North Baltimore beats Elmwood (9-13-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacob Beverly, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Saturday, 14 September 2013 00:33
North Baltimore's Taylor Bishop (12) runs the ball as Elmwood's Dylan Hall (20) defends Friday evening during their game at Elmwood High School. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY —Big plays helped North Baltimore take down Elmwood, 26-20, Friday night.
North Baltimore, 2-1, started out fast, scoring two touchdowns, a 31-yard pass and 16-yard pass, via the arm of Lane Bishop, going up 14-0. PHOTO GALLERY
“He’s one of those players, he’s determined and he does everything right,” said North Baltimore head coach Greg Bishop. “You can’t coach those things. He’s got great vision, and he does little things right which can create big plays.”
Elmwood answered with a scoring drive as Austin Isaacs was able to punch it in from seven yards out, making the score 14-6.
North Baltimore got another big play with a 72-yard pass to Brandon Solly from Bishop, pushing the score to 20-6.
With the big plays fueling the offense, the Tigers were able to put up 238 total yards in the first half. The offensive surge was led by Bishop, who threw for 161 yards and rushed for 73 more.
“Our kids bought into what our system is, our basic fundamentals, stepping where we need to be, doing the right things, timing everything up,” coach Bishop said. “Just giving great effort and fighting every play.”
Elmwood answered with another Isaacs rushing touchdown. This time it was from twoyards out, making the score 20-14.
“It’s always big, we’ve been talking about not quitting all year and I really don’t think these kids have quit but it helps a lot when you finally see that good things happen when you don’t quit,” Elmwood head coach Brian Cooper said.
It wasn’t just North Baltimore which had success moving the ball, Isaacs had his own offensive explosion in the first half, totalling 120 yards on the ground.
“That’s just the type of runner he is, he’s a hard runner, good runner, the line was opening up holes,” Cooper said.
After the score by Isaacs, North Baltimore drove right down the field and put themselves in scoring position.
However, Elmwood was able to stop the Tigers with a goal-line stand to end the first half.
“It’s always big, I have to credit our boys, we’ve had a goal-line stand every game we’ve had, our defense has kept us in games,” Cooper said.
The second half was a different story. It was one of halted drives and grind-it-out football.
North Baltimore was held to just 119 total yards of offense in the second half, while, Elmwood (0-3) only gained 80 yards.
The third quarter was scoreless until 43 seconds remained. Elmwood’s Justin Krouse intercepted a Bishop pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 20-20.
Neither team was able to get anything going on offense until late in the game
Bishop was able to score from 15 yards out with 2:09 left in the game, putting the Tigers up 26-20.
“Our kids, we put them through some miserable workouts, for them to go through that, there’s no other choice for them but to keep fighting forward,” Bishop said. “Quitting in their mind is not an option so they always are fighting.”
Elmwood would have one last chance to score, driving down to the NB 32-yard line, before turning the ball over on downs and ending the game.
North Baltimore will open Midland Athletic League play at home against Hopewell-Loudon and Elmwood will do the same against Fostoria next Friday in a Northern Buckeye Conference game.
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2013 08:22

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