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Grove outlasts Ada in “Battle of Bulldogs”

ADA, OHIO – Another Friday night another win for the Columbus Grove Bulldogs.

Following the storms that rolled through last weekend, the Columbus Grove Bulldogs traveled to Ada War Memorial this weekend expecting a fight from their conference nemesis in Ada who had beaten Grove 7 of the past 10 meetings, and a fight is exactly what they got.

Columbus Grove won the toss and deferred to the second half, so it would be the Ada Bulldogs who would get the football to open the game looking to get on the scoreboard early following a 42-0 loss to Spencerville last weekend. Making just his 3rd start at Quarterback, 5’11 Freshman Seth Conley lead a Bulldogs drive that began at their own 27 yard line and went 8 plays but stalled at the Columbus Grove 27 when his 4th down pass fell incomplete.

Joey Warnecke wasted no time getting his Bulldogs onto the scoreboard as he capped off a 7 play 66 yard drive over that spanned 2:49 by bursting in from 36 yards out for his first of two touchdown runs on the day to put Grove in the drivers seat 7-0 early following a successful PAT by Warnecke himself.

Ada picked up where they left off on their previous drive as Conley tossed his 5th touchdown pass of the season, a 15 yarder to 6’3 Sophomore wideout Owen Conley to tie things up at 7 with 2:09 left in the first stanza.

On their next possession, Columbus Grove utilized a 9 play drive to get their offense from their own 25 out to midfield before they were forced to punt for the first time in the contest. Joey Warnecke’s punt was muffed by the Ada return man however and Columbus Grove pounced on the football at the Ada 13 before being forced to settle for a 28 yard field goal by Warnecke to put the score at 10-7 Grove.

Following a punt by Ada, Grove got the ball at their opponents 49 yard line but an errant throw by Sophomore QB Reid Stechschulte was returned 57 yards for a touchdown by Luke Long-Green of Ada and gave the home crowd a 14-10 advantage to cheer for with 6:34 left in the 1st half.

Both teams traded field position and punts for the rest of the first half, and the Ada Bulldogs had themselves a 14-10 lead at the break.

At the beginning of the penultimate quarter, Columbus Grove got two big passes from Stechschulte to Aiden Fortman (35 and 28 yards) and regained the lead 17-14 following another made extra point by Warnecke after their first possession of the second half.

On the evening, Reid Stechschulte who came into the game as the top yardage grossing passer in the NWC tossed a trio of interceptions including one on the next Grove possession, this time to Grant McBride.

Fumbles and bad punts punctuated the rest of the 3rd quarter as again the two squads swapped field position until Ada tied the score up at 17 with a 23 yard field goal by Aaron Everhart with 5:18 left in the game.

Before anyone inside the Stadium could even tweet the score the Bulldogs of Columbus Grove scored on an 87 yard kickoff return for touchdown by Baily Clement that saw just :13 come off the stadium scoreboard and would prove to be enough points for the win.

Warnecke struck again as he darted through the Ada defense for a 54 yard touchdown scamper to make the final score 31-17 Columbus Grove. A week after being named Homecoming King in a ceremony inside Clymer Stadium, Warnecke amassed 115 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with his kicking and stellar defensive effort.

Logan Diller’s interception of a Conley pass in the endzone that let Columbus Grove just kneel down to run the time out was the first time this season that the Bulldog signalcaller has been picked off this season, he finished 24/39 for 219 yards to go along with his lone interception and touchdown pass.

Reid Stechschulte finished 8/21 for 99 yards and 3 interceptions in addition to his lone touchdown pass, and carried the ball 9 times for 20 yards.

With the win Columbus Grove improves to 3-0 on the season (2-0 in NWC) and will play host to the 2-1 Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds at 7pm next Friday night (Sept 19th) at home in Clymer Stadium. LCC has won the last 7 matchups between the two schools including a 49-6 win in Lima last season.

