High school football: Van Wert able to beat Ottawa-Glandorf


VAN WERT – Despite a 19-point lead and just six points in the second half, Van Wert earned a 32-27 victory over Ottawa-Glandorf in a key Western Buckeye League clash on Friday night.

With the win, Van Wert, who suffered his first loss of the season last week against St. Marys, goes 5-1 over the season and 4-1 in the WBL Ottawa-Glandorf drops to 3-3 and 3. -2 in league play.

“We challenged them to really compete this week,” said Van Wert head coach Keith Recker. “We didn’t feel like it in the first half against St. Marys, we competed last week and so we really challenged them and they came out in the pre-game and the whole fourth quarter.

Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Ken Schriner called the battle a seesaw.

“It was two teams going after it there,” Schriner said. “No regrets. Our kids fought well. Their kids fought hard and they played one more game than us.

Led by Aiden Pratt’s running and assists and the legs of running back Nate Jackson, Van Wert took a 26-7 lead with less than two minutes to go in the first half and it looked like the Cougars were ready for a big win.

But the Titans rallied for a late scoreline late in the second quarter, then continued that momentum in the second half by scoring 14 unanswered points to take the lead 27-26 with 5:27 left in the third quarter. .

But the Cougars rallied for one final point with 9:46 left in the fourth quarter to regain the lead, then pushed back two Ottawa-Glandorf tries, including an exciting defensive position in the dying minutes when the Titans had. drives up to 11 yards. line that ended with an incomplete pass to seal the game for the Cougars.

Pratt finished the game 14 of 18 for 246 yards and a touchdown. Pratt’s main target turned out to be Maddix Crutchfield who had seven catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson provided the punch on the ground, finishing with 104 yards and four touchdowns, including a spectacular 23-yard jaunt that gave the Titans a 26-7 lead.

Landen Jordan of Ottawa-Glandorf helped bring the Titans back from a 19-point deficit as he netted 175 yards and one touchdown and ran 108 yards on 19 carries.

Van Wert led Ottawa-Glandorf 26-14 at halftime.

The Cougars took a 7-0 lead, taking the ball 47 yards in six games to score on their first down. Cougar running back Nate Jackson, who had 20 and 13 points in practice, dived 2 yards for the score.

The Titans tied the score at 7-7 later in the first quarter when Ottawa-Glandorf ran a 40-yard run that took nine plays and was crowned when Jordan ran it from 11 yards.

The tie didn’t last long as the Cougars quickly roamed the field on their next possession and covered 37 yards in five games to give Van Wert a 13-7 lead after an extra point missed with 11: 57 to play in the first half.

Van Wert increased his lead when they fabricated a 61-yard drive that took six plays and was highlighted by Pratt’s touchdown pass to a wide-open Crutchfield for 46 yards and the paydirt. After the extra point, Van Wert led 20-7.

Van Wert made it 26-7 less than a minute later. After the Cougars recorded an interception and Van Wert charged Ottawa-Glandorf immediately on the first play of the scrum, Jackson ran for 23 yards for the touchdown. After a second extra point missed, Van Wert led 26-7 with 1:39 left in the first half.

But Ottawa-Glandorf had plenty of time to cover 64 yards in five games and scored a touchdown when Jordan found Caleb Kuhlman in the right corner of the end zone at 26 yards.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alec Schroeder finds a way in Friday night’s game at Van Wert. See more high school football photos on LimaScores.com.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Tyler Leopold halts the progress of Van Wert’s Aidan Pratt in Friday night’s game at Van Wert.

Van Wert’s Nate Jackson pushes Ottawa-Glandorf’s Caleb Kuhlman out of bounds after a reception in Friday night’s game at Van Wert.

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