GALION – Ottawa-Glandorf’s defense knew they were in for a game facing the highly explosive Galion offense and the Titan defenders proved they were up to the task in their 28-17 victory over the Tigers in the first round of the Division IV playoffs Saturday.
In the second half, the Titans held Galion scoreless and produced two interceptions that led to Titan points to push them to week 12.
With the win, Ottawa-Glandorf will face Wauseon Saturday in a place to be determined. Galion ends its season at 8-3.
“The defense really stepped it up, especially in the second half,” Titan head coach Ken Schriner said. “We really got after them in the second half and stopped the things they were able to do in the first half.”
Schriner said at halftime the Titans made defensive adjustment with more rolling coverage land they also wanted to neutralize Isaiah Alsip. In the first half Alsip had five catches for 82 yards and only two catches for 20 yards.
“No. 2 (Alsip) is dangerous and we saw that in the first half and we took him out in the second half,” Schriner said.
The Titan defense finished with four interceptions. Coming into the game, Galion quarterback Wilson Frankhouse had thrown five all season.
Titan Cory Kuhlman pulled off the biggest defensive play. Up 21-17 in the fourth quarter, Galion looked to get the go-ahead score as they took over on their own 30 yard with a little more than 10 minutes left in the game. Seven plays into the drive and moving the ball into Ottawa-Glandorf territory, the Tigers looked to hit a big play.
Frankhouse fired down field for a long strike, however, the Tiger receiver fell down and Kuhlman snatched the pigskin out of the air at the 20 and behind some of Titan teammate weaved his way 80 yards for the decisive touchdown.
The first Titan takeaway in the second half led to the go-ahead touchdown. This time it was Will Kaufman who came away with the interception when on a third- and 14 from the 43 yard line, grabbed the football for the pick and then worked his way down to the 36 yard line.
The Ottawa-Glandorf offense rewarded its defense when they scored four plays later for the touchdown when Jacob Balbaugh plunged in from one yard out. After the successful extra point, O-G led 21-17 with 3:47 left in the third quarter.
While the secondary made the interceptions, credit the Ottawa-Glandorf defensive lineman for putting pressure on Frankhouse all game. In the second half, the Titans sacked the Tiger signal caller four times.
Frankhouse, who was effective both with his legs and arm, was 16 of 24 for 185 yards and two touchdowns and four interceptions.
Offensively, the Titans, with the lead, went conservative and relied on the legs of Eric Heebsh. The senior tailback proved to the reliable workhouse as he finished with 16 carries for 101 yards and one touchdown.
Galion grabbed a 17-14 lead over Ottawa-Glandorf at halftime in the first round n
Plenty of offense was on display in the first half.
Ottawa-Glandorf set the tone early when the Titans marched down on their first possession to take the early 7-0 lead with 8:30 left in the first half.
Titan running back Eric Heebsh capped off the modest 8-play, 65 yard drive when he scampered in from eight yards out. In the drive, Ottawa-Glandorf picked up two key third downs including a 34 yard pass play to Brennen Blevins.
Galion answered on its next possession and marched 71 yards on nine possessions to knot the score. The Tigers hit paydirt when Wilson Frankhouse connected with Isaiah Alsip from 12 yards out. After the extra point, the game was tied 7-7 with 4:58 left in the first quarter.
Alsip picked up his second touchdown of the game when Frankhouse found his receiver for 59 yards to give Galion the 14-7 lead. The touchdown came after the Tigers had intercepted the ball at the 44 and then three plays later were celebrating their second score.
Ottawa-Glandorf would take advantage of its own turnover when the Titans intercepted the ball at the 32 yard line and then swiftly drove down the field on four plays to knot the score when Eric Heebsh raced in from 17 yards out for the score. With 8:22 left in the first half.
Galion took the lead late in the first half when Dominic Pittman nailed a 45-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 17-14 lead with 56 seconds left in the half.
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