FINDLAY — The snow was falling at Donnell Stadium.
The slick turf made things challenging for both Ottawa-Glandorf and Clyde.
However, Clyde managed to make just a few more plays, en route to a 17-10 victory over Ottawa-Glandorf in a Division IV, Region 14 final Saturday night.
Clyde (9-4) will take on Cincinnati Wyoming (13-0) next Saturday in a state semifinal at a site to be determined later.
O-G (9-4) was attempting to make a return to the state semifinals - something it accomplished in 2009.
However, Saturday night, five turnovers came back to haunt the Titans.
“When you get in a game like this, you can’t make mistakes,” longtime Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Ken Schriner said. “Turnovers are huge. I’ve said that for three weeks. … But this was the week we had the turnovers.
“We had some dumb penalties too. Those were uncharacteristic penalties and turnovers. In a tight game like this, you just can’t make those mistakes. … It was huge.”
For the game, O-G was whistled six times for 36 yards.
O-G quarterback Jacob Balbaugh, who left the game late in the second half with an injury, was 3-of-8 passing for 46 yards. However, Balbaugh threw three interceptions.
Late in the game, sophomore Landen Jordan came in at quarterback. Also, senior Jarrod Beach moved over from his wide receiver position to take some snaps.
Beach was 3-of-7 passing for 57 yards and had one TD pass, late in the game. Jordan was 1-of-2 passing for two yards.
For the game, O-G managed just 137 rushing yards. Clayton Recker led the Titans with 56 yards on 13 carries. Beach rushed for 49 yards on 12 carries.
“Our kids battled their butts off, all night long,” Schriner said. “We started getting injuries. We had kids limping all over. … We lose our quarterback, and we’re still battling back. I’m proud of how we played.”
Saturday night, after O-G turned the ball over on its first possession of the game, Clyde started from its own 10-yard line and eventually got on the scoreboard with a 29-yard field goal by Victor Guzman-Moreno. Clyde reeled off six first downs on that scoring drive.
On their ensuing possession, the Titans marched 70 yards before they elected to kick a field goal.
Ethan Alt nailed the 27-yarder to knot the game at 3 with a little more than eight minutes left in the first half.
Midway through the second quarter, O-G’s defense stuffed Clyde on a fourth-down attempt. The Titans got the ball on Clyde’s 35-yard line.
However, Clyde defensive back Caden Berger intercepted a Balbaugh pass and brought it back to the 50-yard line. Balbaugh was intercepted twice in the first half.
Six plays later, Clyde got into the end zone. Running back Nick Webb scrambled around in the backfield, changed direction and then scampered 30 yards for the touchdown, with a little more than two minutes left in the half.
In the first half, O-G amassed 121 yards (75 rushing, 46 passing). Clyde recorded 177 yards (144 rushing, 33 passing).
Clyde took advantage of yet another O-G turnover, early in the second half.
After Balbaugh threw his third interception on the night, Clyde got the ball back on O-G’s 37-yard line.
It then took just five plays for the Fliers to get into the end zone. Gunner Golden (17 carries, 96 yards) ran it in from two yards out for the TD. With the point after, Clyde led 17-3, with 7:12 left in the third quarter. That 14-point advantage for Clyde held up to the third stop.
Then, early in the fourth quarter, O-G recovered a fumble off a Clyde punt. The Titans got the ball on Clyde’s 30-yard line.
After an off-side penalty on O-G, Beach, who was behind center, found an open Brennan Blevins for a TD pass. With the point after by Alt, the Clyde lead was cut to 7, with 10:10 left to play in the game.
The Titans had one more opportunity in the final two minutes, but another turnover stopped the drive short.
For the game, Clyde rushed for 179 yards. Quarterback Ryan Lozier was 8-of-12 passing for 74 yards.
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