High school football: Kirtland shuts down Ottawa-Glandorf


Titans’ football season ends at state semifinals

By Jose Nogueras - jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com



Ottawa-Glandorf’s Ian Fenbert tries to get past Kirtland’s Scott Haymer during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde. See more high school football photos at LimaScores.com.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Ian Fenbert tries to get past Kirtland’s Scott Haymer during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde. See more high school football photos at LimaScores.com.


Several members of the Ottawa-Glandorf defense converge on Kirtland’s Ramon Lescano during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde.

Several members of the Ottawa-Glandorf defense converge on Kirtland’s Ramon Lescano during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde.


Ottawa-Glandorf’s Caleb Kuhlman finds an avenue to run during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal against Kirtland at Clyde.


Ottawa-Glandorf’s Ryan Ross, left, and Caleb Kuhlman, right, try to slow Kirtland’s Mason Rus during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde.


Ottawa-Glandorf’s Landen Jordan makes a throw during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal against Kirtland at Clyde.


Ottawa-Glandorf’s Landen Jordan hands off to Ian Fenbert during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal against Kirtland at Clyde.


CLYDE — Ottawa-Glandorf found out what the previous 54 other opponents Kirtland has faced and that is the Hornets have become unbeatable.

Riding its relentless running game and its smothering defense, the Hornets toppled the Titans 28-6 in the Division V state semifinal game on a snowy Saturday.

The Titans end their season with an 11-4 mark. Kirtland, winners of 55 straight games, advances to the state championship game and seeks its seventh state title in 11 years.

“We ran into a buzz saw,” Titan head coach Ken Schriner said. “You run into a team that has every answer offensively and everything we did defensively. There is a reason they done the things that they have done.

“Our kids came out and played hard. Give them credit they played their tails off and our guys battled. I am so proud of our seniors and what they did this year. We played 15 games and that has never been done before and hopefully we can rally from this and move on.”

It was simple smash mouth football on offense that powered the Hornets and its effective rushing attack that featured the hard-nose running of Mason Rus and the speed of Gage Sullivan, who is the team’s leading receiver but utilized his speed to gain yardage on the ground.

Sullivan finished the game with 175 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns and running back Rus was rushed for 158 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.

As a team the Hornets rushed for 375 yards. They attempted one pass on the night.

“They had a lot of counter action but they did what we scouted,” Schriner said. “But it is hard to emulate that in practice. Their guys up front are nothing fancy but they are good and their running back (Rus) is as good as advertised. They have a number of weapons.”

Defensively, Kirtland shutdown the Titans inn the air and on the ground and limited them to 224 total yards.

The Titans made a fourth quarter run at the Hornets and scored its lone touchdown when Ian Fenbert raced 56 yards for a touchdown but that was one of the few offensive highlights for the O-G.

Fenbert finished the night with 92 yards on eight carries.

Landen Jorden had trouble all night through the air and was 8 of 19 for 92 yards.

“They matched up with our H back and put a lot of pressure inside with our H back and they were outnumbering us at the point of attack and we had some throws that we didn’t hit,” Schriner said. “We just stuck with what we did and we would get down near the red zone and make a mistake….But again five them (Kirtland) credit for swarming on defense that was incredible.”

The Hornets scored on its first three drives to grab the three touchdown leads.

On its opening possession, the Hornets marched 73 yards for the touchdown and Rus ran it in from three yards out for the score and with the extra point, the Hornets led 7-0 with 8:12 left in the first quarter.

The Hornets went up two touchdowns after marching 99 yards for it second score of the game. Sullivan scampered 11 yards to paydirt and with the point after, the Hornets went up 14-0 with 1:48 left in the first quarter.

Sullivan scored his second touchdown when he raced 51 yards for Kirtland’s third touchdown of the half that completed a two-play drive and with 10 minutes left in the first half, the Hornets owned a 21-0 lead.

The Titans had trouble moving the ball throughout the half and the closest came to scoring when they began a drive at their own 20 yard line and made it down to the Hornets 21 before the drive stalled.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Ian Fenbert tries to get past Kirtland’s Scott Haymer during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde. See more high school football photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_OG-football-vs-Kirtland-DS2-1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Ian Fenbert tries to get past Kirtland’s Scott Haymer during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde. See more high school football photos at LimaScores.com.
Several members of the Ottawa-Glandorf defense converge on Kirtland’s Ramon Lescano during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_OG-football-vs-Kirtland-DS5-1.jpgSeveral members of the Ottawa-Glandorf defense converge on Kirtland’s Ramon Lescano during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Caleb Kuhlman finds an avenue to run during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal against Kirtland at Clyde.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_OG-football-vs-Kirtland-DS3-1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Caleb Kuhlman finds an avenue to run during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal against Kirtland at Clyde.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Ryan Ross, left, and Caleb Kuhlman, right, try to slow Kirtland’s Mason Rus during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_OG-football-vs-Kirtland-DS1-1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Ryan Ross, left, and Caleb Kuhlman, right, try to slow Kirtland’s Mason Rus during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal at Clyde.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Landen Jordan makes a throw during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal against Kirtland at Clyde.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_OG-football-vs-Kirtland-DS4-1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Landen Jordan makes a throw during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal against Kirtland at Clyde.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Landen Jordan hands off to Ian Fenbert during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal against Kirtland at Clyde.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_OG-football-vs-Kirtland-DS6-1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Landen Jordan hands off to Ian Fenbert during Saturday night’s Division V state semifinal against Kirtland at Clyde.
Titans’ football season ends at state semifinals

By Jose Nogueras

jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.

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