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Grove onto Final 4

Findlay, Ohio – For the first time since they won the Division 6 State Championship 11 years ago 28-26 vs Marion Local, Columbus Grove Bulldogs are heading back to the state semifinals.

Domination was the word of the night as the Bulldogs utilized a balanced offensive attack led by Reid Stechschulte and Joey Warnecke alongside a fantastic defensive game to down Arlington 19-7 at Donnell Stadium Saturday night in the Division 7 Region 24 Championship.

Arlington won the toss and chose to take the football to begin the game, that decision would prove unsuccessful for the Red Devils however as they were forced to punt after picking up only eight yards. On the ensuing punt, the Bulldogs David Bogart utilized a 50 yard punt return to set up his teams offensive attack at the Arlington 30 yard line.

Five running plays and one passing play were all the Bulldogs would need before Sophomore QB Reid Stechschulte sprinted out of the shotgun and into the endzone from 1 yard out to cap off a 7 play 30 yard drive over the course of 2:52 and give Grove a 7-0 lead with 7:05 remaining in the opening stanza.

After a pair of punts from each team, Rece Roney gave Columbus Grove a 9-0 lead with his safety of Arlington signal caller Dominique Fuller at the 2:57 mark of the first quarter that would hold up into the halftime break.

With their band in Florida it would be up to the Bulldogs to provide a show for their fans, and they wasted no time as Roney again proved to be a thorn in the Arlington side with his fumble recovery of an Austin Rettig miscue that landed on the Findlay turf before the Sophomore got a hold of it.

Eli Schroeder would put an end to the next Arlington possession with his 4th interception of the season at the Red Devils 36 yard line. 1st Team NWC Kicker Joey Warnecke finished off a 12 play drive on the ensuing offensive possession for Grove as he booted a 37 yard field goal right down the middle to put the Bulldogs on top 12-0 with 2:46 left in the 3rd stanza.

Logan Diller would add an interception for the Bulldogs and Andrew Nichols picked up a second Rettig fumble in the second half before Grove would see their opportunity to make it 15-0 come to a halt when Warnecke’s attempt for three points was blocked.

Tanner From’s pilfer of a Ridge Babb pass would lead to Grove’s last score of the game as the Bulldogs utilized just 4 plays and 33 yards when Warnecke rushed for his 18th touchdown of the season from 8 yards out to make it 19-0 Bulldogs with 2:52 remaining in the contest.

The only miscue on the night for the Bulldogs defense would come with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter as Austin Rettig who rushed for 121 yards on the night and went over the 2,000 yard barrier for the season rumbled in from 7 yards out to provide the games final margin of 19-7. Grove would get the football back following two unsuccessful Arlington onsides kick attempts and see Stechschulte take a knee to secure Grove’s date in the State Semis.

Arlington finishes the season at 11-2 while Grove improves to 9-4 and a date next Saturday night with the 3 time defending State Champion and winners of 36 consecutive games in the Marion Local Flyers who defeated Sidney Lehman Catholic 49-7 tonight. Grove vs Marion Local can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Steve Wiener and will take place at a location to be disclosed on Sunday afternoon by the OHSAA.

Individual Box Score:

Rushing: Grove – Warnecke 28/101, Stechschulte 17/54
Arlington – Rettig 24/121, Babb 5/15, Fuller 3/-7

Passing: Grove – Stechschulte 4/13 for 30 yards
Arlington – Babb 2/7 for 50 yards and 2 interceptions, Fuller 3/5 for 12 yards and 1 interception

Receiving: Grove – Fortman 3/37, Bogart 1/3
Arlington – John Solt 2/44, Aaron Starr 2/19, Logan Speyer 1/-1

Interceptions: Grove – From 1/22, Diller 1/20, Eli Schroeder 1/8
Arlington – N/A

Fumbles: Grove – N/A
Arlington – Babb 2, Rettig 1, Glick 1

Time of Game: 2 hours 16 minutes


LCC/OG advance to meet for 5th straight year

Ottawa Glandorf and Lima Central Catholic both picked up wins last night at the ONU Sports Center and will now meet on Saturday night in the D3 Regional Finals in Bowling Green for the 5th straight postseason.

Lima Central Catholic advanced with a win in the first game at ONU 64-37 over Worthington Christian. LCC jumped out to an early lead and used a couple of quick 1st quarter runs to lead 15-8 after the first stanza.

The second quarter did not get any easier for the Warriors as LCC torched them for 23 points to lead 38-14 at the halftime break.

A cool moment in the second half came when Martyce Kimbrough scored his 1,000th point, much to the delight of the LCC student section who in unison began to chant “That’s 1000” to show their appreciation in the stands.

LCC would continue to shoot a high percentage in the second half as they outscored the Warriors 26-23 to advance to the Regional Finals for the second straight season in Bowling Green and pick up win number 22 on the season against just 4 losses. Worthington Christian finishes their season at 19-7.

Lima Central Catholic was led in scoring by Kimbrough with 18 and followed in double figures by Xavier Simpson with 14, and Tre Cobbs with 13. Worthington Christian was led by 13 from Johnny Wordlaw.

In the nightcap the defending Division 3 State Champion Ottawa Glandorf Titans took the floor in front of 1367 fans for the first time against the Huron Tigers with the winner knowing they’d advance to play LCC on Saturday night.

Despite slow starts in both District games last week, the Titans were able to jump out to a fast one against Huron as they led 16-8 after the first stanza behind 7-14 shooting while holding the Tigers to just 3-9 from the field.

Noah Bramlage who had 6 of the Titans first quarter points continued to torment the smaller defenders as he added three more before the half, but it was teammate Zach Kuhlman who did the most damage before the break as he accounted for 8 points in the quarter and 11 total to give his team a 35-23 advantage at the half.

For the first half the Titans shot 15-28 from the field while holding the Tigers to 9-22 from the field and just 3-10 from deep. Cody Thompson had a good first half for his team leading the way with 9 points on 4-9 shooting for Huron.

Bramlage, the 1st Team All-WBL selection this season started off the 3rd quarter for OG with a bang as he ignited a quick 4-0 run for his team with a jumper off an assist by Matias Trampe-Kindt to put OG up 36-27 just 26 seconds into the stanza.

Huron would close the gap to 45-37 at the end of the 3rd quarter as they outscored Ottawa Glandord 14-10 but couldn’t get any closer in the 4th.

As they have done the past couple of games, OG shot almost flawlessly from the charity stripe in the 4th quarter to finish 14-18 on free throws to ice the game to secure the 63-45 win.

OG finished 23-45 from the field but just 3-10 from 3 in the win with two of those coming from Bramlage. Huron was outscored 18-8 in the 4th quarter and finished 15-43 from the field, 8-14 from the free throw line, but were able to stay in the game by making 7-22 3 pointers on the night.

Huron was led in scoring by Junior Adam Storer who poured in 18 points on 5-10 shooting and 4-9 from 3 to go along with his perfect night from the free throw line (4-4). Ottawa Glandorf was led by 19 from Bramlage, 14 from Zach Kuhlman and 12 from Tyler Zender in the win.

The Tigers and coach Bobby Jones finish their season at 18-7 and fall in the Regional Semifinals for the 2nd straight season in the Bowling Green Regional. Ottawa Glandorf ups their record to 16-10 and into a Regional Finals rematch from a year ago where they defeated the Thunderbirds en route to the D3 State Championship.

Hear the matchup Saturday night on www.zsportslive.com at 7pm from Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center with myself, Chris Kuhlman and Steve Wiener as the T-Birds look for retribution against a Titans team who has ended their last two seasons at the Regional level.