Friday, August 25, 2017
Clyde High School
Start High School
Fliers Battle Spartans for a Four Quarter Win 17-14
It wasn’t easy. Something about football says your first win shouldn’t be easy. Division One Toledo Start, a school with roughly 1,000 more students, made the Fliers earn it.
The Fliers behind the fine night by senior quarterback Trevor Burtch, a strong rushing effort by Braydi Clark, and clutch receptions by sophomore Carson Riemann and Jaylen Johnson managed to squeeze out the three point win.
The Spartans opened the scoring early in the second quarter with a 28 yard field goal by Jake Baumgartner. The field goal seemed to arouse the Flier offense. Connor Long from quarterback broke free down the left sideline for a lead grabbing 47 yard touchdown run. Mason Johnson added the pat. Later in the same second quarter, sophomore Braydi Clark motored over the left side for an 11 yard score. The point after touchdown was good, and to fans, it looked like the Fliers might be cruising to an easy victory.
“Oh, no you don’t,” Start’s boys seem to say. The Spartans seemed to take advantage of secondary coverage lapses for the Fliers to mount a comeback after another Start 28 yard field goal. Shortly before halftime, the Green team struck paydirt and added a two point conversion. The result was old Mojo had shifted at the wrong time, as teams went to their locker rooms.
In the third quarter, the Spartans nearly took the lead but a 43 yard field goal attempt fell two yards short. The Fliers then mounted a good drive which was highlighted by a great throw and catch from Trevor to Jaylen Johnson inside the Spartan 15. However, the spunky Spartans refused to eat the Blue and Gold get across the goal stripe, and the Fliers left reliable senior kicker Seth Hohman boot a 20 yard field goal to give the good boys all they needed for the victory.
Some good changes helped the Fliers control the earlier havoc the Start quarterback was making of the Flier secondary. Also, a clutch 32 yard catch by Logan Riehl gave the Fliers more possessions in the critical fourth. The Flier staff also seemed to manage the critical clock during crunch time. Start had used all four of their timeouts early in the final 12 minutes.
For the game the Fliers showed some great balance offensively. The Fliers rushed 33 times for 178 yards. Clark ran 19 times for 90 yards and Connor ran 11 times for 88 yards. Start, on the underhand, rushed for only 78 yards on 25 carries. The nice work of Quarterback Revor Burtch helped contribute 169 yard passing on 7 completions in 11 attempts.
The home team did most of their damage in the passing game, especially in the first half. Caleb Coyne threw 31 times and completed 16 for 180 yards.
Time of possession was close with the Fliers controlling the ball for 25 minutes and 22 seconds. We also had 16 first downs to 14 for Start. Cam Farrar averaged 41.yards on each of two punts. And, of course Seth a Hohman was ready as ever to kick that 20?yard field goal to give the Fliers the lead in the midway point of the second half.
The deciding difference of the game was the good play of backup quarterback, Trevor Burtch. He showed a big and accurate arm in his first varsity test. It’s only a game, but Head Coach Carter may feel like a two quarterback system for this Friday’s home opener with Ashland.
Ashland nearly made the playoffs last year despite losing their star quarterback in week four. Look for the Arrows to come up to Clyde with the energy that comes revenge is on the mind.
Congratulations to the Fliers and thanks to the many fans who drove the distance to support our football team, band, and cheerleaders!