SPENCERVILLE – Last year Kale Lee was the quarterback in the run-happy Spencerville offense.
That meant he usually handed off or blocked.
This year Lee is pounding away as the Bearcats’ fullback.
Lee was one of three Spencerville runners who ran for more than 100 yards in the Bearcats’ 46-12 victory over Perry on Friday at Spencerville.
“It’s a lot more tiring than quarterback,” Lee said with a laugh of his playing fullback this year. “This is how I grew up, with this offense (the Wing-T), and no matter what position you play, you have to be physical.’’
Spencerville (2-1) ran for 470 yards on the night.
“It was a team effort, and it starts with our guys up front,” Spencerville coach Chris Sommers said. “I thought our line took a big step today. I’m very proud of them. And our backs ran with a purpose, and we got production from all of them.’’
Lee finished with 206 yards on 26 carries with one TD. He had a 6-yard TD run.
“Chris Picker (on last year’s team) set the standard last year and showed us how to run,” Lee said. “We ran hard, but I couldn’t ask for a better offensive line.’’
Spencerville’s Cannan Johnson had 121 yards on 16 carries. He had TD runs of 2 and 3 yards.
Joel Lotz ran for 110 yards on 11 carries. He had TD runs of 9 and 8 yards.
Perry (2-1) was led by quarterback Louis Hoersten in the Commodores’ spread attack. Hoersten completed 13 for 27 for 214 yards and two TDs.
Hoersten was under pressure most of the night, as Spencerville sacked him five times. Spencerville defensive end Tom Catlin had 3.5 sacks. Spencerville middle linebacker Eli Yahl (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) had 11 tackles and a pass knocked down.
The Bearcats led 14-0 after the first quarter and 34-6 at the half. And they did it mostly on the ground.
Spencerville scored the first time it had the ball, going 57 yards in four plays. Lee broke loose for 42 yards on the Bearcats’ first play. Three plays later, Lotz turned the left side for a 9-yard TD to give Spencerville a 7-0 lead with 10:38 left in the first quarter.
Down 7-0, Perry drove from its own 24 to the Spencerville 3. But on fourth-and-goal from the 3, Perry running back Shane Overly was stonewalled for no gain and tackled by Spencerville’s Yahl.
“That was huge momentum for them,” Perry coach Dan Baker said. “At the end of the day, they executed plays better than we did.’’
Sommers added, “That was a big stop for us, and that told us they have a great, dynamic offense, but that told us we could play.’’
The Bearcats took over at the 3 and went 97 yards in 11 plays for the score. Johnson went off left tackle for a 2-yard TD to give the Bearcats a 14-0 lead with 1:10 left in the first quarter.
Spencerville continue to grind out yards in big chunks. On its next possession, it went 70 yards in seven plays. Lotz scored on an 8-yard TD sweep to the right side to give the Bearcats a 21-0 lead with 6:40 left in the first half.
Spencerville needed only three plays to cover 54 yards on its next score. Johnson scored on a 3-yard run, and it was 28-0 with 3:09 left in the first half.
Perry cut the margin to 28-6 when Hoersten hit Martel White with a 36-yard TD post pass in the heart of the end zone. That came with 1:23 left in the first half.
“(Hoersten) did some things really well,” Baker said. “At the end of the day, you throw for 200 yards and a couple of touchdowns, the defense has to step up a little bit better and help you out. They executed better than us.’’
Spencerville’s Drew Armstead returned the next kickoff 84 yards to the Perry 3.
Bearcats quarterback Dalty Prichard scored on a 3-yard sneak, and it was 34-6 Bearcats with 1:08 left in the half.
“I have nothing but respect for Perry,” Sommers said. “Louie is a phenomenal quarterback. He’s dangerous.’’
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