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Fliers Fight Through First Half struggles to rally over Anthony Wayne 30-28 courtesy of senior kicker, Seth Hohman’s clutch 32 yard field goal.
Friday night’s game versus the Generals had many Flier fans wondering,’ How Good is Anthony Wayne, really? How good are the Fliers, really? Both teams came into this contest 2-0, but because the Generals were a new team on the Flier schedule from another conference, lots of nervous questions remained to be answered.
Our Fliers in the first two games committed costly defensive errors and could not finish several fine drives. We appeared to be coming along and there seemed to be an intangible guiding this blue and Gold unit, chemistry and persistence. Tonight, despite going down 14-0 early on the road to the highly touted Generals, the Fliers and coaching staff did not panic and continued to follow the game plan. With 2:13 left in the first quarter, senior signal caller Trevor Burtch hit Jaylen Johnson for a thirteen yard touchdown pass. Mason Johnson’s PAT made it 14-7.
The high powered Generals’ offense, however, continued to strike the Fliers defensive heart when Max Denman passed to Nick Schneider for a huge 60 yard pass and run touchdown. Again, down by 14 points. 21-7 after just one quarter! Should we call ‘911’, defense? Brief memories of last year’s incredible Bellevue’s 52 point first half explosion began to knock on this writer’s mind. Please, not that again!
The Fliers continued to answer the Anthony Wayne offensive punch with one of their own. Just two minutes into the second quarter, junior stud running back, Braydi Clark bulled across from two yards and it became 21-14. Our defense could not figure out a stoppage formula, and with 6:19 left in the half, Nick Schneider ran 91 yards for a touchdown which in a way tried to tell our guys, ‘Forget it, Clyde! No way you can stop us tonight!’ Anthony Wayne, for the THIRD time in the half led by 14. It was 28-14.
However, our boys just kept on keeping on. With 3:21 left in the half, Trevor Burtch bolted across on a sneak from one yard out to bring the Race Street High to within 7, 28-21
As the Fliers made the long trek to their locker room for halftime, one could see a sense of momentum and determination burning within our boys. If we could just find answers to the Generals’ offense? Thoughwe were not privy to the changes discussed and implemented during intermission, we and knowledgeable Flier Football fans knew our defensive coordinator, Ray Long has often been lauded by Head Coach Ryan Carter as one of the finest defensive coordinators in all of Ohio.
Second half. Anthony Wayne offense generates ZERO points! Less than 100 yards of total offense. Plus the Fliers caused a costly fumble and Devon Lee, their monster in the middle, became ‘ possessed and had two critical sacks. Whatever the message and adjustments at halftime were, they certainly worked.
Meanwhile, unlike the Generals’ offense, the Flier weapons continued to explode. This despite a controversial goal line touchdown that was not. Shortly after being stopped by a suspect official’s call, the Fliers in the third, regained possession at the General 22 after a Max Denman fumble. Three plays later, Logan Riehl caught a 16 yard pass with run for a Flier touchdown. Sadly, however, Mason Johnson’s kick struck the goalpost and bounced back onto the field. Fliers still down 28-27. Ugh! Why?
With 5:12 left in the third, the game was on the line. Who wanted it the most? Here’s where the Fliers continued to respond while Anthony Wayne continued to suffer problems moving the ball.
The Fliers’ final drive started at the 6:45 mark in the fourth after a key fourth and five denial by the Flier defense.
The Fliers began to grind yards behind the reliable running of Braydi Clark. However, eventually, they were faced with a fourth and three. A false start by quarterback Trevor Burtch brought them to a fourth and eight with 1:44 to play. The senior maintained his composure and found sophomore receiver Carson Rieman for a 10 yard pass to keep the Drive alive.
From that point on, Coach Carter knew he had an ace practicing kicks into the net on the sidelines. A four sport star, Seth Hohman. A rare teen with ice in his veins. The Fliers ran a few plays to set things up in the middle of the field. Despite two timeouts called by the Generals, the senior soccer star drilled a 32 yard field goal right through the uprights with ten seconds left and stuck a dagger in the Anthony Wayne’s team and fans’ hearts! Seth’s kick would have been good from near fifty yards! He nailed it!
For the game Trevor again was very efficient with 20 completions in 31attempts, one interception, for 296 yards and two touchdowns. Braydi rushed 30!times for 103 yards. Carson Rieman, the talented sophomore, caught 6 passes for 138 yards including one for 59 yards. Senior Logan Riehl grabbed 6 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. He also had a big gainer for 54 yards.
The Fliers only outgained the Generals by a 442-414 net total yards. But, remember, 300 of the Generals’ total yards came in the first half. Then Coach Long and his vaunted charged up defense went to work, essentially stifling the Blue and white team’s efforts to sustain good drives.
Kudos must go to our very fine football squad for rallying from fourteen point deficits three separate times. For making big plays in fourth down situations. And, of course, to number 28, a quiet but talented athlete who methodically stepped into the frying pan and placed a dagger into the Generals’ hopes for victor. Seth Hohman: Thank you! Flier team: Thank You! You never quit and Winners never do!
3-0! How sweet it is!