High school football: Allen East rolls past Bluffton


Mustangs produce shutout

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Allen East’s Garrett Newland looks to get past Bluffton’s Hayden Dearth during Friday night’s game at Allen East. See more football photos at LimaScores.com.

Allen East’s Garrett Newland looks to get past Bluffton’s Hayden Dearth during Friday night’s game at Allen East. See more football photos at LimaScores.com.


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Bluffton’s Braeden Jordan, center, is tackled by Allen East’s Bryce Avery, left, and Chase Miller during Friday night’s game at Allen East.

Bluffton’s Braeden Jordan, center, is tackled by Allen East’s Bryce Avery, left, and Chase Miller during Friday night’s game at Allen East.


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Bluffton’s Marek Donaldson tries to get free of Allen East’s Evan Shafer during Friday night’s game at Allen East.


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HARROD – Friday night’s key Northwest Conference football matchup between Allen East and visiting Bluffton was delayed for a good 30 minutes because of thunder and lightning that moved into the area before the opening kick-off.

However, once the game finally started, it did not take long for Allen East to create some thunder and lightning of its own.

On the first possession of the contest, Bluffton freshman quarterback Marek Donaldson threw an interception to Allen East linebacker Kade Wireman, who ran it back 41 yards for the early touchdown. With the extra point by Garrett Newland, the Mustangs led 7-0. That seven-point advantage for Allen East held up to the end of the first quarter.

That early score by Allen East also set the tone for the rest of the game, as Allen East went on for a convincing 35-0 victory over Bluffton at Goodwin Field.

Bluffton came into Friday’s contest, leading the all-time series between the two schools, 31-25. However, after Friday’s Allen East victory, the Mustangs have now won the last four meetings with Bluffton.

The weather delay did not seem to affect Allen East at all.

“It kind of messes with the flow a little bit, but that’s the way things work sometimes,” Allen East head coach Joel Billings said. “You have to bounce back and adjust to things as they come at you.”

Bluffton’s starting quarterback Nate Schaadt was out of the lineup Friday with an injury. That injury paved the way for Donaldson’s first career start behind center on Friday.

Allen East (6-2, 4-1 NWC) came into Friday’s contest tied for second place in the Northwest Conference with Leipsic. With the loss, Bluffton slips to 4-4 overall and 1-4 in conference play.

It did not take long for Allen East to score again.

The Mustangs put together an 8-play, 52-yard scoring drive, that was capped off with a 4-yard TD run by quarterback Jacob Hershberger. With the PAT, the Mustangs led 14-0, just seconds into the second quarter.

Lightning struck again for Allen East in the second quarter.

The Mustangs drove 70 yards on five plays to hit pay dirt. The scoring drive was capped off with a 30-yard TD run by Hershberger – his second TD run of the first half. With the PAT, Allen East now led by 21 with 6:53 left to play until intermission.

In the first half, Allen East rolled up 150 offensive yards (108 rushing, 42 passing). Bluffton recorded 138 total yards (112 rushing, 26 passing) in the first half.

Allen East ended the night with 283 total yards.

Bluffton got the ball to open the second half.

However, it was short-lived.

Donaldson threw his second interception of the night – this time to Carson Clum, who set up great field position for the Mustangs.

Allen East made Bluffton pay, just seconds into the second half.

On the first play for Allen East, Hershberger found Carter Young open for a 40-yard TD pass. With the PAT, the Mustangs led 28-0.

On the night, Hershberger rushed for 75 yards on nine carries and had two rushing TDs. Hershberger was 11 of 16 passing for 145 yards and had two TD passes.

Carter Young was Hershberger’s favorite target. Young hauled in three passes for 77 yards and had a TD.

“We really had great field position all night,” Billings said. “I think that was what really pushed us over the top.

“They (Bluffton) loaded the box; and we were able to throw the ball a little bit better than we have the past couple weeks. So, that was good.”

Allen East struck again.

With 2:38 left to play in the third quarter, the Mustangs found the end zone once more, to round out the scoring.

It was a quick scoring strike as Hershberger connected with Newland again. Newland rambled 20 yards for the score.

“It was a long week of practice, getting ready for triple-option,” Billings said in reference to Bluffton’s offensive scheme. “The scout team guys were out there, out of position, trying to help us get ready. We spent a lot more time on the field (during practice) to make sure we were ready. So, it’s been a good week.”

Donaldson led Bluffton with 58 yards rushing on 14 carries. Teammate Landon Shutler had 56 rushing yards on 18 touches.

Allen East’s Garrett Newland looks to get past Bluffton’s Hayden Dearth during Friday night’s game at Allen East. See more football photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_AE-vs-Bluffton-RP-04-2.jpgAllen East’s Garrett Newland looks to get past Bluffton’s Hayden Dearth during Friday night’s game at Allen East. See more football photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Bluffton’s Braeden Jordan, center, is tackled by Allen East’s Bryce Avery, left, and Chase Miller during Friday night’s game at Allen East.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_AE-vs-Bluffton-RP-01-2.jpgBluffton’s Braeden Jordan, center, is tackled by Allen East’s Bryce Avery, left, and Chase Miller during Friday night’s game at Allen East. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Bluffton’s Marek Donaldson tries to get free of Allen East’s Evan Shafer during Friday night’s game at Allen East.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_AE-vs-Bluffton-RP-03-2.jpgBluffton’s Marek Donaldson tries to get free of Allen East’s Evan Shafer during Friday night’s game at Allen East. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Mustangs produce shutout

By Mark Altstaetter

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