GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – South Range downs Girard, 5612, on WKBN’s Game of the Week. The Raiders (6-0) have now won twenty-six regular season games in a row, a streak that began on October 11, 2019.

South Range compiled 398 total yards of offense. Billy Skripac completed 5 of 8 passes for 186 yards. Blake Ewert led the Raiders’ ground game with 70 yards on 8 rushes.

The Indians suffered their first setback of the season. Nic Bengala connected on 13 of 19 for 194 yards. Michael Palmer ran for 43 yards and also caught 3 passes for 41 stripes. Stephen Sims caught a pair of passes for 69 yards while Bobby Alejars hauled in 5 receptions for 33 yards.

After South Range’s defense held Girard to three plays without a first down, Shane Lindstrom dashed 58 yards on the punt return to open the scoring for the Raiders.

On the ensuing drive, Nic Bengala found Stephen Sims on a long pass play to put the Indians inside the red zone. However, after Girard was forced to attempt a field goal, the kick was blocked and the score remained 6-0 in favor of South Range.

After a Girard timeout, the Raiders scored quickly on a Billy Skripac 70-yard touchdown toss over the middle to Jake Starkey to extend the lead to 13-0.

Back came Girard, the Indians completed their next drive with a 2-yard touchdown plunge from Michael Palmer to cut the deficit to seven points (13-6).

The next time Girard possessed the ball, Bengala was intercepted by Lindstrom at the Indians’ 45-yard line. From there, a critical face mask penalty against the home standing-Indians was assessed on a Blake Ewert run. Two plays later, it was Lindstrom who raced 9-yards to the left side to score his second touchdown of the day.

The Indians had the ball on the Raiders’ 35-yard line for a fourth down play after rebounding from a penalty. Bengala’s toss to Domenico Simone fell incomplete.

The Raiders big play offense struck again as this time it was Ayden Leon going up to snag a reception down the right sideline and turn it into a 56-yard touchdown to give the Raiders a 22-point lead (28-6).

After Girard failed to move the sticks on their next possession, South Range – once again – reached the end zone. This time, it was Ewert – who raced 14-yards to the goal line and then went in untouched from a yard away.

Girard wasn’t going away, Bengala completed a long pass to Palmer. The next play, Connor Strain hauled in a reception for double-digits to get the ball to the Raiders’ 11-yard line. On third down, Bengala rolled out to his right as No. 8 connected with Bobby Alejars on a diving catch just beyond the pylon.

On their first possession of the second half, the Raiders’ Skripac connected with JD Crouse on a connection over the middle for nearly forty yards. Skripac took it himself as he spun in from five yards away to extend the Raiders’ lead to 30-points (42-12).

On the ensuing drive, Girard’s standout quarterback Bengala went down with an injury. The Indians were forced to punt, Lindstrom fielded the boot at Girard’s 44-yard line and returned it 23-yards down to the 19-yard line. On their second play from scrimmage, Tyler Remish ran in from 10-yards out.

The Indians will travel to Poland next week.

South Range is set to return home for their matchup against Niles.

Scoring Chart
South Range, 56-12 (Final)
First Quarter
S – Shane Lindstrom, 58-yard punt return TD (kick failed, 10:17)
S – Jake Starkey, 70-yard TD catch from Billy Skripac (Logan Butcher kick, 8:14)
G – Michael Palmer, 2-yard TD run (kick failed, 3:49)
Second Quarter
S – Lindstrom, 9-yard TD run (Butcher kick, 9:24)
S – Ayden Leon, 56-yard TD catch from Skripac (Powell to Crouse pass, 4:45)
S – Blake Ewert, 1-yard TD run (Butcher kick, 1:55)
G – Bobby Alejars, 3-yard TD catch from Nic Bengala (run failed, 0:12)
Third Quarter
S – Skripac, 5-yard TD run (Butcher kick, 8:47)
S – Tyler Remish, 10-yard TD run (Butcher kick, 4:06)
Fourth Quarter
S – Nate Lewis, 10-yard TD run (Butcher kick, 1:03)

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