ARCANUM — The Arcanum and Mississinawa Valley football teams were looking to bounce back from tough opening week losses Friday night in CCC action.
And it was the Trojans, behind the arm of sophomore quarterback Bryce Schondelmyer, who did exactly that — celebrating Senior Night with a 48-12 win to improve to 1-1 on the season, while the Blackhawks dropped to 0-2.
Schondelmyer threw for 368 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing for another touchdown — completing 19 of 28 passes, including one to himself.
Logan Statsny had 11 catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns, while Ian Baker hauled in two touchdown passes and Brennan Troutwine and Nick Fry each caught one.
The game had started out as a defensive battle, with MV’s Zach Connor ending Arcanum’s first drive with an interception near midfield.
The momentum would swing late in the first quarter when Isaiah Gilmore stepped in front of an MV pass to give Arcanum first-and-goal at the Blackhawks six and the Trojans never looked back.
Three Schondelmyer runs, the final one from the one-yard line, put Arcanum on the board and Joe Beck’s PAT kick made it 7-0 with 1:17 to go in the opening quarter.
Arcanum followed that with a 10-play, 59-yard drive.
Schondelmyer converted one fourth down with a 10-yard pass to Zade Shank and capped the drive with a 25-yard TD pass to Baker. Beck’s PAT kick made it 14-0 with 8:34 to go in the half.
Arcanum’s next drive was a quick one.
On the second play of the next drive, Schondelmyer hooked up with Troutwine for a 76-yard score and Beck’s kick made it 21-0 with 5:42 remaining in the half.
MV was able to answer that one with a 71-yard drive.
Dylan Wehrkamp caught a 29-yard pass from Connor early in the drive, Davian Trump caught a 12-yard pass on the drive and Trump would eventually find the end zone from one-yard out to cut Arcanum’s lead to 21-6 with 1:49 remaining in the half.
But, it took the Trojans just five plays and less than a minute to go 54 yards, with Schondelmyer and Baker hooking up for a 20-yard pass with 57 seconds left in the half.
Beck’s kick made it 28-6 at the intermission.
On Arcanum’s first play of the second half, the quick strike offense continued.
Statsny took a short pass form Schondelmyer and turned it into a 71-yard touchdown play, with Beck’s kick making it 35-6.
The same combo again connected on a one-play drive, this time from 60 yards out — and Beck’s kick made it 42-6.
Schondelmyer and Fry hooked up for a 12-yard TD pass on Arcanum’s next possession and the run for two points failed.
In the final minute of the game, Wehrkamp hooked up with Michael Pisano Jr. on a six-yard TD pass to make the final 48-12.
Arcanum will travel to Ansonia on Friday, while MV will host Bradford.
TV, Versailles win
Tri-Village and Versailles both moved to 2-0 Friday night.
Tri-Village gained a share of the CCC Blue Division lead with a 56-35 win over Ansonia Friday night.
The Patriots and National Trail, both 2-0 play Friday at Tri-Village.
Ansonia, 1-1, will host Arcanum Friday night.
Versailles blanked Delphos St. John’s 27-0 and will host Marion Local Friday.
Bradford dropped to 0-2 with a 41-7 loss to National Trail.
The Railroaders will travel to Mississinawa Valley Friday night.
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