Huge 4th Quarter Propels Bryan past Archbold
September 7, 2013Bryan High School
By Noah Reed, BMU-TV Sports
Bryan defeated Archbold 54-29 on Friday night in the NWOAL opener at Bluestreak Field.
For three quarters of the contest, the Golden Bears (2-0) found themselves in a dogfight with the Blue Streams (1-1). That’s when the fourth quarter hit. With the score just a one-possession game at 34-29, the Golden Bears ripped off 20 consecutive points to put the game out of reach.
Just one week after watching the offense dominate, it was the Bears defense that made the adjustments. Two big fourth down stands late in the fourth quarter for the defense put a dagger in Archbold.
Going into halftime leading 21-20, Coach Kline was very impressed with the adjustments his defense made in the second half. They held very talented Archbold offense to only nine second-half points, outscoring them 33-9 in the final two frames.
Defensive Coordinator John Minor, made some adjustments at the half and the group responded. The defense allowed one Archbold touchdown in the Blue Streaks’ final seven possessions, while the offense scored five touchdowns in as many drives to close out the game.
For a span of about two and a half minutes in the second quarter, everyone wearing purple and gold were holding their breaths as Austin Schimmoeller went to the sidelines taking off his jersey and shoulder pads. The senior quarterback suffered an injury to his shoulder, but luckily it was not anything major. After halftime, Schimmoeller came out of the locker room and was ready to go. But while he was sidelined, back-up quarterback Brandon Dean held his own, going a perfect five for five with 29 yards.
Schimmoeller completed 9 of 12 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns, but where the Golden Bears damage came from was on the ground. Daniel Pendergrast led the way for Bryan with 155 yards on 17 attempts and two touchdowns. Schimmoeller added four rushing touchdowns to his two through the air as he ran for 132 yards on 18 attempts.
Brandon Poncsak led the Golden Bears in receiving with his 101 yards on four receptions, including a touchdown. Schimmoeller’s other passing touchdown went to Travis Peters, who had three receptions and 78 yards.
Evan Wyse was the clear leader for the Blue Streaks. The senior quarterback went 22 for 37 for 268 yards and a touchdown. He also added 112 yards on the ground and three more rushing touchdowns. His favorite target was fellow senior Jase Grosjean, who caught seven passes for 85 yards and Wyse’s lone touchdown toss.
Archbold showed spurts of why they are to be considered so good this season. For more than three quarters, they played the #3 ranked Bryan Golden Bears almost even. Bryan will come back home next Friday night to battle Delta, while the Blue Streaks will stay at home for the second consecutive week to face Fairview.