Mechanicsburg keeps on rolling


Kaleb Romero set a school record with 401 yards of offense as the Mechanicsburg Indians beat Fairbanks on Saturday, 48-6, in non-league football.

“Literally, 90 percent of our offensive snaps – he’s making a decision,” M’burg Coach Kurt Forrest said of Romero. “Nothing is pre-determined. To say that he’s a special kid is an understatement.”

The game had to be finished after lightning postponed the finish Friday night.

Senior running back Philip Cook continued the stellar start to his season, rushing for 126 yards and three TDs on just 10 attempts.

Senior wide receiver Colton McMannis paced the Indian receiving corps with three pass receptions for 88 yards while senior wingback Wade Smiddy recorded a pair of receptions for 65 yards with Welch adding two catches for 51 yards.

Sophomore linebacker John Samples led another balanced defensive effort with 10 total tackles, including two sacks. Senior defensive lineman Jacob Bowers (two sacks as well) and defensive back Smiddy added six total tackles each.

Graham polished off visiting Springfield Catholic Central late Friday night on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Gage Braun to Austin Brayton on the final play of the game to win, 12-9, in non-league action.

“It’s pretty special – something like that to happen,” Graham Coach A.J. Woods said. “We had a lot of mistakes. Had a lot of penalties. But they played hard.”

Graham, coming off a 56-0 blowout loss the week before at Tipp, is riding high going into this week.

“You get the lowest of lows and the highest of highs in two weeks of football,” Woods said.

Urbana lost, 63-7, at Piqua late Friday night in a non-league contest.

The Hillclimbers recorded negative yardage offensively in the first half. Piqua’s defense dominated from the time it started the delayed game until the first team was pulled in the second half.

Also on Friday night, West Liberty-Salem held on to beat Benjamin Logan, 40-31, despite a mid-game lightning delay and a couple of late scores from the Raiders.

“We just didn’t finish like a mature team,” WL-S Coach Dan McGill said.

Finally, Triad finished a back-and-forth battle with North Union that ended in a 55-35 victory for North Union. The Wildcats pulled away late in that contest.

Mechanicsburg’s Kaleb Romero ran over, around and through the Fairbanks defense Friday and Saturday en route to an MHS single-game yardage record.’s Kaleb Romero ran over, around and through the Fairbanks defense Friday and Saturday en route to an MHS single-game yardage record.

Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout

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