Mistakes cost Perrysburg against Whitmer (08-30-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 30 August 2013 22:58
Perrysburg's Matthew Kaczinski (left) cathches the ball in the endzone for a touchdown as Whitmer's Bailey Henkle attempts to block the catch Friday night. (Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG — Mistakes took away any chance for Perrysburg to knock off defending state runner-up Toledo Whitmer on Friday night at Steinecker Stadium.
A botched kick return and two interceptions led to easy scores for Whitmer as it spoiled Perrysburg’s home-opener 42-25 before a near-capacity crowd. PHOTO GALLERY
“I didn’t like the mistakes,” said Perrysburg head coach Matt Kregel. “You can’t give Whitmer three scores.”
The Yellow Jackets opened the game by seemingly handing Whitmer its first touchdown.
Perrysburg was set to receive the game’s opening kickoff, but when the pooch kick went untouched, the Panthers took advantage and recovered, setting up a 29-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage.
Early in the second quarter it looked as if Whitmer was going to have little problems getting a win when a pass from Gus Dimmerling was intercepted by Kent State commit Marcus Elliott. Elliott went 29 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown to give the Panthers a 28-6 lead.
Dimmerling’s second interception came on a screen pass in the middle of the field. Whitmer’s Phil Hoskins rumbled to the Perrysburg 13-yard line, setting up the game’s final score, a one-yard rush my Zac Ryan.
“The one was a tough break when the defensive lineman intercepted the screen pass on a twist; it happens,” Kregel said.
“The kickoff that we didn’t recover and the other interception were just two bad plays and you can’t do it,” he added.
But it wasn’t all bad for the ’Jackets.
Despite the three glaring mistakes, Perrysburg played one of the state’s top programs extremely tough.
The offense, full of new faces, mustered 325 total yards, including 177 yards passing and 117 yards rushing from Dimmerling, in his first varsity game as a quarterback.
Dimmerling also threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, keeping Perrysburg from being completely out of contention throughout the game.
“I thought we played our butt off,” Kregel said. “At times we were playing with seven subs on defense because everybody was cramping up and the guys that go in there did there job. I’m impressed with that.”
The defense held its own against a high-powered offense that scored 42 points on Division II state champion Central Catholic last year.
An injury to running back/linebacker Mark Delas in the first quarter did not do any favors for Perrysburg as it lost its leading rusher and defensive player from a year ago.
Delas ran just seven times for 14 yards and a touchdown before being taken out with what Kregel said appeared to be a separated shoulder.
“The play of Gus and a couple of our receivers was very good,” Kregel said. “Mark Delas goes down, our number one ball carrier and our best defensive player, and we still played well. So that’s something that you like, when you see subs step in there and do as well as they did.”
Perrysburg’s largest deficit was 28-6, but  the Yellow Jackets cut it to 28-18 on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Dimmerling to Matt Kaczinski with just six second left in the first half.
The ’Jackets were back within 10 points again when Kadin Llewellyn caught a nine-yard touchdown pass, making it 35-25 with 9:32 remaining in the third quarter.
But Whitmer’s steady offense and ability to drain the clock all but secured its win after its final touchdown late in the third.
The loss of Delas hurt, according to Kregel, especially when a few of the players experienced severe cramping in the latter stages of the game.
“That would have helped,” Kregel said of having Delas to compliment Dimmerling in the running game. “Once we got going, two of our receivers cramped up and we didn’t have our go-to guy. There’s a lot of what-ifs here.”
“It doesn’t help when you have 55 guys against 110,” he added, referring to the number of players on each team. “It is what it is and we need to be tougher and get through it. We’ll learn from it and move on to the next game.”
Perrysburg hosts Oregon Clay next Friday.

WHITMER    14    14    14    0    —    42
PERRYSBURG    6    12    7    0    —    25
W — Boykin, 29 pass from Winzeler (Baker kick)
W — Bell, 18 rush (Baker kick)
P — Delas, 6 rush (kick failed)
W — Bell, 22 rush (Baker kick)
W — Elliott, 24 interception return (Baker)
P — Dimmerling, 9 rush (pass failed)
P — Kaczinski, 11 pass from Dimmerling (pass failed)
W — Stacker, 41 pass from Winseler (Baker kick)
P — Llewellyn, 9 pass from Dimmerling (Freeman kick)
W — Ryan, 1 rush (Baker kick)

Category    W    P
First Downs    13    14
By Rushing    8    7
By Passing    5    5
By Penalty    0    2
Total Net Yards    398    325
Rushing    184    148
Passing    214    177
Passes Attempted    21    25
Completed    14    14
Had Intercepted    2    2
Punts/Average    3/38.0    4/38.0
Penalties/Yards    8/76    4/25
Fumbles/Lost    0/0    0/0
RUSHING: (W) Ryan, 18-65; Bell, 9-60; Bodeman, 11-59. (P) Dimmerling, 25-117; Delas, 7-14; Llewellyn, 3-11; Honsberger, 2-10; Haynes, 1-(minus 4).
PASSING: (W) Winzeler, 14-21-2—214. (P) Dimmerling, 14-25-2—177.
RECEIVING: (W) Boykin, 6-101; Stacker, 3-65; Bell, 1-38; Smith, 2-12; Larkin, 1-5; Ryan, 1-(minus 7). (P) Patterson, 5-49; Llewellyn, 3-48; Kaczinski, 2-34; Durham, 1-22; Honsberger, 1-10; Delas, 1-9; Fleming, 1-5.
Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 12:42

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