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Flyers soar to state

KETTERING, OH – Marion Local utilized a hot start for the second time in as many games on Friday night at Trent Arena in Kettering to propel themselves to a 62-47 win over Fort Loramie and into next weeks Division 4 State semifinals.

Tyler Prenger, a 31.7% three point shooter on the season put the Flyers ahead early in the opening quarter as he nailed a pair of his five three point goals on the evening that propelled his team to a 15-4 first period lead.

For nearly the first 13 minutes of the opening half the Redskins were unable to connect on a field goal with the stingy defense provided by their opponents. Eli Rosengarten pulled his team to within 18-7 with 3:57 to go in the second quarter with a deep left wing three pointer for the first Fort Loramie field goal of the night. An Evan Berning two pointer made it a 12 point game with 1:45 left in the opening period and represented the closest the Shelby County League tri-champions would get through the first 16 minutes.

With just seconds to go in the second stanza Marion Local’s Matt Rethman connected on a deep corner three pointer to put his team ahead 26-13.

In the games penultimate stanza the Redskins hit on four field goals from four different players but saw their opponent continue to run away as Prenger again knocked down a shot from deep to keep the Flyers lead at 11 heading into the final quarter.

Dillon Braun knocked down four of his teams seven threes in the final period and finished with a team high 19 as the Redskins continued to not give up and used their pressure to force Flyer turnovers.

With their chance to play on the floor at Ohio State on the line for the final handful of minutes Marion Local connected on 14 of their 21 tosses from the charity stripe and watched as Tyler Prenger, Nate Bruns, and Matt Rethman combined to hit 12/16 free throws and finish the game with a combined 50 points.

Marion Local (23-4) avenged and earlier season loss at Fort Loramie with the victory and will play Pandora Gilboa on Thursday evening at 2pm at the Schott. The Redskins bow out on the year at 25-3.

Box Score:

Marion Local (62):

Nate Bruns 17
Collin Everman 3
Nick Tangeman 1
Matt Rethman 10
Tyler Mescher 6
Tyler Prenger 23
Justin Albers 5

FG: 18/40
3PT: 7/16 (Prenger 5, Everman, Rethman)
FT: 19/30
REB: 33 (Mescher/Bruns 11)
TO: 9

Fort Loramie (47):

Nick Brandewie 3
Evan Berning 8
Dillon Braun 19
Eli Rosengarten 3
Carter Mescher 3
Nathan Raterman 2
Tyler Siegel 7

FG: 14/45
3PT: 6/20 (Braun 4, Brandewie, Rosengarten)
FT: 10/12
REB: 27

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Flyers hoist 9th state title

COLUMBUS, OH – It might not have been the prettiest win in Marion Local history but it certainly was just as meaningful as the past 8 state title victories Friday afternoon as the Flyers staved off previously unbeaten Cuyahoga Heights with a 21-17 victory.

Offensively Marion Local committed four turnovers to just one for Cuyahoga Heights and held the high octane Redskins offense to 254 yards on the morning/afternoon.

Cuyahoga Heights started the scoring in the contest in the first quarter with a 31 yard field goal from kicker Mark Shafer to strike first and lead 3-0.

Marion Local’s response to their opponents field goal would come just moments later on the next drive of the game as the Flyers marched 71 yards on 8 plays and pulled ahead 7-3 as Nate Moeller took a toss sweep off the right side of the line and bounced into the Ohio Stadium endzone untouched for his squads first score.

Following a Redskins punt that was downed inside the Marion Local one yard line the Flyers dominant offensive line went to work with 1:24 left in the first quarter. 19 plays and 99 yards were covered by the Marion Local offense on their third possession of the game over the span of 9:40 ending at the 3:44 mark of the second quarter when QB Duane Leugers barreled in from a yard out to make it a 14-3 ballgame.

Leugers second rushing touchdown of the contest and 24th of the season would come at the 1:52 remaining mark of the same stanza as he rushed through a host of would be tacklers and for a score untouched that put Marion ahead 21-3 heading into the halftime break.

