OTTAWA – Bath fought and tried to climb their way out of a first half hole but the climb was just too steep to overcome.
Ottawa-Glandorf (6-4, 5-4 WBL) rode a strong first half to a 42-28 Western Buckeye League win over the Wildcats on Friday night.
After going three and out on their first two possessions of the game, the Titans took advantage of good field position and marched 42 yards in only five plays to grab a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. Quarterback Logan Rieman connected on a 17-yard scoring pass to Colin Laubenthal to put O-G up to stay.
After recovering a squib kick on the ensuing kickoff the Titans were in Bath territory again and wasted little time as they marched 45-yards and went up 14-0 when Tyler Zender found the end zone from 16-yards out.
Bath (4-6, 4-5 WBL) went three and out once again and this time the Titans went 61 yards in only four plays to grab a 21-0 lead going to the half. O-G’s Rieman dashed 45 yards for the touchdown.
“We challenged the kids at halftime and they battled back and were in it until the end.” first year Bath coach Bill Garland said.
Wildcats quarterback Cam Jenkins connected on four scoring touchdowns in the second half but the 21-0 halftime deficit was enough for the Titans to hang on for the win.
Jenkins connected with Colin Gossard for 10 yards, Hayden Atkins for 9 yards, Eric Heffner for 4 yards and Garrett Metcalf for 9 yards.
Jenkins ended the contest, connecting on 24-of-44 passes for 281 yards. Unfortunately, he tossed three interceptions to go along with the four scoring passes.
The first interception was grabbed by Zach Kuhlman and he raced 21 yards to pay dirt and gave the Titans a 28-0 lead. O-G added two fourth touchdowns on a 21-yard pass from Rieman to Kuhlman and a 2-yard run by Brad Racer to help hold the Wildcats at bay.
“We moved the ball pretty well,” Titans coach Ken Schriner said. “Our seniors are going to be missed; they worked hard and did what we wanted them to. We had a tremendous attitude and the work ethic has been there all year.”
Garland completed his first season at the helm of the Wildcats program and also reflected on his senior class.
“It is tough to say good-bye to the seniors, we will miss them.” Garland said. “I’m proud of our kids and their effort; we went week to week trying to get better. We’ll take a little break and then get back to work on next season.”