Updated: 1:00 a.m., Lake blanks Otsego, 38-0 (9-30-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACOB BEVERLY, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 20 September 2013 23:29
Lake’s Adam Duncan (23) runs the ball as Otsego’s Logan Hosley moves in Friday. (Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY — Lake’s defense was dominant throughout the game, holding Otsego to 101 total yards in a 38-0 Northern Buckeye Conference victory Friday.
“Our defense has done a great job. They were really maligned last year before we got here and our defensive staff has done an outstanding job of getting our kids to buy into defense,” said Lake head coach Mark Emans. “And I’m really pleased, we are starting to be, I wouldn’t say scary, but we are starting to become very dominant on defense and that’s very impressive.”
Lake moved to 4-0 and 1-0 in the NBC, while Otsego fell to 2-2 0-1.
In a game with very wet and slippery weather conditions, Otsego lost six fumbles.
“That was part of it,” said Otsego head coach Matt Dzierwa. “But I give Lake a lot of credit, they played harder than we did, plain and simple.”
Midway through the second quarter, Lake made a big play with a 56-yard pass from Jared Rettig to Marcel Bryan to open the scoring.
Then, with 1:22 left in the second, Lake recovered a fumble at the Otsego 13-yard line and converted it into a Adam Duncan 26-yard field goal.
The scores created a 10-0 lead and some momentum for Lake going into halftime.
“Huge, and even more important was the Adam Duncan field goal. In this kind of weather, we ended up getting that and getting up 10-0 and that was really big,” Emans said.
“For us to go in up two scores at half, we were very confident,” Emans added.
Lake pulled away in the third quarter, scoring four touchdowns on its first four drives.
The first score came only 1:06 into the third. Lake’s scoring drive was started by a 47-yard pass from Rettig to Todd Walters on the second play of the half. It was capped by a 12-yard run by Rettig, making the score 17-0.
The ensuing Flyer possession resulted in another big pass play. This time it was a 47-yard pass from Rettig to Bryan for a touchdown, pushing the score to 24-0.
A third touchdown pass, from Rettig to Duncan for 24-yards, in the quarter made the score 31-0.
“I think we made some good adjustments. Our line coaches did a great job of making some line adjustments at halftime and that sprung us for a little bit,” Emans said. “We changed our pass blocking scheme, we did some different schemes on some of the run plays. I have to credit my offensive lines coaches for doing that, they did a great job. And that’s really what kind of helped seal it.”
The final score of the game came from a 1-yard run by Brandon Short.
“It was only 10 points at halftime. Again give them credit, they came out in the third quarter and took it to us,” Dzierwa said.
Putting up a zero on the scoreboard does not happen often for Otsego. The defense of Lake shut down a potent Otsego offense and star quarterback Cody Downs.
Last week against Bowling Green, Otsego racked up 364 total yards. Downs contributed 229 passing and 128 rushing yards.
“We just had to play good team defense and be kind of relentless, that’s a word we try to use with our kids. Be very relentless in attacking the ball and attacking the man over you and we were very successful tonight,” Emans said. “They are a good offense. We were really scared of their quarterback and what he’s done so far this year; so that’s a real feather in our cap to be able to shut them down.”
Lake was led by Rettig, who threw for 215 yards and ran for 39. Bryan was Rettig’s favorite target, finishing with 112 receiving yards.
Lake will play at Woodmore and Otsego hosts Elmwood next Friday.

OTSEGO    0    0    0    0    —0
LAKE    0    10    28    0    —38
L— Bryan, 56 pass from Rettig (Duncan kick)
L — Duncan, 26 field goal
L — Rettig, 12 rush (Duncan kick)
L — Bryan, 47 pass from Rettig (Duncan kick)
L — Duncan, 24 pass from Rettig (Duncan kick)
L — Short, 1 rush (Duncan kick)

Category    O    L
First downs    4    12
By rushing    4    8
By passing    0    3
By penalty    0    1
Total net yards    101    363
Rushing    97    148
Passing    4    215    
Attempts    8    18
Completions    2    10
Interceptions    0    1
Punts/average    5/30    3/34
Penalties/yards    6/45    9/90
Fumbles/lost    9/6    4/1
RUSHING: (O) Downs, 17-16; Tercha, 4-13; Gorski, 3-50; Hardison, 3-9; Rohleder, 3-7; Nigh, 1-2. (L) Perkins, 9-38; Rettig, 8-39; Bryan, 8-16; Short, 7-60; Walsh, 4-8; Besgrove, 3- (minus 13).
PASSING: (O) Downs, 2-8-0—4. (L) Rettig, 10-18-1—215; Besgrove, 0-1-0 — 0.
RECEIVING: (O) Scherff, 2-4. (L) Bryan, 4-112; Walters, 3-70; Densic, 2-9; Duncan, 1-24.

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