Archbold Blows Past Western Reserve to Advance to Regional Quarter Finals

As they have all season long, the Archbold Blue Streaks scored early and often and held their opponent to single digit scoring and romped to a 42-7 victory over the Collins Western Reserve Rough Riders to move on to the next round of the DVI OHSAA State playoffs.  Blue Streak quarterback DJ Newman threw four touchdown passes, three in the first half, and ran for one score in the easy win.

Newman began his aerial assault on the end zone with a 37-yard pass to Gavin Bailey with just 2:15 into the game, giving the Streaks a 7-0 lead after Krayton Kern’s successful PAT.  Newman followed that up with a 22-yard pass to Carson Dominique for another touchdown at the 4:41 mark and added an 18-yard scoring toss on the first play of the second quarter, putting Archbold ahead 21-0.

The Blue Streaks’ defense held the Rough Rider’s offense in check until late in the first half when Western Reserve put together a 72-yard scoring drive, culminating with a five-yard run up the middle into the end zone by Jude Muenz with 35 seconds left on the clock.  The teams headed for the locker room with Archbold on top 21-7.

The Streaks forced a punt on Reserve’s opening possession of the second half then proceeded to march down the field and reclaim their 21-point advantage when Dominique ran in from eight yards out with 9:55 showing on the clock.  Karter Behnfeldt hauled in a nine-yard Newman pass in the end zone in front of a fallen defender and Newman finished the Archbold scoring with a 27-yard run to pay dirt before the third quarter ended. 

The last touchdown put the Blue Streaks up 42-7 and triggered the running clock by virtue of a 30 or more-point lead in the second half.  Western Reserve was unable to score again and the game quickly ended.

Newman finished his night with 16 completions on 21 attempts for 205 yards and the four touchdowns.  He also led the Streaks on the ground rushing nine times for 109 yards.  Hunter Cullen Lemely caught six passes for 89 yards and Dominique rand 17 times for 75 yards.

With the win, Archbold moves their record to 12-0 and will now meet fellow NWOAL member Liberty Center, a 21-13 victor over Columbus Grove, on November 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM at Defiance High School in the Division VI Regional quarter finals.  The Streaks defeated the Tigers 41-7 earlier in the season.

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