Mississinawa Valley football team loses to Troy Christian on senior night

UNION CITY – Mississinawa played its final game of the season Friday night in football and honored all the fall athletes and band members prior to the start of the game.

The following seniors were honored prior to the game:

Cameron Anguiano, Zach Dirmeyer, Dalton Geesy, Tyler Jenkinson, Levi Livingston, Dominic Rammel and Brad Slyder all in football.

Hope Jankowski was the lone senior cheerleader, and in volleyball it was Kasey Hummel and Leslie Dirksen.

Megan Wilson in cross country and Josh Rehmert and Joseph Teeter in golf.

Marching band was Bethany Flora, Mariah Hannan and Savanna Woodruff.

Honoring these seniors would be the highlight of the evening.

It was a rough night for the Blackhawks in a game that was a microcosm of their season in 2015.

The Blackhawks started with positive yards on the opening drive … but each step they took forward they took two steps back and eventually had to punt.

MV held strong on Troy Christian’s first possession, and senior Dalton Geesy blocked the punt, and the Blackhawks recovered on the 24-yard line.

Andrew Johns’ pass, however, was picked off at the 3-yard line by Chase Hayden, and the Blackhawks’ scoring opportunity was lost. It was the closest they would get to scoring until late in the fourth quarter.

Moments later Luke Dillahunt broke a few tackles and raced 52 yards for the touchdown, and Troy Christian jumped on top 7-0.

On the ensuing kickoff the Blackhawks would mishandle it, and the Eagles’ Peyton Spurlock picked it up and ran in for the score, and just like that the Hawks trailed 14-0.

Quarterback Hayden Hartman would add to Troy Christian’s lead with a 9-yard keeper to go up 21-0 in the first quarter.

Hartman followed that up with another 6-yard keeper at the beginning of the second quarter as he got the edge and dove into the corner reaching the ball across the goal line to go up 29-0.

Hartman tossed a flare to Dillahunt, who then raced 65 yards for another Eagle touchdown, and Troy Christian would continue to roll to a 50-0 halftime advantage.

The Blackhawks would eventually score in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout when Tyler Jenkison got to the outside and into the end zone on an 8-yard run … but it was all Troy Christian in this one as they went on to record a 62-6 win over Mississinawa.

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Mississinawa Valley’s Zach Dirmeyer carries the ball during a football game against Troy Christian on Friday night in Union City.
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By Dale Barger

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