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Week 3 FB roundup: Virgil scores 4TDs, defense holds Peru to 39yds rushing as Valley stays unbeaten

Caston loses 3 fumbles in loss to Triton; Pioneer goes wildcat in win at LaVille; Clark, Compton rush for 2 TDs each in Winamac win at Manchester


Sports Editor, RTC


Tippecanoe Valley 45, Peru 9 (Friday): Jamasyn Virgil ran for 119 yards and four touchdowns, and Branson McBrier threw for 125 yards and a score for the visiting Vikings in a Three Rivers Conference road win over Peru Tuesday.

Rex Kirchenstien caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from McBrier, and Hunter Eherenman had a 6-yard touchdown run for Valley.

Kirchenstien had four receptions for 73 yards, and Nate Parker had two catches for 26 yards. Landon Durkes had a 24-yard reception.

Eherenman also had two two-point conversion runs, Virgil had a two-point conversion run, and Wade Jones caught a two-point conversion pass from McBrier. Jones also intercepted a pass on defense for the third straight week.

Dalton Alber and Karl Parker had three tackles for loss each.

Valley committed no turnovers while Peru committed four. Peru also had eight penalties for 69 yards. Valley had a 210-39 advantage in rushing yards.

Peru opened the scoring with a first-quarter safety. The 2-0 deficit was the first deficit Valley has faced this season.

Valley led 16-2 at halftime. The game featured a running clock for the final 11:53 after Virgil’s fourth touchdown run and Braden Shepherd’s extra point kick.

The road team has won the last four meetings between Valley and Peru.

Valley 45, Peru 9

Valley 8 8 22 7 – 45

Peru 2 0 7 0 – 9

First quarter

PERU – Safety, Branson McBrier tackled in end zone

TV – Jamasyn Virgil 3 run (Wade Jones pass from McBrier)

Second quarter

TV – Hunter Eherenman 5 run (Virgil run)

Third quarter

TV – Virgil 2 run (run failed)

PERU – Matt Roettger 13 run (Ben Beckman kick)

TV – Virgil 68 run (Eherenman run)

TV – Rex Kirchenstien 34 pass from Branson McBrier (Eherenman run)

Fourth quarter

TV – Virgil 10 run (Braden Shepherd kick)

Triton 35, Caston 16 (Saturday): Grant Hickle ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, and Sam Smith ran 30 times for 121 yards as well as a pair of two-point conversions, but the visiting Comets fell to Triton Saturday afternoon.

Grant Yadon had two receptions for 12 yards, and Hickle caught a 9-yard pass from Smith.

Hickle also led the defense with 13 tackles, and Smith had eight stops. Landon Shafer had seven tackles, and Garrison Hickle and Cain Schanlaub had six tackles and one sack each. Schanlaub also broke up a pass.

Dylan Gearhart, Pete DuVall and Kyle Roudebush had four tackles each. Tyler Bartin had two tackles, and Josh Sullivan had one tackle and one pass defended.

Triton sophomore Anthony Schuh ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

Caston had a 256-237 advantage in rushing yards but lost three fumbles.

Caston is 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the Hoosier North.

Triton has won the last seven meetings against Caston.

Triton 35, Caston 16

Caston 8 0 0 8 – 16

Triton 14 7 7 7 – 35

Pioneer 12, LaVille 7 (Friday): Brock Robinson ran 41 times for 167 yards and a touchdown and also threw for 19 yards in his season debut, and Ryland Toloza ran for 39 yards and a touchdown for the visiting Panthers in a win over conference and sectional rival LaVille Friday.

Logan Smith ran for 43 yards. Derrick LeGrand and Toloza had one reception each.

Owen Miller and Eli Miller had seven tackles each on defense. Smith, Oscar Solano and Caleb Sweet had one tackle for loss each.

Pioneer had a 264-93 advantage in rushing yards.

Lucas Plummer threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Owen T. Smith for LaVille. Paul DeWitt had a team-high 68 yards rushing.

Pioneer trailed 7-0 going into the fourth quarter.

Robinson had missed the first two games due to an ankle injury. A fullback in Pioneer’s offense last year, he played quarterback out of the wildcat formation against LaVille.

Pioneer is 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Hoosier North. Pioneer is 7-0 against LaVille since the schools became conference rivals in 2015.

Pioneer 12, LaVille 7

Pioneer 0 0 0 12 – 12

LaVille 0 7 0 0 – 7

Winamac 35, Manchester 18 (Friday): Hayden Clark ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Russell Compton ran for 65 yards and two scores for the Class 1A, No. 6 Warriors in the road win over Manchester Friday.

Compton also threw for 53 yards. Brayden Heater had two catches for 24 yards.

Xavier Holehan had a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Jaden Terry ran for 76 yards, had two receptions for 12 yards and intercepted a pass on defense. Tyler Perry and Jaxon Roudebush each had a fumble recovery.

Winamac had a 293-145 advantage in rushing yards.

Max Murray converted all five of his extra point tries and is 15 for 15 on the season.

Winamac led 21-6 at halftime.

Winamac 35, Manchester 18

Winamac 0 21 7 7 – 35

Manchester 6 0 12 0 – 18

First quarter

MAN – Braxton Ream 29 run (kick failed)

Second quarter

WIN – Hayden Clark 9 run (Max Murray kick)

WIN – Russell Compton 1 run (Murray kick)

WIN – Compton 1 run (Murray kick)

Third quarter

MAN – Seth Gaerte 72 pass from Brock Casper (kick failed)

WIN – Clark 1 run (Murray kick)

MAN – Dylan Stroud 25 pass from Casper (kick failed)

Fourth quarter

WIN – Xavier Holehan 7 run (Murray kick)

RTC area ranked teams (Sept. 7 Associated Press polls)

Tippecanoe Valley – Class 3A, No. 11

Winamac – Class 1A, No. 5

RTC area football schedule – Sept. 10

Wabash at Rochester, 7 p.m.

Manchester at Tippecanoe Valley, 7 p.m.

Pioneer at Caston, 7 p.m.

Culver at West Central, 7 p.m.

Winamac at LaVille, canceled

TRC results – Sept. 3

Rochester 35, Whitko 6

Tippecanoe Valley 45, Peru 9

Northfield 48, Maconaquah 0

Southwood 34, North Miami 6

Winamac 35, Manchester 18 (nonconference)

Hoosier North results – Sept. 3-4

Triton 35, Caston 16

Pioneer 12, LaVille 7

Winamac 35, Manchester 18 (nonconference)

Knox 20, Highland 14 (nonconference)

North Judson 34, North Newton 12 (nonconference)

TRC standings

Tippecanoe Valley 2-0, Southwood 2-0, Manchester 1-0, Wabash 0-0, Rochester 1-1, Northfield 1-1, Peru 1-1, Maconaquah 0-1, North Miami 0-2, Whitko 0-2

Hoosier North standings

Winamac 2-0, North Judson 2-0, Pioneer 1-1, Triton 1-1, LaVille 1-1, Culver 0-1, Knox 0-1, Caston 0-2

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