Ottawa-Glandorf’s defense takes off after slow start


By David Trinko - dtrinko@limanews.com



Ottawa-Glandorf’s defense, including, from left, Cael Hoehn, Cy Rump and Alec Schroeder, chase down Waynedale quarterback Peyton Lemon in last week’s playoff victory. The Titans face top-seeded Otsego on Saturday.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s defense, including, from left, Cael Hoehn, Cy Rump and Alec Schroeder, chase down Waynedale quarterback Peyton Lemon in last week’s playoff victory. The Titans face top-seeded Otsego on Saturday.


Jessica Trinko | For The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf’s defense pulls down Waynedale’s Braden Hershberger on a play in last week’s win.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s defense pulls down Waynedale’s Braden Hershberger on a play in last week’s win.


Jessica Trinko | For The Lima News

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OTTAWA — To truly appreciate Ottawa-Glandorf’s dominating defense, you only have to look back to the beginning of the season, back when the Titans were anything but impressive.

In their first two games, the Titans’ D gave up an average of 373 yards and 35 points. Since then, they’ve only allowed 177 yards and 6.8 points per game, including a school-record five shutouts.

“The defense is continuing to improve, so hopefully we can use that to keep rolling,” Ottawa-Glandorf coach Ken Schriner said following last week’s 53-0 playoff win against Waynedale, when the Titans only allowed 117 yards.

Ottawa-Glandorf (9-3) is on a six-game winning streak, during which it outscored opponents 220-13 and allowed 144 yards of offense per game. The Titans shut out their opponents in four of those six games.

They’ll face a tough test at 7 p.m. Saturday in Napoleon. They take on Otsego (11-0), which averages 34.9 points per game and a 19-point margin of victory this season, in a Division V, Region 18 regional semifinal. Otsego ranked third in the state in the final Ohio AP poll. The Knights knocked O-G out of the playoffs last year, when they won 21-6.

The success has been a team one for the defense, led by defensive coordinator Brian Heebsh. They’ve recorded 12 interceptions this year, forced 13 fumbles and recovered eight of them.

The Titans had four defensive players named all-Western Buckeye League this week, including first-teamer Tyler Leopold, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior defensive interior lineman who committed to Division I Akron in July. Caleb Kuhlman joined him on the first team as a defensive back. Second-team selections included Beau Nienberg at defensive end and Cy Rump at linebacker.

“I’d really put it down to our coaches scheming it right,” said Rump, who had five solo tackles and three tackles for loss against Waynedale. “They always do a good job. Coach Heebsh really does a good job putting us in the right spot at the right time to make plays.”

Schriner said the Titans move players around frequently on defense, keeping them from being too predictable. A defensive line with everyone taller than 6-foot 1 and topping 225 pounds doesn’t hurt those efforts.

“You know, our guys up front are stout. We’re able to play the interior tackle-to-tackle with our D line, and that sure helps,” he said. “It allows our linebackers to run.”

That also opens up Kuhlman to run to make plays. He has three interceptions this year.

“Caleb, as a free safety, we put in more of a rover position and give him the opportunity to run things down,” Schriner said. “He’s got great speed, and he runs things down. He’s super smart.”

It’s been a fun year for the Titans, who have built a bond like brothers. The players even all dyed their hair blonde at the beginning of the playoffs.

“We’re all pretty good friends,” Kuhlman said. “We all hang out after practice and on the weekends. We’re all pretty close like brothers. It’s a fun team.”

Edon (11-1) vs.

Lima Central Catholic (10-2)

Edon comes into the third round game riding an eight-game winning streak and it is the passing game that pushes the Bomber offense.

Bomber signal caller Drew Gallehue is 300 for 433 with 4,650 yards passing and an impressive 55 touchdowns with only five interceptions.

Edon has four receivers with more than 600 yards. Gannon Ripke is the main target as he has hauled in 94 passes for 1,652 yards and 20 touchdowns. Hayden Dye has caught 66 passes for 845 yards and nine touchdowns and Caden Nester has hauled in 49 catches for 823 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Defensively, the Bombers are giving up an average of 23 points a contest.

In the playoffs, Edon beat Spencerville 28-20 and then Antwerp 26-21.

After struggling offensively against Crestview in the first round of the playoffs, beating the Knights 13-7, the T-Birds bounced back with a 47-14 victory over Upper Scioto Valley.

Quarterback Carson Parker ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns and passed for two mores. On the ground Keiron Bailey rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Defensively, the T-Birds shut down the USV running game but will have their hands full against the Bombers passing attack.

Anna (7-6) vs.

Allen East (9-3)

Last season, Allen East was ousted from the playoffs by Midwest Athletic Conference foe Minster and this year the Mustangs face another tough test against Anna.

Anna’s record may not be stellar but its losses have come to New Bremen, Coldwater, Versailles, St. Henry and Marion on Local but since losing to the Flyers Oct. 22, the Rockets have posted back to back postseason wins over Northeastern 17-3 and Fort Recovery, 33-14.

Allen East has been impressive in its two playoff games by beating National Trail, 49-8 and then following it up with a 28-7 win over Fairbanks.

Against Fairbanks, Jack Hoel rushed for 102 yards and one touchdown and quarterback Jacob Hershberger was 10 of 18 for 69 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for one touchdown.

The Mustangs gave up 182 yards to Fairbanks.

In the game against National Trail, Allen East limited their offense to 224 yards.

On offense, Hershberger was 11 of 19 for 254 yards and passed for one touchdown.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s defense, including, from left, Cael Hoehn, Cy Rump and Alec Schroeder, chase down Waynedale quarterback Peyton Lemon in last week’s playoff victory. The Titans face top-seeded Otsego on Saturday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_OGDefense-Crop.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s defense, including, from left, Cael Hoehn, Cy Rump and Alec Schroeder, chase down Waynedale quarterback Peyton Lemon in last week’s playoff victory. The Titans face top-seeded Otsego on Saturday. Jessica Trinko | For The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf’s defense pulls down Waynedale’s Braden Hershberger on a play in last week’s win.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_OGDefense2-Crop.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s defense pulls down Waynedale’s Braden Hershberger on a play in last week’s win. Jessica Trinko | For The Lima News

By David Trinko

dtrinko@limanews.com

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Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.

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