ROSSFORD — It’s been an injury-plagued season filled with frustration for the Bowling Green football
But on Friday in their final game of the season at Rossford, the Bobcats made sure their start to the
off-season came on a positive note.
BG got a great performance from both its offensive and defensive units in a 36-0 shutout victory, as it
forced Rossford into five turnovers, while racking up 380 yards of offense. CLICK
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Bobcat senior quarterback Nick Miller totaled 244 yards and three touchdowns — 153 yards and two
touchdowns throwing, 91 yards and a score running — while Jonathan Stoner totaled 106 yards with 80
coming on the ground, as BG had seven plays of more than 20 yards.
BG ends the year 3-7 overall and 3-4 in the Northern Lakes League. Rossford finished 0-10, 0-7.
“It means a lot to end the season like this and to go out on top,” said Stoner. “We’ve been struggling
with injuries all year and to come out in the last game and beat Rossford on their home field … it’s a
great way to end it.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Bobcats scored on two of their three second-quarter possessions to
lead 15-0 at halftime. In the second half, big plays were the key, as the Bobcats had scoring plays of
90, 26, and 23 yards to pull out to a big lead.
“What has hurt Rossford all year long is they just don’t have any speed,” said Bobcat coach Jeff Cullen.
“Big plays have been their bane all year and that’s how we got them tonight.
“During the first half they gave us everything we could possibly handle,” Cullen continued. “We were
lucky to be ahead two scores to none and then the second half the big plays did them in.”
BG out-gained the Bulldogs 190-73 in the first half. Despite the good starting positions, though, the
Bobcats were unable to move the ball, totaling five first downs in the first 24 minutes.
“We started to calm down and get things figured out at the start of the second quarter,” said Cullen.
“From that point on I think we were in control of the line of scrimmage, but it was tough for us both
offensively and defensively in the first quarter.”
BG finally broke the game’s scoring drought on its second possession of the second quarter when Stoner
ran in from 4 yards to cap a 6-play, 39-yard drive with 5:23 remaining until halftime. Stoner also added
a 2-yard scoring run on the next Bobcat drive, as BG rushed for 127 first-half yards to 53 for Rossford.
“We shot ourselves in the foot one too many times tonight and we don’t have the guns to recover from that
when it happens,” said Rossford coach Chris Werbylo. “(BG) just played a great game and we couldn’t stop
them when we needed to.”
Big plays would swing the game totally in the Bobcats’ direction in the third quarter.
Naz Ludwig’s 90-yard touchdown reception from Miller gave BG a 22-0 lead with 7:30 to go in the third
quarter. Miller had a 26-yard scoring run four minutes later to push it to 29-0. BG had 190 total yards
in the final half, while holding the Bulldogs to just seven.
Rossford turned the ball over four times on downs and lost three fumbles and two interceptions in the
game with Bobcat senior cornerback James Peet getting both interceptions.
“I’m just really proud of the way our guys played and hung in there all year through the adversity,” said
Werbylo. “They played their hearts out and even though we didn’t win a football game, it was one of most
enjoyable years I’ve had as a coach.”
BGHS 36, ROSSFORD 0
BG — Stoner, 4 run (Zirkes kick)
BG — Stoner, 2 pass from Miller (Stoner pass to Steffen)
BG — Ludwig, 90 pass from Miller (Zirkes kick)
BG — Miller, 26 run (Zirkes kick)
BG — Spencer, 23 run (Zirkes kick)
Total net yards
RUSHING: (BG) Miller, 12-91; Steffen, 4-(minus 6); Stoner, 8-80; Batt, 2-1; Shull, 5-16; Spencer, 3-25;
Schroeder, 2-0; Olivarez, 2-20; (R) Maxwell, 6-(minus 33); Hoover, 12-54; Johannsen, 6-2; Caban, 13-34;
Maas, 1-2; Gray, 1-0, Fryman, 1-(minus 14); Jablonski, 1-2.
PASSING: (BG) Miller, 6-13-0—153; (R) Maxwell, 4-11-2—32.
RECEIVING: (BG) Stoner, 3-26; Jennings, 1-29; Ludwig, 2-98; (R) Grandowicz, 2-20; Hoover, 1-6; Jarosz,