Ada will attempt to regroup and even their record at 2-2 as the Fort Loramie Redskins will bring their 2-1 record to town for a Friday evening showdown in the 3rd all-time meeting between the two programs. Ada holds a 2-1 series advantage, but the Redskins downed the Bulldogs last season by a 14-8 margin.

Live broadcast of the game as it happened with Michael Hirn and Steve Wiener courtesy of www.zsportslive.com:


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.


Warriors run over Pickerington

LIMA – It was Hall of Fame night at Lima Stadium Saturday night, but it was Glen Frazier who was on display.

The last time Pickerington and Lima met in June, the Warriors offense gave away some points and the team trailed at the half. That would not be the case on this night however as Lima started the scoring early when on their first offensive play from scrimmage, Justin Henderson tossed a 34 yard pass into the middle of the endzone right into the arms of Billy Cozad to put the home team on the scoreboard and ahead for good 6-0 just 52 seconds in.

Devin Stover recovered his second fumble of the game on the next Wildcats drive, but the Warriors were forced into their only punt of the game on their next drive. Glen Frazier capped off a 10 play 55 yard drive that spanned over five minutes late in the first quarter as he plunged in from 3 yards out to put the Warriors on top 14-0 when Jason Diley added his second extra point on the night.

Riley Bransteter’s interception on the next drive provided the third of six eventual turnovers and once again led to a Frazier touchdown, but through the air this time as Henderson lobbed his second touchdown pass of the day to him from 3 yards out to make it 22-0 following a botched snap and a completed pass from Billy Cozad to Kaene Runion just seconds into the second quarter.

A quick three and out led to Lima utilizing another long scoring drive, this time going 8 plays 62 yards in 5:46 and running the score to 29-0 as Frazier bolted in from 12 yards out for his second rushing td of the game.

Justin Henderson tossed his third of four scoring strikes on the night as he lofted one perfectly down the right sideline that Runion floated under and walked into the endzone for a 62 yard touchdown reception that ran the score to 36-0 with 5:21 left in the half.

Anthony “Tone” Mikesell did what he has done so many times as a Lima Warrior on the ensuing drive, recover a fumble to set up his offense. David Johnson scored on the first of his two touchdown rushes and sent the game to the half with the Warriors on top 43-0.

Once halftime commenced, the Warriors gave back to four members of the organization who have helped to make it what it is today by inducting them as the 2013 Lima Warriors Hall of Fame class.

Jason and Jeremy Bott, Toledo Mitchell, and Debbie Hanlin were inducted on Saturday night in front of the Lima Stadium crowd.

Fireworks started as the second half began as Jay Jay Johnson returned the second half kick 65 yards to the Pickerington 15 yard line. A sure fire future Hall of Famer himself, Justin Henderson tossed touchdown pass number four on the evening to Porfirio Sutton from 8 yards out to put the home team on top 50-0 following Randy Ryan’s first extra point.

David Johnson, who finished with a team leading 5 carries for 60 yards added his second touchdown of the night on the next drive from 6 yards out to put Lima ahead 56-0 following the missed extra point.

One of the best moments in the game came on the very next series as first year Warrior defensive tackle Bennie Woods picked up a Wildcat fumble and rumbled 8 yards into the endzone for his first career touchdown to put his squad ahead 63-0.

Andrew “Baby” Peel added his third interception of the season and returned the ball 45 yards down to the Pickerington 2 yard line before Glen Frazier added touchdown run number three on the night near the end of the third stanza to put Lima ahead 70-0 and tie the team record for points scored in a game held by Bobby Huttis with 24 as well as Jeremy Bott and Chris Brooks’ record of three rushing td’s in a single contest.

The only score of the fourth quarter came as the Warriors finished off a 12 play 68 yard drive that spanned 10:37 with Glen’s adding his 4th rushing touchdown from 1 yard out to end the game 76-0 Lima and give the Warriors the their second highest scoring output ever. The 76-0 win was also the Warriors biggest point differential win in team history.

