COLDWATER – Versailles could not overcome a 14-point lead by Coldwater to lose their second game of the season. The game was a defensive battle in the first half with the game tied at zero after the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, the Cavaliers started at their own 20, but a first down pass would take them to the Tiger 33-yard line. The Cavaliers would score on a nine-yard pass to A.J. Harlemert to take a 7-0 lead, a score that would hold at the end of the first half of play.
The Cavaliers received the second-half kick. Coldwater went up 14-0 on an 18-yard pass. The score seemed to wake up the Tigers Starting at their 36, Versailles moved the ball and aided by a long pass from Michael Osborne to Lane Bergman set up a one-yard touchdown run by Joel Gehret. The Tigers went for two after a Coldwater penalty. Osborne punched it in and cut the lead to 14-8.
Versailles’ defense held and the offense again moved down the field. Passes to Jace Watren set up a 15-yard keeper by Osborne to tie the game. The extra point was blocked.
Coldwater scored in the fourth quarter on a five-yard quarterback run to secure the win.
The Tigers had opportunities but could not capitalize. Versailles ran the ball to the Coldwater 27 but fumbled and the Cavaliers recovered.
“It comes down to execution. We had our chances for sure tonight. We just came up a little short.” Coach Ryan Jones said “We just got to clean up some execution. I got to get better as a coach.”
Versailles had one last chance late in the game, but could not convert on fourth down, and the Cavaliers ran out the clock.
The Tigers will host 8-1 Minster this Friday. Versailles has already assured a first-round home game, a win would ensure they will host the first two weeks of the playoffs.