GREENVILLE — Greenville was the first area football team to kick off the season and fell in a close contest against rival Eaton.
The Green Wave rallied in the second half to tie it, but Eaton took the lead with about four minutes left and scored on a late interception return to win 32-18 on Thursday at Harmon Field.
The Eagles took an 18-3 lead in the first half, but Greenville scored the first two touchdowns of the second half to tie it.
Hayden Bush threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Million Bryant with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter and Avery Ernst kicked an extra point to close the gap to 18-10.
Brock Short scored on a 2-yard TD run with 9:48 left , then Bush threw a two-point conversion pass to Nolan Curtis to tie it.
But Eaton’s Brock Ebright threw a 17-yard TD to Brayden Deem with 4:10 left in the fourth to give the Eagles a 25-18 lead.
The Green Wave drove down the field and into the red zone in the final minute, but Bush had a pass intercepted by Breyden Boston, who returned it 93 yards for a touchdown with 14 seconds left to seal the result.
Bush completed 10-of-20 passes for 150 yards and one TD with two interceptions. Short led the squad with 207 rushing yards on 27 carries and completed one pass for 23 yards. Alexander Baumgardner led the squad with five receptions for 104 yards.
The Green Wave had 408 yards of offense compared to Eaton’s 395 but committed three turnovers. The Eagles made one turnover.
Ryan Crampton and Bryant each made 6.5 tackles. Ryan Staver recovered one fumble.
Eaton took a 6-0 lead after Boston caught a 3-yard TD pass from Elbright with 9:18 left in the first quarter. Ernst kicked a 29-yard field goal with 5:12 left to close the gap to 6-3, but the Eagles scored two TDs in the second quarter to take control.
The game was broadcast by Fox 45 as a part of its Thursday Night Lights series.
Greenville opens Miami Valley League play this Friday by traveling to Stebbins.
Arcanum 40, Dohn Community 8
The Trojans won their season opener on Friday in Arcanum.
Arcanum took a 34-0 lead by halftime. Ian Baker and Zade Shank caught 25- and 29-yard touchdown passes from Bryce Schondelmyer in the first quarter, and Schondelmyer ran for a 10-yard TD.
Schondelmyer threw a 29-yard TD pass to Brennen Troutwine in the second quarter, and Troutwine then returned an interception 47 yards for a TD before halftime.
Ian Baker scored the Trojans’ last TD on a 10-yard reception from Schondelmyer in the third quarter.
Arcanum had 206 yards of offense. Schondelmyer completed 16-of-19 passes for 181 yards with 4 TDs and one interception. He ran for 22 yards and one TD on three carries.
Troutwine caught four passes for 48 yards, Baker caught four passes for 42 yards, Shank caught three passes for 35 yards and Tyler Huber caught three passes for 42 yards.
Troutwine made 2-of-3 extra-point attempts. Damian Steck recovered one fumble.
Arcanum is scheduled to play its first-ever Western Ohio Athletic Conference game this Friday by hosting Twin Valley South.
Tri-Village 21, Troy Christian 7
The Patriots opened the season with a nonconference victory on Friday in New Madison.
Layne Sarver threw a 17-yard TD pass to Tanner Printz in the first quarter to give the squad a 7-0 lead after a Baden Keating extra point. Keating scored on a 6-yard TD run in the second quarter to boost the lead to 14-0.
Reed Wehr scored on a 46-yard run in the fourth quarter to finish the Patriots’ scoring. The Eagles scored on a late TD to narrow the final gap to 14 points.
Tri-Village had 403 yards of offense while Troy Christian had 217.
Sarver completed 8-of-10 passes for 82 yards while Keating completed 7-of-11 passes for 75 yards. Wehr ran for 179 yards on 16 carries. Josh Scantland led the squad with five receptions for 46 receiving yards while Joshua Randall had four catches for 48 yards.
Wehr had 1.5 sacks on defense. Scantland recovered one fumble and Justin Finkbine made one interception, which he returned 34 yards.
Tri-Village had several touchdowns called back due to penalties.
The Patriots are scheduled to play their first-ever WOAC game this Friday at Preble Shawnee.
