OTTAWA – The term “team win” gets thrown around a lot in football, but Ottawa-Glandorf really meant it Saturday night.
The Titans’ defense scored two touchdowns on interception returns in the third quarter. The offense had three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns. The special teams chipped in an 88-yard kickoff return on the opening kickoff. The result was a dominating 62-0 win against Orrville in the second round of the Division V playoffs.
“It’s fun to be a big part of a win like this,” said Titan running back Parker Schnipke, who had 15 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half. “Every phase of the game – offense, defense, special teams – all contributed. It was just so much fun.”
It was fun for the Titans (6-1), at least. The Red Riders (3-4) managed just 55 yards of total offense, and only 16 yards of that came in the second half.
“We showed them a lot of fronts, and we showed a lot of coverages that seemed to confuse them a little bit,” said Ottawa-Glandorf coach Ken Schriner. “… Overall, it was just a matter of our guys went out, executed, and I think we were aggressive. We tackled very well tonight, which at times we don’t do that well.”
The Titans earned another home playoff game with the win. They’ll play the Northwestern at Titan Stadium on Saturday.
The defense really shined in the third quarter. On back-to-back possessions, the Titans picked off Red Rider quarterback Cooper Haley and brought it to the house. Trevor Cantrell returned one 36 yards, and Cy Rump took the other back 21 yards. Overall, the Titans forced five turnovers.
O-G’s first-team offense also seemed to do wherever it willed before the backups went in during the third quarter. Schnipke credited the offensive line.
“It’s great to just run through the line with no one touching me. It’s good to get touchdowns and a lot of yards with the big boys making holes for me.”
Titan quarterback Jacob Balbaugh completed 6 of 8 passes for 151 yards. One of those was a 63-yard completion when Brennen Blevins found himself wide open on a flag route. It was Blevins’ second touchdown of the first half, after taking the opening kickoff back 88 yards with a nice burst through the middle of the field.
Caleb Kuhlman added two catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns, including a 42-yard score from Balbaugh and one from Landen Jordan. Ian Fenbert also scored twice, with two 1-yard touchdown runs.
Schriner said the Titans’ bye week last week helped them perfect some plays. It certainly looked like it worked Saturday.
“We can’t afford to let our guard down,” Schriner said. “We need to be prepared for what’s next, whoever we play next.”