|(Updated: 12:49 a.m.) Perrysburg thumps Maumee, claims outright NLL title (11-1-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Friday, 01 November 2013 22:48|
Students flooded the field of their arch-rival and football players pulled the historic Ding Dong Bell to midfield.
Smiles, screams and probably a few tears — all because Perrysburg claimed its first outright Northern Lakes League championship since 2006. PHOTO GALLERY
As it has in league play all year, Perrysburg dominated. The Yellow Jackets tallied 629 yards en route to a 50-7 drudging of Maumee Friday night at Kazmaier Stadium.
“Last year, we came so close with Napoleon,” said Perrysburg senior Nate Patterson. “This year’s senior class just knew we had something to take care of.”
Perrysburg fell painstakingly short of an NLL title last year, finishing 6-1 in the league. Its only NLL loss was to Napoleon in overtime.
This year was quite a different story as the ’Jackets finished 8-2 overall and 7-0 in the NLL.
“It’s the best season I’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Perrysburg head coach Matt Kregel, who took over the program in 2006. “And the thing is these guys keep getting better. Every week, we find something new that we can do better.”
Maumee finished 2-8, 1-6 and has back-to-back losses to Perrysburg for the first time since the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
“We didn’t want to share the title with anyone,” said senior wide receiver Matt Kaczinski, who had five catches for 79 yards. “It feels great to finally accomplish all of our goals from the beginning of the season.”
In addition to winning the league title, Perrysburg has unofficially clinched the No. 6 seed in the state playoffs, according to the website www.joeeitel.com. The ’Jackets will travel to Akron Ellet (10-0) next Friday, according to the website.
It is the third-ever and second straight playoff appearance for Perrysburg. Now, the ’Jackets will looking for their first playoff win. Last year they fell to Avon in the first round and in 2007 they lost to Macedonia Nordonia.
“It’s feels great knowing all of the hard work and everything has finally paid off and we’re not even done,” Patterson said.
“That’s a very proud thing,” Kregel added of clinching a playoff berth in back-to-back years. “Every time you notch another first for your school, it’s a great accomplishment.”
Friday night’s game looked much like the majority of Perrysburg’s league season. The ’Jackets were determined from the start and pulled away quickly, leaving no doubt they would claim the infamous Ding Dong Bell for the 27th time.
Gus Dimmerling was dominant running for 220 yards, including scores of 15 and 52 yards. He also threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns, and the junior stopped Maumee’s Brian Utter in the end zone for a safety.
Perrysburg ran for 334 yards on 69 carries.
“Right now, it feels like mid-season because every week we find something new and get better at it and these guys just come out and practice,” Kregel said. “All along we’ve gotten better on the offensive line, and that has carried over week-to-week.”
Dimmerling’s safety gave the ’Jackets a 2-0 lead with 4:24 left in the first quarter. After the ensuing free kick, Perrysburg needed two plays and 12 seconds to extend its lead to 8-0.
Dimmerling set up the 3-yard Mark Delas rushing touchdown with a 48-yard scamper down the left side.
Delas finished with 55 yards and two touchdowns, while wide receiver Scott Freeman had four catches for 112 yards and two scores.
“It’s an incredibly humbling thing to be around these guys, and see what they’ve done,” Kregel said.
Perrysburg led 29-7 by halftime thanks to a Matt Mesker 1-yard rush with 1:01 left in the second quarter.
The ’Jackets’ defense was firing on all cylinders in their regular-season finale. Maumee collected 191 total yards with 74 of those coming on one play in the second quarter.
Seth Durham had two interceptions as the Panthers totaled just 34 rushing yards. Durham has eight interceptions this season.
“It’s always great to have Maumee as the last game because it’s makes it an even better game to play,” Patterson said. “When we’re playing for an NLL championship, everyone knows what they’ve got to do and it’s just a great feeling to have finally gotten it.”
PERRYSBURG 50, MAUMEE 7
PERRYSBURG 8 21 14 7 —50
MAUMEE 0 7 0 0 —7
P — Safety, Dimmerling sacked Utter in end zone
P — Delas, 3 run (kick blocked)
P — Dimmerling, 15 run (Kaczinski kick)
P — Freeman, 11 pass from Dimmerling (Kaczinski kick)
M — Autry, 74 pass from Spellis (Wagener kick)
P — Mesker, 1 run (Kaczinski kick)
P — Freeman, 72 pass from Dimmerling (Kaczinski kick)
P — Dimmerling, 52 run (Kaczinski kick)
P — Delas, 2 run (Kaczinski kick)
Category P M
First downs 20 8
By rushing 11 4
By passing 9 3
By penalty 0 1
Total net yards 629 191
Rushing 334 34
Passing 295 157
Attempts 22 23
Completions 15 11
Interceptions 2 3
Punts/average 1/35 5/37.8
Penalties/yards 4/35 7/45
Fumbles/lost 1/1 1/0
RUSHING: (P) Dimmerling, 16-220; Delas, 13-55; Llewellyn, 6-27; Honsberger, 3-24; Haynes, 2-7; Mesker, 2-3; Durham, 1-1; Atkinson, 2-(minus 3). (M) Scott, 10-30; Lane, 6-26; Autry, 1-1; Utter, 1-(minus 1); Team, 1-(minus 4); Spellis, 8-(minus 18).
PASSING: (P) Dimmerling, 14-20-1—258; Hafner, 1-2-1—37. (M) Spellis, 11-23-3—157.
RECEIVING: (P) Freeman, 4-112; Kaczinski, 5-79; Durham, 3-45; Fleming, 1-32; Patterson, 1-18; Llewellyn, 1-9. (M) Autry, 3-78; Utter, 3-29; Mathias, 3-29; Huner, 1-15; Henneman, 1-6.
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