After a sluggish first half, Archbold put up 27 unanswered points in the second half and coasted to a 37-14 non-league football win over Fairview, Friday, Sept. 7, at Fairview.
The Streaks improved to 2-1, while the Apaches fell to 2-1.
Apaches Strike First
Archbold took the opening kickoff, but it was not the start the Blue and Gold was looking for.
Levi Wyse lost the handle on the football on the first play and Fairview recovered the ball on the Streaks’ 27- yard line.
Archbold got a second chance when the Apaches returned the favor as Matt Tobin coughed up the ball.
The two squads combined for a total of nine turnovers, with Archbold losing two fumbles and signal caller Evan Wyse tossing two interceptions.
The Apaches fared no better. Their dual-threat quarterbacks, Andy Guilford and Andy Robinson, combined for three interceptions, and Fairview lost three fumbles.
The Apaches put the first points on the board when Robinson connected with Jeffery Timbrook for a 25- yard touchdown toss.
The Apaches converted the two-point conversion as the first quarter came to a close.
Archbold bounced right back with E. Wyse leading the charge on a 23-yard touchdown run. The twopoint point-after-touchdown run came up short, and the Apaches held an 8-6 lead.
Archbold took its first lead when Tyson Dietrich picked off a Robinson pass. The Streaks settled for a Lincoln Parsley 26-yard field goal to go up 9-8 with 9:52 left in the second quarter.
Fairview scored for the last time at the 4:02 mark of the second quarter on a Timbrook 4-yard run, giving the Apaches a 14-9 halftime lead.
Second Half Lifts Streaks
It wasn’t just the AHS offense that clicked in the second half; the defense came out of the blocks firing and shut out its host.
The Apaches finished with 201 yards of total offense while the Blue and Gold compiled 519 yards.
E. Wyse threw for 277 yards, connecting on 19-31 passes, and rushed for 116 yards on 18 carries.
E. Wyse threw one touchdown and rushed for two to lead the Streaks, while Parsley had five receptions for 108 yards to lead the aerial attack.
Parsley kicked a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter to close the gap to 14-12. The kick ties him with Sam Speer and Paul Thatcher for the longest field goal in Archbold football history.
Thatcher kicked his against Evergreen in 1985, while Speer’s was against Swanton in 2001.
Dietrich added two more scores in the second half on runs of 31 and 1 yard, while Wyse added a 38-yard run in the win.
Archbold also converted a Fairview turnover into six points when E. Wyse connected with Brandon Goering on a 29-yard touchdown toss.
“We told the kids at halftime we are our own worst enemies at times,” said Bryan Miller, AHS head coach.
“The difference in the second half was, we got out of our own way and stopped making all those mistakes that held us back in the first half.
“Fairview didn’t do anything differently offensively or defensively in the second half. We just played better in the second half and stopped hurting ourselves. When we do that we are ok.”
FHS-Timbrook 25-yard pass from Robinson (PAT-Wolfrum pass from Guilford)
AHS-E. Wyse 23-yard run (PATrun failed)
AHS-Parsley 26-yard field goal
FHS-Timbrook 4-yard run (PATpass failed)
AHS-Parsley 42-yard field goal
AHS-Goering 29-yard pass from Wyse (PAT-Parsley kick)
AHS-Dietrich 31-yard run (PATrun failed)
AHS-Wyse 38-yard run (PATkick failed)
AHS-Dietrich 1-yard run (PATkick blocked)