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Titans clinch 4th straight state trip

LEXINGTON, OH – Saturday afternoon the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans clinched their fourth straight trip to Columbus as they dispatched the Western Reserve Lady Roughriders 62-40.

Despite a slow start on the offensive end the Titans picked up their defense and transition game in the latter stages of the first period and found themselves survivors of an early Rider barrage and on top 14-12 at the quarter break thanks to baskets by 5 different players.

Against a 2-3 zone from their opponents the Titans knocked down a pair of shots from outside in the second stanza from the hands of senior Carri Johnson and sophomore Brianna Schimmoeller to push their lead into double digits for the first time. Cora Wyers scored on the only non free throw of the second eight minutes for two of her teams markers in the quarter and found her team trailing 30-16 at the break.

Western Reserve’s all-time leading three point shooter Andrea Robson connected on one of her two makes from behind the arc in the third period for three of her 8 points in the game but was unable to stop the Titans outside game as Carri Johnson struck twice to keep the OG offense in high gear.

5’11 junior post Paige Sutter knocked down a pair of jumpers in the third and finished with a career high 10 points but also used a stellar defensive night as she was able to help keep the bigs for Western Reserve in check through the games final three quarters.

Free throw shooting helped to keep the Roughriders afloat through the four quarters as they finished the contest 16 of 22 but just 11/31 from the field and 2/6 from beyond the three point line.

Ottawa Glandorf who led 48-28 heading into the final eight minutes on the Lexington Minutemen scoreboard got strong contributions from Kadie Hempfling (17 points, 10 steals, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Erin Kaufman (14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), and Paige Sutter (10 points, 4 rebounds) in the dominating 62-40 victory.

The Western Reserve Roughriders see their season and first regionals trip since the 2011-12 season come to an end at 23-4 while Ottawa Glandorf improves to 25-2 on the year with the win.

Next Thursday night the Titans will make their fourth straight trip to the Schott and take on the Africentric Nubians, 61-60 overtime winners against Hiland on Saturday afternoon for the right to play in the State Championship game on Saturday afternoon.

OG vs Africentric can be heard live on WZOQ Radio with the pregame at 7:30pm.

Box Score:

OG (62):

Ashley Schroeder 5
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 9
Paige Sutter 10
Erin Kaufman 12
Brianna Schimmoeller 3
Kadie Hempfling 17

FG: 28/54
3PT: 4/17 (Johnson 3, Schimmoeller)
FT: 2/4
REB: 29
TO: 12

Western Reserve (40):

Katie Hipp 4
Andrea Robson 8
Keragan Fannin 2
Emma Blankenship 4
Brooke Ommert 10
Cora Wyers 13
Tabi Pausch 1

FG: 11/31
3PT: 2/6 (Robson 2)
FT: 16/22
REB: 23
TO: 20


Scourge dominate Ravens to win first OFL title

GIRARD, OHIO – The Western Reserve Scourge are the 2015 Ohio Football League Champions as they dispatched the River City Ravens by a 42-13 score Saturday night in front of a big crowd at the home of the Girard Indians.

After Kareem Johnson’s interception of a Maurice Lovett pass and return to the River City 7, the Scourge’s Derrick Maddox opened the scoring of the contest as he rumbled into the endzone to give his team a 6-0 lead early. A busted play on the ensuing two point conversion would fail and result in an incomplete pass to keep the game at 6-0.

Trailing by the aforementioned score, the Ravens utilized their rushing and passing game to perfection upon getting the ball back and flew 60 yards to take the lead at 7-6 when Lovett tossed his 5th touchdown pass of the season to speedster Khalid Ali for a 20 yard score.

Mike Bell, the OFL recordholder in interceptions with 8 this season pilfered a pass from Scourge QB Mike Witherow near the goal line early in the games second stanza, but gave the home team new life as they forced and recovered a fumble at the Ravens 18 yard line to take possession once again. With new life on the drive it would only take the OFL North Conference Champions 5 plays to go 18 yards as Glenn Owens found himself the recipient of a strike of 12 yards from Witherow to give his team the lead at 14-7 after an Ed McElroy 2 point conversion run was successful.

Following a short kickoff that was fumbled away by the Ravens, James Williams would cash in on his first of two touchdown runs on the night from 14 yards out to send his team deep into the quarter with a 21-7 advantage. Williams’ jaunt capped off a quick two play drive that lasted a mere :55 on the stadium scoreboard.

With a Tevin Redmond fumble recovery setting them up at the Scourge 10, the Ravens offense quickly went to work but were almost as quickly stopped by the Western Reserve defense, a unit that forced six turnovers on the night. OFL All-Star Punting selection Mitchell Jet would miss on his attempted field goal of 30 yards as the half wound down to keep the score at 21-7 Scourge.

Chris Williams began the scoring for the Scourge in the games penultimate stanza as he caught a ball from Witherow and used his speed to outrun the defense 40 yards to push the lead to 28-7.

A second 14 yard touchdown run from James Williams of the ballooned the lead in the contest to 35-7, where it would stay for just one drive until Lovett rushed in from a yard out. The ensuing two point conversion however was no good and kept the score at 35-13 with 7:35 remaining.

With no other choice but to kick onside and try to recover the ball quickly and get another score in the endzone, the Ravens would attempt an onside kick. Unfortunately for the visitors however, their ball took a perfect bounce into the hands of the aptly named Tim Goforth who sprinted down the sideline untouched 41 yards for the games final scoring play.

River City finishes their inaugural season at 7-6 overall, but as champions of the OFL South and having gone on the road to knock off the defending North Champion Zanesville Jets and top seeded Ohio Crush just to advance to this contest.

Western Reserve ends their 2015 campaign at 13-2 and joins the Ohio Golden Knights (2013), and Southern Ohio Buckeyes (2014) as the first three champions in Ohio Football League history. For more information on the Scourge please be sure to check out their website at www.wrscourge.com

OFL North and OFL League Trophies
OFL North and OFL League Trophies