Versailles Defeats St. Henry Redskins

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VERSAILLES – The Versailles Tigers overcame a physical St. Henry to get their seventh win of the season by a 28-6 score.

“St. Henry did a great job, good team, very physical.” Versailles Coach Ryan Jones said. “Really proud of how we came out in the second half. We really challenged them to be the more physical team. It was a real team victory.”

The Tigers took the opening kickoff and ran the ball down the field. Running the ball on all but one play, Michael Osborne scored from three yards out on a seven minute drive to take a 7-0 lead.

St. Henry answered on an 88 yard quarterback keeper to make it 7-6. The Tigers would move to the Redskin 50. On a fourth and two, the Tigers appeared to line up to go for it, but a quick kick was blocked, and the Redskins had the ball at the Tiger 38-yard line. The Tiger defense would force a punt.

The teams traded possessions before the Redskins would punt and pin the Tigers at the one yard line. The Tigers drove 99-yards with Ross Francis scoring on a two yard run midway through the second quarter.

“That was a heck of a punt, I just wanted to get it out of there.” Jones said. “We were able to get a couple plays going, kind of established the run game right there. That was really where it started.”

That would prove to be all the scoring in the first half.

The Redskins received the second half kick, and had to punt. The kick was shanked and the tigers would start their first possession of the second half at the Redskin 45-yard line. Joel Gehret scored on a 14-yard run with 7:19 left in the third quarter. Gehret scored again in the third on a six yard run to make the score 28-6.

The Tigers will travel to Coldwater Friday night to take on the Cavaliers. Coldwater is 8-0 on the season and ranked No. 2 in DV. The Versailles Tigers are already guaranteed a first round home playoff game; a win would likely ensure they will be playing at home the first two weeks of the playoffs.