Olmsted Falls Nick Daily runs past Anthony Wayne Nolan Anderson in second half November 18th. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE
SANDUSKY -- Olmsted Falls has certainly lived well by a particular sword, but you know how the old saying goes.
After running around, through and over opponents all year, the Bulldogs saw their season come to an end Friday night after being victimized by the same offensive game plan. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne rolled up 509 rushing yards en route to a 38-31 victory in the Division II regional championship game at Sandusky Perkins High.
“They tightened down our splits and ran a lot of counter power, and hit the edge on us when we were getting inside on the counter play,” Bulldogs coach Tom DeLuca said. “We were trying to play inside-outside and they were doing a great job of keeping us off balance all night long.”
Only two Generals players touched the ball -- senior running back Evan Brown and junior quarterback Nick Schneider. Brown finished with 34 carries for 283 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and two touchdowns, while Schneider ran 32 times for 232 yards (7.3) and three touchdowns.
Schneider’s one pass attempt sailed over the intended receiver’s hands.
“They’re workhorses,” Generals coach Andy Brungard said of the two ballcarriers. “We said we’ve learned from our past. We lost a couple games because we felt like we threw it too many times. We averaged 9 yards a carry in the first half, so why bother throwing the ball when you’re averaging 9 yards a carry.”
Each team opened the game with a decisive scoring drive. The Generals chipped into the Bulldogs defense all the way down the field before Brown scored on an 11-yard run, then the Bulldogs duplicated the feat before senior quarterback Brett Hutkay found junior wide receiver Brian Eiseman wide open down the middle on a perfectly executed play-action pass for an 11-yard touchdown.
Anthony Wayne again marched down the field two more times for seemingly easy touchdowns -- with an Olmsted Falls’ three-and-out sandwiched between -- to give the Generals a two-score lead.
“The first half we struggled with the type of offense they were running,” said Olmsted Falls sophomore defensive end Tommy Pettry, who had one of the few defensive gems when he hauled down Brown for a loss in the second half. “They were running a stacked, even offense, and we couldn’t fill the gaps. (Brown) was hitting holes hard and making plays. He’s a good player. He’s pretty shifty, he knows what he’s doing and where he’s going.”
Brown rushed 24 times for 209 yards and two TDs as the Generals built a 28-14 lead at halftime.
The Bulldogs had a shot to get the game back in line when they started their final first-half drive with under three minutes remaining in the second quarter trailing 21-7. All they had to do was score before the half to get within a touchdown and then score again on the opening drive of the second half to pull even.
But another perfect play-action pass allowed Hutkay to connect with Josh Jaeckin over the middle, and the junior slotback sprinted 67 yards for the touchdown. The Generals had plenty of time to get down the field and into the end zone -- via a 40-yard run by Brown -- to gain the two-score advantage before halftime.
“Two possessions is tough,” DeLuca said. “All year long we try to come out at halftime receiving the ball, but coming out down two possessions is a tough thing to do. We needed to get a stop (at the end of the second quarter) and their offense did what they needed to do.”
Olmsted Falls senior fullback Spencer Linville capped a pair of drives with touchdown runs in the second half, but was held to just 66 yards on 18 carries -- well below his averages.
Despite not being able to stop the Generals rushing attack and playing catch-up throughout the game, the Bulldogs were able to get within one score late in the game -- on a 42-yard Ricky Castrigano field goal -- and attempt an onside kick. But a Generals player quickly hauled in the football and Anthony Wayne ran the clock out on the game and Olmsted Falls’ season.
“They came out ready to play, that’s all I can say,” Linville said. “They were much better than we were. They were just like every other team we’ve faced, we just didn’t capitalize on what we should have.”
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Anthony Wayne 38, Olmsted Falls 31
Olmsted Falls 7 7 7 10 -- 31
Anthony Wayne 14 14 3 7 -- 38
AW -- Evan Brown, 11 run (Brad Tanner kick)
OF -- Brian Eiseman, 11 pass from Brett Hutkay (Ricky Castrigano kick)
AW -- Nick Schneider, 2 run (Tanner kick)
AW -- Schneider, 5 run (Tanner kick)
OF -- Josh Jaeckin, 67 pass from Hutkay (Castrigano kick)
AW -- Brown, 40 run (Tanner kick)
OF -- Spencer Linville, 8 run (Castrigano kick)
AW -- Tanner, 22 field goal
OF -- Linville, 1 run (Castrigano kick)
AW -- Schneider, 1 run (Tanner kick)
OF -- Castrigano, 42 field goal
First downs 22 28
-- by rushing 13 27
-- by passing 5 0
-- by penalty 4 1
Yards rushing 214 509
Yards passing 135 0
Total offense 349 509
Passes att./comp. 10/6 1/0
Intercepted by 0 0
Fumbles/lost 1/1 2/1
Penalties/yards 3/37 7/75
RUSHING — (OF) Brett Hutkay 15-73, Spencer Linville 18-66, Josh Jaeckin 6-49, Andrew Turski 4-23, Nick Daily 1-3. (AW) Evan Brown 34-283, Nick Schneider 32-232, Team 1-(-4).
PASSING — (OF) Hutkay 6-10-135-2-0.
RECEIVING — (OF) Jaeckin 2-83, Josh Goodwin 2-27, Tyler Neely 1-14, Brian Eiseman 1-11.