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Margaretta stuns Huron for first time in 13 years

Dan Angelo • Oct 23, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Rock Farlow had grown pretty sick and tired of watching his Margaretta team play well against the conference leaders, only come up short time and again this season.

Devin Jones was the perfect antacid.

The 6-foot-3 senior rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns and added 206 yards and a pair of scores through the air Friday night, leading the Polar Bears to a 36-31 victory over the host Tigers on Senior Night at Kalahari Field.

"We talked about that at halftime," Farlow said. "We've been right there on the edge and after losing to Clyde and Port Clinton, we could have gone one of two ways, but the kids came up with just a gutsy effort."

Gutsy may be something of an understatement.

The Polar Bears (5-4, 3-3) scored on their first six possessions of the game and converted seven straight fourth-down plays, including Jones touchdown passes of 30 and 34 yards in the first quarter to Austin Moore.

"The thing is you don't want to give them the ball back," Farlow said. "They were doing such a good job and we were scrambling, giving up big plays, we just felt it was better defense going for it."

It proved to be a winning strategy.

Margaretta, which had lost 12 straight to Huron dating back to 1997, played keep-away in the first half with scoring drives of 12, 12 and 14 plays while building a 24-13 lead. The Bears even ran the two-minute drill to perfection at the end of the half with Jones hitting Kyle Galindo on a 41-yard strike to set up his 4-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds remaining.

The visitors kept the Tigers at bay with an 11-play scoring drive in the third quarter and a 12-play drive midway through the fourth quarter that featured their seventh straight fourth-down conversion and their lone punt of the contest.

"We figured it would be a shootout," Jones said. "Last week, we put up 44 and figured they could score at any time, so we were looking for it to be a shootout."

The lone blemish on the shootout was extra-point conversions. The two teams combined to fail on 10 two-point conversion attempts.

"It was a great game and you've got to give Huron a lot of credit because they just kept coming back," Farlow said. "But thank God they missed as many two-point conversions as we did."

It was a devastating loss for Huron, which saw its share of the Sandusky Bay Conference lead and a possible Division IV playoff berth slip away.

"Hats off to Margaretta," Tigers coach Tony Legando said. "They certainly have some great ball players, but that was a team effort.

"It would be easy for me as a coach to say that Division I ball player (Jones) they have took the game over, and he certainly did his part. But you have to have a cast around him to ball that off and they certainly did tonight."

The threat Jones posed allowed the Bears to finish with 457 yards of offense and 23 first downs.

"When you try to stop someone like that, it takes you out of the character of your defense, especially as the game progresses," Legando said. "Your weaknesses become more and more apparent. We just couldn't seem to stop him at all. It was like putting your finger in a dike."

After the first-quarter touchdown strikes to Moore, Jones added scoring runs of 1, 4 and 9 yards, while Corey Yontz picked yup 122 yards and added another 1-yard scoring run.

Jones finished the game by hitting 8 of 13 passes with Andrew Freeh pulling down three for 58 yards and Craig Galindo adding two catches for 53. Galindo also sealed the win, picking off a Brian Bollenbacher pass with just over a minute remaining as the Tigers drove into Margaretta territory for what would have been the go-ahead score.

"We've been building momentum lately," Jones said. "I've been playing well and so has Corey. We've just kept building that momentum and putting up numbers to keep things going."

Bollenbacher had a strong effort despite the late interception, hitting 10 of 18 passes for 267 yards. He hooked up with Jake Hillman on a 70-yard scoring strike in the first quarter that gave the Tigers their only lead of the game, 7-6, and a 54-yarder in the fourth that kept Huron in the game.

Justin Hick added 73 yards on 14 carries for the Tigers (6-3, 4-2), while Sean Fantozz had two catches for 80 yards and Brandon Krueger added three for 31.

"You don't play just to win ball games," Legando said. "You play to teach valuable lessons, and we have an opportunity here, one that we didn't look forward to. But it's here and we have to teach our young men how to battle through this adversity."

Margaretta 12 12 6 6 -- 36

Huron 7 6 6 12 -- 31

M -- Austin Moore 30 pass from Devin Jones (pass failed)

H -- Jake Hillman 70 pass from Brian Bollenbacher (Anthony Lane kick)

M -- Moore 34 pass from Jones (run fail)

M -- Jones 1 run (run fail)

H -- Bollenbacher 1 run (pass fail)

M -- Jones 4 run (run fail)

H -- Bollenbacher 1 run (pass fail)

M -- Corey Yontz 1 run (run fail)

H -- Bollenbacher 1 run (pass fail)

M -- Jones 9 run (run fail)

H -- Hillman 54 pass from Bollenbacher (pass fail)



First Downs 23 15

Rush-Yards 57-253 29-96

Yards Pass 206 267

Comp-Att-TD-INT 8-13-2-0 10-18-2-1

Pen-Yds 4-20 1-15

Fum-Lost 1-0 0-0


Rushing -- (M) Devin Jones 26-108, Chris VanScoy 9-21, Corey Yontz 21-122, Corey Kane 1-2; (H) Brian Bollenbacher 14-21, Justin Hicks 14-73, Trae Graham 1-2

Passing -- (M) Devin Jones 8-13-206-2-0; (H) Brian Bollenbacher 10-18-267-2-1

Receiving -- (M) Craig Galindo 2-53, Corey Kane 1-11, Andrew Freeh 3-58, Austin Moore 2-69; (H) Jake Hillman 2-124, Aaron Driftmyer 1-10, Brandon Krueger 3-31, Sean Fantozz 20-65

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