Falcons can’t find offense in Jimtown shutout
ELKHART – You wouldn’t know it from the score, but Glenn played a good defensive football game Friday during its 36-0 loss to Jimtown.
The Falcon offense, on the other hand …
“We just have to find people who will run hard and make plays,” said Falcon coach Justin Bogunia following the lopsided Northern State Conference battle at Elkhart.
The Jimmies (2-0) proved their No. 2 ranking in the 3A state coaches poll is no fluke. They scored 14 points in the first two minutes and basically ran roughshod over the 0-2 Glenn team.
Jimtown quarterback Brody Olson passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the contest was settled before halftime. Well, actually, it was settled in the first minute and 47 seconds.
Jimtown’s Devan Emerson took the opening kickoff at the eight yard line and was barely touched as he raced 92 yards for a touchdown.
Then, after Glenn received the return kickoff, a muffed handoff on the first Falcon play from scrimmage gave the ball back to the Jimmies at the Glenn 23.
It took four plays, but Casey Adams dove into the endzone from one yard out to lift the Jimmies into a 13-0 lead at the 10:13 mark.
“The (two quick scores) deflated them a little bit, but I think it also made us a little overconfident,” said Jimtown coach Mike Campbell. “I think for awhile, our guys forgot how hard Glenn will hit you. They never gave up.”
If there was a bright spot, it was Glenn’s defense, which gave up a couple big plays, yes, but pretty much held the Jimtown offense in check.
Michael Dombeck threw Emerson for a six-yard loss in the first quarter, and Hunter Schuman sacked Jimtown’s other quarterback, Shawn Garriott, for a 10-yard loss in the second.
And despite the score, Jimtown had only three runs for 10 yards or longer. The Jimmies only rolled up 177 yards on the ground and 110 through the air, not great numbers for such a powerhouse team.
“Glenn is a very physical team and their defense did a good job,” said Campbell.
“I wasn’t disappointed with our hitting tonight,” echoed Bogunia. “I though our defensive front five did a good job.”
The Falcon offense, though … ouch.
Adam Dodson led Glenn’s ground game with 16 yards on five carries. Quarterback Kyle Liedtky completed two passes for 19 yards, but even then, one of the completions was turned over to Jimtown on a fumble.
The Falcons finished with 62 yards total offense.
“We weren’t trying to scheme anything,” said Bogunia. “We tried a lot of guys to see who would run hard. We have to get better week to week.”
At least, the road can’t get any rougher. “Jimtown is the toughest game on our schedule,” said Bogunia. “The next few weeks we just need to improve and get some offense going.”
• JIMTOWN 36, JOHN GLENN 0
John Glenn: 0 0 0 0 — 0
Jimtown: 19 10 7 0 — 36
JIM – Devan Emerson 92 kickoff return (Trey Zufan kick), 11:48
JIM – Casey Adams 1 run (kick failed), 10:13
JIM – Evan Oblinger 73 pass from Brody Olson (run failed), 0:48
JIM – Luke Crocker 7 pass from Brody Olson (Trey Zufan kick), 6:08
JIM – Trey Zufan 23 FG, 0:04
JIM – Brody Olson 1 run (Trey Zufan kick)
First downs 2 15
Rushes-yards 21-43 49-177
Passing yards 19 110
Passing 2-7-1 5-7-0
Punts-avg. 6-36.7 2-28.0
Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-yards 3-25 3-25
RUSHING – Jimtown, Nik Olson 12-91, Brody Olson 4-17, Casey Adams 5-13, Tanner Adams 2-7, Shawn Garriott 3-(-10), Tyler Lundy 8-16, Nate Thompson 1-4, Chance Livings 3-16, Torey Crowell 2-2. John Glenn, Adam Dodson 5-16, Derek Hiler 6-15, Michael Schmeltz 3-5, Zach Combs 3-9.
PASSING —Jimtown, Brody Olson 5-6-0-110, Shawn Garriott 0-1-0-0. John Glenn, Kyle Liedtky 2-5-0-19.
RECEIVING – Jimtown, Evan Oblinger 3-99, Casey Adams 1-4, Luke Crocker 1-7. John Glenn, Zach Combs 1-10, Ryan Price 1-9.
Records: Glenn 0-2, Jimtown 2-0