Versailles Advances With Win Over South Panthers

Joel Gehret (9) carries for a gain behind the blocking of Zach Cordonnier. (Chuck Runner photo)

VERSAILLES – In their final home game of the season, Versailles scored early and often in knocking Twin Valley South out of the playoffs.

The Tigers’ Ross Francis returned the opening kickoff 60 yards to the Panthers’ nine-yard line. Joel Gehret scored on their first offensive play, 20 seconds into the game, the Tigers were up 7-0.

James Schmitmeyer (43) and Travis George 21) combine for a Versailles tackle in team’s playoff win over Twin Valley South. (Chuck Runner photo)

The Panthers battled back with a big play of their own on a 63-yard run. South’s runner was bottled up, but was able to slip out of the scrum and bounced it outside.

“Thought the guys came out and played hard.” Coach Ryan Jones said. “Pretty good offense that South has. They got some real effective players.

The Panthers drive ended on an interception in the end zone by A.J Griesdorn.

James Schmitmeyer (42) and the Versailles defense stops the Panthers in playoff win. (Chuck Runner photo)

The Tigers would drive 80 yards and scored on another Gehret run from eight yards out. Lane Bergman scored with 1:33 left in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead. Gehret would be taken out after running for 102 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.

Aaron Bowlin came in and scored making it 28-0. The Tigers were intercepted in the end zone before the end of the half.

Versailles scored early in the second half on a Lane Bergman 61-yard run to start the running clock.

Lane Bergman carries for Versailles in the Tigers playoff win over TVS Panthers. (Chuck Runner photo)

Brant Patton scored with nine minutes left in the fourth as the Tigers substituted freely. The extra point was no good but the game was out of reach at 41.

The Panthers were able to get a safety late and scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession to make the final score 41-8.

Versailles will travel to a neutral site to be determined Sunday to take on Cincinnati Country Day. The Nighthawks are 12-0 and beat Bradford 33-6 in the second game of the season.