WAYNESFIELD — Previously-unbeaten host Waynesfield-Goshen was knocked off 26-7 by rival Upper Scioto Valley in the Northwest Central Conference football opener Friday night.
W-G fell to 3-1 (0-1 NWCC) with the loss, while USV improved to 3-1 (1-0 NWCC) after the win.
The Rams tallied the final 26 points of the contest as they held the Tigers scoreless over the final three periods to post the comeback victory.
“USV is a very physical team with three hard-nosed running backs,” said Tigers coach Shane Wireman. “They are a well-coached team.”
Tiger senior quarterback Cooper Roberts scored first on a one-yard touchdown run to give the hosts an early lead.
USV tallied a second-period TD but missed the extra point try, thus W-G took a narrow 7-6 lead to intermission by virtue of Ryder Siebeneck’s successful point after kick.
But the Rams took control of the game with a 95-yard scoring drive in the third stanza.
“The game changed in the second half with USV’s long, methodical touchdown drive of 95 yards,” Wireman noted. “Then we threw a pick six late.”
Ram sophomore quarterback/linebacker Alex Sanders intercepted a Tiger pass and returned it 65 yards for a late touchdown to provide the final margin of 19 points.
USV out-pointed W-G 20-0 in the second half to cap their run of 26 unanswered points.
Waynesfield (2-0 road) tries to rebound when they visit NWCC foe Marion Elgin (1-3, 1-0 NWCC) Friday, September 17 in week five.
The Comets rallied late to win a 68-62 shootout over Perry Friday night. Elgin’s three close losses have been by a combined total of just 10 points, making them better than their record indicates.
With the USV loss, Waynesfield fell from fifth to 12th in the unofficial early Div. VII, Region 26 computer rankings. USV improved to fifth.
Elgin is rated 21st in the Div. VI, Region 23 rankings. The top 16 teams in each region make the playoffs.