Glen Frazier finished the night with 30 yards rushing, 30 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. Justin Henderson finished with 191 yards passing to go alongside his four touchdowns. Kaene Runion led the way catching the ball with 3 catches for 70 yards including his 62 yard reception.

As a team the Warriors outgained the Wildcats 341-43 on the night.

With the loss, Pickerington falls to 1-7 in HFL play while the Warriors up their record to 6-4 overall, but most importantly they move into second place in the HFL South playoff picture at 6-2 before heading on the road next week to take on the Columbus Fire (12-0, 9-0).


Warriors down Chaos

LIMA, OH – Sometimes in life the best offense is a good defense.

While the offense has not been clicking lately the Lima Warriors defense has had to carry a lot of the load, and they have not disappointed. “We’ve done a lot of things on defense this season that I’m proud of, especially as the Defensive Coordinator”, says Head Coach Rich Stotts.

Offensively the Warriors turned the ball over 5 times in their 39-7 win Saturday night over Pataskala, but the defense forced 7 Chaos turnovers and gave the team a couple of chances to score inside the red zone that they capitalized on.

Starting quarterback Kaene Runion threw a long touchdown to Jay Jay Johnson in the first half, but a trio of interceptions before he moved to tight end in favor of Warriors All-Time leading passer Justin “Juice” Henderson in the second quarter. Henderson proceeded to pick up right where he left off in 2008, his last year as the full-time QB by completing 10-13 passes for 255 yards to go along with his two touchdown passes.

Bobby Huttis, the Warriors All-Time leading receiver also got in on the act as he caught one of the two Henderson scoring tosses and outraced a Chaos defender 55 yards to paydirt for his first touchdown catch of the season and 32nd of his Lima career.

Jay Jay Johnson, a first year wideout from Bluffton University broke a Lima Warriors record as he hauled in six passes for a team record 198 yards. The previous Warriors record for yards in a game came by former Eastern Michigan standout Travis Lewis in the 2010 HFL Championship game victory over the Ohio Valley Warriors.

Defensively the Warriors were led by Jordan Marshall who finished with a pair of interceptions to run his season total to six, along with one each from Devin Stover, Benny McNeal, and Riley Bransteter. Andrew Peel in addition to recovering a fumble also recorded 1.5 sacks in the game, as did Jay Bondzeleske as part of a six sack night for the defense.

With the win the Warriors improve to 5-4 overall and 5-2 in the HFL. If the playoffs were to start today the Warriors would be sitting in the 3rd slot and would be on the road for the first round of the HFL South playoffs that start on August 17th.

Saturday afternoon the team will be on the road for the second time this season to take on the Columbus War Eagles at Dublin Coffman High School with a 5pm kickoff.


Fire rages on

LIMA – A fight from start to finish was what the Lima Warriors expected to happen last night against the Columbus Fire, and a fight is what they got for 60 minutes.

In what was billed as one of the biggest games in recent memory by most in the semi pro community, the Warriors and Fire had a battle for the ages Saturday night at Lima Stadium.

Columbus looked to add the first points of the game with a field goal by kicker Mike Lige, but Yansey Donald had other plans as he shot through the middle of the Fire line and blocked it late in first quarter to keep the game scoreless. Jason Diley of the Warriors had his own chance early in the second quarter from almost the exact same spot on the field but watched his attempt sail wide left.

Following a series of punts by each squad, Jordan Marshall picked off his third pass in two games to give the Warriors the ball at the Fire 20 after a twenty yard return. From this point it only took Lima signalcaller Billy Cozad three plays to find Jay Jay Johnson from 25 yards out to put the home team ahead 6-0 following a missed extra point with 3:45 to go in the second. The grab by Johnson was his good for his team leading fourth touchdown catch this season.

On the ensuing kickoff the Fire got themselves ahead on the scoreboard as Aaron Davis weaved back and forth between Lima defenders for an 80 yard touchdown return just 15 seconds after the Warriors score to make it 7-6 Columbus with now only 3:30 remaining in the first half.

