WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen was upset by visiting league rival Perry 32-6 in a Northwest Central Conference contest Friday night.
W-G dropped to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the NWCC with the loss that snapped their three-game winning streak.
The defeat all but eliminated the Tigers from NWCC title contention. They trail league-leading Upper Scioto Valley (7-1, 5-0 NWCC) by two games with two contests left to play.
With the victory, defending league champion Perry evened its record at 4-4 overall and pulled into a tie with W-G at 3-2 in the NWCC.
Perry led 7-0 early when Tigers senior Bransyn Miner picked off a deflected pass. But W-G could not capitalize on the turnover.
Commodores quarterback Ryan Yingst then later powered into the end zone on a short run to build the Perry lead to 13 points.
The Tigers trailed 13-0 at the half despite having several chances to score.
W-G threw an interception deep in Commodore territory, then was stopped on fourth down multiple times to stymie good first-half opportunities.
“We did a poor job of tackling in space and we couldn’t finish our drives that we had in their red zone,” lamented W-G head coach Shane Wireman. “We didn’t score until our junior varsity players went in.”
Braelyn Schultz tallied the Tigers’ lone touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Drew Breitigam.
Waynesfield (4-0 road) visits Ridgedale (3-4, 1-3 NWCC) in Week 9. The Rockets were blanked at league-leading USV Friday, 46-0.
The Tigers need a win to solidify a playoff spot. W-G came into the Perry game rated 12th in the Div. VII, Region 26 rankings, and the top 16 in each region make it to the postseason.
“We need to have a good bounce-back week as we prepare to head to Ridgedale,” said Wireman.
The Tigers are 2-2 at home after the loss to Perry.
The Waynesfield-Goshen offense averages 32.4 points a game, and the W-G defense allows 16.0 points through eight contests.
Ridgedale scores 20.9 points and permits 33.3 points.