Shoot-out, track meet… call it what you will, but when Archbold rolled into Delta, Friday, Oct. 5, for a Northwest Ohio Athletic League football matchup, very few fans may have been expecting what they saw.
The $5 admission was well worth it. The late night drive home was well worth it. Not to mention more records being broken.
The Streaks had to come from behind to pick up win number six, edging out their host 49-44.
Archbold upped its record to 6-1, 5-0 NWOAL, setting up a battle of the titans this week when Patrick Henry comes to town, Friday, Oct. 12. The Patriots, ranked fourth by the Associated Press in Ohio’s Division V, beat Bryan 62-19 to stay undefeated at 7-0, 6-0 NWOAL.
The Panthers fell to 3-4, 2-3 NWOAL.
“We gave a good effort, especially after last week’s game against PH,” said Jamison Grime, Delta coach. “We just came up short.”
“Both teams left it on the field,” said John Downey, AHS head coach. “It was a shoot-out, and we were able to win one fi- nally.
“Jamie Grime had his kids ready to play. They had a good game plan. They hurt us defensively; we didn’t have an answer ’til the second half, and we did a good job in the second half.
“Bottom line is, Jamie has to be real proud of the way his kids played and I am real proud of the way our kids played in the second half.”
Delta Takes 21-7 Lead
The Panthers set the tone early, taking the opening kickoff. On the first play from scrimmage, Adam Godsey raced around the right side of the Streaks and went 65 yards for the score.
He finished with 135 yards on 23 carries; 107 yards came in the first half.
The Archbold defense gave up 356 total yards on the ground; 304 in the first half. It was in the second half that the Blue Streak defense tightened up and shut down the Panther ground game.
Godsey set the tone for DHS with his TD run. Derek Lambert followed with a 23-yard touchdown run on Delta’s second possession.
Trailing 13-0, AHS finally crossed the goal line when Gene Goering hit Jimmy Dunning for a 12-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 13-7.
Goering once again raised the standards in the Archbold passing game. Tossing five touchdowns, he broke his own passing record of 458 yards set Aug. 31 at Bryan. The senior signal caller was 31 of 50 for 475 yards.
The Panthers came right back as Aaron Betz capped off their drive with a 2-yard run to end the first quarter with a 21- 7 lead.
AHS countered early in the second as Dunning caught his second TD of the game, a 15- yard pass from Goering.
The shoot-out continued with Betz scoring on an 80- yard run, pushing Delta’s lead to 27-13 midway through the second quarter.
On Archbold’s next possession, Jacob Fidler crossed the goal line on a 4-yard run, closing the difference to 27-21.
The Panthers continued to put up the points, and took a 38-29 lead into the locker room at the half.
“I told the kids at halftime when we had a two-score lead, that we need to come out and protect the two-score lead and we need to come out and add to that lead,” said Grime.
“Archbold’s offense is very good. Their defense came out in the second half and did what they had to do to stop us, and we came up a tad bit short.
Streaks Take Over
Both defenses stiffened in the third period as the Blue and Gold shut out the Panthers, while Delta gave up just one TD as the Goering-to-Fidler connection closed the gap to 38-35.
It was the Streaks’ turn to take over in the fourth. Goering crossed from 1 yard out, and on their next possession Goering hit Fidler for a 72-yard strike and a 49-37 lead with 4:55 left.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jacob Beverly outraced Archbold’s kickoff team and went 82 yards for a score, tightening the score to 49-44.
The Panthers didn’t get another chance. The Blue and Gold chewed up the yards and the clock, picking up a 49-44 victory and setting a new Archbold record for highest combined score of 93 points.
The previous mark was 90, set on two separate occasions: in 2006 against PH, and on Sept. 7, 2007 against Fairview.
“Obviously our defense played a whole lot better the second half,” said Downey. “Offensively we did a pretty good job all night. We had some stupid penalties that hurt us.
“Bottom line: we live to fight another day. Now we go into next week for all the marbles in the league and try get a leg up on everybody.”
DHS-Godsey 65-yard run (PAT-Smith kick)
DHS-Lambert 23-yard run (PATSmith kick)
AHS-Dunning 12-yard pass from Goering (PAT-Downey kick)
DHS-Betz 2-yard run (PAT-Smith kick)
AHS-Dunning 15-yard pass from Goering
DHS-Betz 80-yard run (PAT-Smith kick)
AHS-Fidler 4-yard run (Goering run)
DHS-Godsey 61-yard run (PAT-Smith kick)
AHS-Fidler 15-yard pass from Goering (Fidler run)
DHS-Smith 29-yard field goal
AHS-Fidler 14-yard pass from Goering
AHS-Goering 1-yard run (PATDowney kick)
AHS-Fidler 72-yard pass from Goering (PAT-Downey kick)
DHS-Beverly 82-yard kick return