Lima got the lead back as on the following possession they utlized a 7 play 68 yard drive for the touchdown when Cozad himself ran one in from 8 yards out to put the Warriors up 12-7 with 1:11 left in the first half. Cozad’s intended pass for Porfirio Sutton in the back of the endzone on the two point conversion was no good.

Following another great return that started the Fire at midfield with two timeouts it was Chris Brooks who dropped the hammer on Fire quarterback John Abner that sent Abner into the turf and the game to the half as time expired in the second quarter.

When the Warriors won the coin toss at the beginning of the game they chose to defer to the second half, however they didn’t imagine the second half would start as it did. A blocked Mike Macklin punt set the Fire up at the Warriors 13 yard line to start the half. Gary Russell, a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers championship squad who himself scored a rushing touchdown in the big game added one here from 12 yards out to give the Fire their second lead at 14-12 after the made extra point with 11:46 left in the 3rd quarter.

Russell, who would finish with 21 carries for 168 yards would cap off his brilliant second half performance by rushing for 140 yards in the latter stages of the game and a second touchdown later in the 4th quarter from 60 yards out to put the game on ice for the Fire and give them a 21-12 win.

Columbus finished the game with 209 yards on the ground to 33 for the Warriors. Billy Cozad completed 7 of 27 passes in the game for 124 yards and 1 touchdown.

Defensively the Warriors were able to secure two takeaways from the Fire offense, a Jordan Marshall interception and a Biggie Townsend takeaway of Abner that saw the former Lima Senior Spartan rip the ball right out of Abner’s hands in a fantastic display of strength.

With the win the Fire improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in HFL play while the Warriors drop to 2nd place in the HFL South behind the Fire with a 4-2 overall record and a 4-1 record in HFL play.

These two teams will meet again at Grandview High School in Columbus, Ohio on August 3rd in the regular season finale for both squads.


End of the Road

CANAL WINCHESTER -It’s not how you start it’s how you finish.

Four first half interceptions by the Lima Warriors saw the team trail at the half against the Pickerington Wildcats 12-9 as one of the turnovers was returned 60 yards for a touchdown by Wildcat corner Jordan Jarrell.

Eric Upthegrove got the scoring started midway through the first quarter and put the Warriors on the board 2-0 when he secured his first safety of the season by planting Pickerington signalcaller Derrick Ervin into the Harvest Prep endzone turf.

Following the aforementioned pick six it was Lima who scored on a 54 yard touchdown run by Chris Brooks to put the visitors on top 9-6 near the end of the first quarter.

Jordan Marshall added one of his two interceptions at 10:11 left to go in the first half to set the Warriors up, but Jarrell struck yet again as he picked off Billy Cozad for the second time. Quarterback Chad Auber hooked up with DeShawn Alston for a six yard touchdown that put the home squad up 12-9 following a missed two point conversion.

Lima had a chance to air it out with 22.2 seconds remaining in the half and with two timeouts, but the Warriors again were victims of a robbery by the Wildcats as Mat Williams ended the half with a pick of an errant Cozad pass.

Pickerington started with the ball to open the second half as they won the coin toss to open the game but chose to defer to the second half but were quickly stopped as Brandt Huttis added career interception number 74 to end the drive.

David Johnson who accumulated 139 yards on the day on the ground got things going for the Warriors on their ensuing possession as he darted between defenders and scored on a 13 yard run to put the visitors ahead 16-13.

Chris Brooks was active again in the game but this time on defense as he forced his first of two fumbles on the afternoon which was scooped by Riley Bransteter and returned 50 yards to set Lima up at the Wildcats 15 with 6:42 remaining in the third quarter. Kaene Runion collected his second touchdown of the season by catching a Cozad pass and running it in from 10 yards out to make it 22-12 Warriors.

Andrew Peel’s second interception of the season put the Warriors in business once again just two minutes later as he returned the ball 10 yards to the Wildcats 15 yardline before three defenders took him to the ground. The Warriors went for it on fourth down near the goal line where they had previously been 2/4 but were unsuccessful as the drive stalled.

