|WBL dominates annual All-Star football clash|
|Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:34 AM|
VAN WERT - The Western Buckeye League and Northwest Conference/Midwest Athletic Confernce all-star football teams met at Eggerss Stadium Friday for the annual Van Wert County Hospital All-Star Football Game, and the WBL dominated from start to finish for a 38-10 win.
The win is the WBL’s second straight, and runs the series to 8-6 in favor of the NWC/MAC.
The NWC/MAC team was heavily dominated by NWC players, with Delphos St. John’s Mark Boggs and Kody White being the MAC’s only representatives.
After forcing the NWC/MAC to go three-and-out in the game’s first possesstion, the WBL didn’t take long to get on the board.
Celina’s Braden Billger conected with Ottawa-Glandorf’s Tristan Parker for a 33-yard pass on the WBL’s opening drive, which went 72 yards and culminated in a 17 yard pass from Billger to Elida’s Nick Pauff. An extra point by O-G’s Caleb Siefker gave the WBL a 7-0 lead with 6:56 to play in the first.
After another NWC/MAC punt, the WBL put a strong drive together that wat thwarted by a fumble which was recovered by Spencerville’s Lucas Krouskop.
The teams traded possessions before the WBL struck again early in the second quarter. The WBL took possession on its own 45-yard line, and Billger again connected ith Pauf for 12 yards. Later in the drive, Parker carried 15 yards to the NWC/MAC’s 2-yard line.
Celina’s Zach Hembree then took the ball in from two yard out to make the score 13-0. Another Siefker PAT gave the WBL a 14-0 lead with 9:50 to play in the second.
Sparked by a 57-yard run by Ada’s Kellen Decker, the NWC/MAC put together it’s first big drive of the game halfway through the second quarter. The team would have to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Bluffton’s Matthew Deter, however, to make the score 14-3 with 7:12 to play in the second.
The teams again traded possessions before put a scoring drive together. After taking over on the NWC 46-yard line, the WBL put together a nine-play drive to the 14-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.
A fumble by Allen East’s Casey Crow, however, returned the ball to the WBL at the NWC 10-yard line with 13 seconds to play. Shawnee’s Casey Mulcahy grabbed the fumble for the WBL, his first fumble recovery of the game.
After a pair of incomplete passes, the WBL opted to try a Siefker field goal with three seconds to play in the half. The field goal was good from 27-yards out to run the lead to 17-3 at the break.
Parker returned the ball out to the WBL 38-yard line to open the third, and the WBL drove the length of the field for a score. The touchdown came on a fourth-and-nine when Billger was forced to scramble and found Bath’s Cody Schuerman for a 39-yard touchdown pass. The Siefker PAT made the score 24-3, WBL, with 8:00 to play in the third.
After a quick three-and-out by the NWC/MAC, the WBL put together a marathon scoring drive which went 70 yards and took almost six minutes off the clock.
The drive consisted mostly of runs by Parker and Bath’s Doug Sanders, and culminated in a two-yarder from Parker at the 11:55 mark of the fourth quarter. Siefker made the score 31-3.
It seemed momentum was about to shift when the NWC/MAC team took the ball to the WBL 14-yard line on the following drive, but Crown again fumbled and Mulcahy again picked it up. This time, however, Mulcahy took the fumble 86 yards for a WBL touchdown and a new all-star game record.
Siefker made the score 38-3 with 10:16 to play in the game.
The NWC/MAC finally got in the endzone on the ensuing drive, when Decker took it in from five-yards out. Deter then cut the deficit to 38-8 with 7:26 to play in the game.
In one of the more bizzare rules in all of sports, the NWC/MAC retained the ball after the team’s score due to the deficit. They couldn’t do anything with the extra possession, however, and a late interception by O-G’s Josh Buckland sealed the win for the WBL, 38-10.
The win is the WBL’s sixth, all of which have come in the last nine years, however, after the NWC/MAC won the first five contests in the 14-year history of the event.