Looking for its first win of the season, the Archbold football team made the trip to Bryan, Friday, Sept. 12, but fell short 34-19 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League contest.
The last time the Streaks started 0-3 was in 2005, when the Streaks lost to Bryan and Fairview and defeated Evergreen 14-7, but due to an ineligible player AHS had to forfeit the win.
“The guys played hard for 48 minutes,” said Bryan Miller, AHS head coach. “They didn’t quit and didn’t go into their shell. They showed heart and I am proud of them.”
It was the Bears’ fourth straight win over the Streaks.
Bryan (3-0, 2-0 NWOAL) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard.
Signal caller Brandon Dean crossed the goal line from 3 yards out at the 10:17 mark of the first quarter.
He added his second touchdown just five minutes later, crossing the goal line from 1 yard out for a 14-0 lead after the first 12 minutes.
Bryan shut out AHS in the first half as the Bears racked up the points, scoring on a 62-yard run by Dean in the second quarter.
Dean finished with 183 yards on 27 carries and threw for 212 yards and a touchdown, but he also tossed three interceptions.
The Streaks looked like a different team in the second half.
Taking the opening kickoff, Archbold quarterback Derek Walker connected with Seth Mayer for a 62-yard touchdown pass.
Archbold, which struggled offensively in the first half with 58 total yards, ended the evening with 321 yards of total offense with five turnovers.
Bryan answered with Dean tossing a 41-yard strike to Derek Knisely.
Walker capped off a drive with a 59-yard run to close the gap to 28-13 with five minutes left in the third quarter.
Walker finished with 197 yards passing, connecting on 9-23 passes and one touchdown with three interceptions.
Levi Wyse led AHS on the receiving end with six catches for 115 yards.
Following a 28-yard touchdown run by Dean, Walker scored on a 6-yard run in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter for the 34-19 final.
“We do have to address the turnovers,” said Miller. “But with that being said, we are going to get better and we are going to improve.
“We were down 21-0, and then we started playing. We got more aggressive on defense. We put more pressure on Bryan. We just let the guys peel their ears back and go; that was great.
“We did some good things here and there on offense, but again, there was no consistency on offense. Mix in the turnovers; to be honest, we were lucky to be within two scores with that many turnovers.”
BHS 14 7 13 0 – 34
BHS-Dean 3-yard run (Jones kick)
BHS-Dean 1-yard run (Jones kick)
BHS-Dean 62-yard run (Jones kick)
AHS-Mayer 65-yard pass from Walker (Mayer kick)
BHS-Knisely 41-yard pass from Dean (Jones kick)
AHS-Walker 59-yard run (Mayer kick missed)
BHS-Dean 28-yard run (Jones kick missed)
AHS-Walker 6-yard run (2-pt. conversion no good)