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BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

Scores from Friday, October 4

Maconaquah 24, 3A No. 14 Tippecanoe Valley 3

A No. 3 Southwood 35, Peru 0

Wabash 32, North Miami 27

Northfield 40, Rochester 21

Manchester 14, Whitko 0

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Maconaquah 24, 3A No. 14 Tippecanoe Valley 3

After a trade of punts to open the game, the Braves got on the board on one play when Carter Little started to the right, cutback into the middle of the Viking defense and raced away down the left sideline on a 45-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.

The next possession for the hosts was also one play but not of the good variety as Jared Blake lost the ball and Jaydin Conley recovered for Tippecanoe Valley.

Three plays later, Nate Harding returned the favor by intercepting Tanner Trippiedi, though on the ensuing drive, which started at the Viking 28-yard line, the hosts were dinged for holding after reaching the 15-yard line and Richie Leary was unable to connect on a 43-yard field goal.

Following the miss, the defenses were in the ascendancy through the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter with five punts taking to the skies.

The Braves final put together a second scoring drive, though it too initially looked to be ending as the ball was punted away, only for Braden Shepherd to lose the handle on the ball and Leary come up with it in the ensuing scrum.

With the reprieve at the Tippecanoe Valley 36-yard line, Maconaquah nearly hit a home run right away only for Blake to drop a pass 10 yards from the end zone with no defender in sight.

Instead the Braves chipped away, converting a 4th-and-1 while overcoming a trade of personal foul and unsportsmanlike penalties with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Nolan Kelly to Little, doubling the hosts’ lead to 14-0.

With a minute to work with, Trippiedi led the visitors down the field in short order, hitting Jalen Potter for 38 yards, scrambling for 17 more and getting a face mask penalty on the Braves in the process to set up Domingo Santiago for a 33-yard field goal at the halftime horn.

Maconaquah opted for a surprise squib kick to start the second half which Aaron McKinley recovered, leading to a 26-yard Leary field goal to restore the two touchdown lead at 17-3.

The Braves were soon back in business with a near-five minute drive that reached the Tippecanoe Valley 15-yard line but points were not forthcoming after Kelly was intercepted by Potter in the endzone.

Trippiedi continued to find success in the air, hitting Jacob Davis for 16 and 13 yards and Potter for 29 more but, attempting to reach the endzone at the end of an 11-yard run, the Viking quarterback lost the ball and the hosts recovered on the last snap of the third quarter.

Maconaquah proceeded to eat up half of the fourth quarter on a 10-play, 99-yard drive that ended with Blake rushing eight yards through the left side of the offensive line for the clinching score.

Shepherd returned the ensuing kickoff into Braves territory but Trippiedi was intercepted by Kelly with the hosts milking the clock to under two minutes.

The Vikings would get the ball one final time but ran out of steam, punting the ball away with seconds remaining as the hosts moved into a tie with the visitors for second place in the TRC.

Maconaquah, now 5-2 and 5-1 in TRC play, travels to Wabash, who defeated North Miami 32-27, next Friday at 7 p.m.

Tippecanoe Valley, falling to 5-2 and 5-1 in TRC play, travels to Manchester, who defeated Whitko 14-0, next Friday at 7 p.m.

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A No. 3 Southwood 35, Peru 0

A tough night for the Tigers began when Gabe Lloyd opened the scoring for the visitors with a 26-yad run to give the Knights a 7-0 lead.

Alex Farr doubled the lead with a 25-yard touchdown strike to Dawson Filip to start the second quarter before Lloyd hit the endzone a second time from 19 yards out, giving Southwood a 21-0 lead heading into halftime.

Lloyd started the second half by adding a third touchdown to his ledger, rolling in from 16 yards out before a 54-yard run later in the quarter helped set up Tristian Hayslett for a three yard score that gave the visitors a 35-0 lead and a running clock to speed the game up.

Southwood, maintaining its unblemished record at 7-0 and 6-0 in TRC play, hosts Rochester, who lost to Northfield 40-21, next Friday at 7 p.m.

Peru, falling to 3-4 and 2-4 in TRC play, travels to North Miami, who lost to Wabash 32-37, next Friday at 7 p.m.

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Wabash 32, North Miami 27

A rollercoaster outing began with Darien Hanley hitting a 34-yard run to open the scoring for the visitors inside two minutes for a 7-0 lead.

The Apaches midway through the opening quarter when Kallen Kelsheimer scoring to bring the hosts within a point at 7-6.

Kelsheimer would intercept Tristan Working in the second quarter and later score his second touchdown of the game, giving Wabash a 12-7 lead.

The Warriors would end the half on a high note as Working scored with six seconds remaining, handing the lead back to North Miami going into halftime at 14-12.

A quiet third quarter gave way to an explosive fourth quarter as Kelsheimer scored with 8:37 left to play from three yards out to push the Apaches back in front 18-14.

Working would fumble at midfield less than a minute later and Keegan O’Neill fired a 42-yard strike to Bryant Boggs, increases the lead to 24-14.

North Miami moved quickly to close the gap as Working used some fancy footwork to buy space to hit Greg Sonafrank for a 13-yard score, reducing the deficit to 24-20 with 5:21 to play.

Wabash recovered an onside kick but quickly went three-and-out, only for Working to be intercepted by Boggs and a play later Kelsheimer scored from 13 yards out to give the Apaches a 32-20 lead with just under two minutes remaining.

The Warriors managed to get one more score as Working hit Hanley for a tipped one-yard touchdown pass to reduce the deficit to five but the onside kick was once again recovered by the Apaches, sealing the game for the hosts.

Wabash, now 3-4 and 2-4 in TRC play, host Maconaquah, who defeated Tippecanoe Valley 24-3, next Friday at 7 p.m.

North Miami, falling to 3-4 and 2-4 in TRC play, hosts Peru, who lost to Southwood 35-0, next Friday at 7 p.m.