Heading Logo

Stow football wins wild battle of the Bulldogs

by Michael Leonard Sports Editor Published: September 4, 2016 12:00 AM
  • 1 of 1 Photos | View More Photos

In game one of the 2016 season, Stow-Munroe Falls football's offense picked up right where it left off in 2015.

Stow's defense, however, might need to make some adjustments.

Stow won a wild season opener Aug. 26 at Green, outscoring Green 56-41 to win this battle of the Bulldogs.

Stow improved to 1-0 on the season.

Stow's offense had an excellent and balanced night, putting up 528 yards (304 rushing and 224 passing). Stow also won the turnover battle 2-1.

[Article continues below]

The problem was Green put up 451 yards of total offense and finished with a 25:25-18:06 advantage in time of possession.

Stow coach Mark Nori credited Green and said the game served as a wake-up call for his squad.

"They came out and punched us in the mouth pretty good," Nori said. "We didn't play to the best of our ability. We did some things on offense that worked, but in every other facet of the game, they beat us. We got to learn from it and move on."

Green actually had the lead for much of the first half. Green running back Jeremy McAleese opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown plunge to cap Green's opening drive.

As it has most of the last two seasons, Stow would respond with a Gobble brother -- but this time it was the younger model.

[Article continues below]

Senior Joe Gobble ripped off a 50-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left in the first quarter, tying the game at 7-7 after one quarter.

Gobble had a huge night, putting up 169 yards and four touchdowns on ground, while hauling in four catches for 101 yards.

Green retook the lead with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Robert Staudt to Jared Weiss with 10:10 left in the first half, but it took Stow just three plays to reply.

This time, quarterback Kyle Vantrease capped the drive, running in a 19-yard read-option play for a score with 9:35 left in the half.

Vantrease had a solid game on the ground and in the air. He went 15-of-23 for 224 yards and a touchdown passing, while rushing four times for 28 yards and two scores.

"He's grown definitely with our offense the last few years," Nori said of Vantrease "In those types of games, it's good to have an experienced quarterback."

Nori also lauded Vantrease for going 8-of-8 on extra points on the night. Vantrease was pressed into kicking service due to an injury to Stow kicker Austin Burnham.

However, Staudt also had a very good night, including a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:28 left in the first half. The Green quarterback went 19-of-31 for 226 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception, while rushing five times for 49 yards.

Stow was able to tie the game just before halftime, thanks to a 10-yard run from Gobble to cap an 8-play, 87-yard drive.

Tied 21-21 at the half, Stow took the lead for good with a pair of early third-quarter touchdowns.

Gobble opened the second half by ripping off a 62-yard touchdown run. Then, Vantrease plunged in from two yards out, making it 35-21 with 7:46 left in the third.

Green kept coming, however, as Staudt hit McAleese with an 18-yard touchdown pass with 5:22 left.

Stow answered with more ground game. This time, junior Terrian Wray found the end zone from three yards out, making it 42-28 with 3:46 left in the third.

Wray carried the ball most often for Stow, running 17 times for 107 yards and a touchdown.

Nori said he plans to use a lot of the two running-back system.

"Joe is a two-way player for us," Nori said. "We wanted Terrian to shoulder the load for us. We like the rotation to be there as much as we can."

Staudt then led Green on another long drive, as he hit Jared Weiss with a 6-yard touchdown pass. Green missed the extra point, but Stow's lead was trimmed to 42-34 after three quarters.

Early in the fourth quarter, Stow extended the lead on Gobble's fourth rushing touchdown, which came from six yards out with 9:32 left in regulation.

Again, Green came back, as McAleese scored on a 26-yard touchdown run with 4:51 left in the game.

McAleese was Green's workhorse, rushing for 176 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.

However, Stow would land the knockout blow on the next play from scrimmage. Vantrease tossed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Joe Andrassy with 4:41 left in the game.

Stow was set to host Kent Roosevelt Sept. 2, but results were not available at press time.

"They have a lot of athletes," Nori said of the Rough Riders. "Coming off of Friday, we've been doing a bit of retuning. We're fortunate we have them at home."

The Bulldogs face a test this week when they travel to Solon Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. The Comets will look to avenge last year's playoff game, which Stow won 24-15.

Email: mleonard@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9442

Facebook: MLeonardRPC


Rate this article

Do you want to leave a comment?   Please Log In or Register to comment.