Johnson proved huge on the ground once again as on the last play of the third quarter his 19 yard gain gave the Warriors a first and goal to begin the fourth. Cozad got it going on the ground with 14:57 remaining in the game, scoring from 1 yard out for the first of two touchdown runs on the afternoon.

Lima closed out the scoring behind the second touchdown by Cozad with 6:21 left to make it 35-12 and improve the Warriors record when scoring more than 30 points to 80-0 all-time.

With the win Lima improves to 4-1 overall, 4-0 in HFL play. Pickerington drops to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in HFL play.

These two teams will meet again July 27th at Lima Stadium as the Warriors will finish up the home portion of their HFL schedule that night.

Lima will next do battle with the Columbus fire this Saturday night at Lima Stadium. Both teams come into the game at 4-0 in HFL play. Kickoff is slated for 7:05pm.


Warriors down Eagles

DUBLIN, OHIO – Survival was the name of the game for the Lima Warriors Saturday night against the War Eagles.

After forcing a three and out on defense to begin the game, Warriors QB Billy Coad was intercepted by Columbus corner Dae Dae Moore and returned 50 yards that gave the home team a 6-0 lead early in the game.

Lima would get on the scoreboard with 10:27 left in the first on their next drive when Cozad hooked up with a streaking Jay Jay Johnson down the sideline for a 35 yard score to make it 7-6 after a Randy Ryan extra point to cap off a five play eighty yard drive.

Columbus had a chance to add three points of their own on a 49 yard field goal attempt that came up short. David Johnson would return the miss eighty yards deep in Columbus territory but it would be later called a touchback by the refs and spotted at the Warrior twenty yard line. Lima would make it inside the War Eagle fourty yard line on the drive but be forced to punt following a fumble, a rush for negative yards and an incomplete pass.

Early in the second quarter the Warriors got on the board again on the ground as James Cravens (who finished with 28 carries for 129 yards on the day) scored the first of his two touchdowns on the day from four yards out to make it 14-6 Lima following a second Randy Ryan extra point midway through the second stanza.

After a Warrior punt ended the next offensive series, the War Eagles burst into the endzone with a Deonte Head fourteen yard scamper to make it 14-12. The extra point attempt was blocked by Biggie Townsend of the Warriors.

Columbus took the lead with five minutes to go in the second quarter after they picked up a Cozad fumble and returned it to their own one yard line. Demetrius Williams rumbled in from a yard out to give Columbus their first lead of the game at 19-14 which is where things stood at the half.

The only score of the second half went on the scoreboard for the visitors as once again it was Cravens who hit paydirt, this time from two yards out to give Lima a 20-19 lead following a two point conversion passed that was knocked away in the endzone.

Lima drove deep inside War Eagles terrority twice in the waning moments of the game but could not connect on any of their five shots inside the ten yard line before turning the ball over on downs twice and giving it back to Columbus.

With 1:27 remaining and one timeout left the War Eagles got the ball back at their own six yard line. Following a screen pass and a run by Deonte Head they found themselves near midfield after gaining twenty nine yards. On third down the Warriors Tyler Bly sealed the game as he planted quarterback Tyler Young into the Dublin Coffman turf for a seventeen yard loss that cemented the Lima victory.

With the win the Warriors improve to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in HFL play. Columbus drops to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in HFL action.

Lima will travel to the Columbus area once again this weekend to do battle with the Pickerington Wildcats. Kickoff from Harvest Prep Academy is set for 6pm.


Warriors defeat Lightning

LIMA – Each of the past three seasons have ended with the Lima Warriors hoisting the HFL North Conference Championship trophy, that will not happen this year. The move to the South Conference has provided the Warriors an opportunity to play new and unfamiliar opponents such as the one that rolled into Lima Stadium on Saturday night, the West Virginia Lightning.

After the opening drive by West Virginia stalled, the Warriors went to work on the ground by quickily picking up eight yards on a pair of carries. With nine minutes to go in the first quarter it was the passing game however that got Lima on the scoreboard as Billy Cozad’s screen to Mike Macklin went 48 yards all the way to the endzone to make it 6-0.