Despite possessing the football to open the third quarter with an 18 point lead the Flyers offense was unable to capitalize on a short third down and were forced to punt back to the Redskins. Starting at their own 31 and with 9:38 in the third the Cuyahoga Heights offense that had been held in check for most of the game up to this point struck for four first downs on their way to a 1 yard touchdown run for their QB and 1st team All-Ohio selection Brett Lowther that cut the Marion Local lead to 21-10.

Before tailback Nate Moeller could reach the football across the first down line on the ensuing Flyer drive he was stripped of the ball on his teams next possession and saw it end up in the hands of Lowther at the 46 to give the Redskins new life.

Aided by a blocked punt that landed at the Marion Local one, Cuyahoga Heights quickly got within four points of the Flyers with 11:41 remaining in the contest when Lucas D’Orazio rumbled in from a yard out into his opponents endzone for a score that made it 21-17 Marion Local.

Despite both teams turning the ball over on two different possessions each the Flyers were able to march to the Cuyahoga Heights 14 but were unable to pick up a crucial fourth down play and were forced to give their opponents the ball at their own 15.

With 85 yards to go and just :53 to do so the Redskins offense who had burned their last timeout on the previous defensive drive were forced to go into hurry up mode. Calm and cool, Lowther connected on three straight passes for a total of 49 yards and across midfield into Flyer territory. It was not meant to be however for Cuyahoga Heights as Lowther was sacked for a loss of 12 and hurried into back to back incomplete passes as time ran out on their season behind on the scoreboard.

Marion Local finishes the season 14-1 and with their 9th state title in 11 championship game appearances. Cuyahoga Heights in their first title game appearance sees their season end at 14-1 and as runners up in Division 6.

Midwest Athletic Conference teams are now 31-11 all-time in state championship contests and will get two more opportunities to bring home gold trophies as Minster and Coldwater will compete on Saturday in Division 7 and Division 5 play.

Stats link: D6 State Championship Box Score

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Flyers post 7th shutout of season

SIDNEY, OH – The Marion Local defense came in to their Division 6 Regional Semifinal contest Friday night having shut out 6 of their opponents this season and by the end of the night were able to hang a 7th shutout as they defeated shutout rival St. Henry for the second time this season 22-0.

Marion Local totaled 445 yards of offense on the evening while their stingy defense gave up just 140 total yards on 37 plays by their opponents offense.

Despite having their first drive come to a screeching halt via a fumble inside St. Henry territory the Flyers put themselves ahead 7-0 early in the second quarter as QB Duane Leugers punched in from a yard out to cap off a 93 yard drive.

While punts and failed fourth down conversions were a big story in the first half, they weren’t the biggest issue St. Henry would face in the opening half. On their first drive of the first half after forcing the Flyers to punt, the Redskins found themselves in need of a change under center as starting signal caller Daylon Lange completed a 30 yard pass but was knocked down and forced to miss the rest of the contest in similar fashion to the two teams Week 9 meeting.

Redskin replacement QB Nathan Lefeld finished the night 7/17 for 98 yards but was picked off twice by the Marion Local defense.

With 7:53 left in the ballgame the Flyers extended their lead to 13-0 as Leugers second touchdown run of the night, a 6 yard effort near the right front corner of the endzone pushed his squads lead. After St. Henry was called for roughing Marion Local kicker Tyler Mescher the ball was placed on the one and a half yard line where Marion Local successfully converted a two point conversion to make it a 15-0 lead in their favor.

Starting from their own 42 yard line the Flyers utilized five plays and 2:21 before 5’9, 130 pound Sophomore runningback Matt Rethman showed off his speed and sprinted 23 yards for the games final points.

Jack Homan led the Marion Local rushing attack as he rushed 19 times for 101 yards while teammates Nate Moeller (12/51) and Leugers (11/94) showed off an impressive array of cuts that helped their team gain 279 yards on 47 carries on the evening.

Leugers finished 13/24 passing for 166 yards and saw his top two targets in Matt Kahlig and Ryan Thobe combine for 6 catches and 121 yards receiving in the contest.

