High school football: Defense thrives in Ottawa-Glandorf win vs. Northwestern


By David Trinko - sports@limanews.com



Ottawa-Glandorf’s Cy Rump tackles West Salem Northwestern’s Ethan Siders during Saturday’s Division V tournament game at Titan Stadium.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Cy Rump tackles West Salem Northwestern’s Ethan Siders during Saturday’s Division V tournament game at Titan Stadium.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s football team may be best known for its strong running backs or efficient passing game.

Don’t sleep on the Titans’ defense, though. Ottawa-Glandorf held West Salem Northwestern to just two first downs and 26 total yards on their way to a 21-0 victory Saturday night at Titan Stadium. That follows up a 62-0 shutout against Orrville last week.

“I think the key for us is our D line,” said O-G interim coach Brian Heebsh, who stepped in while O-G coach Ken Schriner was sick Saturday. “Ty Leopold, Marco Rosales, Bo Nienberg and Cael Hoehn and even the guys we run is as backups… they just controlled the line of scrimmage.”

The Titans (7-1) now travel to Otsego for the regional semifinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Knights topped Wynford, 51-14, in their quarterfinal matchup.

“It’s really satisfying” to get another shutout, said Brennen Blevins, who had three catches for 68 yards and a touchdown on offense and picked up an interception on defense. “It doesn’t happen that many times.”

The Titans held the Huskies, who averaged 21.6 points per game, scoreless by keying on running back Hal Huber and quarterback Ethan Siders. Huber had just three rushes for three yards, while Siders had six rushing yards and 15 passing yards.

The defense cleared the way for an offense that picked up 398 total yards but kept shooting itself in the foot with penalties in the first half against Northwestern (6-2). They turned the momentum in the third quarter, after leading just 7-0 at the half.

The Titans scored on their second drive of the second half, a nearly 10-minute possession that used all of the playbook, including a fake punt and a fourth-down quarterback sneak. The Titans scored on Blevins’ 6-yard touchdown catch from Jacob Balbaugh.

The Titans put their faith in Parker Schnipke on a fourth-quarter scoring drive. Schnipke had 65 yards rushing on six consecutive running plays, breaking off a 36-yard touchdown run on the left side with 3:01 remaining in the game for a 21-0 lead. Schnipke finished with 161 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns.

Balbaugh completed 17 of 24 passes for 190 yards. His favorite receiver on the night was Caleb Kuhlman, who had seven catches for 74 yards.

“We set a pretty good run game, so they were heavy on the run,” Kuhlman said. “When we can have that, we can do (run-pass options), and that opened things up a little bit.”

The Titans had plenty of opportunities in the first half, including two touchdowns taken back by penalties in the second quarter. Ottawa-Glandorf held a 227-35 total yardage advantage at the half, but the Titans also committed 75 yards worth of penalties.

The Titans got on the scoreboard first, when Balbaugh found Schnipke on a short swing pass to the left nearly eight minutes into the first quarter. Schnipke got an assist as he got held up on the lint, as Brandt Utrup helped pushed the pileup into the end zone. After Alex Macke’s point-after, O-G led 7-0 with 4:07 left in the first quarter.

From there, a series of mistakes and key defensive stops by the Huskies kept O-G from scoring more.

The Titans saw two touchdowns called back in the second quarter by penalties on the same drive, wiping out an apparent 90-yard touchdown catch and another apparent 8-yard touchdown. The Titans didn’t get any points from that drive.

On their next possession, the Titans forced a fumble and recovered the ball at Northwestern’s 17. They didn’t get points out of that drive either, missing on a run up the middle by Schnipke on fourth-and-1 from the 9.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Cy Rump tackles West Salem Northwestern’s Ethan Siders during Saturday’s Division V tournament game at Titan Stadium.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/web1_OG-vs-WS-RP-01.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Cy Rump tackles West Salem Northwestern’s Ethan Siders during Saturday’s Division V tournament game at Titan Stadium. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By David Trinko

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