NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Olmsted Falls’ triple-option offense provides a special challenge for opposing defenses, that much North Ridgeville coach Luke Durban knew.
On Friday night, Durban found out that Bulldogs running back Jack Spellacy can make that challenge downright impossible.
Spellacy rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns and found the end zone twice more on the receiving end of Teddy Grendyzski passes as Olmsted Falls pulled away in the second half for a 46-14 Southwestern Conference win over the Rangers.
North Ridgeville (1-4, 1-3 SWC) scored first on its opening possession on a 19-yard pass from Matt Steinmetz to Cade Riley.
Olmsted Falls (4-1, 3-1) answered with the first Spellacy score, a 10-yard TD reception, to tie the game at 7.
That’s how the score stayed until 4:03 remained in the first half when Bulldogs running back Michael Howard broke free for an 83-yard TD run and a 14-7 lead. From that point on, Olmsted Falls slowly and steadily went about extending its lead and putting the game out of reach.
Howard was the game’s leading rushing with 141 yards on 12 carries.
“I know it sounds like a broken record already but we moved the ball offensively and we’d always come out with some type of negative play and we weren’t able to put the ball in the end zone,” Durban said. “You have to score against a team like Olmsted Falls because they have two great backs in Howard and Spellacy and a good quarterback. They can really put you up against a wall in a hurry.”
“It all comes down to we have to make more plays on both sides of the ball,” Durban added.
Spellacy scored his second touchdown just before halftime to make the score 20-7.
The Bulldogs’ first two possessions of the second half both culminated in touchdowns. Grendyzski scored on a 1-yard run on the opening drive of the third quarter and, after a Rangers punt, Spellacy capped off a nine-play, 8-yard drive with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Grendyzski to extend the Olmsted Falls lead to 32-7.
The Bulldogs rolled up 512 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, the Rangers were held to 209.
Riley, who had success moving the ball in the first half, led North Ridgeville in rushing (53 yards) and receiving (37 yards on three receptions).
“In the first half we passed the ball a little bit and we ran the ball a little bit but we gave up a couple of big plays and it really brought us down,” Riley said. “We went in at halftime and went over what worked and what didn’t work, but when we came out in the second half nothing was working and I’m not really sure why.”
Spellacy continued his assault on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with touchdown runs of 4 and 24 yards as the Bulldogs scored 46 or more points for the fourth time this season.
“We started out a little slow then we figured out what they were doing, we adjusted and we got it done,” Spellacy said. “You don’t see much of the triple-option any more in high school or college so it’s super hard to defend. We use that to our advantage. There’s too many people to defend. We like our offense.”
Spellacy came into the night with six touchdowns and left with the biggest scoring night of his career.
“It feels good but it’s my linemen who did the work for me,” he said. “My linemen and my quarterback, they made it all possible.”
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Olmsted Falls 46, North Ridgeville 14
Olmsted Falls 7 13 12 14 — 46
North Ridgeville 7 0 0 7 —14
NR - Cade Riley, 19 pass from Matt Steinmetz (Aden Vanover kick)
OF - Jack Spellacy, 10 pass from Teddy Grendyzski (Jake Politowski kick)
OF - Michael Howard, 83 run (Politowski kick)
OF - Spellacy, 4 run (kick fail)
OF – Grendyzski, 1 run (kick fail)
OF - Jack Spellacy, 26 pass from Teddy Grendyzski (kick fail)
NR – Cael Bright, 10 run (Vanover kick)
OF - Spellacy, 4 run (Drew Kanaba kick)
OF - Spellacy, 24 run (Drew Kanaba kick)
First downs 19 15
-- by rushing 13 10
-- by passing 6 5
-- by penalty 0 0
Yards rushing 322 193
Yards passing 180 133
Total offense 512 326
Passes att./comp. 15/9 12/7
Intercepted by 0 2
Fumbles/lost 2/0 1/1
Penalties/yards 7/65 9/72
RUSHING — (OF) Michael Howard 12-141, Jack Spellacy 18-138, Teddy Grendyzski 8-23, Nick Daily 4-20. (NR) Cade Riley 12-53, Shane Swindig 7-20, Cael Bright 3-13, Dillon Vick 2-0, Jacob Dunstan 1-0, Matt Steinmetz 9-(-37).
PASSING — (OF). Grendyzski 9-15-180-2-0. (NR) Steinmetz 12-25-160-1-0 .
RECEIVING — (OF) Braden Galaska 4-112, Spellacy 2-36, Dailey 3-29, Nick Burch 1-3. (NR) Riley 3-37, Tyler Richmond 3-36, Dunstan 2-33, Mikey Richmond 2-21, Jeremy Sanchez 1-29, Josh Harp 1-4.