Geno Burden got the offense another opportunity when he charged through the Lightning offensive line and sacked QB Jesse Erby in the endzoen for a safety to make it 8-0 in favor of the Warriors with 4:15 to go in the 1st quarter.

West Virginia made the scoreboard look like a baseball game as a 30 yard field goal by David Fewell split the uprights to make it 8-3 in favor of the home squad midway through the second stanza.

Lima got on the scoreboard twice more before the half expired. The first score came with 6:51 left when first year runningback James Cravens danced to paydirt from eight yards out and Cozad ran in for the two point conversion to make it 16-3 Warriors. Cozad again hooked up with Macklin for a touchdown, this time from 28 yards out as the former Lima Senior Spartan got into the endzone to make it 22-3 Warriors at the halftime break.

Following a turnover on downs by Lima the West Virginia offense took over to open the third quarter and proceeded to march 68 yards in 3:29 before Erby plunged in from one yard out to close the Lightning gap to 22-10 midway through the third quarter.

On the ensuing Lima possession Cozad tossed his third touchdown on the day, to Kaene Runion on a strike down the middle of the field this time from 39 yards out to give the Warriors back their substantial lead at 28-10 after a missed extra point.

The lone score in the fourth would come with 13:23 remaining in the game when the Lightning defense forced a fumble in the Lima endzone for a scoop and score that made it 28-16 after West Virginia missed a followup two point conversion attempt.

Offensively the Warriors did most of the damage on the night through the air with Cozad throwing for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns while Cravens led the rushing attack Lima with 83 yards and a score.

Defensively the Warriors racked up 10 sacks, led by Jay Bondzeleske with 3. Tyler Bly led Lima in tackles with 8 with 19 other players recording at least one takedown in the game.

Lima improves to 1-1 with the win and 1-0 in HFL South Conference play while West Virginia drops to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in South Conference play.

After taking the weekend off to honor everyone who has ever served for this great country of ours, the Warriors will resume league play on June 1st as the team will travel east of Columbus to take on the Pataskala Chaos for the first time ever. Kickoff from Pataskala is slated for 6:00 pm.


Ravens down Warriors in opener

LIMA – If you were in attendance Saturday night at Lima Stadium you witnessed a knock down drag out brawl between two of the nation’s elite semi-pro teams.

Billy Cozad of the Warriors started off the game by returning the opening kickoff 35 yards for Lima, but the Warriors were forced to punt after they could only muster 16 total yards. Detroit was not much better in their opening possession, giving up a sack while only gaining 8 yards before their first punt of the contest.

Defense was the story of the first quarter for both teams, except for a momentary lapse by the Lima secondary that allowed Detroit QB Mike Akrawi to find Edward Thomas for a 92 yard score to put the Ravens on top 6-0 after a botched extra point attempt with 2:21 left in the first stanza.

Following the second Lima punt of the game early on in the second quarter the Ravens gave the ball right back as Cozad picked off a pass and returned it 19 yards to give the Warriors the ball at the Ravens 31 yardline midway through the second quarter. Again defense was the story early as Detroit forced a turnover on downs to get the ball back from the Warriors offense.

With just 6:38 left in the first half Lima finally got on the board behind a 10 yard scamper from Yansey Donald that capped off a 4 play drive and made it 7-6 after Jason Diley banged home the extra point.

Detroit picked up a safety when a ball was misplayed off of a punt return in the endzone just a couple of minutes into the second half to go up 8-7 for the only score by either team in the third quarter.

Jordan Marshall who had been having a relatively quiet game by his personal lofty standards punished a Detroit wideout and forced him to cough up the ball before it was grabbed by Yansey Donald who flew 33 yards to the house to make it 13-8 Warriors. The ensuing two point conversion pass attempt by Cozad fell incomplete to keep the score difference at five with 7:58 left in the game.

