|Mohawks take midget football title|
|Monday, October 29, 2012 1:37 PM|
DELPHOS — The Delphos Mohawks figured it out the second half.
They turned to their front line to pave the way for the running game as the Mohawks won their 12th title since 1961 with a 22-8 pasting of St. Marys Stallions on a brisk and windy Sunday at Stadium Park.
Tied at 0-0 heading into the second half, the Mohawks (7-1) recovered an onside kick as the ball hit off a Stallion (5-3) player and Troy Schwinnen recovered at the St. Marys’ 48. It was the Schwinnen show from then on (24 totes, 133 yards). Behind the offensive line of Grant Czukker, Logan Hubert, Matt Dickrede, Evan Grothouse and Brady Welker, he ran the ball all seven times to paydirt. At the Stallion 4, he took a handoff between right guard (Grothouse) and right tackle (Welker) and wouldn’t be denied the end zone. He added the 2-pointer for an 8-0 lead with 5:00 showing in the third.
A batted pass by Curtis Schwinnen on 4th-and-5 at the Mohawks’ 46 gave Delphos the ball back and all the momentum. Troy Schwinnen ran seven times for 42 yards in the 9-play series. At the St. Marys’ 8, Schwinnen went off left guard (Hubert) and made one cut inside and to the goal line. The conversion run failed for a 14-0 edge with 6:07 left.
The Mohawks again grabbed a hard onside kick, hitting off a front-liner and Schwinnen recovering at the visitor 49. Four plays hence at the 14, Conner Hulihan threw down the left side into the end one and Schwinnen made a great catch for the touchdown. Schwinnen ran in the 2-pointer for a 22-0 edge with 3:19 to go.
Skylar Koester this time ran back the longer kickoff 23 yards to the Delphos 47. It took eight plays for the Stallions to get the goose-egg off their side of the scoreboard. On 4th-and-3 at the 5, Tanner Stephens swept left end and score with seven seconds left. He added the 2-pointer and the final margin.
Neither team could piece together a scoring drive in the hard-hitting first half.
The closest any could come was on the game’s third series when the Mohawks started at the visitors’ 35 but failed on a 4th-and-6 at the 13.
In the consolation matchup, the Delphos Raiders finished 6-1 with a 36-18 defeat of the Delphos Reds (6-2).
The Reds couldn’t get out of their own territory and a Conner Anspach 19-yard punt return (minus a 10-yard holding penalty) helped the Raiders commence at the Reds’ 45. Six plays later at the 4, Jared Wurst took a counter over left guard and found paydirt. Cole Reindel ran in the 2 for an 8-0 edge with 2:36 left in the first.
The Reds countered with a 5-play, 56-yard series. At the Raiders’ 45, Troy Elwer dropped and lofted the pigskin over the middle to Kole McKee; he grabbed it at the 25 and was sailing to the end zone. However, the conversion pass failed for an 8-6 scoreboard with 7:50 left in the half.
On the very first play from scrimmage for the Raiders at their 46, Reindel (12 rushes, 189 yards) took a toss off right tackle and with a head of steam, shook off tacklers at the 45, found the right sideline and was gone for the tally. Wurst caught the 2-point from Devin Ricker for a 16-6 spread with 7:32 showing.
The Raiders’ next drive was set up by a James Garrett pick and 23-yard return to the Reds’ 34. Five plays later at the 4, Reindel took a toss off left tackled and found paydirt with 51 ticks left in the half. The conversion run failed for a 22-6 lead.
Troy Elwer took the ensuing kickoff at his 25 and started toward the left side; around the 40, he reversed direction and found a hole to the right sideline and outran the kickoff team to the end one with 33 ticks on the board. The 2-pointer failed for a 22-12 halftime score.
The Raiders lost a fumble on their first series of the second half, with the Reds’ Hunter Haehn recovering at their 12. However, a 3-and-out then resulted in a high snap on the ensuing punt, with Elwer being snowed under at the 4. Reindel then took a toss off right tackle and had a huge hole to the end zone. Wurst ran in the 2 for a 30-12 lead with 4:14 showing in the third.
The Reds then decided to wave the white flag, meaning the second-teamers were coming in.
The Raiders scored their final points of the season with 4:36 left when Lucas Metcalfe capped a 5-play, 65-yarder with a 14-yard bull run up the gut.
The Reds countered with a 6-play, 65-yarder. Devin Lindeman swept the right side from the Raider 32 and beat the defense to the pylon with no time left.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 10:54 AM|