FINDLAY — Right from the start Saturday night, Ottawa-Glandorf established itself as a tough, hard-nosed
The Titans bottled up Eastwood’s running attack by controlling the line of scrimmage, limiting the
Eagles’ between the tackles and outside. Also, O-G got good blocking from its own offensive line and
junior quarterback Nathan Kahle did the rest, running for four scores and throwing for another.
The end result in a Division IV regional semifinal game at Donnell Stadium was a 48-3 O-G victory.
“They’re a real good football team,” Eastwood head coach Jerry Rutherford said. “I’m really impressed
with No. 9 (Kahle). He makes plays, he runs hard.
“They had some big plays in the option. The quarterback scrambled for some big plays. He’s (Kahle)
Kahle rushed five times for 166 yards, scoring on runs of 44, 58, 20 and 45 yards, and he was 5-of-8
passing for 108 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown pass.
“We did throw some schemes at them that were maybe a little bit different from what they had seen in the
past,” said Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Ken Schriner. “Our offensive line came out and played well and
our defense has played that way all year long. They are physical up front, they are aggressive and it’s
hard to knock them off the ball. If you’re doing that, good things will happen.”
Unlike their win over Galion in the quarterfinal a week earlier, the Eagles were never able to get
anything going on offense.
The Eagles received the opening kick and after a three-and-out, Ottawa-Glandorf moved 62 yards in four
plays with Kahle scoring on a 44-yard run with 8:39 left in the first half. Kahle started around the
right side and then cut back to the middle for the score.
The Titans added two more TDs in the first quarter by Brandon Kuhlman on runs of 35 and 6 yards. The
Titans used an option pitch to Kuhlman that caught Eastwood’s defense in man coverage with the
linebackers inside and no one outside to take the pitch man.
“That was a wrinkle we added this week … It worked very well,” Schriner said.
Eastwood finally broke through with 6:40 to play in the first half on a 22-yard field goal from Taylor
Depew. The Eagles ran 13 plays in the drive taking 8:05 off the clock, before stalling at the 5-yard
line and settling for the field goal.
The Titans came right back with two more TDs. Kahle got free down the left sideline and went 58 yards for
a TD with 5:45 left in the first half. Then after another O-G defensive stop, Kahle connected with Matt
Peck on a 53-yard scoring pass with 2:00 left in the half to make it 34-3 at the break.
The Titans ran only 15 plays in the first half, but had 267 total yards and five TDs. Eastwood managed
103 yards in total offense in the opening half.
“We just couldn’t get anything going,” Rutherford said. “We needed to get some first downs and we needed
Ottawa-Glandorf tacked on two more TDs in the third quarter as Kahle scored on runs of 20 and 45 yards.
“Nathan made some great cuts and broke some tackles,” Schriner said.
The Titans scored the first seven times they had the ball in the game.
In addition to Kahle’s 166 rushing yards, Kuhlman gained 141 yards on 13 carries. The Titans had 461
yards in total offense on only 40 plays.
Eastwood finished with 151 total yards, with 108 coming on the ground. Pernell Conner ran 15 times for 59
yards to lead the Eagles.
“We knew they were a dangerous running team. It’s a credit to the way our kids played,” Schriner said.
“They came out hungry and kept hitting them and getting after them. We were very aggressive and shut
down what they wanted to do.”
The Eagles finish the season 9-3.
“I’m proud of our guys. After we lost to Patrick Henry (in Week 9) pretty much everyone had written us
off. We get in the playoffs and we win a game,” Rutherford said. “Sometimes you just meet teams that are
better than you and tonight (we faced) a good football team.”
Ottawa-Glandorf, now 10-2, advances to face Orrville, a 36-35 winner over Genoa.
OTTAWA-GLANDORF 48, EASTWOOD 3
OG — Kahle, 44 run (Bendele kick)
OG — B. Kuhlman, 34 run (kick failed)
OG — B. Kuhlman, 6 run (pass failed)
E — Depew, 22 field goal
OG — Kahle, 58 run (Peck pass from Kahle)
OG — Peck, 53 pass from Kahle, (Bendele kick)
OG — Kahle, 20 run (Bendele kick)
OG — Kahle, 45 run (Bendele kick)
Total net yards
RUSHING: (OG) B. Kuhlman, 13-141; Kahle, 5-166; Rieman, 3-5; Delgado, 10-43; K. Kuhlman, 1-(minus 2). (E)
Conner, 15-59; Seifert, 10-8; Tijerina, 13-28; Ruch, 1-(minus 10); Richardson, 2-4; Keyes, 1-1;
PASSING: (OG) Kahle, 5-8-0—108; K. Kuhlman, 0-0-0—0; (E) Ruch, 3-7-1—38; Schmeltz, 1-4-0—5; Dierker,
0-0-0—0. RECEIVING: (OG) R. Kuhlman, 3-44; Peck, 2-64. (E) Rogers, 1-8; Rolf, 1-5; Bockbrader, 1-5;
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Photo caption: Eastwood football coach Jerry Rutherford talks to his player after his team lost to Ottawa
Galndorf. (Photo: Enoch Wu)