The Ravens offense added the final score of the game with 3:57 to go by capping off a 76 yard drive with a 1 yard touchdown run by Wyatt Jones and made the two point conversion to run the score to 16-13 in favor of the visitors.

Lima had two possessions in the final minutes but two costly interceptions by Billy Cozad sealed the fate of the Warriors on this night and gave Detroit their fourth win against just one loss in the series between these two midwestern powers.

Lima finished the night with 261 total yards (126 rushing, 135 passing) while the victorious Ravens finished with 401 total yards (164 rushing, 237 passing) on the night.

With the win Detroit improves to 1-0 while the Warriors drop to 0-1.

Saturday night the Warriors kick off HFL South Conference play for the first time as they will host the 2008 AAA National Champion West Virginia Lightning. Kickoff is slated for 7:05pm and has been deemed a RED OUT.


Titans ground T-Birds

BOWLING GREEN – Remember the Titans.

You can be sure that LCC will as Wednesday night it was the Titans from Ottawa Glandorf who avenged an early season 51-48 home loss to the same Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds 60-52 in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,700 in Bowling Green at the Stroh Center.

Sell out crowd

OG improved their all-time OHSAA tournament record to 24-4 in games played in the city of Bowling Green with one of the best 2-3 zone defenses they have played all season. “We went with the 2-3 zone because we thought it would alter some of the things they like to do. (But) did I think it would get us a 15-point cushion at the half … I did not,” Titan coach Tyson McGlaughlin said after his defense stifled every LCC shooter not named Tre’on Johnson who finished his brilliant T-Bird career with a 26 points output. Johnson was especially on fire in the fourth quarter as he dazzled the crowd with fantastic dribbling and deep shots while connecting on 6 of 9 shots from beyond the arc.

After jumping on the athletic T-Birds early the Titans poured it on in the first quarter to lead 17-7 as the clock hit zero. The second stanza was just as cold and unforgiving as the Titans opened the quarter on an 11-0 run and led at the break by a 31-16 score. One of the big keys going into the game was that it would need to be the inside play of OG that would have to have a big night against the undersized T-Bird defenders. Michael Rosebrock and Noah Bramlage responded for the Titans as they led paint points by a 10-0 margin as the two squads headed to their locker rooms for a breather and some words of encouragement from their coaches.

With OG able to key on Johnson they could continue to sit back in their 2-3 zone and wait for the shooters to come to them in the second half as they held every other shooter for LCC to 7 points or less in the game. As fouls began to mount in the second half they began to take their toll on the LCC starting lineup as Martyce Kimbrough picked up his fourth foul early in the fourth and was relatively ineffective for the rest of the game as he finished with only 4 points, well under his almost 14 points per game average on the season.

Following a third quarter in which both teams scored 11 points the fans who didn’t head for the exits early were treated to a fantastic back and forth quarter that saw the veteran Thunderbirds take on the personality of their Coach Frank Kill when he played and won a state title with Lincolnview in the 90’s by never giving up and cutting it to as low as 3 before the Titans pulled away for good. TJ Metzger who finished with a team high 23 points iced the game late as he knifed through the lane, hit a spinning reverse layup and the ensuing free throw to give his team a 57-50 lead with just 50 seconds remaining. “TJ is the Northwest District Player of the Year for a reason. He’s a baller,” Kill said.

In addition to the 23 from Metzger, his teammate Caleb Siefker finished with 21 to go along with his 10 rebounds. OG outrebounded LCC 37-30 in the game, but got the big rebounds when it counted too.

With the win the Titans improve to 23-3 on the season while ending LCC’s 2012-2013 campaign at 23-3.

Titans Advance

Saturday night Ottawa Glandorf will look to sell out the Stroh Center once again as they head north to BG to take on the 26-1 Bloom Carroll Bulldogs at 7:30pm for a chance to play next weekend in Columbus for a State Championship. Bloom Carroll defeated Huron 62-54 to win their first Regional Semi-Finals game since 2005. The Bulldogs will be led by Joey Schmitz who scored 26 in the win.