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Written by: David Burnworth on Friday, October 1st, 2021
Last night I made my way to Bethel, Ohio to watch the Thursday night matchup between Southern Buckeye Athletic Academic Conference foes Clermont Northeastern and the home team Betel-Tate. Before getting to the game I want to thank Bethel-Tate head coach Jeff Essig for meeting with me before the game and supplying the rosters of both teams.
Just fifteen seconds into this game Jake Mott connected with Justin Hartness for a nice 24-yard gain but seventeen seconds later a bad snap caused Mott to cough the ball up and scooping it up and almost scoring was Noah Iker. Cameron Snider would find Gauge Dunn for close to a 20-yard gain giving the home side crowd a big reason to cheer. Just ten seconds later Snider threw a fastball in the direction of Ethan Carter, the ball appeared to hit him in the helmet bounce up in the air where Josh Goeber made the pick. The ensuing drive resulted in a punt that the best punt returner I have seen this season, Wyatt Burton fielded near his own 45-yard line then did his best Joshua Cribbs impression made a few moves, and bang he was in the endzone scoring the first points of the game. Aaron Sandker nailed the point-after kick to make this a 7-0 game, with 8:51 left in the twisting and turning opening quarter. A saftey would make this a 9-0 game just twenty-six seconds later.
The Tigers defense would get a nice play from Ashton Wolfe, who got to Mott for a loss of 4-yards. Mott shook off the loss of yards when he found Hartness for a big 34-yard gain, with 5:36 left in the quarter. Mott would find Mitchel Braden for 33-yards to set up his own 8-yard scoring run. Conner Yeager made this a 9-7 game with his point-after kick.
The Rockets never had time to enjoy their touchdown because the Tigers answered back in just five plays, with Ethan Carter catching a 30-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Snider, after Sandker hit the point after kick we had a 16-7 game, with 2;22 left on the clock.
Iker would pressure Mott on a fourth and fifteen call-forcing Mott to throw the ball away with intentional grounding being called on Mott. The quarter ended with the Rockets offense back on the field because of a Molloy fumble that Norman Darnell Jr. recovered.
The Tigers defense made quick work of the Rockets offense to get the ball back to their own offense. Ethan Carter made a catch that took the ball down to the Rockets 3-yard line. From there Molloy used the work of his nasty offensive line to ease into the endzone to make this a 22-7 game. I spoke to Molloy after the game and asked him how fun that was and his eyes lit up and said that was really. fun. I also asked him who was looking at him at the college level and he replied with Capital University. Capital is in Bexley, Ohio for those who did not know.
Nick Owens was the next Tiger to come up big on defense when he intercepted a Rocket pass, with 11:11 left in the half. Snider connected with Gauge Dunn for 15-yards and then again for 10-yards and a touchdown to make this a 29-7 game.
Ashton Wolfe picked off a Mott pass at the 8:44 mark of the quarter putting the Tigers offense back on the field. The ensuing drive ended on a Snider to Dunn 10-yard touchdown pass to make this a 36-7 game, with 7:57 left in the half.
Joe Kilgore would sack Mott for a 9-yard loss at the 7:33 mark of the quarter. Kilgore moves really well for a 5-8, 240-pound Freshman. Molloy picked up 12-yards to get the drive going but a pick by Grant Brown ended it just as fast. The ensuing drive ended when Darnell Jr. sacked Mott on fourth and eleven.
On the kickoff to start the 2nd half Carter Corey laid the hit of the game on the Tigers Will Rapp that brought a lot of noise from the visiting crowd. A few plays later it was the Tigers crowd making the noise when Snider found Burton for a 29-yard score. At 6-4,185 pounds Burton is a nightmare for anyone attempting to cover him. The point-after kick by Sandker made this a 43-7 game and set forth the running clock . The Rockets ran a nice little hook and ladder play but the Tigers defense was ready for it, with the end result being a loss of three with Blake Stiles getting Mitchel Braden.
The last score of the game came on a 6-yard run by Mott. Mott is a threat anytime he runs the ball as he was able to show in this game. He never had much of a chance to throw the ball very well as he was pressured all night long and had too many bad snaps to deal with. Two of the times he was able to relax and throw the ball he was able to throw nice passes that Hartness easily caught and turned into nice gains.
PASSING 5-24 2 INT’S
PASSING 12-19 3 TD’S 2 INT’S
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