Ottawa Hills controlled this one throughout, scoring on its first two possessions before rolling to a 53-14 victory over Danbury.
The Green Bears, who improved to 3-5 and and 3-2 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind two touchdown runs (4, 9) by Austin Stevens before the Lakers (2-6, 1-4 TAAC) responded by driving 72 yards and scoring a touchdown on a 4-yard run by Cody German to cut the deficit in half early in the second quarter.
Unfortunately, the Lakers could not stop Ottawa Hills, allowing them to score 10 more points before halftime to take a 24-7 lead into the break.
The Green Bears pushed the lead to 31-7 on a 20-yard pass from Stevens to Jake Wollenburg. Danbury did answer, scoring on a 20-yard pass from Seth Vargo to Jimmy Chamberlain to make it a 31-14 game midway thru the third quarter. However, Ottawa Hills put the game away by returning the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a score.
“We didn't play up to our abilities,” said Danbury head coach Bryan Dudash. “We played well at times but we just didn't play defense. We knew going in what (Ottawa Hills) was going to run, but we couldn't stop them.
“Even though you know what's coming, it doesn't matter unless you really want to stick your nose in there and make a play. We worked hard, had a great week of preparation, it was just a lack of execution.”
German finished with 20 carries for 100 yards and a score and Vargo completed 12-of-23 passes for 147 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Chamberlain had nine catches for 93 yards and a touchdown and James Dorko finished with three catches for 48 yards.
This week, the Lakers travel to Gibsonburg to take on the Golden Bears. Gibsonburg, which is 4-4 and 3-2 in the TAAC, defeated Hilltop, 64-0, last week. Matt Tille completed 15-of-20 passes for 294 yards and six touchdowns in the win. The Bears, who defeated the Lakers, 37-0, last year, run the spread offense. Picked to finish second in the preseason poll, Gibsonburg has been inconsistent this season, but has shown signs of promise and is capable of scoring lots of points.