NEW BREMEN – The Versailles football team ensured it would not end the season with a losing record by defeating the New Bremen Cardinals 40-7 Friday night.
The Cardinals touchdown came after a Tiger muffed punt at their 24-yard line.
The Tigers were without quarterback Alex Wendel, who was in street clothes. Noah Waymire stepped in and performed well, completing his first three passes and had a solid night.
“Noah works really hard. He prepares really well all year long, and he had a lot of patience,” Versailles coach Adam Miller said. “His turn and he played really well.”
The Tigers did most of their scoring on the ground. Garrett Thompson had two rushing touchdowns, and Kyle Subler and Aaron Mangen each had rushing touchdowns. Mangen also had a 25-yard touchdown catch. Noah Grisez returned an interception 10 yards for a touchdown.
Versailles got a lot of younger guys in late in the game that will hopefully springboard them to bigger and better things next season. The Tigers were all but eliminated from playoff contention with the loss to Minster the week before. With the playoffs all but gone, the Tigers responded by playing hard.
“Love those seniors,” Miller said. “They’re great group of kids and glad to see they got to win their last game.”
The Tigers schedule will change some next year as they will no longer play Valley View in week two. Versailles has picked up Delphos Jefferson, who went 9-1 in the 2016 regular season with its loss coming to Midwest Athletic Conference member Coldwater.