November 10, 2012
FINDLAY — There are running attacks, then there is Ottawa-Glandorf.
Ottawa-Glandorf gave Genoa a quick lesson in pounding the ball. Then, the Titans turned around and showed Genoa how to stop the run.
O-G pounded away up front and rolled to a 41-12 victory over Genoa in the Division IV football regional semifinals Friday at Donnell Stadium.
The Titans rolled for 298 yards on the ground and held run-happy Genoa to 94 yards rushing.
“We watched a lot of film on them and tried to know them as best we could coming into this game and I feel like we did pretty well,” O-G two-way lineman Wyatt Karhoff said.
The Titans (12-0) advance to the regional championship game against Columbus Bishop Hartley (12-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at a site to be named. Genoa ends its year 11-1.
“Our seniors are outstanding and it’s a group of guys who have been around for how many years,” O-G coach Ken Schriner said. “They’re an exciting group, they’re fun to be around and we’re having fun right now.”
Leading the way for the Titans was their 1-2 offensive punch of quarterback Caleb Siefker and tailback Tristan Parker.
Siefker finished with 106 yards on 15 carries with four TDs. He had touchdown runs of 10, 17, 1 and 1 yards. Parker cut back across the field for 120 yards on 15 carries with an 11-yard TD.
“The receivers and the linemen get down field and it’s my job to cut off of then,” Parker said.
Fullback Brad Racer got loose for 75 yards on seven carries with a 39-yard TD.
In the air, Siefker completed 4 of 6 for 53 yards.
Genoa’s 216-pound tailback Kyle Nutter came into the game with 2,250 yards and 36 TDs. But O-G had eight-to-nine players hovering around the line of scrimmage and held him to 65 yards on 20 carries and one TD.
“We had people flying to the ball and staying on the line,” Karhoff said. “We were watching for those (inside counters and reverses), stayed home and made tackles.”
Schriner said, “He’s been a stud for them. Our defense played really well up front and our guys were shutting them down. We played smash-mouth football, which is exactly what we try to do.”
The Titans took the kickoff and went 66 yards in eight plays for their first score. Parker racked up 39 yards on three carries, including an 11-yard cut-back TD to make it 7-0.
“Our kids up front were playing well,” Schriner said. “They were shifting their defensive front around and our offensive line did a great job and they’ve done that all year, being able to pick those things up. They were making holes. They weren’t big holes at times, but Tristan ran hard and Caleb made some nice adjustments on some things.”
Parker added, “Sometimes you have to be patient and let your blockers set up, then you make your cut.”
O-G made it 14-0 on a 14-yard run by Siefker with 5:04 left in the first quarter.
Six seconds into the second quarter it was 21-0 when Siefker ran for a 17-yard TD. Siefker then capped an eight-play, 56-yard drive with a 1-yard sneak for a TD.
That gave the Titans a 28-0 lead. Siefker’s second 1-yard TD made it 34-0 at the half.
Defensively, helping stuff the Genoa running game, Russell Ellerbrock had 10 tackles, while Karhoff and Kyle Niese both had nine.
Parker had runs for 27, 11, 59 and 10 yards, taking pitches and finding the holes, then slicing back through the defense.
“He has such great vision and it’s off of our toss power,” Schriner said. “We get blockers out in front of him and he does a great job of cutting back. He’s got the option of cutting anywhere.”