Football Roundup: Smithville pitches shutout to improve to 5-1

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Smithville Smithies

Week 6

Smithville 28, Waynedale 0

Smithville played vintage Green Machine football, putting on a defensive clinic to beat Waynedale and improve to 5-1.

Holding the Golden Bears offense to just 101 yards of total offense, the Smithies racked up 252 yards on the ground on their way to the win. Smithville held Waynedale to just five yards on the ground.

"The kids put together a complete one tonight," said Smithville coach Phil Olsen. "To bounce back after a rough one last week is what you want to see your kids do.

"They all really value defense. It shows and I am really proud of the boys. Now we are excited to be heading into a big game with Hillsdale next Friday night."

Mason Haines led Smithville with 97 yards on the ground on 18 carries and scored on a four-yard run. Gabe Copley scored twice on runs of 19 and 12, finished with 65 yards on the ground and added two catches for 20 yards through air.

Quarterback Bryce Butcher found Mac Butzer from 27 yards out for the game's first score and threw for 110 yards.

"Bryce has been getting better every game and that showed tonight," said Olsen. "We went to the pass early because (Golden Bears) took the run away and got some nice gains off the pass which loosened up the ground game. With Mason's hard running, Copley's great vision, ability to run counters and he simply goes after he makes his cut."

Waynedale was led by Jaiden Barnes with 96 yards through the air and Marquel Troyer posted a team-leading 20 yards on the ground.

Tuslaw 27, Manchester 26 (OT)

Tuslaw and Manchester needed extra time to decide this Principals Athletic Conference battle and, in the end, it was the Mustangs who held on for a thrilling win, snapping a two-year conference losing streak.

"It was a great game," said Tuslaw coach Matt Gulling. "This one had a little bit of everything as there were so many momentum shifts and swings. It was a good PAC-7 game, definitely a nailbiter and our kids just kept fighting."

Troy Harbeitner led the way by throwing for three scores and running for a fourth. Harbeitner put the 'Stangs up early with a 12-yard strike to Tommy Snyder and then put them back ahead 14-7 with a 37-yard scoring run. In the fourth quarter with Tuslaw trailing 20-14 and facing a fourth-and-4, he tied the game up to force OT when he found Snyder a second time, this time from 25 yards out, but the Mustangs couldn't convert the PAT to win the game in regulation.

In the extra period, he dialed up Snyder for the third time as they connected on a 30-yard scoring play to take a 27-20 lead. Manchester scored but failed to convert the PAT as Tuslaw waltzed away with the league win.

"We ask Troy to do a lot for us," said Gulling. "In the ground game he has to read the defense and tonight, he stepped up in the face of pressure and delivered some big throws for us and has been good for us all year. Tommy was simply huge for us tonight."

Harbeitner finished with 174 yards passing on 14-of-26 throwing and added a team-high 86 yards on the ground. Snyder was Harbeitner's primary target with seven catches for 119 yards in the win.

Canton South 56, Triway 36

Canton South's big first half (42-8) was better than Triway's second half (28-14) and the Wildcats came away with the PAC-7 win. .

The Titans were finally able to put together things in the second half as Cale Drown made his debut at quarterback in place of the injured Zack Miller.

"It was a very strange game," said Triway coach Eric Brenner. "We challenged the boys at halftime to respond and after the game, we told them to make sure that their effort in the second half counts for something by keeping it going. If they do that, we will be back to our winning ways."

Drown looked to get settled in, finding Cooper Barton with 3:23 left in the second quarter for an eight-yard score. In the third quarter, he connected with Jaxon Hackett from five yards out before firing two more TDs in the final quarter, finding Barton (21 yards) and Easton Barnard (40 yards). He added a six-yard QB run for a touchdown with six seconds left from six yards out and finished with 222 yards passing and ran for a team-high 20 yards on 11 carries. Barton paced Triway receivers with 11 catches for 107 yards, Barnard had seven catches for 62 yards and Hackett finished with four catches for 36 yards.

"(It was) Cale's first game as a varsity quarterback and it took him a little while to settle in and gain some confidence," said Brenner. "Offensively, we looked more like ourselves in the second half and the kids played a heck of a game over the final two quarters."

Northwestern 31, Chippewa 0

Ethan Siders sparked the air attack and Collin Good carried the load on the ground as Northwestern rolled past Chippewa.

At QB, Siders fired the ball for 260 yards, a score and added a rushing touchdown, and Good powered his way for a team-high 177 yards on the ground, also adding a score. Anthony Huber added 50 yards on the ground with one touchdown while Cade St. Clair had nine catches for 87 yards and C.J. Reed finished with eight receptions for 133 yards and a score.

Placekicker Alex Albright was a perfect 4-for-4 on PATs and nailed a 27-yard field goal for the Huskies.

Norwayne 69, Rittman 7

Norwayne bounced back from a Week 5 loss to Northwestern, dominating Rittman in every facet of the game. In all, the Bobcats finished with a 514-116 edge in total offense.

Jake Gill led Norwayne with 160 yards on the ground on just six carries as he scored on runs of 28, 61 and 10 yards and added one catch for 32 yards. Quarterback Eli Stanley finished with 150 yards passing as he tossed TD strikes to Jay Hanzie (14) and Lucas Dudte (13). Hanzie led the 'Cats with three catches for 45 yards on the night.

Burke Skolnicki, Roman Portis, Jaxon Siegenthaler and Colton Arnold also scored for the Bobcats.

The Indians were led by QB Jaxon Miller, who passed for 94 yards, including a five-yard TD strike to Logan Pelfrey. Artie Sonego paced all Rittman rushers with 47 yards on the ground on 19 carries, Dack Mutter hauled in one catch for 58 yards and Pelfrey finished with three snares for 27 yards.

Northwest 27, Orrville 7

Kyler Miraglia ran for 254 and scored three touchdowns to lead Northwest past Orrville in Principals Athletic Conference action. The Indians finished with a 332-173 edge on the ground to spark them to the win.

The Red Riders were led by running back Asiah Smith with 85 yards on 10 carries and quarterback Sawyer Hamsher added 48 rushing yards and passed for 185 yards. Hamsher found Mason Woodruff for a 36-yard scoring toss in the fourth quarter as Woodruff finished with a team-high 87 yards receiving on three catches. Greg Smiley Jr. added four catches for 25 yards.

Danville 19, Loudonville 7

No statistics were reported.

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