Updated: 12:37 a.m., Perrysburg thumps Northview, 55-10 (10-18-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 18 October 2013 22:19
SYLVANIA — Perrysburg was set up for the perfect trap game heading into Week 8 as it sat alone atop of the Northern Lakes League.
The Yellow Jackets, coming off of a 40-point win over Anthony Wayne last week, had every reason to look past a 2-5 Northview squad.
But week in and week out, head coach Matt Kregel preaches to the media and his team, “One week at a time.”
If there was ever any doubt from anybody — it is gone. The ’Jackets have clearly bought into Kregel’s philosophy.
Perrysburg, with an astounding performance on both sides of the ball, made itself look like it belonged on a higher tier Friday night as it handled Northview, 55-10.
“I was worried going into this because it’s one of those situations where their record isn’t very good,” Kregel said. “They’ve got some talent. I was afraid if we didn’t come out sharp and make this a sharp game, that affects the next week.”
Perrysburg (6-2, 5-0) had no trouble against the Wildcats. It did whatever it wanted in the first half as it took a 48-0 lead into halftime, racking up 374 yards in the first 24 minutes.
The ’Jackets scored touchdowns on seven of their eight drives in the first half, with each of the scoring drives averaging four plays. The only time Perrysburg failed to score in the first half was when it ran the clock out before halftime. Even then, it had traveled 48 yards on nine plays and was facing a second-and-three play before time expired.
“We were just thinking if we play as well as we can, then we’re not going to lose,” said Perrysburg wide receiver Scott Freeman, who had three catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. He also ran three times for 54 yards.
And Perrysburg was sure to spread the wealth in scoring, instead of relying solely on quarterback Gus Dimmerling’s ability to make plays.
Zach Warner caught two touchdown passes, one from Dimmerling and one from Trevor Hafner. Seth Durham scored on a 6-yard rush and had a receiving TD, while Zach Honsberger, Mark Delas and Dimmerling had scoring runs of 16, 20 and 17 yards, respectively.
“We’re a really balanced team and we were just running and executing. When we execute, we’re tough to stop,” Freeman said.
“It’s great because you keep the defense guessing,” he added of the team’s balance.
The ’Jackets totaled 493 yards as they ran for 286 yards, while Dimmerling and Hafner combined to go 12-of-15 through the air for 207 yards.
Perrysburg’s offensive line, consisting of many first-year starters, had its way with the opponent for the second week in a row, creating gaping holes for the backs to run through.
“They’re all workhorses. Everybody from our left tackle to our right tackle does a great job,” Freeman said of the offensive line. “They’re the heart and soul of our team. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do anything.”
“Run-game wise, we’ve got to be able to control the line of scrimmage and take chunks of yards, and if we do that then Gus can roll out,” said Kregel. “He can see some things and he gets receivers open. The whole thing comes together when the offensive line gets rolling.”
Defensively, Perrysburg was just as impressive, pounding through the Northview offensive line, resulting in 12 plays for negative yards for the Wildcats.
The ’Jackets did not allow an offensive touchdown and held the Wildcats to 120 total yards, including 18 on the ground.
As for the final two weeks of the regular season, Perrysburg faces Springfield and Maumee, which have a combined record of 6-10.
With a win over Springfield (4-4) next week, Perrysburg can clinch at least a share of the NLL title. But Kregel is still sticking to his ‘one week at a time’ mantra.
“We’ve got to take them as seriously as we took (Northview),” he said. “Everybody is going to play Perrysburg hard. They’re going to be talking about knocking us out of a league title. We’ve got to come to play.”

PERRYSBURG    28    20    7    0    —55
NORTHVIEW    0    0    7    3    —10
P — Dimmerling, 17 run (Freeman kick)
P — Freeman, 16 pass from Dimmerling (Freeman kick)
P — Durham, 6 run (Freeman kick)
P — Warner, 27 pass from Hafner (Freeman kick)
P — Delas, 20 run (Freeman kick)
P — Warner, 3 pass from Dimmerling (Freeman kick)
P — Durham, 5 pass from Dimmerling (kick failed)
N — Wynn, 33 fumble recovery (Hanna kick)
P — Honsberger, 16 run (Freeman kick)
N — Hanna, 42 field goal

Category    P    N
First downs    17    7
By rushing    8    2
By passing    7    5
By penalty    2    0
Total net yards    493    120
Rushing    286    18
Passing    207    102    
Attempts    15    21
Completions    12    7
Interceptions    0    0
Punts/average    1/34    6/32.5
Penalties/yards    4/30    3/25
Fumbles/lost    1/1    6/2
RUSHING: (P) Delas, 5-70; Freeman, 3-54; Haynes, 14-50; Honsberger, 3-37; Dimmerling, 5-36; Saunders, 2-14; Atkinson, 4-11; Hafner, 4-8; Durham, 1-6. (N) Turner, 10-43; McCurdy, 7-3; Hullibarger, 1-1; Team, 1-(minus 1); Bishop, 1-(minus 2); Donnelly, 2-(minus 11); Pierson, 7-(minus 15).
PASSING: (P) Dimmerling, 7-10-0—112; Hafner, 5-5-0—95. (N) Pierson, 3-10-0—50; Bishop, 3-10-0—49; Martinek, 1-1-0—3.
RECEIVING: (P) Freeman, 3-81; Fleming, 1-33; Warner, 2-30; Durham, 2-21; Thomas, 2-17; Patterson, 1-13; Kaczinski, 1-12. (N) Hullibarger, 3-51; Bilek, 2-31; McCurdy, 1-17; Donnelly, 1-3.
Last Updated on Saturday, 19 October 2013 00:37

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