MILLBURY — Lake’s Jared Rettig put on a show for those who were brave enough to endure the cold weather, as he completed 16-of-24 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns Friday night to lead the Flyers to a 48-20 victory over Rossford in a Northern Buckeye Conference game.
|Rossford's Nick Wagner (35) tackles Lake's Marcel Bryan (30) during their game Friday night. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Rettig, who has been the leader for the Flyers offensively all year, has thrown for 1,993 yards and 25 touchdowns this season.
Todd Walters had only four catches, but scored on receptions of 25, 84 and 18 yards. He finished with 132 yards receiving and Adam Duncan added seven receptions for 129 yards.
“Our kids had a good week of practice, and they executed the game plan fairly well,” said Lake head coach Mark Emans. “Jared threw the ball extremely well and we just did a pretty good job of executing what we wanted to do.
We thought we could take advantage of some of the different alignments they were giving us and some of those things.”
Lake is accustomed to making big plays and putting up large numbers and Friday was no different.
The Flyers had 14 plays of 15 or more yards and the 48 points marked the seventh time Lake has scored 35 or more points in a game. Lake scored 42 straight points during the game.
The 324 passing yards marked the fourth time the Flyers (7-2 overall, 4-2 in the NBC) have passed for 250 or more yards in a game this season.
“That’s kind of been our M.O. this year, we’re a fairly big play team,” Emans said. “We throw the ball extremely well and that opens up our run too ... the balance that we have allows us to do a lot of different things.”
Rossford (5-4, 3-3) scored on its first possession, a 7-yard pass from John Allen to Nathan Childress.
But, the Flyers started out even faster, scoring on three of their first four possessions, including two touchdowns passes by Rettig, a 20-yarder to Joel Densic and 25-yarder to Walters, making it 22-7.
A 35-yard touchdown run by Brandon Short closed out the first half scoring, pushing the score to 29-7.
Lake continued its 42-0 run, when it opened the second half with two quick touchdowns. Again, it was Rettig passing to Duncan and Walters, for 64 an 84 yards, respectively.
“We had great protection by our line. It gave Jared a lot of time and he threw the ball perfect,” Walters said. “The corners weren’t playing very tight so it gave us more room to get separation.’’
Rossford stopped Lake’s scoring run with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Allen to Andrew Myers, making it 42-14.
Lake’s defense also played a key part in the victory, keeping the Bulldogs from getting any kind of rhythm going offensively, holding Rossford to 45 yards rushing.
“Number one, we couldn’t block number 13 (Nick Walsh). We couldn’t run the ball in there because of him,” said Rossford head coach Todd Drusback. “And not just because of him, they’ve got some other guys, but they did a good job of taking our zone away. I figured they were going to load up the box, and unfortunately we were just way too inconsistent in throwing.
“We just needed to be able to generate a drive and complete some passes and move the ball down. ... A lot of its Lake preventing us to do that,” Drusback added.
Rossford was led by Allen, who threw for 292 yards.
“Their quarterback had an outstanding game,” Emans said. “We shut down their run, which I was really pleased with. Their running game was kind of scary for us in film, but we were able to slow that down. But, number 4 (Allen) threw the ball extremely well.”
The Flyers and Bulldogs each scored once more to close out the scoring, making the final 48-20.
Lake was ranked seventh in Division IV, Region 12 of the computer rankings going into the game, as the Flyers are fighting for their playoff lives.
“This is a big win ... 8-2 will probably get us in the playoffs, 7-3 wouldn’t have,” Walters said.
Lake travels to Fostoria and Rossford hosts Elmwood next Friday.
LAKE 48, ROSSFORD 20
ROSSFORD 7 0 7 6 —20
LAKE 14 15 13 6 —48
R — Childress, 7 pass from Allen (Aguirre kick)
L— Densic, 20 pass from Rettig (Duncan kick)
L— Walsh, 1 run (Duncan kick)
L— Walters, 25 pass from Rettig (Rettig run)
L— Short, 35 run (Duncan kick)
L— Duncan, 64 pass from Rettig (Duncan kick)
L— Walters, 84 pass from Rettig (run failed)
R— Myers, 38 pass from Allen (Aguirre kick)
L— Walters, 18 pass from Rettig (kick blocked)
R— Moore, 23 pass from Allen (kick blocked)
Category R L
First downs 15 18
By rushing 5 11
By passing 9 5
By penalty 1 2
Total net yards 337 603
Rushing 45 279
Passing 292 324
Attempts 45 24
Completions 26 16
Interceptions 2 0
Punts/average 5/33.4 2/24
Penalties/yards 6/50 6/61
Fumbles/lost 4/1 3/1
RUSHING: (R) Losiewicz, 2-6; Wagner, 14-34; Allen, 11-(minus 27); Sinclair, 4-32. (L) Short, 10-92; Bryan, 8-103; Perkins, 6-49; Walsh, 5-27; Rettig, 3-8; Knierim, 1-0.
PASSING: (R) Allen, 26-45-2—292. (L) 16-24-0—324.
RECEIVING: (R) Myers, 7-110; Childress, 6-63; Moore, 4-42; Sinclair, 4-31; Losiewicz, 3-32; Reed, 1-9; Nawrocki, 1-5. (L) Duncan, 7-129; Walters, 4-132; Walsh, 4-43; Densic, 1-20.