2017-09-07 / Sports

Warriors demolish Bulldogs

By Jacob Kennedy
Contributing Writer

Owendale-Gagetown’s #50 tries to get around the edge, but is quickly wrapped up by Tukker Wolschleger of the Warriors. Owendale-Gagetown’s #50 tries to get around the edge, but is quickly wrapped up by Tukker Wolschleger of the Warriors. OWENDALE - The North Huron Warriors came to the doghouse of the Owendale-Gagetown Bulldogs and dominated them, with the final score being 60-8.

This is the first meeting of the Bulldogs and Warriors as league opponents since 2008, and the Warriors didn’t waste any time sticking it to their old rivals.

“We know they are going to have a good defense and we know our offense is in for a challenge,” said North Huron Head Coach Isaac Viers before the game. This is Viers’ first season coaching varsity football for the Warriors.

Jim Wencel has been around the Bulldogs program for years and was ready for the challenge of the Warriors.

“They are big and physical,” said Wencel. “We just want to hit hard and hopefully everything will take care of itself.”

North Huron came to play and ran all over the Bulldogs, taking a 38-8 score into the half.

“Our offense is clicking, and we kind of had a feeling that’s what was going to happen because they were clicking yesterday (in practice),” said Viers at the half. “Our guys just need to stay disciplined (on defense). There were a couple times that they didn’t trust each other to play their position and then they were out of position and that happened a couple times.”

The Warriors tightened it up on defense and really took it to the Bulldogs in the second half.

Owendale-Gagetown received the second half kickoff and had a nice return by Andrew Partaka, but was stopped on defense and went three and out to start the half.

North Huron capitalized on their next play when Mike Craig ran the ball for a 75-yard touchdown.

Quarterback Tyler Knoblock threw the ball to John Hoody for the two-point conversion, making the score 46-8 early in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs couldn’t do anything on their next possession as they actually lost yards on every play and were forced to punt away to the Warriors.

North Huron had a miscommunication on the next series and fumbled the ball to the Bulldogs, who finally got something going their way for the first time in the half.

Warrior Mike Craig had other plans, however, and intercepted the Bulldogs on the very next play, setting up North Huron on the Bulldog’s 24 yard line.

The Warriors took advantage of the good field position and Hoody ran the ball in for the 24-yard touchdown, putting the Warriors up 52-8.

The mistakes kept coming for the Bulldogs who fumbled the ball on their next possession, giving the ball right back to the Warriors.

Brayden Schipinski would eventually cap off the Warrior’s drive, punching the ball in from 30 yards for the North Huron touchdown. Tukker Wolschleger pounded the ball in for the two-point conversion, putting the score to 60-8.

The Bulldogs would make one more attempt to put points on the scoreboard, but it was quickly stopped by the Warriors who would take over on downs to end the game.

“It was easy to get mad at some of the plays (tonight), but they kept their composure and played with discipline,” said Viers after the game.

The Warriors were led by Craig, who ran for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Craig is now the leading rusher in the state, and is second in the nation for 8-man football.

Hoody also tallied 92 yards and a touchdown.

Knoblock also had a passing touchdown to Andrew Pechette.

Austin Leavine, Frank Duda and Schipinski would all find the end zone as well for the Warriors.

The Bulldogs lone score came on a 56-yard pass from Aaron Fahrner to Luke Retford.

The Warriors will host the Akron- Fairgrove Vikings in their first home game of the season on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

Owendale-Gagetown is on the road again and will travel to play the New Haven Merritt Academy Mustangs, also on Friday.

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