Turnovers help Lake over Northwood (9-7-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacob Beverly, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Saturday, 07 September 2013 02:19
Lake's Jared Rettig (left) looks for a teammate to pass to as teammate Brandon Short (43) blocks Northwood's Dylan Napier (36) during their game Friday night at Northwood. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
NORTHWOOD — Turnovers proved to be the difference for Northwood against Lake Friday night.
Lake, 2-0 overall, was able to capitalize on five Northwood turnovers on the way to a 56-20 win. PHOTO GALLERY
It was the first win for Lake over Northwood (0-2) in seven years.
Lake took two first-quarter fumbles and turned each into a  touchdown, on a 1-yard run by Nick Walsh and a 62-yard run by Marcel Bryan, to take a 14-0 lead.
‘‘We got up seven and then 14 and really it snowballed,’’ said Lake head coach Mark Emans. “Then we kind of let them back into the game, I was kind of disappointed about that.
‘‘Anytime you can get turnover and convert them into points, you know you are doing something good.”
Lake increased its lead to 28-0 after one quarter. Northwood then responded with two scores, cutting Lake’s lead to 28-13.
After letting Northwood back into the game, Lake closed out the half with a 6-yard scoring pass from Jared Rettig to Todd Walters to take a 35-13 lead.
“That score they had before the half hurt us,” said Northwood head coach Ken James. “I think momentum-wise we would have had more.”
To start the second half, Lake continued its momentum, driving the ball down the field with ease and eating up the clock. The scoring drive was capped off by a 5-yard run by Brandon Short.
“They got the ball coming out the second half and were able to hang onto it for quite a while,” James said. “It’s typically what we try to do to a team after halftime; hang on the ball for a while and take the third quarter up, they did that to us.
“In a game of momentum, young teams are pretty emotional, excitable, so when you’ve got momentum you are playing a lot better than you should have and when you lose it, you are worse than what maybe you are,” James added.
The Rangers had only 49 total yards of offense in the second half.
“Offense is all about rhythm and our offense is about getting three or four or five yards, and there are a couple times that if we missed a block, we call it getting off schedule,” James said. “Where we got off schedule, where we had second and 10 and that is not a good down for us.”
Later in the third quarter, the two teams exchanged kickoff returns for touchdowns and Lake led 49-20.
Lake added another touchdown in the final quarter.
The Flyers were led behind the quarterback play of Rettig. Rettig was able to pick apart the Ranger defense and escape any pressure that was put on him. He passed for 173 yards and added 40 on the ground.
“Their quarterback is a heck of a player, when we had him trapped, he got out of the pocket,” said James. “He threw the ball pretty accurately tonight. It wasn’t like we blew coverages, we had some of their kids covered we just couldn’t get to them. And sometimes we had him in the grass and we couldn’t hang onto him.”
Lake was able to gain 449 total yards of offense, with 276 coming on the ground. Bryan finished with 12 carries for 134 yards to lead the Flyers’ ground attack.
The running game is a change from previous seasons when Lake was primarily a passing team.
“Our kids are buying into the run-pass concept. We ran the ball a little more than we really wanted to and we wanted to throw the ball a little more tonight,’’ Emans said. ‘‘Overall, our kids are really doing a nice job, getting more physical, and buying into what we want to do.’’
Lake hosts Ottawa Hills and Northwood plays Toledo Woodward at Waite High School next Friday.

LAKE    28    7    14    7    —    56
NORTHWOOD    0    13    7    0    —    20
L — Walsh, 1 rush (Duncan kick)
L — Bryan, 62 rush (Duncan kick)
L — Bryan, 1 rush (Duncan kick)
L — Duncan, 69 pass from Jared Rettig (Duncan kick)
N — Bermejo, 13 rush (Vickers kick)
N — Davenport, 35 rush (kick failed)
L — Walters, 6 pass from Jared Rettig (Jacob Rettig kick)
L— Short, 5 rush (Duncan kick)
N — Bermejo, 83 kickoff return (Vickers kick)
L — Walters, 90 kickoff return (Duncan kick)
L — Lutz, 2 pass from Jared Rettig (Short kick)

Category    L    N
First Downs    19    3
By Rushing    13    3
By Passing    5    0
By Penalty    1    0
Total Net Yards    449    121
Rushing    276    121
Passing    173    0
Passes Attempted    18    5
Completed    11    0
Had Intercepted    0    2
Punts/Average    4/34.3    5/36.2
Penalties/Yards    4/22    6/45
Fumbles/Lost    3/1    5/3
RUSHING: (L) Bryan, 12-134; Short, 15-56; Jared Rettig, 7-40; Walsh, 13-28; Knierim, 6-14; Jacob Rettig, 2-4. (N) Bermejo, 7-46; Napier, 5-14; Vallejo, 8-(minus 6); Mack, 4-10; Davenport, 5-57.
PASSING: (L) Jared Rettig, 11-17-0—173; Jacob Rettig, 0-1-0—0. (N) Vallejo, 0-4-2—0; LaPlante, 0-1-0—0.
RECEIVING: (L) Duncan, 4-125; Walters, 3-25; Lloyd, 1-9; Walsh, 1-6; Densic, 1-6; Lutz, 1-2.
Last Updated on Saturday, 07 September 2013 07:57

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