Findlay stifles Sandusky
Oct 12, 2010 at 11:43 PM
The second half wasn't kind to the Blue Streaks last night in their homecoming game against Greater Buckeye Conference foe Findlay.
In the final match up between the rivals before Sandusky, playing in just its second home game of the year, bolts for the Northern Ohio League next year, the Trojans put up 30 unanswered points after halftime to win going away 49-14.
The loss evens the Streaks at 1-1 in the GBC (4-3 overall) while Findlay improves to 2-5, 1-1.
Findlay's senior quarterback Matt Spragg had a memorable game with a hand in five of the Trojans' seven touchdowns. He threw for four scores on a 15-of-19 performance, and added an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished the night with 221 yards through the air and 48 yards on the ground.
For the game, Findlay out gained the Blue Streaks 465-207 in total yardage. A week after quarterback Lucas Poggiali set the school passing record with 302 yards against Lima Senior, the Trojan defense limited him to just 38 yards on a 5-for-16 showing.
"We stepped it up on the defensive side," said Findlay coach Mark Ritzler, whose defense gave up over 400 yards rushing in a loss to Fremont Ross last week. Sandusky netted 169 yards on the ground in 31 attempts.
"We knew (Cordney) Strickland could run," Ritzler added. "But we were able to stop the run. We did a much better job (Friday night). We were pretty doggone good. We've been losing, but we've been close. We haven't been able to get over the hump."
Momentum turned at the end of the first half when Sandusky was forced to punt and trailing by two touchdowns. Unfortunately for the Streaks, it didn't continue into the third quarter.
Findlay's Dylan Blunk took an Andrew Barnum punt at the Trojan 26-yard line, but a hit by the Blue Streaks Justin Ritchie jarred the ball loose. In the ensuing scramble, Mike Drake was able to snag the football and hold on for dear life until the referees unstacked the pile.
That gave Sandusky the ball on the Findlay 17 with 29 seconds left in the half. Four plays later Poggiali scrambled to his right and found Strickland just in front of the goal line. Strickland turned and carried his defender into the endzone and Brock Cremean's second extra point pulled the Streaks within 19-14 at the half.
That was the last time Sandusky had anything to celebrate, getting just 75 yards of offense after the break.
"I thought we moved the ball in the first half," said Sandusky coach Mike Franklin. "Not in the second half. Findlay moved the ball at will. They beat us up up front. Tonight they were better.
"We're still a good football team. It's not like one night determines who our football team is. We just didn't play like we do."
Strickland ended with 122 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown and the reception for a score. There was not much other offense. Sandusky must put this one behind them and get ready for the stretch run of the GBC, still needing to play Napoleon and Ross to end the season. Franklin, whose Streaks won their only GBC championship last year, said his team will be ready.
"We're not going to hang our heads," Franklin added. "We can still win."
Findlay 13 6 16 14 -- 49
Sandusky 7 7 0 0 -- 14
F: Jim Orwick 24 pass from Matt Spragg (Brandon Shanahan kick)
S: Cordney Strickland 39 run (Brock Cremean kick)
F: Dylan Blunk 26 pass from Spragg (kick failed)
F: Alex Henry 6 run (run failed)
S: Strickland 3 pass from Lucas Poggiali (Cremean kick)
F: Safety, Strickland tackled in endzone
F: Orwick 13 pass from Spragg (Shanahan kick)
F: Blunk 40 pass from Spragg (Shanahan kick)
F: Spragg 11 run (Shanahan kick)
F: Jon Runion 12 run (Shanahan kick)
First Downs 22 9
Rushes-Yards 45-244 31-169
Passing-Yards 221 38
Comp-Att-Int 15-19-0 5-20-0
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-40 5-55
Findlay -- Ben Kupferberg 10-34, Henry 8-39, Vance Setlemire 5-59, Spragg 9-48, Runion 7-21, Paul Cosian 2-3, Matt Price 4-40. Sandusky -- Strickland 19-122; Poggiali 5-16; Xavier Turner 1-2; Dameyion Smith 1-8; Tristen Jeffeies 1-1, Maruis Winston 4-20.
Findlay -- Spragg 15-19-0-4. Sandusky -- Poggiali 5-16-0-0, James Fox 0-4-0-0.
Findlay -- Blunk 7-105, Orwick 4-61, Cody Ramsey 3-30, Brock Romantic 1-25. Sandusky -- Jeffries 4-35; Strickland 1-3.