XENIA – Greenville dropped a 21-14 Miami Valley League football game to the Xenia Buccaneers.
“Xenia is a good ball club,” said Greenville coach, Bart Schmitz. “They did a lot of nice things out there but we’re so close to winning all these ballgames but at the end of the day when it’s our turn to make plays we have to make them and we have to get better at that.”
Brock Short gave the Green Wave 7-0 lead at 10:32 in second quarter play with a 36-yard touchdown run and an Avery Ernst PAT kick through the uprights capping an 8-yard 7-play scoring drive.
Xenia answered with an Austin Penewit 20-yard touchdown scamper at 7:56 in the second period.
The Buccaneers retuned a pass interception 30-yards for a score to lead 13-7 with a missed PAT kick with 6:07 showing on the second quarter clock.
Short scored his second touchdown of the first half at 4:37 in the second quarter and Ernst split the uprights to put Greenville up 14-13 where the score would stand with the teams headed to the halftime break.
Greenville held onto its 1-point advantage until 7:42 in the fourth quarter when Xenia used a 7-play 55-yard scoring drive to take a 21-14 lead that would hold up for the final score.
Short rushed for 114-yards on 26 carries. Bush went 17/30 passing good for 173-yards while giving up 4-interceptions on the night.
Bryant had 7-receptions for 95-yards, Alex Baumgardner 6-catches for 53-yards, Short 2-receptions for 11-yards and Jack Royer 1-catch for 9-yards.
“The kids played hard – that has never been the issue,” said Coach Schmitz. “We just have to figure out how to make plays. Like I have said all year, ‘you can’t leave points on the field’ and unfortunately we did that tonight so we have to work to improve that.”
Short led the Wave defense with 10-tackles including 9-unassisted. Bryant and Nolan Curtis each contributed 6-tackles and DJ Zimmer had 4-tackles.
“There is no week off,” Schmitz noted of MVL play. “It’s as competitive of a league top to down as there is around. There are a lot of good coaches in the league, a lot of good ball players in the league so we’re competing, we’re right there, we just have to figure out how to make plays.”
With the win Xenia improves to 4-1 with its only loss coming to the undefeated Piqua Indians. Greenville falls to 1-4 on the season that has the Wave competing only outscored by a total of 21-points on the year.
Greenville entertains the West Carrollton Pirates this Friday, September 24 at Miami Valley Hospital North Stadium at Harmon Field.