St. Henry finishes their season at 8-4 and with their first playoff appearance since 2012 when they fell to the Flyers in the Regional Finals.

Marion Local (11-1) will move on to the Regional Finals and rematch with a Mechanicsburg (12-0) team that throttled Delphos Jefferson to the tune of over 500 yards tonight in a 56-20 victory. The same two teams met in last years Regional Finals in Bellefontaine that saw the Flyers victorious 9-7 on their way to the state finals.

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Bearcats advance to Districts

VAN WERT, OH – Not only did Spencerville defeat Marion Local for the second time this season, they also got a measure of payback for the defeat they suffered in the District Finals last season that ended their year as they eliminated the Flyers Saturday afternoon with a 51-43 victory at Van Wert High School.

Bailey Croft started off hot for the Bearcats in the first quarter as he tossed in seven of his twelve contest points and gave his squad a big presence inside. 1st team MAC selection Derek Albers, a 6’2 Senior connected on a pair of triples and scored eight in the first quarter as Marion Local finished the first quarter with three shots from deep and a 15-9 lead.

Two shots would find their way into the bottom of the basket for the Flyers in the second stanza as Tyler Mescher put in a bucket alongside another deep three pointer from Albers. Spencerville responded in the period by outscoring their opponent 9-5 as Zach Goecke and Dakota Prichard each hit a shot from behind the arc but still found themselves behind by 2 at the break.

Goecke, an Honorable Mention NWC selection this season along with the two 1st team selections in Prichard and Mason Nourse took over the scoring load for coach Kevin Sensabaugh in the games penultimate period as they combined for 14 of the Cats 16 markers. The trios hot scoring put their team in the lead at 34-33 heading to the fourth.

Despite having given up seven three pointers to the Flyers on the afternoon during the first three quarters, the Bearcats allowed none in the fourth quarter and repeatedly got themselves to the free throw line. Dakota Prichard hit 7 of his 8 charity tosses in the games final eight minutes and helped procure a 51-43 win and a Sectional Championship for Spencerville.

Marion Local sees their 2015-16 season come to an end at 11-12 and were led in scoring by Albers who scored a game high 16 in the loss.

Spencerville (17-4) was led in scoring by Prichard and Goecke with 14 tallies each while Bailey Croft joined the duo in double figures with 12. The Bearcats will now take on Wayne Trace on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:15pm at Lima Senior High School and that game can be heard live on Zsportslive.com.

Scoring:

Spencerville (51):
Mason Nourse 8
Jacob Meyer 3
Zach Goecke 14
Dakota Prichard 14
Bailey Croft 12

FT: 12/17
3PT: 5 (Goecke 2, Nourse, Prichard, Meyer)
TO: 13

Marion Local (43):
Derek Albers 16
Matt Kahlig 8
Cole Griesdorn 9
Kyle Homan 2
Tyler Mescher 8

FT: 0/0
3PT: 6 (Albers 3, Kahlig 2, Griesdorn)
TO: 9

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30 point effort from Mescher fuels Flyer win

NEW KNOXVILLE – A career high 30 point scoring effort from Sophomore Tyler Mescher helped push his Marion Local Flyers past the New Knoxville Rangers and to 2-0 in Midwest Athletic Conference play by a 61-52 margin Friday night.

Mescher started slow with just two points in the first quarter and was relegated to the bench for a stretch after picking up a pair of fouls, but rebounded in the second quarter as he tossed in eight points and saw his Flyers take a 28-20 advantage into the halftime break.

Not to be outdone however New Knoxville’s Logan Leffel began to heat up himself as he accounted for eight first half points himself. While the two players came about their points in drastically different ways, both poured them in by the bunches in the third and fourth quarters as Leffel scored 21 and Mescher 22 before the game came to a conclusion.

Leffel’s second half included a trio of triples from long distance that helped to cut his teams deficit to just a single point late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Rangers they would not be able to find a compliment to the 6’0 senior on the night and fell to the Flyers as they capitalized on 12 New Knoxville turnovers and connected from the free throw line en route to the win.

