OTTAWA — After giving up 55 points in its season-opening loss (55-20) to Van Wert last week, Elida’s defense stepped up to the task Friday night at Ottawa-Glandorf.
Elida’s defense stymied the O-G running attack, en route to a 14-7 victory at Titan Stadium.
With the win, Elida is now 1-1 on the season. O-G evens its record at 1-1.
For the game, O-G’s potent running attack managed just 101 rushing yards.
Elida’s offense was efficient as well. On the night, the Bulldogs rushed for 198 yards, and gained another 105 yards through the air.
“That was kind of the whole thing going into the game. We were worried about their front,” first-year Elida head coach Kyle Harmon said. “They’re strong on both sides of the football. All the credit goes to the kids. They played their butts off.”
Elida overcame an early turnover to slip out with a 14-7 lead at the halftime break.
That was all the scoring Elida needed.
However, to start the game, O-G took full advantage of an early Elida miscue.
On the opening kick-off, Elida fumbled the ball on its own 28-yard line.
The Titans promptly cashed in on a quick 4-play, 28-yard scoring drive.
Parker Schnipke (14 carries, 42 yards) ran it in from eight yards out to record the O-G score. With the point after by Alex Macke, O-G led 7-0, just two minutes into the contest.
That score held up to the end of the first quarter.
In the first quarter, O-G senior quarterback Jacob Balbaugh was 4 of 4 passing for 38 yards. Caleb Kuhlman was Balbaugh’s favorite receiver, hauling in three passes for 35 yards in the first 12 minutes of action.
Elida finally got on the scoreboard.
With 8:47 left to play in the first half, Elida traveled 67 yards on nine plays to hit paydirt.
Andrew Etzkorn ran it in from a yard out to get the Bulldogs on the board. The extra point by Tyler Long knotted the game at 7.
With 3:14 left in the half, Elida claimed the lead.
The Bulldogs cashed in on a 9-play, 49-yard scoring drive. Elida quarterback, Larkin Henderson rambled in from the right side for the score. With the point after, Elida led 14-7.
For the game, Henderson rushed for 103 yards on 26 carries.
The Bulldogs took that 7-point lead into the locker room.
In the first half, Elida rolled up 120 rushing yards. In the air, Henderson was 3 of 3 passing for 25 yards.
O-G recorded just 26 yards on the ground in the first half. Balbaugh was 8 of 11 passing for 49 yards. For the game, Balbaugh was 16 of 25 for 128 yards.
O-G struggled, offensively, as Elida managed to control the clock and keep the Titan offense off the field.
O-G had the ball on the final possession of the game.
However, Elida linebacker Nick Niebel intercepted a Balbaugh pass to end the O-G drive.
For the game, Elida recorded 16 first downs. O-G, on the other hand, moved the chains 10 times.
Harmon was pleased at the all-around effort from his squad and coaching staff.
“We’ve got a good coaching staff. We put together a great game plan,” Harmon said. “All the credit goes to the assistant coaches. They came up with some great stuff; and the kids played hard and executed.”
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