COLUMBUS GROVE — The Columbus Grove Bulldogs wanted to make things sure this time around in their 21-6 playoff victory over Pandora-Gilboa.
After escaping with a season-opening win because of a bad snap that resulted in a safety, the Bulldogs left no room for doubt this time around.
The Bulldogs did it my holding the Rocket feature running back, Jacob Basinger, to only 34 yards on the ground. This forced the game into the hands of their quarterback, Jacob Miller, who spent much of the night running for his life. Niller threw for 153 yards, but also was intercepted five times and held to minus-35 yards on the ground on 14 carries, with seven of those carries resulting in sacks.
“It was great execution by the team,” said Columbus Grove head coach Andy Schafer. “We wanted to try to force the quarterback to have to do something and keep him on the run.”
P-G scored first with it’s only score when Basinger returned a punt 89 yards in the first quarter to open scoring. Quarterback Reid Stechschulte gave the Bulldogs the lead for good midway through the second quarter when he hit a wide open Tanner From for 38 yards to give them a 7-6 lead.
Columbus Grove all but put the game away on the first two possessions of the second half. Stechschulte scored on a five yard run and then hit Aiden Fortman with a 38-yard score.
While Joey Warnecke did not provide a lot of the long, dazzling scoring runs fans have grown to being accustomed to this season, he did rush for 102 yards. Warnecke said the offensive line was to be credited with his workman-like total.
“This team has grown a lot and matured over this season,” Schafer said. “They have begin to understand what the game is all about.