Marion Local finished the contest shooting just 12/27 from the charity stripe and 2/19 from beyond the arc, but they outrebounded the Rangers 33-26 with many of those coming in the form of offensive rebounds and stickbacks for their second half points.

Derek Albers added 11 points for Marion Local in the win while Nathan Tinnerman scored 13 for his team who dropped their first game of the season at home against three wins.

The Flyers (5-4, 2-0) will travel to Van Wert to take on the Cougars while the Rangers (3-7, 0-2) will be at home on Saturday night as they play host to the Jackson Center Tigers in a non-league affair.

Scoring:

Marion Local (61):

Derek Albers 11
Nathan Bruns 5
Cole Griesdorn 7
Ryan Thobe 4
Kyle Homan 2
Tyler Mescher 30

FG: 23/48
3PT: 2/19 (Albers 2)
FT: 12/27
REB: 33
TO: 13

New Knoxville (52):
Logan Leffel 29
Nick Topp 6
Nathan Tinnerman 13
Sam Stone 2
Zach Neuman 2

FG: 19/48
3PT: 3/10 (leffel 3)
FT: 11/14
REB: 26
TO: 12

JV: Marion Local 55-18

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Fourth quarter run pushes Flyers past Wildcats

MARIA STEIN, OH – A 23 point fourth quarter Friday night helped push the Marion Local Flyers to a win in their first game of the season as they defeated visiting Minster 58-47 in a Midwest Athletic Conference contest.

Despite having just 6 practices and less than two weeks together as a unit after another run to the OHSAA Division 6 State Football Championship game, the Marion Local Flyers came out in the first quarter on a mission to match each of the points by their opponent. Minster who came into the weekend with a pair of contests already under their belt this season got the better of the Flyers however in the opening period as they jumped out to a 16-13 lead at the end of the first eight minutes led by scores from six different players.

Balanced scoring would lead the visiting Wildcats to a 28-23 lead as they used a 12-0 run in the middle of the quarter to build their advantage, but a three pointer from Marion Local Senior Cole Griesdorn cut the Minster lead from eight to five as the buzzer sounded to end the opening half.

Having already gone on a big run in the first half the Wildcats jumped on the Flyers in the third period as a 7-0 run helped push Marion Local into having to call a timeout to regroup.

Marion Local would make their own big run across the end of the third and start of the fourth periods behind a three pointer and steal for a basket from Nathan Bruns and a bucket to open the fourth from Tyler Mescher to get the lead for the first time.

Most of the fourth and final period would see each team shoot free throws as the Flyers would connect on 12/19 to just 5/10 for Minster and help the Flyers complete the comeback win 58-47. 5’10 Senior Kyle Homan would do the most damage for Marion Local at the charity stripe as he finished the quarter by connecting on 7/11 tosses en route to nine points on the night.

Griesdorn and Tyler Mescher would find themselves as the games leading scorers as they each tossed in 15 points for the victorious Flyers. Marion Local (1-0, 1-0 MAC) will play host to Celina Saturday night in a non-conference contest that will be broadcast live on www.k943.com.

Minster (1-2, 1-1 MAC) welcomes Houston to town for a non-league tilt and was led in scoring on the night by Jared Thobe’s 10 point 6 rebound effort.

Scoring:

Marion Local (58):

Derek Albers 10
Cole Griesdorn 15
Kyle Koenig 2
Kyle Homan 9
Tyler Mescher 15 (11 rebounds)
Nathan Bruns 7 (7 rebounds)

FG: 19/48
3PT: 3/12
FT: 17/27
REB: 39 (14 offensive)
TO: 16

Minster (47):

Bryce Schmiesing 5
Josh Nixon 6
Jacob Stechschulte 9
Alex Eiting 6
Peter Falk 6
Aaron Ernst 2
Conner Tumbusch 3
Jared Thobe 10 (6 rebounds)

FG: 16/39
3PT: 3/15
FT: 11/19
REB: 23
TO: 18

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Flyers win defensive battle

BELLEFONTAINE, OH – The much anticipated Division 6 Region 22 Finals matchup that had people talking all season long took place Saturday night and lived up to the hype that had surrounded it.

