|Perrysburg’s Gus Dimmerling (left) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown past Bowling Green’s Trent Wisecup (5), RIcky Riggs (3) and Brock Powers during the first half. Perrysburg posted a 42-2 victory in the Norhtern Lakes League opener for both teams. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
After last week’s thumping at Toledo Central Catholic, Perrysburg looked to be on a mission Friday night at Bowling Green.
The Yellow Jackets ran the ball effectively and efficiently and were nearly flawless on defense in a 42-2 senior night-spoiling win over BG inside a soggy Bobcat Stadium. It was the Northern Lakes League opener for both teams.
“We worked on getting back to up-tempo, playing fast, doing our thing this week,” said Perrysburg head coach Matt Kregel.
“After playing Central, the important thing for us was to get the bad taste out of our mouth, go out there and bang and get after it,” he added. “We really did a good job of that.”
The ’Jackets, 2-2 overall, looked to play with an edge as they pounded the ball on the ground for 314 yards and five touchdowns. No Perrysburg player ran for over 100 yards, but three ran for 75 yards or more.
And defensively Perrysburg was stout, holding the Bobcats to 161 total yards as it forced three turnovers, two of which resulted in touchdown drives for the ’Jackets.
“They were just physically dominating,” BG coach Scott Seeliger said of Perrysburg. “I was disappointed that we weren’t a little more physical with them.
“We just played a team that was a lot better,” he added. “Their program is further along than ours is, and that’s where we want to get. We want to be Perrysburg.”
Perrysburg tailback/linebacker Mark Delas was back in uniform for the first time since Week 1 when he sustained a shoulder injury.
To say Delas provided a spark would be putting it lightly. The 225-pound bruiser took his first carry 46 yards for a score late in the first quarter as the ’Jackets piled on 21 points in the first 12 minutes. They led 35-0 at halftime.
Delas finished the game with four carries for 75 yards, but he was also a factor on defense, blowing up plays in the backfield.
“I was ready to get back. I couldn’t wait any longer for that ball,” Delas said. “I took advantage of it when I got it.”
“You could tell his second practice of this week he was back to being Mark,” Kregel said of Delas. “You could tell he had no fear in that shoulder and he was back to doing what he does. And it shows. He’s a great football player, and he brings a whole other dimension to our team when he’s in there.”
Perrysburg totaled 473 yards of offense, including 346 yards in the first half when it scored touchdowns on five of its first seven possessions.
The Bobcats, 1-3 overall, struggled with consistency on either side of the ball.
Missed tackles haunted BG on defense, and dropped passes and errant throws killed several offensive drives.
“Winning becomes a habit and losing becomes a habit. ... And when you get used to losing it’s a lot harder to do the things to expect to win,” Seeliger said. “That’s the difference between the two teams right now. We’re used to losing and we don’t quite know what it takes to win.
“We’ve got a long way to go,” Seeliger added. “We’ve got fundamentals to get better at, and we’ve got to get our playmakers to start making plays.”
The Bobcats did see some positives to start the second half.
On Perrysburg’s first play from scrimmage to begin the final 24 minutes, running back Scott Freeman was hit in the end zone and tackled for a safety allowing BG to get on the board.
“We really challenged our kids at the end of the half that we’ve got to keep playing, and we’ve got to get better,” Seeliger said.
The Bobcats remain at home when they host Springfield next week, while Perrysburg hosts Napoleon, a team the ’Jackets have not defeated since the Wildcats joined the NLL in 2011.
“Napoleon has beaten us twice. And that is definitely a burr under our saddle,” Kregel said. “They’ve beaten us twice because we’ve made mistakes, and they’ve been virtually perfect against us, so we can’t make mistakes next week.”
PERRYSBURG 42, BGHS 2
PERRYSBURG 21 14 7 0 —42
BGHS 0 0 2 0 —2
P — Dimmerling, 11 rush (kick failed)
P — Delas, 46 rush (Fleming rush)
P — Newton, 7 rush (Freeman kick)
P — Freeman, 60 pass from Dimmerling (Freeman kick)
P — Llewellyn, 32 rush (Freeman kick)
BG — Safety, Perrysburg’s Freeman tackled in end zone
P — Dimmerling, 20 rush (Freeman kick)
Category P BG
First downs 12 11
By rushing 9 6
By passing 2 2
By penalty 1 3
Total net yards 453 161
Rushing 314 81
Passing 139 80
Attempts 8 20
Completions 5 6
Interceptions 0 1
Punts/average 2/27.5 6/34.8
Penalties/yards 9/101 5/46
Fumbles/lost 1/1 5/2
RUSHING: (P) Dimmerling, 11-89; Llewellyn, 9-78; Delas, 4-75; Honsberger, 1-44; Haynes, 4-12; Atkinson, 2-8; Newton, 5-8; Durham, 2-6; Team 1-(minus 1); Freeman, 1-(minus 5). (BG) Riggs, 12-37; Espen, 15-33; Fisher, 1-13; Winters, 4-11; Gutierrez, 3-(minus 2); Donaldson, 1-(minus 11).
PASSING: (P) Dimmerling, 5-7-0—139; Hafner, 0-1-0—0. (BG) Riggs, 3-10-0—60; Donaldson, 3-8-0—20; Arrington, 0-2-1—0.
RECEIVING: (P) Freeman, 1-60; Patterson, 1-28; Honsberger, 1-23; Fleming, 1-23; Thomas, 1-5. (BG) Carsey, 3-41; Espen, 1-34; Emans, 1-7; Riggs, 1-(minus 2).