One thousand miles, chartered flight, state-ranked and unbeaten opponent? No problem.
Nick Bozzo booted a 19-yard field goal as regulation expired, then converted the winning extra-point kick as Centerville dodged host Naples, Fla., 38-37 in double overtime to highlight Friday night’s area high school football action.
Starting from the 10-yard line, quarterback Will Vance accounted for Centerville’s two OT touchdowns. Naples failed to convert on a two-point try on its second OT touchdown. Following Vance’s 10-yard run for a score, Bozzo delivered his game-winning kick.
It was just one of many firsts for the Elks (5-0), who never had traveled so far for a regular-season game. It also was the first loss for Naples (3-1), a Sunshine State power.
It’s the fourth straight team that had its unbeaten streak snapped by the Elks. That’s why No. 1 Centerville should put more distance on runner-up Colerain in the next release of the Division I, Region 2 computer rankings.
- Valley View QB Clay Smith torched Monroe by completing 15 of 21 passes for 355 and six touchdowns in a 56-21 rout. The game was tied 21-all after the first quarter.
Sam Pheiffer had six catches for 163 yards and three scores for the Spartans (5-0). For the season, Smith has completed 53 of 80 passes (66.3 percent) for 1,236 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions.
- Piqua running back Trent Yeomans was unstoppable with 305 yards rushing and four scores, but it was enough to prevent once-beaten Springboro from hanging a 52-34 shootout setback on the Indians (1-4).
Boro QB Jack Schaaf completed 14 of 24 passes for 253 yards and three TDs and also rushed for 136 yards and another score. Panthers running back Joe Kylin added 126 yards rushing and two TDs.
- Top-ranked Badin (D-V) had seven players score in a 49-21 rout of host Carroll in a Greater Catholic League Central/North crossover. Quarterback Zach Larkin whipped touchdown passes to Phillip Dozier (73 yards) and Dominic Valentino (12) as the Rams (5-0) rolled to a 42-0 halftime lead.
- QB Graham Oberer completed 15 of 21 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns as Northmont blitzed Dunbar 47-8 at Welcome Stadium. Cameron Taylor had four catches for 105 yards and a score. The Thunderbolts (4-1) have won four straight since a season-opening setback to Thurgood Marshall.