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Taylor football drops opener at Robert Morris

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

Taylor had little trouble moving the ball in its 2019 football season opener at Robert Morris in Chicago on Saturday afternoon, but the Trojans fell, 31-14 on Saturday.

Taylor picked up 25 first downs and totaled 391 yards of offense, but two turnovers and two missed field goals led to just one score on five trips inside the red zone.

The Trojans moved 54 yards on eight plays on their first drive only but lost a fumble at the host’s 19-yard line. TU went 61 yards on 14 plays on its second possession before missing a 25-yard field goal.

Taylor broke through after TJ Swore intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards to the RMU three-yard line. Spencer Crisp punched it in two plays later to tie score at 7-7. Zac Saltzgaber’s 34-yard heave was hauled in by Evan Guckenberger on the final play of the first half tied the game at 14-14.

Taylor drove deep into Robert Morris territory of its first possession of the third quarter, but it ended with an interception and led to a touchdown on the Eagles scored on their ensuing series to reclaim the lead, 21-14. RMU would tack on a field goal late in the third and sealed the game with a late touchdown.

Guckenberger hauled in eight catches for 111 yards to highlight Taylor’s offense. Crisp rushed for 73 yards and caught four passes. Saltzgaber completed 22 of 41 passes for 244 yards and also ran 11 times for 48 yards.

Taylor (0-1) travels to Butler on Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff. The Trojans’ home opener is Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. against Missouri Baptist.

High school tennis

Marion wins Richmond Invite

The 29th-ranked Giants swept through all three singles positions and earned the champion’s trophy in the eight-team Richmond Invitational on Saturday.

Vikram Oddiraju (No. 1), Noah Lyons (No. 2) and Jack Fauser (No. 3) all finished with a 3-0 record to win their singles’ brackets and lead the Giants charge to the championship.

Cole Madden and Caleb Spitzer finished 2-1 on the day to finish runner-up at No. 1 doubles. Tristan Galeon and Nihal Nagesh also went 2-1 to finish fourth at No. 2 doubles.

Marion scored 46 points total to top the host-Red Devils (29), Connersville (26), Mt. Vernon-Fortville (25), Franklin County (17), East Central (16), Pendleton Heights (15) and Muncie Central (3).

The Giants (7-1) travel to Shenandoah on Wednesday.

Ole Miss seventh at Carroll Invite

Mississinewa battled a pair of ranked teams in the Carroll Invitational on Saturday and came away with a 1-2 record.

The Indians fell 5-0 against the 10th-ranked and host Chargers to open the day. Ole Miss then battled gamely against No. 24 Delta before dropping a 3-2 decision to the Eagles. Mississinewa finished up the tourney with a 5-0 sweep of Concord.  

Conner Murphy picked up wins over Delta (6-2, 4-6, 10-3) and Concord (6-1, 6-4) at No. 1 singles. Ethan Sample topped his Delta opponent (6-1, 6-2) at No. 3 singles. John Oliver dropped a super-tiebreak (10-3) to Delta then won 6-0, 6-1 over Concord at No. 2 singles. Hayden Rowley won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3 over Concord. Also against Concord, Ryan Scott and Riley Fuqua won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles while Morrison and Christensen won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2.

Second-ranked Homestead topped Carroll to win the tourney. No. 23 Hamilton Southeastern was third, No. 16 Cathedral was fourth, Delta ended fifth, No. 27 Fort Wayne Canterbury was sixth followed by the Indians and Concord.

Mississinewa (10-3) travels to Maconaquah on Wednesday.

Madison-Grant 4, Hamilton Heights 1

The Argylls avenged a loss to the Huskies from earlier in the season with a win on Saturday. 

Nick Evans won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Jace Gilman won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 and Jackson Manwell earned a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 3. Eli Lutterman and Lance Wilson captured No. 2 doubles, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

The Argylls JV split with Heights, 3-3. Corbin Fox and Myer Miller, Soren Price and Mason Richards along with Alex Cretsinger and Grant DeDecker all won doubles points for M-G’s JV.

Boys soccer

Western 2, Eastbrook 1

After the sides played through a scoreless first half, Western opened the scoring with a goal off a corner kick midway through the second. Eastbrook answered with Elijah Shutt’s rebound goal to even the match at 1-all. Western scored the game winner in the last minutes. Eastbrook (3-3-1) hosts Wapahani at 5:30 p.m. today.

Mississinewa 15, Peru 0

Thomas Steelman and Colin Yoder each scored four goals, Hayden Ulerick added two while Holden Brown, Evan Yoder, Jack Tarpein, Karver Jones and Tyler Cook found the net for the Indians. Brown added four assists, Evan Yoder had two while Ulerick, Steelman and Colin Yoder had one assist each. Mississinewa (3-2-1) hosts Muncie Central on Wednesday.

Girls soccer

Oak Hill 5, Frankfort 4

Carlee Biddle and Abby Strange each scored two goals and Tegan Phillips added one to give the Eagles. Sierra Bakehorn had four saves and Grace Rowland had one save in goal for Oak Hill.

Oak Hill (2-5-1) hosts Eastern on Sept. 17.

Prep volleyball

Wes Del Invitational

Marion finished 1-3 and Mississinewa was 2-2 on Saturday in the Kay Suanders Invitational at Wes-Del High School.

The Indians were 1-2 in pool play, losing to the host Warriors and Tipton then beating Blackford. Ole Miss topped Western to finish fifth in the tourney. Marion finished 0-3 in pool play with losses to Fort Wayne Luers, Hagerstown and Western. The Giants beat Blackford to finish seventh. Hagerstown (4-0) topped Wes-Del in the championship match.