Waterford ousted by Sciotoville East

Waterford’s Peyton Stephens (12) carries the ball during a high school football playoff game against Sciotoville East Friday night. Photo by Patti Miller.

WATERFORD — Waterford High was plagued by turnovers.

The Wildcats bowed out of the Ohio Division VII football playoffs with a 16-8 setback Friday night to the visiting Sciotoville East Tartans.

“We’re disappointed,” said second-year WHS varsity coach Eric McCutcheon. “We just had too many turnovers and too many mistakes tonight.”

Waterford finished with a solid 9-2 overall record, which included a Tri-Valley Conference title.

“Don’t get me wrong, we had great effort,” McCutcheon said. “We just put the ball on the ground too much tonight. It’s hard to win when you do that.”

East (9-2), which won its first-ever playoff game, capitalized on a pick in the second quarter and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to score two touchdowns. Ethan Carver had both TDs for the Tartans, one on a two-yard and the other on a six-yard run. The 5-foot-10, 216-pound senior running back, who also ran for a two-point conversion, finished with 94 yards on 19 carries.

SE receiver JD Hatcher caught a two-point conversion throw from quarterback Brady Douthat.

Defensively for the Tartans, Ethan Gifford and Mackle Kingery each had an interception. Kingery also recovered a fumble as did Trace Smith.

“They (Tartans) are big and massive,” McCutcheon said. “They’re a real nice team. They’re well-coached. We knew we were going to have our hands full.”

The Wildcats were led by Braden Bellville, who gained 94 yards on 19 attempts.

The 6-foot, 190 pound junior also scored on an eight-yard run to paydirt in the opening period to stake the green and white to a 6-0 advantage.

“Braden’s fine; I think he was just getting wore out, I think,” McCutcheon said.

Andrew Harra-Baker caught a two-point conversion throw from QB Peyten Stephens.

“It was just one of those nights where things didn’t go our way,” McCutcheon said. “But I’m proud of my guys and the fans.

“It was a great year that was over a little bit too soon.”