Offensively Marion Local and Mechanicsburg both came into their matchup with points per game averages but despite each moving the ball well for most of the game neither were able to reach the endzone more than one time each.

Marion Local started the game with the ball and drove from their own 27 to the Mechanicsburg 5 but gave up the football on the 13th play of the games opening drive when Aaron Nietfeld was stripped of the football and it was quickly pounced on by the Indians defense.

Long drives were the norm on a cold snowy November night in the first half as the Flyers would have the shortest of the half of 7 plays that began with a 64 yard punt from Mechanicsburg and ended with a punt of their own that landed in the endzone for a touchback.

On the ensuing drives 15th play Kaleb Romero, Mechanicsburg’s terrific Junior QB found the endzone with 3:06 remaining in the opening half as he scampered 7 yards around the right end of the Flyers defense and into the endzone for the first score of the contest.

With a trio of timeouts and three minutes to go in the first half the Flyers quickly marched up field from their own 42 and into the endzone to get within a point on a Cole Griesdorn keeper from a yard out. The Flyers were unable to tie the game at 7-7 however as a bad snap forced Kicker Derek Albers to throw a conversion pass near the endzone that would be batted away by the Indians defense and keep them in the lead at 7-6.

Despite having a pair of timeouts and an electric offense that can score from any position on the field the Indians took a knee on their first play of their next drive and headed into the locker room ahead by a point.

Having won the toss and chosen to defer to the second half the Indians high octane offense which averages almost 48 points per game began the third quarter at their own 47 after recovering an onside kick attempt by the Flyers near midfield. As they had done on a couple of occasions previous in the game, Mechanicsburg would go for it on fourth down and just a single yard to go from the Marion Local goal line, but would be stopped on a Romero keeper and forced to turn the ball over on downs.

With the ball at their own three yard line to begin their drive the Flyers utilized eight plays to get deep into Mechanicsburg terriroty as the third quarter came to an end, but would see their best opportunity of the game to go ahead come to an end when a muffed exchange was scooped up by the Indians at their 15 with 11:53 remaining.

Derek Albers 20 yard field goal put the Flyers ahead for good at 9-7 after they forced another Burg punt and used a 26 yard run by Nietfeld to again drive deep into their opponents territory.

Facing a 3rd down and 14 the Indians and Romero would find themselves on the wrong end of a sack that forced a final 4th and 23 play that they needed to pick up to continue their season, something they were unable to do as a Romero pass fell incomplete and gave the ball back to Marion Local who ran out the last 1:53 for their 23rd straight playoff win.

On the evening the Flyers (12-1) were led by 206 yards rushing from Aaron Nietfeld while Mechanicsburg (12-1) were fueled by 132 yards from Romero, 1 yard above his average yards rushing per game.

Next weekends State Semifinals matchup will see the Flyers take on Tinora on Saturday night, and will be broadcast live on WKKI K94.3 and online at www.k943.com starting at 6:45pm.

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St Henry, LCC move on

ADA, OHIO – The matchup that basketball fans across the state have been waiting for will come to fruition Saturday night at Ohio Northern University’s King Horn Center when the St. Henry Redskins tangle with the defending state champion LCC T-Birds as both teams were victorious in their Semifinal matchups on Thursday night. LCC took the first game of the doubleheader 52-49 over Coldwater while the Redskins downed Liberty Benton 51-31 in the nightcap.

LCC got their offensive attack going just :49 into the contest as a layup by Tre Cobbs found the way to the bottom of the net, but Coldwater quickly tied the game just seconds later as 6’8 Junior Andy Brunet connected on a basket for his squad. Cobbs would find himself with the T-Birds first two buckets and leading at 5-2 on the teams ensuing possession as he connected on a shot from behind the arc. Following a rebound by Cobbs near the end of the quarter, LCC pushed their lead to 15-9 on a triple by leading scorer Dantez Walton.

