Rossford edges BGHS, 13-7 (8-30-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 30 August 2013 22:48
Rossford’s Noah Asmus (22) is congratulated by teammate Steven Carey (67) after scoring a touchdown Friday against Bowling Green. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
ROSSFORD —Rossford scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and then held on for a 13-7 win over Bowling Green Friday night, in the season-opener for both teams.
‘‘We’re playing with a lot of guys who haven’t played before. It doesn’t matter if it’s by one point, a win is a win, and I’m proud of our guys,’’ Rossford head coach Todd Drusback said. ‘‘What I like is the fight, the emotion, and the resiliency.’’ PHOTO GALLERY
Scott Seeliger, in his first game as BG’s head coach, said he did not have his team ready to play.
‘‘I didn’t have them ready in a lot of little things,’’ Seeliger said. ‘‘It’s a lot of coaching. We called some bad plays, and put some kids in bad situations.
‘‘We started the game out slow, and we can’t do that,’’ Seeliger added. ‘‘We have to get them ready, feeling good, and feeling aggressive right from the first snap.’’
John Allen threw two touchdown passes and rushed for 125 yards to pace the Bulldogs’ attack.
Rossford’s offense was effective with the zone-read rushing attack with Allen, faking the ball well before finding an opening in which to run.
‘‘John did a nice job,’’ Drusback said. ‘‘We need to be able to run the zone stuff, and a lot of things are set up from the zone.
‘‘We wanted to use our run stuff, and I thought we OK for most of the night.’’
Erik Davis picked up 57 yards rushing on 16 carries and Dylan Losiewicz added 49 yards rushing on 13 carries as the Bulldogs rushed for 231 yards
‘‘We didn’t get the coordination from our defensive tackle and our backside linebacker on the zone-read,’’ Seeliger said. ‘‘We never had the inside guy; we could never make the adjustments.’’
And while the ground game was the difference, both Rossford touchdowns came on pass plays.
After two penalties hindered Rossford on its opening drive, the Bulldogs scored on their next two possessions.
Rossford went 80 yards in 10 plays taking 4:34 off the clock to go ahead 7-0. The score came on a 16-yard pass from Allen to Noah Asmus. Allen scrambled out of the pocket and threw a low pass that Asmus scooped off the grass, and then ran untouched into the end zone.
Later in the quarter, a short BG punt gave the Bulldogs good field position at their own 47-yard line.
The score came on a 25-yard pass to Losiewicz with 41 seconds left in the first quarter. Allen was able to avoid the rush and Losiewicz ran a deep slant route into the end zone to make the catch. The 7-play drive covered 53 yards in 2:15.
Rossford kicked the extra point on its first TD, but missed the second.
Bowling Green never really challenged Rossford in the first half, managing only 77 yards in total offense, as the Bobcats were forced to punt four times.
The Bobcats had a better effort offensively in the second half with Aaron Donaldson throwing the ball 22 times.
‘‘We just weren’t able to move the line of scrimmage like we wanted. I was disappointed in that, but a lot of it was Rossford; they played a really good game,’’ Seeliger said.
Donaldson started the second half with seven completions on his first eight throws. He finished the half 10-of-22, including an 80-yard scoring pass to Cam Carsey.
On the TD, Carsey caught the ball about the 35-yard line, spun away from a defender and then raced untouched to the end zone on the final play of the third quarter.
The Bobcats had three possessions in the final quarter, but could not score.
BG’s second possession was kept alive by a 12-yard gain on a fake punt by Andy Fisher.
However on the next play, Asmus picked off Donaldson’s pass with 1:18 remaining in the game.
With two timeouts remaining, the Bobcats were able to hold Rossford and force a punt to get one last chance.
BG got the ball back with 11 seconds remaining, but threw two incomplete passes to end the game.
‘‘I am proud that they came back in the second half, and played more as a team,’’ Seeliger said. ‘‘I like the effort in the second half.
‘‘I told them we are not going to be a team that’s losing in the fourth quarter,’’ he continued. ‘‘We’re going to get ourselves in position to win games, and we’re going to find ways to do it.’’

BGHS    0    0    7    0    —    7
ROSSFORD    13    0    0    0    —    13
R — Asmus, 16 pass from Allen (Aguirre kick)
R — Losiewicz, 25 pass from Allen (Aguire kick)
BG — Carsey, 80 pass from Donaldson (Fisher kick)

Category    BG    R
First Downs    12    19
By Rushing    3    12
By Passing    8    7
By Penalty    1    0
Total Net Yards    309    380
Rushing    95    231
Passing    214    149
Passes Attempted    34    22
Completed    14    11
Had Intercepted    2    0
Punts/Average    5/32.8    6/23.2
Penalties/Yards    6/39    8/54
Fumbles/Lost    0/0    1/1
RUSHING: (BG) Emans, 1-30; Knessi, 12-25; Riggs, 2-18; Fisher, 1-12; Donaldson, 2-11; Powers, 1-(minus 1). (R) Allen, 18-125; Davis, 16-57; Losiewicz, 13-49.
PASSING: (BG) Donaldson, 13-30-1—207; Riggs, 1-4-0—7. (R) Allen, 11-22-0—149; Sherman, 0-1-0—0.
RECEIVING: (BG) Carsey, 6-132; Emans, 3-45; Wisecup, 3-14; Richardson, 1-13; Powers, 1-10. (R) Davis, 2-42; Childress, 2-27; Asmus, 2-23; Santellana, 2-12; Losiewicz, 1-25; Moore, 1-13; Myers, 1-7.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 12:43

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