Perrysburg and Fremont Ross played the first half Friday in intermittent rain and, after an hour rain delay, the second half was played in a steady rain. Eventually the game was completed and, at the end, Perrysburg held on for a sloppy 20-14 non-league win.
For high school football fans in Northwest Ohio, the 2007 regular season began the same way the 2006 regular season ended – with torrential rains. For the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets and Fremont Little Giants the first half Friday was played in intermittent rain and, after an hour rain delay, the second half was played in a steady rain. But the game was completed and, at the end, Perrysburg held on for a sloppy 20-14 non-league win.
The Jackets jumped out quickly controlling the ball throughout most of the first quarter and posted 14 points before the Little Giants could even manage a first down. Running back Taylor Dimmerling was a workhorse for the Jackets as he rushed for 133 yards on 10 carries in the first quarter including a 94-yard run from scrimmage following an interception by teammate Corey Szczublewski.
Meanwhile, the Perrysburg defense completely shut down the Fremont Ross offense. For the past three seasons, the Little Giants offense has been explosive but against the Jackets managing a first down was a chore. It was not until midway through the second quarter that the Little Giants finally put ten yards together.
A quarterback replacement by Fremont in the second quarter resulted in positive results for the Little Giants. Starter Brad Woleslagel struggled getting the offense going but replacement Cody Foos did so almost immediately. Two big plays, one a run by Foos, the second a 19 yard pass to Ryan Croudup-Levario, put Fremont at the Perrysburg one yard line which allowed Tyler Hull to score the Little Giants’ first touchdown.
Subsequent to the Fremont TD, the game was abruptly suspended due to the threatening weather and after an hour delay the game was continued. Neither team could establish any offensive momentum and the ball was flying around like a greased pig.
In the third quarter the Little Giants finally tied the score following a blocked punt but the game came down to late fourth quarter pass interception by Jacket defensive lineman Zack Hefner. With just over two minutes remaining in the game, Hefner magically found a deflected pass. Moments later Jacket quarterback Derrick Garcia scampered into the end zone for the second time to provide Perrysburg with the margin of victory.
“It was not pretty,” Perrysburg coach Matt Kregel, “but our guys weathered the storm, worked hard and I am really proud of them.”