Sophomore Zane Henderson rushed for 3 touchdowns in game with Dixie. (Dale Barger Photo)

Ansonia Rolls Over Dixie 59-7 to stay undefeated

NEW LEBANON – The Dixie Football team ran into a very strong Ansonia team who overpowered them early and scored often in the opening frame.  The Tigers captured a WOAC win 59-7 over the Greyhounds to remain undefeated at 3-0 this season.

On the Tigers first possession Garrett Stammen rumbled 51 yards on his only carry for the day for a touchdown followed by a two-point conversion from Keegan Weise to give the Tigers an early 8-0 lead.

Ansonia Kadyn Edwards then went up high winning the jump ball to intercept a Dixie pass on the next possession.  Moments late Exzaviar Moody runs the ball in from 28-yards for the score followed by Weiss two-point conversion and it was 16-0 at just 8:19 in the opening quarter.

The Tiger scoring continued when quarterback Ian Schmitmeyer aired the ball out to Keegen Weiss that resulted in a 45-yard touchdown.  The two-point conversion was good to go up 24-0.

Dixie started to move the ball a bit showing a little momentum but would get picked off by Trendon Spence who then returned the ball 59 yards for a score as the Tigers went up 32-0 at just 5:14 in the 1st quarter.

Zane Henderson would rush for 3 more touchdowns in the game for Ansonia for a total of 5 rushing scores and Trendon Spence grabbed another score from off a Schmitmeyer aerial toss as the Tigers breezed to the 59-7 victory over Dixie.

The Greyhounds did show some improvement late in the first half and were successful on a couple of big plays including a 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback Aiden Martin to give Dixie a boost right before the end of the first half.  Dixie drops to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in WOAC.

Garrett Stammen rumbled for 55 yards on the Tigers 1st play of the game and his only carry on the night. Ansonia won 59-7 over Dixie. (Dale Barger Photo)
Exzaviar Moody runs for a score, he is 2nd in the WOAC Conference in rushing with 346 yards in 3 games. (Dale Barger Photo)
Kadyn Edwards came up with this great grab for and Interception early in the game to give the Tigers momentum. (Dale Barger Photo)
Sophomore Trendon Spence also snared an INT and returned it for a long touchdown for the Tigers. (Dale Barger Photo)
Quarterback Ian Schmitmeyer was 2-for-2 in passing for 55 yards one going for 45 yards TD to Keegan Weiss for the score. (Dale Barger Photo)

Dale Barger / Sports Editor

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites. Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years. Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award. Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids. If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife. Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at

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