Aided by 10 points in the second quarter from Josh Dixon the defending D3 champs found themselves with a 31-20 halftime lead. Coldwater shot 9/23 in the first half and utilized a pair of three pointers from deep on the wing by Ted Fisher to keep the LCC lead in the low double digits despite turning the ball over five times and only being able to force one turnover in the opening half.

Coldwater (12-12) would outscore LCC (22-2) 13-12 in the games penultimate stanza and have the lead cut to just 4 at 35-31 with a Derek Thobe triple at the 2:31 mark of the quarter before. LCC would add 8 points in the final two minutes as they utilized a three pointer by Garrett Thomas, a 6’0 Senior as well as 5 points by Cobbs to go into the 4th leading 43-33.

Defensively the Cavaliers would play one of their best quarters of the season in the last 8:00 as they held LCC to 0 points from the field. With the defense tightening up however it was the T-Birds who would utilize the free throw line that had been so kind to the Cavaliers up to that point and connect on 9/11 opportunities en route to the win. Following a made free throw by Cobbs that gave his team a 52-49 lead with :03 left, Coldwater’s Derek Thobe missed a heave from halfcourt as time expired.

Scoring:

LCC (52):

Dantez Walton 8
Jake Williams 5
Tre Cobbs 17
Nick Taflinger 4
Josh Dixon 13
Garrett Thomas 3
Cam White 2

FG: 17/46 (37%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 14/19 (73.7%)
Reb: 28 (10 offensive – J. Williams 7)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 4)
TO: 7
Blk: 4 (Walton 3)
Stl: 7 (Cobbs 3)

Coldwater (49):

Ted Fisher 6
Andy Brunet 14
Derek Thobe 10
Aaron Harlamert 13
Dylan Thobe 4
Malave Bettinger 2

FG: 17/38 (44.7%)
3: 3/14 (21.4%)
FT: 12/17 (70.6%)
Reb: 28 (6 offensive – Fisher 6)
Fouls: 15
Ast: 13 (Harlamert 5)
TO: 11
Blk: 1 (Brunet)
Stl: 3 (Brunet, De. Thobe, Bettinger)

St. Henry got a measure of revenge in their game with Liberty Benton as the Eagles knocked them out of last seasons tournament in the Districts 57-34. This season the Redskins got off to a quick 4-0 lead with baskets by Ryan Mikesell and Mitchel Stammen before LB could even get off their first shot of the game.

With the score tied at 13 and just :04 seconds left on the clock, St. Henry’s Jesse Niekamp came up with a steal and raced to the opposite side of the court to hit a layup that beat the buzzer to send his team into the period break leading 15-13. Anthony Masterlasco, a 1st team BVC selection this season as a Sophomore scored 6 of his 12 points in the quarter for Liberty Benton.

Five points is all the LB offense would be able to muster in the second quarter as the Redskins defense turned up their intensity forcing the Eagles into 8 turnovers and 1/5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead 30-20 at the half. Mikesell was held to 13 points in the contest on 5/11 shooting but tossed in 7 of his points in the stanza, including a three pointer deep from the wing to help keep his squad on top going into the half. Liberty Benton was held scoreless in the quarter for 3:43 between baskets by Masterlasco and Nathan Craft.

Mitch Stammen was brilliant from the free throw line in the second half for the Redskins as he connected on 8/8 tosses from the charity stripe (he shot 10/10 overall from the line in the game). Jesse Niekamp and Mikesell combined to shoot 3/5 from the free throw line as well and helped St. Henry to a 41-26 lead after three quarters.

Jesse Niekamp became the third player for his team to get into double figures as he connected on a layup with 5:54 remaining that gave him his 11th point of the game, and his team a 47-29 advantage. Liberty Benton’s only make from the field in the fourth quarter came on a three pointer Senior Tyler Vorst. Only Jackson Logsdon would put points up for the Eagles in the last period other than the aforementioned three pointer from Vorst as he connected on a pair of free throws with 3:31 left. The charity tosses by Logsdon also proved to be the final points of the contest as St. Henry picked up the win 51-31.

