Updated 12:25 a.m., Perrysburg bounces back from opening loss (9-6-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Schmeltz Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 06 September 2013 23:00
Perrysburg's Zach Honsberger scores a touchdown while breaking the tackle of Clay's Logan Davies (33) and Jadea Robinson (8) during the first half. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG — One could say Perrysburg’s football team got redemption. Another could say it rebounded.
Either way, it was safe to say the Yellow Jackets bounced back in a big way Friday night at Steinecker Stadium, in a matchup against Clay. PHOTO GALLERY
After an ugly season-opening loss to Whitmer in which Perrysburg made far too many mistakes, the Yellow Jackets took their frustrations out on the Eagles and walked away 50-13 winners.
“We had a really good week of practice and we fixed a lot of things,” said defensive back Quinn Thomas, who had one of six interceptions for the ’Jackets. “Everyone was focused coming into the game and we just did our jobs.
“We didn’t downplay them at all.”
In a game where Perrysburg could seemingly do no wrong, the defense shined.
Pressure from the defensive line caused Clay quarterback Josh Pennington to be erratic in his passing, while the defensive backs stayed glued to the Eagle receivers.
Senior defensive back Seth Durham was responsible for three of the interceptions for Perrysburg.
“We did a great job of covering tonight. ... Technique-wise, our guys did a great job on their receivers,” said Perrysburg head coach Matt Kregel.
In total, Perrysburg forced seven turnovers, with four of them leading to touchdowns on the ensuing drive.
“Last week, we didn’t play as well as we wanted to,” Thomas said. “We just came out focused, and everyone just made plays.”
The ’Jacket defense held Pennington to a line of 13-for-29 for 141 yards. Clay managed to gain just 178 yards of offense.
“I was impressed with what our kids did,” Kregel said. “We lost some depth and we had some guys that we had to put into different positions and make them get it this week, and get it right off the bat.
“They went out and played hard and played up-tempo and kind of wore Clay down,” he added. “That was our plan.”
Most notably, Perrysburg was without senior linebacker/tailback Mark Delas, who is out with a separated shoulder.
The loss of Perrysburg’s leading returning rusher from last year had little effect on the offense.
Kadin Llewellyn replaced Delas at the tailback position and rushed 18 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns, while three other ’Jackets saw action at the tailback position.
Perrysburg compiled 526 yards of total offense including 337 yards on the ground, largely in thanks to the offensive line, which played well off the snap.
“Our tempo was great,” Kregel said. “The execution on each play, we did a great job. And we really blocked people tonight. That’s good to see because that controls the football game.”
Perrysburg went three-and-out on its first possession of the game, but scored on five of its final seven possessions in the first half to take a 37-13 lead at halftime.
Tight end Nate Patterson, who will play at Miami (Ohio) University next year, caught six passes for 77 yards including two touchdowns.
The 6-foot-4 Patterson was a prime target near the end zone with his scoring catches being of two and 16 yards, respectively.
Adding to the firepower of the offense was first-year quarterback Gus Dimmerling.
The sophomore, who switched from running back last season, was 12-of-17 passing for 154 yards and a touchdown. He added 136 yards rushing, which included one touchdown, on 19 carries.
“Right now, he’s doing a great job of running the offense,” Kregel said of Dimmerling. “He does a great job of reading plays and gets the ball snapped. Before (the defense) can get on the ball, we’re going.
“Multi-dimensional means (the defense) can’t just blitz every play because we’re getting receivers open and when they sit back, then we can run the ball,” Kregel said of having a solid throwing and running attack. “It’s what you want on offense. You want balance.”
Perrysburg will travel to Toledo Central Catholic next week for its first road game of the season. Kickoff is 7 p.m.


CLAY    0    13    0    0    —    13
PERRYSUBRG    14    23    6    7    —    50
P — Dimmerling, 17 rush (Kaczinski kick)
P — Honsberger, 7 rush (Kaczinski kick)
P — Patterson, 2 pass from Dimmerling (Fleming rush)
C — Row, 27 pass from Pennington (Okey kick)
P — Llewellyn, 5 rush (Patterson pass from Kaczinski)
P — Llewellyn, 2 rush (Kaczinski kick)
C — Ramirez, 35 pass from Pennington (kick failed)
P — Freeman, 22 rush (kick failed)
P — Patterson, 16 pass from Thomas (Freeman kick)

Category    C    P
First Downs    10    21
By Rushing    1    12
By Passing    6    8
By Penalty    3    1
Total Net Yards    178    526
Rushing    37    337
Passing    141    189
Passes Attempted    30    20
Completed    13    15
Had Intercepted    6    0
Punts/Average    3/36.7    3/40.3
Penalties/Yards    12/80    11/118
Fumbles/Lost    3/1    0/0
RUSHING: (C) Pennington, 6-17; Fournier, 5-9; Schaeffer, 2-7; Whitt, 2-3; Row, 1-1. (P) Dimmerling, 19-136; Llewellyn, 18-115; Honsberger, 2-57; Freeman, 1-22; Haynes, 9-12; Hafner, 3-2; Durham, 1-(minus 3); Mesker, 1-(minus 4).
PASSING: (C) Pennington, 13-29-6—141; Schaeffer, 0-1-0—0. (P) Dimmerling, 12-17-0—154; Thomas, 3-3-0—35.
RECEIVING: (C) Row, 6-97; Ramirez, 4-26; Smith, 2-18; Robinson, 1-0. (P) Patterson, 6-77; Durham, 1-42; Kaczinski, 2-32; Freeman, 2-13; Fleming, 1-11; Llewellyn, 1-9; Haynes, 1-6; Honsberger, 1-(minus 1).

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