Braden Keeting splits the uprights out of the hold of Josh Scanland in the Patriots WOAC win at Ansonia..

Tri-Village tops Ansonia Tigers

Tri-Village wins defensive battle at Ansonia.

ANSONIA – The Tri-Village Patriots defeated the Ansonia Tigers 21-7 in Friday night MVL football action.

“Matt (Macy) does a great job over there,” said Tri-Village coach, Robert Burk. “Those kids are super physical kids.”

“Ansonia played really hard all night long and they did a great job of executing what they do well,” Burk continued. “They didn’t make a lot of mistakes tonight and we did make a lot of mistakes. To get out of here with a win it feels really good.”

“Our kids played their hearts out – I love them,” said Ansonia coach, Matt Macy. “We have to go 5-0 second half of the season – that’s all that matters.”

The Patriots got on the board at 5:55 in the opening period with sophomore quarterback Braden Keeting tossing a 3-yard touchdown pass to 6’5” Josh Scantland and Keeting splitting the uprights out of the hold of Scantland to lead 7-0 over the home standing Tigers.

Tri-Village pushed its lead to 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass with the duo of Keeting to Scantland combining for an 11-yard touchdown strike and a good PAT kick through the posts.

The teams headed to the halftime break following a second quarter defensive battle with the Patriots up 14-0.

Tri-Village ran the second half kickoff back for a touchdown only to be called back on a Patriots penalty setting up a first and 10 from the visitors own 20-yard line.

Tri-Village sophomore running back Reed Wehr raced 80-yards on the first play from scrimmage to open second half play with a touchdown giving the Patriots a 21-0 advantage with Keeting and Scantland combining for a good PAT kick.

Ansonia answered with a Peyton Beam 3-yard touchdown run at 4:23 in the third and with Connor Schmit splitting the PAT uprights the Tigers were on the board trailing 21-7 in what would be the final score of the night with the teams battling to a scoreless fourth quarter.

“Obviously we want to play a cleaner game,” said Coach Burk. “The second half we thought we had a good plan, we scored on the first play basically at the beginning of the half and then … it was just a real choppy half with the penalties and turnovers so we have to clean that up and be ready to go next week against North.”

Reed Wehr gains yards in the Patriots win over the Tigers.
Ansonia's Zade Shank scores for the Tigers in home game with Tri-Village.
Josh Scantland goes up for a Patriots catch at Ansonia.
Ansonia's defense makes a stop in the team's WOAC game with the Patriots.
Tri-Village running back, Reed Wehr scampers 80-yards for a Patriots touchdown.
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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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