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Updated: 12:36 a.m. Defense lifts Perrysburg over Napoleon (9-27-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 27 September 2013 22:46
Perrysburg's Mark Delas, left, runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG — Napoleon was the only team to stand in the way of Perrysburg in Northern Lakes League play last season.
The Yellow Jackets took that to heart Friday night.
Behind an exceptional defensive performance, Perrysburg took the Wildcats out of their comfort zone and walked out of Steinecker Stadium a 27-14 winner.  PHOTO GALLERY
The ’Jackets are 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the NLL.
“Last year, we were right there and it left a bad taste in our mouth. We knew we could beat them,” said Perrysburg fullback and defensive lineman JP Newton.
Napoleon (3-2, 1-1) defeated Perrysburg 35-34 in overtime last year. The Wildcats were the only team Perrysburg had not recorded at least one win against since they joined the NLL in 2011.
Napoleon entered the game averaging 267.5 rushing yards per game, but Perrysburg’s defense was stingy up front.
The ’Jackets limited Napoleon to 64 yards on the ground and held leading rushers Devon Armour and Bryant Schlade to a combined 47 yards. The two rushed for a total of 638 yards over Napoleon’s first four games.
“We were just preparing to stuff the run because that’s what they go to,” Newton said. “They don’t disguise it at all. You know they want to run the ball.”
Perrysburg jumped on top quickly when tailback Mark Delas capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive, scoring from 2 yards out with 7:16 left in the first quarter.
Delas plunged for another 2-yard score with 11:56 remaining in the first half after Kadin Llewellyn hit Napoleon punter Layne Schnitz-Paxton for a 17-yard loss after a bad snap on fourth down.
With the ball on the Wildcats’ 14-yard line, Llewellyn set up Delas’ second score with a 12-yard run, dragging defenders along the way. After a botched hold on the point-after attempt, Perrysburg led 13-0.
Newton scored on a 1-yard run late in the second quarter and then quarterback Gus Dimmerling hit Quinn Thomas on a 9-yard pass just before the half ended with Perrysburg leading 27-0.
Meanwhile, Perrysburg’s defense was still fierce.
The ’Jackets allowed just one first down and 26 yards in the first half, while forcing the Wildcats to punt six times. Napoleon, which had punted just eight times coming into Friday, was forced to punt 10 times throughout the game.
“Our defensive line did a great job of beating blocks, getting into the backfield, making (Napoleon’s) backs adjust their course, and flushed them to our linebackers,” said Perrysburg head coach Matt Kregel.
“Any time you play a team that’s as sharp as they are ... you want to take away what they do well, and make them do something that is out of their comfort zone,” Kregel added. “We made them throw the ball in situations where they don’t like to throw it.”
Napoleon quarterback Blake Dunbar finished 11-of-23 for 97 yards and an interception. He had thrown 52 times in the first four games.
But it was not all positives and happiness for Perrysburg.
The offense went flat in the second half and did not produce as it went three-and-out on four of its final six drives. The ’Jackets totaled 40 second-half yards.
“When you’re running into a nine-man front, it makes it tough,” Kregel said. “But our offensive line kind of panicked and didn’t handle it. That’s one of those things that gets exposed in a game like this. ... One play after another we had a missed assignment here and a missed assignment there and it got sloppy.”
Llewellyn injured his leg and did not play much of the second half, and Delas, who had missed nearly three games earlier in the season, saw limited offensive action in the second half due to fatigue.
“That was part of the (offensive) shutdown,” said Kregel. “Kadin got hurt, Mark got tired, we went to a sophomore back (Josh Haynes) and we just didn’t get things done. We’ve got to work at that.”
Perrysburg plays Southview (3-2) next Friday at 7 p.m. at Northview.

NAPOLEON    0    0    0    14    —14
PERRYSBURG    7    20    0    0    —27
P — Delas, 2 run (Freeman kick)
P — Delas, 2 run (run failed)
P — Newton, 1 run (Freeman kick)
P — Thomas, 9 pass from Dimmerling (Freeman kick)
N — Armour, 2 run (Peckinpaugh kick)
N — Dunbar, 1 run (Peckinpaugh kick)

Category    N    P
First downs    8    13
By rushing    3    6
By passing    5    7
By penalty    0    0
Total net yards    161    272
Rushing    64    107
Passing    97    165    
Attempts    24    26
Completions    11    10
Interceptions    1    0
Punts/average    10/40.6    8/32.5
Penalties/yards    4/23    1/10
Fumbles/lost    1/0    0/0
RUSHING: (N) Schlade, 9-34; Rohrs, 2-24; Armour, 8-13; Dunbar, 8-6; Lankenau, 3-6; Strall, 1-(minus 2); Schnitz-Paxton, 1-(minus 17). (P) Delas, 13-37; Dimmerling, 17-37; Honsberger, 3-21; Llewellyn, 1-12; Haynes, 2-2; Newton, 2-(minus 2).
PASSING: (N) Dunbar, 11-23-1—98; Strall, 0-1-0—0. (P) Dimmerling, 10-26-0—165.
RECEIVING: (N) Fielder, 3-41; Rohrs, 3-29; Lankenau, 3-21; Schlade, 2-6. (P) Thomas, 3-44; Durham, 2-41; Freeman, 1-25; Patterson, 1-22; Fleming, 2-18; Kaczinski, 1-15.
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 September 2013 08:08

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