FINDLAY — Most high school football players dream about playing in the postseason. For those standing on the Clearview sideline Friday night, the dream turned into a nightmare.
The Clippers were held to
45 yards of total offense and the defense was helpless to stop Ottawa-Glandorf as it scored on its first nine possessions. The Titans rolled to a record-breaking 72-0 win in a Division IV regional quarterfinal at Donnell Stadium.
Clearview (7-4) was already out of sorts before the opening kickoff, as it was forced to play without leading rusher and tackler Chad Anderson, who was serving a one-game suspension after being ejected in the regular-season finale against Columbia.
“They are a great football team, well-coached, they had great size and they were bigger and stronger at every position. It’s kinda hard to outscheme that,” Clearview coach Mike Collier said.
Ottawa-Glandorf (11-0), champion of the Western Buckeye League and the No. 2-ranked team in the final AP Division IV state poll, got on the scoreboard on its third play when Tristan Parker score on a 3-yard run with 10:59 to play. At the 4:29 mark, the Titans advanced their lead to 14-0 on an 8-yard pass from Caleb Siefker to Josh Buckland.
That was just the beginning for Siefker, the senior quarterback who rushed for four touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of 40, 33, 3 and 29 yards as Ottawa-Glandorf pulled out to a 53-0 halftime lead.
He also kicked a 38-yard field goal. By the time he left the game early in the fourth quarter he had accounted for 35 points.
“Most of my big runs started out as pass plays and they pressured me and I just took off to my left side and had running room,” said Siefker, who finished with 183 yards rushing. “Our offensive line did a great job of blocking for us tonight.”
Without Anderson, who ran for 1,544 yards during the season, the Clippers were held to minus-1 yard rushing, although many of the negative yards came when sophomore quarterback Roger Engle was forced to dive on errant snaps out of the spread formation.
Collier was asked after the game about Anderson and how the team coped with his absence.
“My heart goes out to that kid,” he said. “Everything that he’s been through … and he’s been a great leader for us throughout his career. It was not the way that it should have ended.”
Engle completed 13 of 29 passes but only amassed 46 yards.
“This was a good learning experience,” Engle said. “That team dedicates itself to the weight room in the offseason and you could really tell that out here on the field. Now I’m going to start working on next year as soon as possible.”
Clearview’s deepest penetration into Titans territory came late in the fourth quarter, but a fumble gave the ball back to Ottawa-Glandorf.
“Watching film we thought the best way to attack Ottawa was to spread the ball out because we knew we weren’t going to manhandle them upfront,” Collier said.
The Titans finished with 587 yards of offense, 519 on the ground. Parker had 138 yards rushing and Shane Schroeder ran for 92 yards on eight carries in the second half.
Ryan Vargo was the Clippers’ leading receiver in his final game in a Clearview uniform, catching three passes for 29 yards.
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