CLYDE – From the opening whistle, Ottawa-Glandorf was on a mission to make it to the final four and by the time the final whistle sounded, the Titans had completed that task after they beat Elyria Catholic 31-6 in the Division V regional final Saturday.
The Titans (10-3) will face Kirtland in the state semifinal in a site to be determined. Elyria Catholic ends its year with an 11-3 mark.
The Titans took control of the game when they scored on its opening possession and Ottawa-Glandorf, on both sides of the ball, never let up.
Offensively, the Titans brought a well-balanced attack that was spearheaded by the passing of signal caller Landen Jordan and the running of Ian Fenbert.
Jordan, who had two touchdown tosses in the first half, finished the game 12 for 23 with 202 yards three touchdowns. Utilizing his assortment of receivers, Jordan connected with three different receivers for scores. Colin White caught one for 21 yards, Rodney Meyer hauled one in for 13 yards and Cy Rump, on a screen pass, raced in for a 58 yard score in the second half. Caleb Kuhlman, who did not score, did have a number of big catches and finished the game with five catches for 82 yards.
Running back Ian Fenbert was the main man in the rushing game as he recorded 87 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.
“That is always huge,” Titan head coach Ken Schriner said about scoring on the team’s opening possession. “You question whether you want to take the ball or whether you defer and they ended up deferring and we got the ball and were able to march down the field and give our kids confidence and that was huge.”
Titan receiver and defensive back Colin White, who had a catch for a touchdown and an interception that led to points said scoring first was a big factor in garnering the win.
“The first drive was huge,” White said. “Our coaches are always preaching that first drive is the most important one and when we get on offensive we get excited and go down and score and that just give us that huge momentum and really propels us to win the game.”
Defensively, the Titans were just as effective. Ottawa-Glandorf came up with five turnovers and two of them in the first half that was instrumental in the Titans breaking out to a 24-0.
The Titans limited the Panthers to 182 total yards and only 76 on the ground.
“Defensively we had an outstanding effort,” Schriner said. “We created some turnovers for our side which is awesome. Just the way our kids were able to play throughout the evening and create those turnovers. We swarmed to the ball and they didn’t run the ball well on us and we forced them to pass a little bit more than probably wanted to so great effort by our guys up front too.”
The Titans scored on its opening possession when they marched 76 yards on 11 plays that ended when Jordan connected withWhite for a 21 yard touchdown pass. After the successful point, O-G led 7-0 with 4:22 left in the first quarter.
Ottawa-Glandorf made it 14-0 midway through the second quarter when Ian Fenbert capped off a short drive with a three yard plunge with 5:01 left in the first half.
Less than three minutes later the Titans were celebrating another touchdown. The Titan defense forced a fumble that O-G pounced on at the 30 yard line and it took five plays for them to score when Jordan found White in the Meyer right corner of the end zone. After the successful extra point, O-G led 21-0 with 2:06 left in the first half.
But the Titans were not done scoring as another turnover, this time an interception from White, led to a Titan field goal and as time ran out of the first half, Dylan Birkmeier split the uprights for three points.
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