Local Sports from The Courier
Saturday, November 17, 2012Division IV Regional: Hartley rallies past O-G, 41-31
PIQUA -- If Columbus Hartley is the No. 1 Division IV team in the state of Ohio and Ottawa-Glandorf is No. 2, the team staking any claim to the No. 3 spot is going to have to go a way to earn the right.
Marcellus Calhoun scored two touchdowns in the final 5:16 of the game and Hartley held on to beat Ottawa-Glandorf 41-31 on Friday in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 Region 14 showdown at Piqua's Alexander Stadium.
Top-ranked Hartley, 13-0, will face Clinton Massie next Friday in a Division IV state semifinal at a site to be determined Sunday by the OHSAA.
Ottawa-Glandorf capped the best football season in school history at 12-1.
"In the locker room we asked the kids to play with their hearts ... and they did," said O-G coach Ken Schriner. "They have nothing to be ashamed of. They left all they had out on the field."
O-G led 17-14 at the half and 24-14 early in the third quarter. Hartley opted to go for it on fourth-and-3 from its own 39, but Ottawa-Glandorf stuffed the play and capped the short drive when Tristan Parker swept right and took it in from 6 yards out.
Dominic Scott's long kickoff return ignited a 52-yard Hartley drive that cut the deficit to 24-20.
When O-G faked a punt, it was Hartley's turn for a big defensive stop, and the Hawks responded with another 52-yard scoring drive. All-Ohio running back Ja'Wuan Woodley did most of damage, carrying six times for 25 yards, including a final 2-yard burst on the first play of the fourth quarter that gave Hartley its first lead of the game, 27-24.
O-G, deep in seniors, talent and expectations, answered right back.
Quarterback Caleb Siefker got 5 yards and a first down on a keeper and Josh Buckland got 15 yards and another first down on a reverse. Siefker did the rest, getting 1 yard, then 6 and finally 30 on a quarterback option. Siefker also nailed the point after that put the Titans back on top, 31-27, with 8:13 to play.
O-G tried to surprise Hartley with an onside kick that it almost got, but didn't. The Hawks took quick advantage.
Scott, a cat-quick wideout and return man, got 23 yards on a double reverse. Calhoun got 10 yards on a counter, and later capped the drive with another 10-yard dash on a sweep around left end.
With 5:13 left, O-G needed one more steady, time-consuming drive. But on a third-and-4 from the 40, a mishandled exchange led to the only turnover of the game. Hartley's Nick King, a thorn in the Titans' offensive plans all night, recovered at the O-G 37.
Woodley got 19 yards on second down. Then Calhoun took over, carrying four straight plays to cover the final 16 yards.
O-G had 2:16 left, and got to the Hartley 19. On first down, Siefker, who had a 29-yard field goal earlier in the game, tried one from 36 yards. But it missed the mark, and Hartley took over and ran out the clock.
"We needed two scores at the time," Schriner explained. "Because of the clock, we went for the field goal there, then hoped to recover an onsides kick."
Siefker rushed for 124 yards and scored three times, adding an 8-yard TD run to cap O-G's first possession, a 1-yard dive to complete a short second-possession drive after Hartley tried an onsides kick, and his 30-yard dash that put O-G up 31-27.
Parker capped his record-setting O-G career with 123 yards rushing and a TD, giving him exactly 2,000 yards for the season and 26 touchdowns.
Calhoun (103 yards) and Woodley (102) scored two touchdowns each for Hartley as the two teams traded offensive haymakers like a couple of heavyweights.
"A lot of games, the defense needs to bail out the offense. This was a game where the offense needed to bail out the defense," Hartley coach Brad Burchfield said.
"It didn't look good out there at the beginning of the second half when they went right down and scored. But our kids were warriors out there. We couldn't stop them. The good news is we have a Week 14 to do it."
In the first half, O-G had a huge 17:34-6:26 advantage in the time of possession, a pivotal factor Schriner highlighted before the game. For the game O-G's time of possession was 26:49. Hartley's was 21:11 as the two teams went to their strength -- the running game -- to grind out yardage.
"We knew at the half 17 points would not be enough," Schriner said. "We knew we needed to score on every possession.
"I'm proud of my kids. You hate to lose one like that because the kids battled their tails off. One team just made a couple more plays than the other. That's what it came down to."
Ottawa-Glandorf 14 3 7 7 -- 31
Bishop Hartley 7 7 6 21 -- 41
O-G -- Seifker 8 run (Siefker kick)
BH -- Saxton 56 pass from Woodley (Barringer kick)
O-G -- Siefker 1 run (Siefker kick)
BH -- Woodley 2 run (Barringer kick)
O-G -- FG 29 Siefker
O-G -- Parker 6 run (Siefker kick)
BH -- Mackowiak 4 run (kick failed)
BH -- Woodly 2 run (Barringer kick)
O-G -- Siefker 30 run (Siefker kick)
BH -- Calhoun 10 run (Barringer kick)
BH -- Calhoun 2 run (Barringer kick)
First Downs 22 16
Rushes-yards 48-283 48-300
Passing Yards 55 96
Comp-Att-Int 4-10-0 4-8-0
Punts-Avg. 0-0 1-49
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 2-20 7-65
rushing -- Ottawa-Glandorf, Siefker 19-124, Parker 21-123, Buckland 3-28, Racer 5-8. Bishop Hartley, Calhoun 16-103, Woodley 19-102, Mackowiak 9-41, Saxton 1-31, Scott 1-23, Brandewie 2-0.
passing -- Ottawa-Glandorf, Siefker 4-10-0-55. Bishop Hartley, Woodley 1-1-0-56, Brandewie 3-7-0-40.
receiving -- Ottawa-Glandorf, Parker 2-28, Buckland 2-27. Bishop Hartley, Scott 2-19, Saxton 1-56, Woodley 1-21.
Subscribe to The Courier.