|Updated 11:45 p.m., BGHS downs Maumee, 31-21 (10-25-31)|
|Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Friday, 25 October 2013 22:10|
The Bobcats responded positively on Friday night, which was Senior Night and the final home game, with a 31-21 victory over Maumee.
‘‘They played hard,’’ Seeliger said. ‘‘I was really curious what was going to happen, and it was good to play like that.
‘‘We owed our fans and our families more than they got last week (against Southview),’’ Seeliger added. ‘‘They (the Bobcats) felt it, and that made it that much more special ... It was emotional.’’
The Bobcats ran 39 offensive plays for 212 total yards in the opening half in building a 24-7 lead, and setting the tone for the game.
‘‘We really wanted to run the ball,’’ Seeliger said. ‘‘We wanted to keep from putting the pressure on Ricky (Riggs) to have to make plays, and keep us out of third-and-longs.’’
BG’s first-half scores came on a 5-yard run by David Espen, a 41-yard field goal from Andy Fisher, a 44-yard pass from Riggs to Ryan Emans, and a 12-yard run by Matt Kneesi. BG was also stopped at the 1-yard line on the final play of the half.
The Bobcats forced three turnovers in the first half, with two leading to scores.
A Maumee fumble set up Espen’s score, and Alex Gutierrez’s 57-yard fumble return to the Maumee 12-yard line set by Kneesi’s score. The Bobcats’ only offensive big play of the game was the long TD pass down the left sideline to Emans. Later in the half, Emans had to leave the game with a sprained ankle.
Maumee had the only score of the third quarter to pull within 24-14.
Riggs capped an 11-play drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak for a score with 11:44 remaining in the game.
Maumee then drove for the final touchdown of the contest, but BG’s defense made the Panthers work for the score.
Maumee ran 20 plays and took 7:48 the clock before scoring on a 3-yard pass from Jordan Spellis to Brian Utter with 3:56 remaining in the game. Maumee’s other scores came on Spellis’ 15-yard pass to Brian Autry, and Utter’s 6-yard pass to Jeremy Henneman.
‘‘They drove on us, but we never gave up the big play,’’ Seeliger said about Maumee’s final drive. ‘‘Our defense was hitting. They were running hard.’’
After Maumee’s third score, the Bobcats were able to run out the clock to secure the victory.
For the game, the Bobcats piled up 189 yards on the ground on 45 carries to control the first three quarters. Kneesi finished with 72 yards on 18 carries, and Espen chipped in with 55 yards on 13 carries.
‘‘Our backs were always getting extra yards after the contact,’’ Seeliger said. ‘‘We were getting three yards, and four yards, and that was making a huge difference.’’
BG, 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the Northern Lakes League, closes out the regular season at Napoleon. Maumee, 2-7 and 1-5, hosts Perrysburg in the Ding-Dong Bell rivalry game.
BGHS 31. MAUMEE 21
|Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 08:14|
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