Greenville running back, Brock Short rushes for 169 yards vs Xenia and leads MVL in rushing. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville battles undefeated Xenia tough

Greenville offense surprises Xenia with 21 Friday night points

GREENVILLE – The undefeated Xenia Buccaneers coming off an impressive 28-0 shutout win over the Piqua Indians got more than they expected from the Greenville Green Wave football team in a Friday night MVL matchup.

“We gave a very good Xenia team for about three quarters everything they wanted,” said Greenville coach, Bart Schmitz. “We had two turnovers on offense that turned into immediate touchdowns but our kids fight.”

“They’re a good group of kids,” Schmitz added. “I wish we could get them that victory – and they’ll come.”

Coming into Harmon Field, Xenia’s stingy defense was giving up just 5-points a game including two shutouts on the season.

Xenia got on the board first with a 39-yard touchdown run only to have to have the Wave answer with a 75-yard 14-play drive using up 7:28 on the first quarter clock with Brock Short cross the goal from 1-yard out. Avery Ernst made good on the PAT kick knotting the score at 7-7.

Xenia tacked on two TDs for a 21-7 score with Greenville answering with a Short 78-yard touchdown run making it a 21-14 score with Ernst’s PAT splitting the uprights.

The Buccaneers added another two scores sending the teams to the break with the visitors leading 35-14.

Xenia went up 43-14 to open third quarter play. Greenville took advantage of a 6-play 84-yard drive with Short tossing a TD pass Evan Manix. Ernst made good on the conversion kick good for a 43-21 score.

The visitors had one more score to close out the night with a 55-21 win.

“I’m proud of our seniors, they haven’t given up and they are still doing things the right way,” said Coach Schmitz. “The way the game was going tonight and things got chippy, I thought our players handled themselves with a lot of class. I am proud of our team and we’re getting better.”

Greenville’s Brock Short led all rushers on the night with 169-yards and leads the MVL with 990-yards through five games.

Greenville offensive line plays well in MVL matchup with Xenia Buccaneers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Evan Manix rolls out for a pass in MVL home game with Xenia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville recovers a Xenia fumble. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Avery Ernst PAT kick splits the uprights in Friday night home game with Xenia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville defense makes a stop on Xenia in Friday night home game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

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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