “We put everything we had into this game. We came out firing right away and we left no doubt.”

Five Ansonia seniors played their final regular season home game for the Tigers: Connor Schmit, Peyton Beam, Kolton Young, Jackson Shellhaas and Tytus Gasper.

“This is our fifth winning season in a row,” said Ansonia coach, Matt Macy. “Our future success will have a lot to do with these five seniors because they have really laid the groundwork in the offseason. All five are hard workers, all five are starters – can’t say enough about them.”

Ansonia got on the board at 10:31 in the first with a 15-yard Keegen Weiss touchdown run and a Conner Schmit PAT kick splitting the uprights out of the hold of Ian Schmitmeyer for an early 7-0 lead.

The Tigers roared right back with a 28-yard Peyton Beam TD run and a Schmit PAT kick to give Ansonia a 14-0 advantage with 9:12 showing on the first quarter clock.

The visitors fumbled the ball away to Ansonia on the first play from scrimmage following the Tigers TD setting up a 15-yard Jackson Shellhaas touchdown run. With Schmit’s PAT kick through the sticks the Tigers owned a 21-0 lead with 8:00 on the board.

Ansonia made it a 28-0 first quarter lead with Beam rambling for a 61-yard touchdown run followed with a Schmit PAT kick at 4:29 in the opening period of play.

The Blackhawks battled back to score at 6:30 in the second quarter with Alex Jenkison scoring from 3-yards out. A blocked MV PAT kick had Ansonia leading 28-6.

Exzavier Moody found the Tigers’ end zone at 5:26 in the second with a 48-yard touchdown run. One again, Schmit split the uprights giving Ansonia a 35-6 advantage.

Ansonia had one more score before the half with the 6’2” 200 lb. Beam dashing 16-yards to score a touchdown with 0:51 on the clock and Schmit nailing the PAT kick sending the teams to the break with the Tigers leading 42-6 and sending the game to a second half running clock.

Shellhaas scored the final Ansonia TD of the night with a 17-yard TD run at 9:50 in the third. Schmit stayed perfect on the night out of the hold of Schmitmeyer on a rainy night in Ansonia giving the Tigers a 49-6 lead with Coach Macy bringing his JV squad on the field to close out play on the night.

“We have a lot guys on our team,” Macy noted. “We lost (cancelled) a bunch of JV games this year, we only played six JV games – we could have played 10. We were able to get our JVs in with about six minutes to go in the third quarter so they got to play a quarter and a half of varsity – it’s good for them.”

“We have built something,” continued Coach Macy. “Our seniors won’t be here to see the fruition of it but they’re the ones that built the offseason program and set the tone for all these young guys. We start a lot of young guys and they look up to those five guys. I think we are going to have some future successes and I think it is because of those guys.”

The Blackhawks Malachi Levesque threw to Davion Trump for a touchdown at 1:20 in the third to close-out scoring on the night with Ansonia earning 49-12 a Senior Night win.

Seven MV seniors played their final football game for the Blackhawks: Malachi Levesque, Jake Dirmeyer, Alex Jenkison, Davion Trump, Tyler Grow, Tanner Perkins and Caleb Trobridge.

“Right after the Twin Valley South game there were rumors that I was out and leaving, going somewhere else,” said MV coach, Steve Trobridge. “These seniors put an end to that. I told them I am committed and they said they would pass it along and the second half we took off.”

“These seniors, this program is so used to coaches coming in, leaving after a year, coming in, things get hard, leaving because it is hard to win at MV,” continued Trobridge, “but these seniors after last season, which last season was a complete rebuild, these seniors said, ‘we’re going to make better.’ It doesn’t show in the win loss records but we went almost 2,000 yards more than what we did last year on offense, we held teams 1,500 yards under last year so those small improvements are going to carry over – and it’s from that senior class.”    

“I’m excited for next year to see what these younger guys can do because now we can’t use that excuse we are a young group. We have a lot of experience, a lot of returners coming back and it’s time to step up.”

“I love it here at MV,” a tearful coach Trobridge concluded, “and it’s because of those kids.”

 

 

Mississinawa Valley Seniors (L-R) Tanner Perkins, Davion Trump, Alex Jenkison, Malachi Levesque, Coach Steve Trobridge, Jake Dirmeyer, Caleb Trobridge and Tyler Grow. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Peyton Beam scores one of his three Ansonia touchdowns in Senior Night WOAC win. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Blackhawks quarterback Malachi Levesque hands off to Alex Jenkison in a rainy WOAC game at Ansonia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Jackson Shellhaas scores one of his two touchdowns for Ansonia in Senior Night win over MV. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Davion Trump carries for the Blackhawks in the team's final game of the season. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

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Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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