|Grove runs table to TCMFA title|
|Monday, October 28, 2013 12:00 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
UNIOPOLIS — The Columbus Grove Bulldogs had run the table so far in the 2013 Tri-County Midget Football Association (7-0) when they played the Delphos Mohawks in the title game at Uniopolis Browns Field on a gorgeous fall Sunday.
The Mohawks went toe-to-toe but the Bulldogs scored midway through the fourth period and held on for a 12-6 victory.
Tied at 6-6 with seven minutes left in the contest, Grove started the game-winning possession at their 36. They needed four plays — all on the ground — to strike paydirt. At the Mohawk 40, Grayson Flores (22 rushes, 114 yards) took a handoff off right guard, pulled through would-be tacklers at the 35 and outran the defense to the right sidelines and the six. The 2-point run failed as they now led 12-6 with 4:54 remaining.
The Mohawks tried to retaliate, starting at its 35. However, after gaining one first down, a bad snap on the shotgun put the ball on the ground and Evan Schroeder recovered for the Bulldogs at the Delphos 45.
The Mohawks held on downs, taking over on the 40 with 21 ticks remaining. Peter Ankerman was incomplete on first down and was then sacked by Flores on the final play.
After a pair of punts to open the contest, Grove commenced at its 38 and got on board in 11 plays, all but one (a 9-yard pass from Blake Reynolds to Adam Bogart) on the ground. On 3rd-and-1 at the Mohawk (5-3) 12, Flores took a handoff inside left guard and veered toward the pylon, winning the race to the end zone. The 2-point pass failed as the Bulldogs led 6-0 with 6:16 left in the first half.
A pick by Grove’s Jarid Goedde and subsequent 17-yard return set them up at the Delphos 24. However, on the sixth play — a 4th-and-2 at the 3, Brayden Rudasill (8 rushes, 29 yards) was stopped a yard short of the first down.
The Mohawks then ran out the clock.
Grove forced a 3-and-out of the Mohawks’ first possession of the second half but turned the ball over on a fumble at the 38, with Brady Welker recovering for the Mohawks.
The Mohawks went backwards, turning the ball over on downs at midfield.
However, another fumble — this one pounced on by Chase Martin — gave Delphos possession right there. They then went to a no-huddle spread and marched to the end zone in nine plays. Ankerman (4-of-15 passing, 52 yards) was 2-of-5 in the next five plays — a 27-yard connection with Welker and a 19-yarder to Jaylen Jefferson — to put the pigskin at the Grove 4 for a 1st-and-goal. Four straight running plays — two by Collin Arroyo around two by Welker — put the ball in the end zone, with Arroyo busting inside left guard on 4th-and-goal at the 1. The conversion pass failed as the score stood 6-6 with 1:34 left in the third stanza.
A pair of turnovers set up the Bulldogs for their game-winning drive.
In the consolation game, the Delphos Reds (5-3) built a 12-point halftime lead and then held off Spencerville Bearcat Black (5-3) 12-8.
The Reds dominated the game, amassing 216 yards of offense — 174 rushing on 38 carries — to only 70 for the Black (all on the ground).
The Reds started the first possession at the 44 and reached the Spencerville 28 but on 4th-and-5, Hunter Haehn (10 rushes, 28 yards) was thrown for a 6-yard loss.
A fumble recovery by Brent Teman gave the Reds the ball back at the Bearcats’ 43. It took seven plays — all but one on the ground — to get on the board. At the 7, on 4th-and-2, Darius Shurelds (18 rushes, 118 yards) swept the right side, eluded a tackler in the backfield and found the right sideline for the six. The conversion run failed for a 6-0 edge with 7:50 left in the half.
Delphos forced a 3-and-out and commenced its next drive at the 45. They put together a 10-play sequence to the end zone. On 2nd-and-goal at the Spencerville 1, Shurelds burst inside left guard for the score with 39 ticks left in the half. The 2-point pass failed for a 12-0 lead.
Devin Lindeman recovered a short kickoff at the Bearcat 46 and the Reds looked to score again. On play four at the 23, Haehn connected with Cody Williams (2 catches, 42 yards) for a touchdown but an illegal participation penalty nullified it, effectively end the half.
The Bearcats had their best drive of the contest to open the second half, driving from the 42 to the end zone. Keyed by a personal foul on the Reds, the score came from the Delphos 11. Keegan Goecke (7 totes, 23 yards) took a handoff inside left guard, cut across the grain and beat the defense to the pylon. Eli Yale ran in the 2-pointer for a 12-8 deficit with 4:56 left in the third.
The Reds seemed ready to respond, marching from the 22 to the Bearcat 44 in six plays. However, a fumble recovery and 6-yard return by Yale set the Black up at the Reds’ 43. They drove to the Delphos 2 (despite a holding penalty) in 11 plays — all rushing — but on 4th-and-1, Joel Lotz (7 rushes, 33 yards) was thrown for a 19-yard loss to end the threat with 3:12 remaining.
The Reds then gained four first downs and ran out the clock for the consolation victory.
COLUMBUS GROVE BULLDOGS 12, DELPHOS MOHAWKS 6
Score by Quarters
Col. Grove 0 6 0 6 - 12
Del. Mohawks 0 0 6 0 - 6
CG - Grayson Flores 12 run (pass failed), 6:16
DE - Collin Arroyo 1 run (pass failed), 1:34
CG - Flores 40 run (run failed), 4:54
Columbus Grove Delphos Mohawks
First Downs 8 3
Total yards 152 53
Rushes/Yards 31/143 23/1
Passing yards 9 52
Comps./Atts. 1/4 4/15
Intercepted by 1 0
Fumbles/Lost 3/2 5/1
Penalties/Yards 1/5 0/0
Punts/Aver. 1/21 2/26
RUSHING: Grayson Flores 22-114, Brayden Rudasill 8-29, Adam Bogart 1-0.
PASSING: Blake Reynolds 1-4-9-0-0.
RECEIVING: Bogart 1-9.
RUSHING: Brady Welker 6-12, Collin Arroyo 6-10, Team 2-(-)10, Peter Ankerman 9-(-)11.
PASSING: Ankerman 4-15-52-1-0.
RECEIVING: Welker 2-25, Jaylen Jefferson 1-19, Isaac Fairchild 1-8.
DELPHOS REDS 12, SPENCERVILLE BEARCAT BLACK 8
Score by Quarters
Spencerville 0 0 8 0 - 8
Del. Reds 0 12 0 0 - 12
DE - Darius Shurelds 7 run (run failed), 7:50
DE - Shurelds 1 run (pass failed), :39
SV - Keegan Goecke 11 run (Eli Yale run), 4:56
Spencerville Black Delphos Reds
First Downs 6 14
Total yards 70 216
Rushes/Yards 24/70 38/174
Passing yards 0 42
Comps./Atts. 0/0 2/8
Intercepted by 0 0
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 2/1
Penalties/Yards 1/10 4/36
Punts/Aver. 1/20 0/0
RUSHING: Joel Lotz 7-33, Keegan Goecke 7-23, Eli Yale 6-14, Grayson Ford 3-5, Johnathan Wiechart 1-(-)5.
RUSHING: Darius Shurelds 18-118, Hunter Haehn 10-28, Griffin Hamilton 4-17, Cody Williams 5-11, Zachary Stemen 1-0.
PASSING: Haehn 2-8-42-0-0.
RECEIVING: Williams 2-42.