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Archbold 7th Grade Football

The Archbold seventh grade football team upped its record to 2-3 with a 22-16 victory over Swanton, Thursday, Oct. 11. In the two prior weeks the Blue Streaks were defeated 8-6 by Bryan and 18-14 by Evergreen in two hard-fought games.

In the Bryan loss, Tyson Dietrich connected with Taylor Price on a 34-yard pass for a score. Good pass protection was provided by Adam Steider, Josiah McQuillin, Tyson Lersch, Gavin Certeza, Levi Gerig and Zac Zimmerman. Defensively, Michael Walker broke up a pass from the Bryan quarterback.

In the Evergeen game, Dietrich connect with Dylan Lantz on a 42-yard pass. Lantz also ran in the two-point conversion on the snowplow run. Darin Sauder was the next Blue Streak to score as he ran the ball in from 22 yards. Zimmerman, McQuillen and Lersch provide key blocks on the touchdown. The point-after conversion was not successful, giving the Streaks 14 points.

In the Swanton win, Lantz got the first score on a 17-yard run around the right end. Steider and Gerig provided blocks to allow the score. Price ran in the two-point conversion on the snow plow run. Dietrich connected with Price on a 37-yard pass for the second score. Dietrich scored the two-point conversion on a quarterback keeper.

The final score came as Lantz ran in from 6 yards out on a pitch from Dietrich. The play was set up by a 33-yard pass from Dietrich to Bryce Tinsman. This gave the Streaks a 22-0 advantage. Defensively, Alec Dohm intercepted a Bulldog pass. Solid play was also turned in by Anthony Covarrubias, Eli Hammersmith, Gerig and Dietrich.

The Streaks hosted undefeated Liberty Center, Thursday, Oct. 18 at beautifully renovated Spengler Field. Archbold was trying to improve on a 2-3 record.

Archbold won the toss and converted a couple of first downs. However, the Tiger defense came up with a fourthdown stop and took over the ball on its own 38-yard line. They drove downfield by way of the run and eventually scored to make it 8-0.

The Streak offense clicked on its second possession to cut the LC lead to 8-6. Dietrich hit Price on a 12-yard pass for the score. The offensive line of Zimmerman, Gerig, Lersch, McQuillin, and Steider protected Dietrich in the spread offense. Liberty Center tacked on two more scores before halftime to make it 22-6.

The Streaks battled back in the second half. With a blend of pass and run, Archbold marched down the field to face a first-and-goal inside the 10. Dietrich ran a bootleg to get into the end zone to make it 28-12. To start the fourth quarter, Archbold’s defense came up with a huge turnover. Lantz and Gerig teamed up to force a fumble. Dietrich recovered the Tiger miscue and the Streak offense was back in business.

Archbold again was able to move the ball. Dietrich’s favorite receiver on the drive was Sauder, as he was beating his defender and making several big catches. Fittingly enough, Sauder ended the drive with a 26-yard TD reception to make it 28-18. Archbold was unable to convert the two points to make it a one-score game.

LC added one more score on its last possession for a 36-18 final.

Archbold Eighth Grade Football

The Archbold eighth grade football team hosted Montpelier at Spengler Field, Thursday, Sept. 20, for its second game of the season. The Streaks prevailed in a thrilling come-frombehind 28-26 victory.

Montpelier wasted very little time, as they went to work and pounded the ball down the field with their running game, taking an early 12-0 lead. Zach Driver came in at quarterback and ran for 11, 4, 7, and 6 yards, then threw to Danny Young for 19 yards down to the 1-yard line. Driver then powered in for the score, while TJ Gerken came in and threw to Hayden Stamm to close the score to 12-8.

Montpelier took off on a 65-yard run for the touchdown, and the visitors held an 18-8 halftime lead. Gerken went right to work, connecting with Young for a 25-yard gain, and then came back to Young for a 23-yard touchdown pass and catch. Archbold closed the gap to 18-14.

The Locos hit pay dirt again for a 26-14. Gerken connected with Gabe Rodriguez and Kolin Schilt for positive gains. Stamm was on the receiving end of a Gerken pass in the end zone. The two connected for a two-point conversion, and Archbold trailed 26-22.

The Streak defense held, and Nate Rodriguez raced 21 yards with the punt return to set up a Gerken run for 8, and then Gerken to Oliver Stuckey for 32 yards and a first down at the 8-yard line. Driver powered in for the touchdown on a 3-yard run, but the points-after attempt failed. Archbold held its first lead of the game, 28-26.

The defense preserved the win by stopping the Locomotives on four plays, and the Streaks evened their record at 1-1 with the 28-26 victory.

The Blue Streaks traveled to Bryan, Thursday, Sept. 27 for their annual Saturday night game, and were looking to redeem themselves from last year’s loss. Archbold improved to 2-1 with an 18-16 come-from-behind win.

The Archbold defense started the game with hard hitting from linebackers Driver and Tanner Wyse. Driver following the blocking of Jacob Strong, Tyler Rufenacht, and center Austin Ripke scored for the Streaks for a 6-0 lead. The Archbold defense remained stingy as Stamm, Jordan Cowell, and Luke Kammeyer stopped Bryan.

Gerken quarterbacked a no-huddle offense, handing off to a streaking N. Rodriguez for 12 yards, then a pass to Young put the Streaks inside the 10- yard line. From there, Gerken went off the left side of the line behind Dusty Lucas and Kellen Seaman and scored for the Streaks. Archbold held a 12-0 lead.

The Bears scored late in the game with just over four minutes remaining to take a 16-12 lead. Gerken connected on passes to Young and N. Rodriguez, and soon the Streaks were deep into Bryan territory. Gerken then ran the ball inside the 10-yard line to the 7 where Driver took over. Driver then took the ball and leaped over the line and into the end zone for the touchdown. Archbold held an 18-16 advantage.

Bryan’s attempt to move the ball ended when the long pass was intercepted by N. Rodriguez.


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