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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

South off to 3-0 Start with win over Ansonia

South got off to a fast start against Ansonia, striking for two touchdowns early in the first quarter which forced the Tigers to play catch up all night long.  With a grind it out type of offense, it makes it tough for a team like Ansonia to overcome a deficit.  Last week against Trail, South got out of gate slowly and had to rely on a second half rally to come from behind for the win. But Coach Cates has made it clear that the team needed to focus on getting that early lead and then sit on the ball by running their own brand of grind it out offense.

But South’s first scores came via the air. Wes Cole aired it out on a roll out pass and found Jared Rivers for the Panthers first score  - a 31 yard touchdown catch. And then after Ansonia fumbled on their next possession, South again went for a quick strike and Cole connected with Josh Cottingim for a 40 yard touchdown catch.  South had barely broken a sweat and 3 minutes into the game they had a 14 point lead.

In the second quarter, both teams settled down and Ansonia was able to close the gap by capping a drive with a 2 yard touchdown pass to bring the game back into reach – it was now a one score difference.  But Wes Cole responded with a 60 yard touchdown run and again gave South a comfortable lead going into half time.  

South had a critical moment in the 3rd quarter where Ansonia had ground out the yardage and pushed  to the South 23 yard line.  A score here would have put the Tigers to within a touchdown and could have changed the momentum of the ball game.  But the tenacious South defense held firm and forced Ansonia to give up the ball on downs when they failed to complete a 4th and 9 pass.

Now South needed to put Ansonia away. And in the 4th quarter, Ansonia muffed a punt and Anthony Augspurger fell on the loose ball to give the Panthers great field position on the Ansonia 43 yard line.   Joe Webb and Cole had a couple of nice carries on this drive.  Augspurger was able to finish with a 2 yard plunge and extend the Panther lead.

Ansonia was able to come back somewhat with a touchdown, but it was scored with a little over 2 minutes on the clock.  An onsides kick failed, and now South needed to run out the clock.  Sammy Shockey got a much needed first down and Ansonia started to use their time outs.  Jacob Bassler put an exclamation mark on the Panther victory by passing to Cottingim for the last score of the night. South was off to a fast start for the season with their third win in a row by a score of 35-15.

Coach Cates, “We made some big plays right away and got a 2 touchdown lead.  We did miss some more opportunities in the first half to make some plays.  But Ansonia was getting their grind it out offense in gear.  So we made some half time adjustments with the defense and make it tough on them in the second half.   They had a good game plan and they executed it fairly well, but we were able to make some more big plays in the second half and come out with the victory.”

The Third Quarter Defensive Stand, “This year’s defense has been of the bend but do not break variety.  We have had teams drive to the red zone, but then our kids step it with their backs against the wall and make some plays.  We got Ansonia into a long situation and with their grind it out offense, it’s hard to make a first down.  They can convert a 3rd and 3 into a first down every time.  But when they have long yardage – it’s hard for them to make it. “

Arcanum, “They are similar to Ansonia in that they want to do ball control. Last year we lost a heart breaker to them – I think it was 18 to 16.  Our kids are pretty excited about getting a chance to redeem themselves against them.  They run the option and we have to have discipline on our assignments.  Our players need to focus on their job and not worry about someone else’s job – when that happens they miss their assignment and now someone is left wide open. They are pretty big up front and we have to get a big surge out of our offensive line.”

Defensive Stats -  Tackles: Augspurger 14; Bassler & Aaron Deaton 9; Tristen Sizemore 11; Shockey & Gunter Lautensleger 8.  Int: Augspurger 1

Offensive Stats - Rushing: Cole 8-111; 14-96; Shockey 2-10; Webb 5-13. Passing: Cole 3-8 76yds 2 TD’s; Bassler 1-1 29yds 1 TD.  Receiving: Shockey 1-4; Cottingim 2-69 2TD’s; Rivers 1-32 1 TD.

Tri-County North Blanks Black Hawks

Tri-County North extended their winning streak with a decisive victory over the Mississinawa Valley BlackHawks on Friday. Making Homecoming weekend all the better.  But the BlackHawks did not help their cause as mistakes were converted into points by North.   Two fumbles were converted into touchdowns by the opportunistic Panthers. Their stubborn defense recorded their second shutout of the season.

After fullback Dustin Green scored on North’s open drive, the BlackHawks fumbled on their first play from scrimmage.  Garret Woodyard took care of business from there, exploding 32 yards to put North up by two scores at the 7 minute mark.  Later in the second quarter a bad snap on a punt lead to a poor kick and North got the ball on the BlackHawk 19 and Colton Booth connected with Woodyard for a touchdown pass.  Then just before halftime, Austin Johnson had a Black Hawk fumble roll into his hands and he ran it in for a touchdown  from about 25 yards out. 

North had a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised through the second half for a 41-0 win. Next week North journeys to Bethel.

Passing: Colton Booth 4-8 88yds.  Austin Elmore 1-1 5yds.  Rushing: 

Colton Booth (Sr)3258.319
2Austin Elmore (Sr)2178.513
21Gavin Overholtz (So)100.00
32G. Woodyard (Jr)35919.7312
38Drake Coleman (So)231.54
42Wesley Morrow (Sr)4-1-0.32
5Dustin Green (Sr)12978.1251
7Kody Cordes (Sr)45814.5501


20C. Overholtz (Sr)14646.046
32G. Woodyard (Jr)12525.0251
38Drake Coleman (So)155.05
44Austin Johnson (Sr)133.03
7Kody Cordes (Sr)11414.014

Tackles: Colton Booth 9; Tanner Booth 8; Logan Elmore 5; Josh McIntosh 5.