2018-09-12 / Sports

Streaks Ground Flyers


Brandon Taylor (5) hands the ball off to Zach Rocha in Archbold’s final non-league game of the season, Friday, Sept. 7. The Streaks defeated Lake 23-14.– photo by Mario Gomez Brandon Taylor (5) hands the ball off to Zach Rocha in Archbold’s final non-league game of the season, Friday, Sept. 7. The Streaks defeated Lake 23-14.– photo by Mario Gomez Archbold led the entire game, but needed a strong defensive effort to defeat Lake 23-14, Friday, Sept. 7, in its final non-league contest of the season.

The two teams sported identical 2-0 records in a contest that had computer points and playoff implications on the line.

“Going into the game we talked that it was going to be a four-quarter game,” said David Dominique, AHS head coach.

“So far this year we haven’t played four quarters. Tonight our guys came out and beat a very good Lake team and we played 48 minutes of football.

“It wasn’t pretty, but that’s ok. We got a win at the end of the night.”

The Streaks start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2010.

Early Lead

Archbold started with the football and drove to the Lake 34-yard line before mistakes and penalties pushed the Streaks out of scoring position, forcing a punt.

After a first down Lake stalled. Noah Gomez took the punt and raced 60 yards down the sidelines to the Lake 15.

After Zach Rocha raced to the Lake 2, Gomez scored for a 7-0 lead.

After a three-and-out on Lake’s next possession, AHS started a 10-play drive on its own 45 but stalled at the Lake 5.

Elijah Zimmerman booted a 22-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 with 11:42 in the first half.

After stopping Lake again, Archbold went back to work on its own 39 and moved the ball to the Lake 30. Brandon Taylor found LJ Tijerina in the back of the end zone for a 17-0 lead with 7:39 left in the first half.

Starting at its own 39, Lake capped off a seven-play drive with a 17-yard touchdown run by Scott Mackiewicz to go into the locker room down 17-7.

Defense Steps Up

After both teams exchanged punts, The Streaks started a 10-play drive at their own 42 that ate up five minutes and reached the Lake 5.

Zimmerman booted another 22-yard field goal for a 20-7 lead with 1:15 left in the third.

Lake started at its own 30 and moved quickly down to the Archbold 34. Quarterback Dawson Delventhal found Harry Jackson behind the Streak defenders for a 34- yard touchdown pass to pull the Flyers within six, 20-14.

After Archbold went threeand out, the Flyers got the ball with 10:52 left at their own 12.

With the help of a pass interference penalty, the Flyers moved into Archbold territory, but on fourth down Lake was penalized for holding and AHS took over possession with 6:36 remaining.

Starting at their own 32, the Streaks rushed seven times during an eight-play drive to move down to the Lake 2.

Zimmerman nailed his third field goal of the night, a 19-yarder for a 23-14 lead with 2:02 left.

Lake moved the ball to the Archbold 3 but a possible touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty that moved the ball back to the 17.

As the seconds clicked down, the defense sacked Delventhal.

“That’s grit to a ‘T,’” said Dominique.

“We were pretty resilient that last drive. Our defense made plays. (They) never gave in and kept fighting.”

Archbold had 322 yards of offense (129 passing, 193 rushing yards) compared to Lake’s 236.

AHS was guilty of 11 penalties for 107 yards, while Lake had two penalties for 15 yards.

Taylor was 10-18 passing for 129 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Gomez rushed 12 times for 81 yards and one touchdown. Caleb Hogrefe rushed for 59 yards on 12 carries.

For Lake, Delventhal was 12-20 passing for 145 yards and one touchdown.

It was the third straight game that Archbold held its opponent to less than 100 yards rushing.

Wauseon

Wauseon (1-2) visits Friday, Sept. 14, for their Northwest Ohio Athletic League opener.

“Throw the records out the window,” said Dominique. “It doesn’t matter who the better team is coming into it.

“That game is always a nail-biter, and we expect nothing less.”

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LHS 0707-14
AHS-Gomez 2-yard run
(Zimmerman kick)
AHS-Zimmerman 22-yard field
goal
AHS-Tijerina 30-yard pass from
Taylor (Zimmerman kick)
LHS-Mackiewicz 17-yard run
(Hastings kick)
AHS-Zimmerman 22-yard field
goal
LHS-Jackson 34-yard pass from
Delventhal (Hastings kick)
AHS-Zimmerman 19-yard field
goal.

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