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Offensive Display Too Much For Dogs

-Spartans score 63 in victory.

October 22, 2010 Memorial Stadium, West Milton, OH

If you had told head coach Bret Pearce before the game that the M-U offense would score forty points and run roughshod all over the Waynesville Spartan defense after scoring only six points the week before, a smile would surely have spread across his face. A victory would be secure, and senior night would be extra-special.

The good news: the Bulldog offense was virtually unstoppable throughout the evening. The offense did score forty points and did run all over the Waynesville defense. The bad news: M-U did not come within three touchdowns. The Waynesville Spartans scored a touchdown on every possession of the football game minus one racking up a total of sixty-three points in one of the SWBL’s Buckeye Division most awesome offensive football games of all time defeating the Bulldogs 63-40.

The game started with fireworks that continued throughout. Waynesville scored the first three touchdowns all in the first quarter and jumped to a 21-0 lead. The first two touchdowns came on Luke Credit pass plays to Nathan Forward and Ryan Potter respectively. The third touchdown of the quarter came on a five yard touchdown run from Matt Lindsey with 1:07 left.

M-U fought back with one of its quickest touchdown drives of the season. In just two plays, the Bulldogs responded with a Clay Minton twenty-nine yard run and an Adam Martin thirty-six yard run. The extra point was blocked, and it looked as if the quarter would end with the score 21-6 Waynesville.

However, lightning struck again in the form of a seventy-five yard kickoff return for a Waynesville touchdown with just fifteen seconds left in the first quarter, giving the Spartans what seemed like an insurmountable 28-6 lead at the end of a quarter.

M-U has shown resiliency throughout the season. It has faced adversity with dignity and pride, and this game would be no different. The Bulldogs dominated the second quarter scoring three touchdowns in the quarter to just one for Waynesville. Adam Martin scored on a two yard plunge to start the quarter, but again the extra point was blocked. Waynesville responded with a five play forty-four yard drive that took just 1:36 off the clock, and again the margin was three touchdowns at 35-12.

M-U responded with a nine play fifty-three yard drive that culminated with a Cody Hollon to Adam Martin five yard touchdown strike. Clay Minton added the two point conversion, and the scoreboard changed again at 35-20.

Coach Pearce was not ready to give the ball back to the Spartans with 2:33 left in the half, and he called a surprise onside kick that M-U recovered after a wild scramble at the Waynesville thirty-five yard line. Six plays later, the Bulldogs scored on a phenomenal diving catch by Jason Antonides from Hollon from twenty yards out. Again the extra point was blocked, and the after Waynesville missed a forty-six yard field goal try, the scoreboard read 35-26 with the Bulldogs getting the football to start the second half.

The Bulldogs took the ball and the momentum from the first half and scored in 3:40 to start third quarter play. Martin scampered twelve yards up the middle, and after Minton added another two point conversion run, the score stood unbelievably at 35-34 with 8:12 remaining in the third quarter. One M-U stop on defense, and the Bulldogs would have an opportunity to take a lead after trailing by three touchdowns.

That stop never came.

Waynesville scored four unanswered touchdowns, three of them from quarterback Luke Credit ( two passing, one rushing). The junior transfer (Tennessee) finished the game with five touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown, accounting for sixty-seven yards rushing and 268 yards passing throughout the contest.

M-U added a final touchdown with the JV offense late in the fourth quarter on a Hollon touchdown pass to Tyler Maiden (1st career touchdown) making the final tally 63-40.

On the evening, Waynesville totaled 462 total yards of offense to M-U’s 414 total yards. M-U ends its season with Northridge at the Ridge next Friday night.

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Tipp News
Mike McDermott is publisher of several web news properties, including this one. Long time resident, and local business owner, Mike McDermott lives in the downtown and fiercely defends Tipp City's honor at home and abroad.

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