STEWART - Host Federal Hocking forged a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter, but had to stave off Belpre in the second half to notch a 21-13 TVC Hocking Division football victory Friday night.
Federal, now 3-2 overall, drove 56 yards in 10 plays on the game's first possession, mostly on the rugged running of Delbert Crum.
The Lancers converted a 4th-and-9 at the Belpre 32 on the touchdown march, with quarterback Philip Hoffman connecting with wide receiver Alfie Nichols for 15 yards
That set up Crum blasting over from the 6 for a 6-0 score at 7:30 of the first quarter.
Then Federal went from its own 20 to the Belpre 17, but the Golden Eagle defense stopped the Lancers at 0:44 on 4th-and-3.
Federal Hocking made it 14-0 in the second stanza on a 19-yard TD pass from Hoffman to Peyton Seel and a two-point aerial conversion from Hoffman to Nichols at the 7:21 mark.
On the ensuing kickoff, Federal recoverd its onside kick at the Belpre 48 and two plays later, it was 21-0
Hoffman found Nichols all alone at the Belpre 35 for a 41-yard pass to the Golden Eagle 7, from where Crum hammered home a TD romp at 7:08 followed by Nichols' PAT.
Then for Belpre, now 1-4 overall, after Kole Counts returned the ensuing kickoff to the Federal 48, QB Tavian Miller kept the pigskin on six straight plays, capped by a two-yard TD run with 3:29 left before halftime to narrow the gap to 21-7 after Jamie Barrett's PAT.
And Belpre cut the deficit down to 21-13 to open the second half, as Manney Tullius' running propelled the Golden Eagles down the field before Miller found Trent McCoy for a 30-yard TD strike at 8:26 of the third quarter.
But a fumble recovery by the Lancers' Jacob Buck at the Federal 17 at 1:22 of the third halted another Belpre threat.
Belpre, though, got the ball at its own 24 with 3:59 to play, and drove to the Federal 34. But on 3rd-and-1, Belpre was flagged for holding, and then on 4-and-16 from the Lancer 49, Matt Pierce sacked Miller for a seven-yard loss with just 2:40 to go.
Wahama 54, Waterford 6
MASON, W.Va. - It was another long night for the Waterford Wildcats, who dropped a 54-6 decision to Wahama Friday.
There was no stopping the White Falcons, who ran for 352 yards against the Waterford defense.
It was still competitive after one quarter, with the Wildcats trailing just 7-0. But four second quarter touchdowns by Wahama put the nail in the coffin.
Kane Roush carried the ball just four times, but made each touch count, going for 124 yards and three scores. Roush also had a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown to open the scoring.
Waterford ran for 126 yards in the game, led by Austin Lang's 45 yards on 18 carries. Lang had the only score of the game for the 'Cats, a 6-yard TD run in the third quarter. Isaac Huffman was 7-for-19 passing for 71 yards. His leading receiver was Brendon Dailey who caught one 33-yard pass. Jaret McCutcheon caught four balls for 23 yards.
Waterford fell to 1-4 on the year and will look to rebound against Trimble at home Friday at homecoming.
Barnesville 28 Shenandoah 6
Barnesville broke open a close game with 21 unanswered points in the second half as the Shamrocks defeated the Shenandoah Zeps 28-6 Friday night in Barnesville.
Dylan Burkhart rushed for a game high 250 yards on 29 carries to go along with a pair of touchdowns to lead the Shamrocks to their first victory of the 2013 season.
The Zeps put together a 91-yard, six play drive in the second quarter as Ryan Lovette rambled 70-yards for a touchdown on a reverse play with 2:55 to give the Zeps their first lead of the season at 6-0.
That lead would last less than a minute as Burkhart capped a 44-yard, five play drive with a 15-yard touchdown run of his own to give Barnesville a 7-6 lead at intermission.
The Shamrocks increased that lead to 14-6 in the third quarter on a 6-yard run by quarterback Austin Hannahs before putting things away for good with fourth quarter touchdown runs by Tyler Carleton and Burkhart.
Shenandoah, who slipped to 0-5 with the loss, will host Buckeye Trail next week.
Sheridan 42, Morgan 14
McCONNELSVILLE - Sheridan ran all over the Morgan Raiders Friday, gaining 452 rushing yards en route to a 42-14 victory at The Athletic Field in McConnelsville.
Chase Heath and Levi Wray each had 95 yards on 13 carries apiece while Ethan Snider added 76 yards on seven rushes.
The Raiders ran the ball well in their own right, led by Jerome Mayle's 81 yards on nine carries. They also had fewer penalties and turnovers than the Generals, but it was not enough.
Sheridan jumped out to a 21-0 lead before Grant Krigbaum recovered two fumbles for touchdowns to cut it to 21-14 early in the third quarter.
From there, the Generals scored 21 unanswered to pick up the W.
Morgan fell to 0-5 on the season while Sheridan is now 4-1.
Caldwell 34, River 14
HANNIBAL - After just five weeks in the 2013 season, Caldwell has already surpassed its win total from a season ago.
After going 2-8 in 2012, the Redskins are now 3-2 this season after a 34-14 win over River in Hannibal Friday.
Bricker Lori had Caldwell's first three touchdowns, all on the ground, and carried the ball 20 times for 190 yards. Tanner Clark added 96 yards on 18 rushes and also through for 125 yards on 8-of-12 passing.
Touchdown runs of 33 and 45 yards by Lori put Caldwell up 14-0 early.
Jordan Sapp answered with a 6-yard TD run to cut the lead in half.
After a scoreless second quarter, Lori scored his third touchdown of the game, from 14 yards out, to put the Redskins on top 21-7. C.J. Honeycutt went into the end-zone from 44-yards out for River to make it a one-score game again, but a 1-yard TD run by Clark and a 20-yard TD pass to Johnny Carpenter from Clark put the game out of reach for the Pilots.
Caldwell out-gained River 411-248 in the contest.
Honeycutt led River with 118 yards on 16 carries while Sapp had 104 yards on 26 rushes.
Caldwell improved to 2-1 in the Pioneer Valley Conference with the win while River is still search of its first victory of the season at 0-5.
The Redskins will look to make it a winning streak next week when they host Barnesville.