The Archbold Blue Streaks rolled to their fourth win of the season when they entertained the Swanton Bulldogs, under Ben Ohlemacher, first-year head football coach, Friday, Sept. 21.
Posting 60-14 victory, the Streaks move to 4-1, 3-0 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League. The Bulldogs fall to 1- 4, 0-4 NWOAL.
“I was pleased the way we came out and took care of business and scored,” said John Downey, AHS head coach. “I thought our defense played pretty solid.
“Swanton is a young ball club, and they will have better days ahead. I thought our kids executed better, but from now on we play teams that are a much higher quality. We will have to tighten up and get better, because the last half of the season is for all the marbles.”
Playing in front of a homecoming crowd, the Streaks got on the board early when quarterback Gene Goering connected with Jacob Fidler on a 25-yard touchdown toss at the 8:29 mark of the first quarter.
It was the first of five touchdown passes for the senior signal caller.
Goering once again passed the wealth around, hitting Jimmy Dunning three times for touchdowns and Fidler again on a 17-yard toss.
Dunning hauled in touchdown catches of 33, 15 and 13 yards, and finished the contest with 90 yards on six catches.
Goering passed for 210 yards, completing 11 of 15.
The Bulldogs did have a bright spot, rushing for a total of 244 yards and two touchdowns. Ben Gustafson led the way with 95 yards on 10 carries.
Swanton’s two scores came late in the game. Lamar Carson crossed the goal line from 1 yard out in the third quarter, and Austin Reiner capped off the scoring with a 26-yard run with 2:22 left in the game.
“We have seen Archbold throw the ball every which way,” said Ohlemacher. “Our thought was, if you are going to use five linemen we would use six, and with that we did make Archbold change some protection. Obviously their quarterback is an outstanding athlete, and Archbold has some fine receivers also.”
“We had some good plays and then we would have a breakdown. Sometimes it was a mental breakdown and sometimes it was a physical breakdown.
“When you play a high-powered team like Archbold you have to control the ball. That was one of our goals. I guess when you have been 18-82 over the last 10 years it takes time. People tell me Rome wasn’t built in a day.
“Our goal is just to get better everyday. Sometimes the scoreboard will reflect that and sometimes it doesn’t, and sometimes it has to do with who you are playing.”
Archbold travels to Montpelier, Friday, Sept. 28 for its fourth NWOAL battle of the season.
AHS-Fidler 25-yard pass from Goering (PAT-Downey kick)
AHS-Goering 7-yard run (PATDowney kick)
AHS-Dunning 33-yard pass from Goering (PAT-Downey kick)
AHS-Fidler 17-yard pass from Goering (PAT-Downey kick)
AHS-Dunning 15-yard pass from Goering
AHS-Dunning 13-yard pass from Goering (PAT-Downey kick)
AHS-Price 63-yard pass from Rupp (PAT-Downey kick)
AHS-Keefer 5-yard run
SHS-Carson 1-yard run (PAT-Montion kick)
AHS-Walker 10-yard run SHS-Reiner 26-yard run (PAT-Montion kick)