VERMILION — The winning team had 318 passing yards and its sophomore quarterback threw five touchdown passes — including three to a junior receiver. The teams combined for 77 points. The winners’ place-kickers converted seven straight extra points and made a field goal.
It certainly wasn’t your old man’s high school football game that was played Friday night as Midview’s aerial circus ruined Vermilion’s Homecoming 52-25. But it wasn’t necessarily planned that way, according Midview coach Bill Albright.
“They (the Sailors) had six in the box and were bringing heat,” Albright said. “The guys upstairs saw some good stuff on the outside that were open for us. And our guys did a nice job picking up the blitzes and things like that.”
Midview (6-1) started quickly in moving 38 yards on a nine-play, seven-pass drive finished off by Cody Callaway’s 4-yard pass to Patrick Linn for a 7-0 lead.
The Sailors (1-6) immediately showed that the game would feature contrasting offensive styles in marching 65 yards on the next possession. Senior tailback Jason Bigg picked up 38 yards on seven carries during the drive and finished it with a 1-yard run over the right side. A missed kick, the first of several, left the Sailors trailing 7-6.
Just as the Homecoming crowd was feeling good again about the Sailors’ chances, the Middies struck back. Their next drive began at their 33, but a fumble led to a 16-yard loss. Fortunately for Midview, David Gilchrist recovered it.
Callaway shook off the miscue and on the next play hit Jacob Bennett on the right side for a 31-yard gain. Next he went long to junior receiver Erich Lauer on the right sideline. Sailor cornerback Garrett Shaw seemed to pick it off, but the 6-foot-3 Lauer took it away and raced 52 yards for the Middies’ second score.
The teams exchanged big plays in the second quarter with each scoring twice in a span of 3:20.
Callaway completed two more scoring passes, a 14-yarder to Jacob Bennett and 36-yarder to Lauer. The Midview touchdowns were wrapped around Bigg’s 78-yard touchdown run. He added a 4-yarder to close out the first half scoring at 28-18.
Callaway completed 17 of 26 passes for 230 yards in the first half while completing four of his five touchdown passes. The five-touchdown performance, including three to Lauer, didn’t seem to impress the sophomore.
When asked if this was his best performance, he said: “I don’t really know. I don’t pay attention to that. We just saw the corners were hard-nosing so we just ran where we had to go and got it done.”
The Middies gradually shifted the emphasis to the run as the second half progressed but still added four scores in putting the game away.
“It was really a one=score game at halftime,” Vermilion coach Ben Ohlemacher said. “The score said 28-18 but we missed some PATs. Our kids didn’t really fold, but at the end Midview’s athleticism began to show through at times. But there’s no quit in our kids.
“There was another great performance from our tailback Jason Bigg (194 yards on 26 carries) and the kids upfront are continuing to get better. But more important we’re getting them to play hard-nosed, physical football.”
The victory was Midview’s sixth straight after an opening loss to Lorain and left the Middies in the running for a playoff berth. Not that they are thinking that far ahead.
“We can’t even think about that,” Albright said. “We still have Marion Harding next week. That’s our only focus right now. There are too many games left to worry about anything else.”
GOOD START: Callaway already knows to give credit where it’s due. “Everything we do on offense begins with a snap first,” he said. “And our center Pat Forrer made great snaps all day.”
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