Riverside 29, Ansonia 14
The Tigers gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns and lost their season opener on Friday in Ansonia.
Peyton Beam scored on a 1-yard TD run and Connor Schmit kicked the extra point to give Ansonia a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Riverside’s Warren Shockey scored a 2-yard run with 9:43 left in the second to bring Riverside within 7-6 after a missed extra point.
Shockey scored on a 4-yard run about four minutes later to give the Pirates a 13-6 lead after Isaac Bender kicked the extra point, but Ansonia’s Peyton Beam scored on a 47-yard TD reception from Ian Schmitmeyer with 29 seconds left to give the squad a 14-13 halftime lead after Schmit made the extra point.
Riverside fought back in the fourth quarter. Shockey scored on a 1-yard run with 8:31 left, and Myles Platfoot ran in for a two-point conversion to give Riverside a 21-14 lead. Platfoot then scored on a 20-yard run with 2:21 left, and Simon Godwin ran in on a two-point conversion run to boost the lead to 15 points.
Riverside had 330 total yards of offense, 305 of which came on the ground on 51 carries. Ansonia had 259 yards of offense.
Schmitmeyer completed 8-of-17 passes for 125 yards and one TD.
Shockey led the Pirates with 208 rushing yards on 36 carries. Beam ran for 73 yards on 15 carries and caught three passes for 51 yards and one TD. He also recovered one fumble on defense. Kadyn Edwards made one interception.
Ansonia is scheduled to open WOAC play this Friday by traveling to Bradford.
Versailles 42, Celina 0
The Tigers steamrolled Celina in their season opener on Friday in Versailles.
Landon Henry scored on a 3-yard TD run in the first quarter while Carson Bey threw a 12-yard TD pass to Eli McEldowney and ran for a 14-yard TD run in the second to give the Tigers a 21-0 halftime lead.
Henry scored on a 6-yard run in the third and Jack Osborne scored on a 45-yard run. Gabe Thomas scored the Tigers’ last TD on a 14-yard run in the fourth.
Versailles had 384 yards of offense and committed two turnovers while Celina had 162 yards of offense and committed one turnover. Carter Luthman recovered a fumble for the Tigers.
Bey completed 6-of-9 passes for 77 yards with one TD and one interception and ran for 115 yards on 12 carries with one TD. Osborne ran for 110 yards on 11 carries and scored one TD and Henry ran for 75 yards and two TDs on 13 carries.
Versailles is scheduled to travel to Fort Loramie this Friday.
Bucyrus 49, Mississinawa Valley 16
The Blackhawks lost their season opener on their home field on Friday.
Mississinawa Valley pulled within 14-8 in the second quarter, but Bucyrus scored the next six touchdowns to pull away.
Malachi Levesque completed 11-of-20 passes for 171 yards and 2 TDs for the Blackhawks. Pierce Daniels ran for 69 yards on 18 carries while Davian Trump ran for 56 yards on six carries. Trump caught two passes for 76 yards and one TD while Dylan Wehrkamp caught two passes for 28 yards and one TD.
Tanner Perkins led the squad with nine tackles and one sack. He intercepted one pass. Jake Dirmeyer recovered one fumble.
Mississinawa Valley is scheduled to open WOAC play this Friday by traveling to New Lebanon Dixie.
Springfield Northeastern 49, Bradford 16
Bradford scored two fourth quarter touchdowns in a loss to Northeastern on Friday in Springfield.
Owen Canan ran 4 yards for a touchdown and Hudson Hill caught a pass from Canan on a two-point conversion try. Tucker Miller returned a fumble 61 yards for a touchdown and Canan ran in on a two-point conversion try.
Canan was 7-for-13 passing for 86 yards and had 23 yards rushing on 12 carries. Landon Monnin caught two passes for 57 yards and Garrett Trevino caught four passes for 26 yards.
Ben Kitts had one sack.
Bradford will host Ansonia this Friday in its WOAC opener.
Tri 41, Union City 14
The Indians lost their season opener on their home field on Friday. They’re scheduled to host Oldenburg Academy this Friday.
Senior tailback Blayne Daniels scored both of Union City’s touchdowns in the second half.