Area teams competed in the state football playoffs

Three area football teams got the chance to live their dreams last weekend by competing in the state football playoffs.

Bellevue and Perkins, two Division III schools, competed against one another in a regional semifinal and Genoa, which has qualified for the playoffs in six straight seasons, faced off against Ottawa-Glandorf.
In the Perkins-Bellevue game, which took place at Clyde High School last Saturday in front of an estimated 4500 people, Perkinse rallied from a 14-6 deficit to tie the game at halftime before scoring on the opening drive of the second half to move ahead, 21-14.
After the Redmen tied the score at 21, Perkins went ahead for the final time, 27-21, after holding Bellevue on downs midway thru the fourth quarter. With 40 seconds remaining and the Pirates facing a fourth-and-six from the Bellevue 31-yard-line, they opted to go for the win, only to see quarterback Brandon Smith throw an interception to Nick Raifsnider, who returned the ball to the Pirate 42-yard-line.
Five plays later, Redmen quarterback Jalen Santoro found Trent Stamm in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown as time expired, setting off a frenzy before Jake Strayer's extra point won it, 28-27.
As for Genoa, the Comets fell, 41-12, to Ottawa-Glandorf (12-0), who advanced to the Division IV Regional Final to take on Columbus Bishop Hartley, the 2010 State Champions.
It was a rough game for Genoa as they fell behind 14-0 after one quarter and trailed 34-0 at halftime.
The Comets were able to get on the board with two touchdowns in the second half, but it was not enough. All-Ohio running back Kyle Nutter, who will likely play at a Division I college next season, finished with 20 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown in his final game.

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