Parkway falls to Fort Recovery; Spencerville thumped by Columbus Grove
Saturday, September 26, 2009 12:00 AM
BY DREW BITTNER
Nikki Fox/Nikki Fox Photography
A Parkway player tries to elude a two Fort Recovery defenders as two Parkway teammates attempt to block during the Panthers’ game agains the Indians on Friday, Sept. 25, in Fort Recovery.
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
FORT RECOVERY - The Parkway Panthers traveled to Fort Recovery on Friday night and suffered a 21-9 loss to the Indians.
Fort Recovery gained 341 total yards to Parkway's 185 on the night.
Parkway's Bryce Bedwell was 13 of 33 on the night for 187 passing yards and a touchdown. Logan Hunter caught five passes for 47 yards.
For the Indians, quarterback Greg Kahlig was 17 of 32 for 311 yards and three touchdowns. Craig Tobe caught seven passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. The other receiving touchdown went to wide receiver Nathan Keller.
Riley Brandstater also kicked a field goal for the Panthers.
Parkway falls to 0-5 on the season and 0-3 in Midwest Athletic Conference play. Fort Recovery improves to 3-2 on the year and 1-2 in conference play.
No other game details were available at press time.
BY DAR NEVERGALL
Brown Publishing Correspondent
COLUMBUS GROVE - Spencerville ran into a hungry Columbus Grove team Friday night and the Bulldogs made them pay by scoring on their first six possessions of the game en route to a 51-12 win over the Bearcats.
Columbus Grove opened the game with a 21-yard score by tailback Rayce Risser and then finished things off with a Bulldog record 97-yard kickoff return by the senior running back.
"Last week we got embarrassed (against LCC) and our kids were hungry all week," said Bulldog coach Scott Palte. "I'm happy with our kids. They bounced back well."
In between it was almost entirely Columbus Grove as the Bulldogs racked up 416 total yards with Risser gaining 165 yards on 12 carries with 4 touchdowns, Devon Verhoff 75 yards on 5 attempts, Wade Heffner 73 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown, and Jacob Miller 48 yards on 1 attempt with a score.
"Columbus Grove came ready to play," said Spencerville coach John Zerbe. "They played hard and they played well. They capitalized. Their coaches did a good job of getting them ready all week."
Meanwhile, the Grove defense was holding Spencerville to 214 yards of total offense, although the Bearcats got two nice passes for scores in the third and fourth quarter (one a 39-yarder from Tyler Deitering to Daniel Binkley and the other a 36-yarder from Derek Goecke to Binkley).
The Bulldogs wasted little time in cracking the scoreboard as Risser went through the left side for the score four minutes into the game.
A few minutes later, Grove needed just one play to take a fourteen point lead when Miller galloped 48 yards to pay dirt.
Luke Kohls then added a 28-yard field goal to make it 17-0 after one quarter of play.
Things then went from bad to worse for Spencerville in the second twelve minutes when Risser scored from 6 yards out and Jordan Travis found a wide-open Colby Meuleman for a 36-yard tally to extend the margin to 31-0 with 7:36 left in the half.
Added Zerbe, "We knew what they were going to do and we coached real hard all week, but we couldn't get it done."
The Bulldogs then finished off the half with 10-yard touchdown run by Heffner.
Spencerville got on the board early in the second half on the Deitering pass to Binkley, but Grove responded with a 40-yard run by Risser to up the difference to 44-6 after three.
Following the touchdown pass from Goecke to Binkley at the start of the final period, Risser then picked up the ensuing kickoff at the three-yard line, found a hole up the middle, and out-distanced everyone for the score.
Said Zerbe, "We stress to our kids to not quit regardless of what comes at you. We are trying to change a mindset and attitude here and it will take time as far as outcomes go on Friday night, but I'm proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far."
Austin Lotz finished with 6 carries for 17 yards for Spencerville, while Jordan Elliot had 13 yards on 6 attempts. Binkley finished the night with 4 catches for 99 yards.