|#12 for Bowling Green
can’t escape Southview’s #2. 10/23/09 (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
With the injuries continuing to pile up, Bowling Green has been forced to use a lot of second- and
third-team players the last several weeks.
Still, the Bobcats proved to be a game bunch, playing a tight contest with Northern Lakes League
co-leader Southview on a muddy field at Bobcat Stadium Friday night.
The Cougars, 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the NLL, took advantage of their edge at the skilled positions to
post a 16-0 victory. BG is 2-7, 2-4. CLICK
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“We have a lot of guys beat up, injured and not playing … It makes it hard to do anything
consistently,” said BG head coach Jeff Cullen. “We told our guys if we were healthy we would beat them,
but we’re not.
“We knew we could be physical with them up on the line of scrimmage. Our offensive and defensive lines
played real well like we thought we would. They had the edge at the skilled positions.”
BG started the game with a long drive, holding the ball for over seven minutes before failing to convert
on fourth-and-14 from Southview’s 34-yard line. It turned out to be BG’s best possession of the game.
After BG turned the ball over twice in the span of 3:11 in the second quarter, Southview went 40 yards in
five plays to score. De’Nard Pinckney went the final 20 yards for the touchdown, but the extra-point
kick failed with 1:16 left in the first half.
In between BG’s two turnovers, a lost fumble on a bad snap and an interception, Jonathan Stoner made a
nice one-handed interception in the end zone to stop a Southview drive.
The Bobcats were hampered for the second straight week by bad snaps from center and, as a result, had a
minus 2 yards in total offense the first half. During the first half, the conditions were tough for both
teams as there was a hard sideways rain for about 15 minutes.
“We had bad snaps when we were shotgun. We had bad snaps when we were under center. We had two or three
different guys playing center tonight,” Cullen said.
The Cougars got a good kickoff return from Jay Fisher to start the second half with Branden Lewis making
the touchdown-saving tackle at the BG 15.
The Bobcat defense held and the Cougars settled for a 32-yard field goal and a 9-0 lead. The first field
goal attempt hit the right up-right, but the officials had given Southview a timeout just before the
Southview put the game away on a 42-yard touchdown run by Ja’Darian Bowers with 8:27 left in the game.
The Bobcats had five possessions in the second half, but punted three tunes, turned the ball over on
downs once and then had the ball as time expired.
BG quarterback Nick Miller went under center more to help eliminate the bad snaps and the Bobcats
generated 62 yards in offense. For the game, BG had only three plays from scrimmage longer than 10
yards, including a 26-yard pass from Miller to Cole Jennings in the first half.
“We had some plays that came close and we would get tripped up or we would slip and fall. We could never
break anything big and it was tough to keep drives going,” Cullen said.
BG closes out the season at Rossford next Friday.
SOUTHVIEW 16, BGHS 0
S — Pinckney, 20 run (kick failed)
S — Ampthor, 32 field goal
S — Ja. Bowers, 42 run (Ampthor kick)
Total net yards
RUSHING: (S) Stichter, 3-(minus 4); Stansley, 2-(minus 2); Pinckney, 14-93; May, 10-23; Coleman, 1-2; Ja.
Bowers, 5-58; (BG) Miller, 22-(minus 68); Batt, 11-49; Peet, 1-8; Stoner, 2-5; Steffen, 1-6; Wisniewski,
PASSING: (S) Pinckney, 1-4-0—9; Stichter, 0-1-1—0; (BG) Miller, 3-6-1—49.
RECEIVING: (S) Hall, 1-9; (BG) Jennings, 2-28; Stoner, 1-5; Lewis, 1-16.