Liberty Benton’s season comes to an end at 18-6 while the Redskins are now 22-2 and will play LCC on Saturday at 7pm at ONU in a game that will be broadcast live on WKKI K94.3fm and online at www.k943.com

Ryan Mikesell who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game added another award to his long list of accolades after the game as it was announced that he has been named as the Division 3 Northwest District Player of the Year. Joining Mikesell on the NW District team is teammate and Honorable Mention selection Mitch Stammen.

Scoring:

St. Henry (51):

Caleb Bender 2
Mitch Stammen 16 (10-10 free throws)
Evan Prenger 5
Ryan Mikesell 13
Jesse Niekamp 15

FG: 18/47 (38.3%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 13/17 (76.5%)
Reb: 37 (14 offensive – Mikesell 10)
Fouls: 11
Ast: 9 (Mikesell 3, Prenger 3)
TO: 8
Blk: 2 (Mikesell, Jesse Niekamp)
Stl: 9 (Mitch Stammen 4)

Liberty Benton (31):

Anthony Masterlasco 12
Nathan Craft 9
Tyson Neiling 2
Tyler Vorst 3
Jackson Logsdon 5

FG: 13/37 (35.1%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 3/7 (42.9%)
Reb: 23 (5 offensive – Logsdon 5, Masterlasco 5)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 6 (Masterlasco 3)
TO: 13
Blk: 1 (Dager)
Stl: 6 (Masterlasco 2, Craft 2)

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Bluejays fly high

LIMA – The Delphos St. Johns Bluejays did what they do better than any other team in OHSAA playoff history Saturday night, win as they defeated the Arlington Red Devils 33-0 at Lima Stadium.

After receiving the opening kickoff, the Bluejays marched down the field on the Arlington and put six points on the Lima Stadium scoreboard just 1:44 into the Division VII Regional Finals contest on the legs of QB Nick Martz who ran the zone read option to perfection in scoring from 63 yards out.

It wouldn’t get any better for the Red Devils, as they gained just 72 yards in the first half while allowing almost 200 to St. Johns in just the first quarter.

Delphos scored on two of their other three possessions in the first half to make it 20-0 at the halftime break behind a touchdown pass from Martz to fullback Luke MacLennan and a 5 yard touchdown run by Tyler Jettinghoff.

The second half wouldn’t fare much better for the Red Devils in attempting to keep the Jays from winning #52 all-time in the playoffs as Delphos punched in two fourth quarter scores en route to the win.

Delphos St. Johns with the win improves to 9-4 overall, and has put memories of a 6-4 regular season in which they almost did not even qualify for the playoffs but for a couple of losses by other teams behind them on their way to being one of three MAC schools who will play in the State Semifinals next weekend for a shot at playing for a 7th State Championship.

Arlington’s season will end at 9-4 as the Red Devils just had no answer for the three headed monster they faced on the ground from the Jays. Nick Martz finished the game with 4 carries for 76 yards while the two bruisers behind him in Jettinghoff (161 on 26 carries and 2 td’s) and MacLennan (107 on 6 carries and a td) were dominant all night long no matter how many Devils were in the box to attempt to stop them.

Junior tailback Austin Rettig was held to 64 yards in the game despite running for almost 300 last week in a blowout win over Hicksville for Arlington.

Next Saturday night there will be a rematch of sorts that has been ten weeks in the making when the Bluejays take on fellow Midwestern Athletic Conference mate and old nemesis the Marion Local Flyers who are now 13-0 following an absolute whitewashing of Triad 50-0. Marion Local won the earlier contest between the two schools 28-14 in dropping the Bluejays at the time to 1-3.

The question now becomes will the number 13 be lucky or tragic for the Bluejays as they make their 13th State Semifinals appearance? Only the Flyers hold the answer to that question next Saturday night likely in Wapak at Harmon Field in what could be the best playoff matchup of the entire 2013 OHSAA Playoffs.

* MAC schools Coldwater (60-13 over Huron), Marion Local (50-0 over Triad) and DSJ (33-0 over Arlington) combined to give the MAC a 143-16 scoring advantage on the night, not too shabby.

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