High school football: Coldwater rolls past Allen East


By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Allen East’s Jack Hoel fights for extra yards against Coldwater’s Tyler Schwieterman, left, and Jesse Meyer during Saturday night’s Division VI regional final at Sidney.

Allen East’s Jack Hoel fights for extra yards against Coldwater’s Tyler Schwieterman, left, and Jesse Meyer during Saturday night’s Division VI regional final at Sidney.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Coldwater’s Luke Sudhoff (41) fights for yardage against Allen East’s Chase Miller during Saturday night’s Division VI regional final at Sidney.

Coldwater’s Luke Sudhoff (41) fights for yardage against Allen East’s Chase Miller during Saturday night’s Division VI regional final at Sidney.


Don Speck | The Lima News

SIDNEY — It was uncharted waters for Allen East.

Saturday night, the Mustangs traveled to Sidney Memorial Stadium to play in the football regional finals for the first time in school history.

In front of them was Midwest Athletic Conference-power Coldwater.

Coldwater came out strong right from the start, and pulled away for a convincing 49-7 victory in a Division VI, Region 24 final.

With the win, Coldwater (12-2) will face West Jefferson next Saturday in a state semifinal at a site to be determined.

Allen East ends its season 10-4.

For the game, Coldwater rolled up 358 total offensive yards, while it held Allen East to 224 offensive yards on the night.

Allen East did not help its cause, as the Mustangs turned the football over four times on the night, including three miscues in the first half.

“We had three turnovers in the first half,” Allen East head coach Joel Billings said. “Defensively (for Allen East), they (Coldwater) had short fields; and it’s a good offense. They’re a really good program.

“But I think, holistically, this was still a good thing for us. We got some games in this playoff environment. We’re going to miss this senior class, but we have a lot of guys coming back. We’re excited to build off this year.”

The tone Saturday night was set on the opening drive of the game.

On Allen East’s first possession, quarterback Jacob Hershberger threw an interception on the third play of the drive.

Coldwater started on Allen East’s 35-yard line on its first possession of the contest.

Seven plays later, the Cavaliers cashed in.

Quarterback Reece Dellinger connected with Isaac Fullenkamp for a 3-yard touchdown pass. With the extra point by Justin Kaup, Coldwater quickly led 7-0 with 7:30 left to play in the opening quarter.

Dellinger ended the night, 15 of 18 passing for 210 yards and four touchdown passes.

Before the end of the first quarter, the Cavaliers put another touchdown on the board.

Coldwater marched 69 yards on seven plays to find paydirt.

Dellinger found Tanner Muhlenkamp open for a 10-yard TD pass. With the extra point, Coldwater now led 14-0 with 1:50 left to play in the first quarter. That score held up to the first stop.

The Cavaliers were not done yet.

Coldwater mounted an 8-play, 43-yard scoring drive. Isaac Fullenkamp ran it in from a yard out to cap off the quick scoring drive. With the extra point, the Cavaliers led 21-0 with 9:12 left to play in the half.

The Mustangs’ woes continued.

Less than four minutes into the second quarter, Allen East committed its third turnover of the half.

Coldwater made the Mustangs pay.

The Cavaliers took just three plays to travel 37 yards to reach the end zone. Luke Sudhoff ran it in from a yard out. With the extra point, the Cavaliers’ lead ballooned to 28-0 with 7:29 left in the half.

Coldwater kept it coming.

With 1:05 left in the half, Dellinger found a wide-open Marcel Blasingame for a 14-yard TD pass to push the lead to 35-0.

However, Coldwater was not finished.

The Cavaliers took just one play to find the end zone.

Dellinger connected with Jesse Meyer, who ran it in from 44 yards to push the lead to 42-0 – which held up to the break.

“They (Coldwater) do a very good job of spreading the ball around,” Billings said. “It’s a good mix of run/pass. They’re really disciplined and well-coached. They didn’t make mistakes. That’s what we really have to learn, moving forward. In these types of games, we really can’t make those kinds of mistakes.”

For the game, Coldwater did not turn the football over.

Coldwater got the football to start the second half. And it didn’t take long for the Cavaliers to find the end zone.

Coldwater marched 83 yards on eight plays to find the end zone. Fullenkamp capped off the scoring drive with an 8-yard TD run. With the PAT, the Cavaliers extended their lead to 49-0.

Allen East finally got on the scoreboard.

With 6:36 left to play, Jack Hoel (21 carries, 113 yards) ran it in from two yards. Aiden Roby kicked the extra point for the Mustangs.

Billings reflected on the season.

“The kids overcame a lot. Midseason was really rough, in terms of injuries and other things that went on. That’s a testament to the kids – to bounce back and do something special,” he said.

Allen East’s Jack Hoel fights for extra yards against Coldwater’s Tyler Schwieterman, left, and Jesse Meyer during Saturday night’s Division VI regional final at Sidney.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_Allen-East-FB-vs-Coldwater-DS5-3.jpgAllen East’s Jack Hoel fights for extra yards against Coldwater’s Tyler Schwieterman, left, and Jesse Meyer during Saturday night’s Division VI regional final at Sidney. Don Speck | The Lima News
Coldwater’s Luke Sudhoff (41) fights for yardage against Allen East’s Chase Miller during Saturday night’s Division VI regional final at Sidney.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_Allen-East-FB-vs-Coldwater-DS7-3.jpgColdwater’s Luke Sudhoff (41) fights for yardage against Allen East’s Chase Miller during Saturday night’s Division VI regional final at Sidney. Don Speck | The Lima News

By Mark Altstaetter

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