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Saturday, October 13, 2012NBC Football: Lake routs Fostoria in 66-13 victory
By Matt Nye
They say one play can define a game. In this case, it was the first play of Fostoria High School's football game at Lake.
The play was an 87-yard kickoff return by Lake's Adam Duncan and the game was essentially over as the Redmen fell to the Flyers, 66-13.
"It hurts no matter who you are," Fostoria coach Jim Kelly said. "If you were the number one team in the state and gave up a kickoff return, that hurts you. We did that last week. We worked on all of this stuff in practice. And we are going to keep on working on it and we will be demanding on getting better. Sooner or later it will happen. Adversity makes toughness and we have to become a lot tougher."
With the loss, the Redmen fell to 0-8 overall and 0-5 in the Northern Buckeye Conference. Lake improved to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the NBC.
Flyers' sophomore quarterback Jared Rettig put up gaudy numbers against the Redmen, accounting for 309 yards of total offense, including six total touchdowns in the first half. He was efficient throwing the ball, going 16-for-18 for 259 yards.
Flyers' Coach Bob Olwin said he was happy with Rettig's performance and that he grew up making the right decisions out on the field Friday night.
"This was a game where he (Rettig) got more comfortable," Olwin said. "He learned how to escape pressure. He ran out of bounds and got what he could running the ball. I liked that he kept his eyes down the field when he broke out of pressure. He's going to get better and better. He is just young and I was happy with the way he performed tonight."
After the opening kickoff return, the Redmen were noticeably on their heels and gave way to the high-flying Lake offense.
On Lake's first possession on offense, Rettig found Connor Bowen down the left sideline for a 24-yard touchdown. Lake went for two and got it on a pass caught by Bowen, making the score 14-0 after missing the extra point of the kickoff return score.
The Flyers scored twice more in the first quarter. The first was a 21-yard touchdown run from Rettig and the second was a 12-yard touchdown pass to Chris Salaz. Lake led 27-0 after one quarter.
On Fostoria's first possession of the second quarter, it finally started to find some rhythm on offense. Fuller threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tony Mauricio, capping off a nine-play drive.
Lake quickly ruined any hope for a Redmen comeback as on the first play of their possession, Rettig hit Ben Swartz for an 80-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline to make the score 34-7 with 9:03 left in the first half.
The Flyers further poured it on in the second quarter as they scored four more times, beginning with a Nick Walsh four-yard touchdown run. Then Rettig threw touchdowns to Mark Greenlese from 18 yards out, followed by an eight-yard touchdown to Salaz. The final score of the first half was a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown by Swartz that made the halftime score 59-7.
The second half began with more of the same as Rettig capped off a seven-play drive with a three-yard touchdown throw to Swartz on a slant pass.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the score was 66-7 Lake as Fostoria started to move the ball, mostly against Lake's reserves.
Just past a minute into the final quarter, Fuller hit Tony Reynolds on a 35-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline that ended up being the final score of the game.
"When we first came out we gave good effort," Kelly said. "When you're down three scores then, our effort starts going away and that is a mental thing with us. Everybody wants a quick fix and I do too more than anybody, but we have to stay with our young kids and we have to keep believing in them. We will keep working with them and we will get better.
"I keep telling them we can't quit. We have to keep working hard. We have to give effort for a full 48 minutes. We give up a few scores and then stop. It's just some more things we have to keep working on."
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