MARIA STEIN – The Versailles football team fell to 2-3 on the season with a 28-7 loss on Friday to the Marion Local Flyers.
The loss puts Versailles in danger of not making the playoffs. The Tigers still face defending state champions in Fort Recovery and Coldwater.
The Flyers used a strong run defense, holding Versailles to 35 yards on the ground on 29 carries, to defeat the Tigers. The Tiger defense played well but with the offense struggling was on the field most of the night.
“I thought defensively we played tough,” Coach Adam Miller said. “Offensively we didn’t do anything to help the defense out.”
The Flyers scored twice in the first half while holding the Tigers scoreless, taking a 14-0 lead into halftime.
The Tiger offense did score on a 17-yard pass from Keaton McEldowney to Sam Barga late in the third quarter. The momentum was short lived as Nate Moeller returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tiger 29-yard line.
“Special teams were huge. We had a breakdown,” Miller said. “We know we are capable of great things, when we decide to do them.”
The Flyers scored on the possession to go up 21-7. The Flyers scored again in the fourth quarter to take a 28-7 lead and essentially put the game out of reach for the Tigers.
Versailles will host Fort Recovery on Friday in a game that could put the Tigers back in playoff contention with a win. The Indians come into the game at 4-1 with their loss being to Coldwater. Fort Recovery is the defending Division VII state champion.