April 20, 2014

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H.S. Football: Midview overcomes missed chances

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YORK TWP. – If there’s one thing that Midview coach Bill Albright is getting tired of seeing, it’s his team failing to score after driving deep into the opponent’s territory.
After missing opportunities to score early Friday night, the Middies made up for it in the second half en route to a 34-12 non-league win over Buckeye at Edwin Steingass Field.
The veteran coach’s frustration lies in the fact his team jumped out to a 14-0 lead only to watch the Bucks score their first touchdown in more than nine quarters on a desperation pass from Billy Doerge to Mike Rain from 20 yards out.
Albright watched his team go eight plays to the Buckeye 7-yard line and come away with no points as running back Jacob Bennett (21 carries, 130 yards, 2 TDs) fumbled in the backfield.
“We tend to leave a lot of points on the field and we can’t do that when we start conference play,” Albright said. “We left points on the field at the end of the first half. We should have got it in the end zone.
“It’s a victory, but it was one in which all three phases of the game was off tonight and we’ll have to look at the film and see why.”
No matter the struggles, the Middies (2-1) were able to take hold of the game in the fourth quarter to win their second straight.
Using a steady dose of Bennett and the arm of quarterback Cody Callaway (11-for-23, 161 yards, TD), both of which accounted for the game’s opening touchdowns, Midview wore down a young Buckeye squad that has multiple players going both ways.
The Middies all but controlled the second half, especially the fourth quarter as they overcame a fumble early in the period to post back-to-back scores on runs from Bennett (6 yards) and Edd Jackson (38 yards).
“There was no yelling or screaming,” Albiright said of his halftime speech. “We just told the kids, ‘Hey, you’re better than this and what you’ve shown. We got to buckle it up, we’re still ahead. Why are the heads down? Get them up and let’s play a second half of football.’”
It was Midview’s balance that controlled the night. Galloway found five receivers, most notably a strong effort from Eric Lauer (five catches, 67 yards), to go with a running game that picked up 170 yards.
That mix is what Albright hopes to see when the Middies entertain Elyria Catholic next week.
“(Midview’s) a good team. They’ve got good size, they’ve got solid depth and it’s not unlike any Midview team we see each year,” said Buckeye coach Billy Burke, whose team fell to 1-7 all time versus the Middies. “Like I just told the kids, we’ve got a tough schedule these first couple games and it will only make us stronger heading into conference play next week.”
Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.