Glenn close but no cigar vs Jimtown
WALKERTON — In years past, a 6-0 loss at the hands of Jimtown might have seemed pretty respectable. It might even have been thought of as a kind of moral victory for John Glenn.
You couldn’t tell that to first-year Falcons coach Dave Sharpe after Saturday’s loss, though.
Sharpe — the son of longtime Jimtown football coach Bill Sharpe and a former Jimmies football player himself — was taciturn following his team’s narrow 6-0 defeat at the hands of its Northern State Conference rival in Walkerton.
“Our defense definitely gave us a chance,” he said. “Jimtown’s got some good running backs and a good quarterback. They moved the ball on us, but we bent a little bit but we didn’t break expect for early in the third quarter.”
The two teams resumed play Saturday after lightning first delayed then cancelled play Friday night with the score knotted at 0-all. After a back-and-forth battle for field position in the second quarter Saturday, the score remained at a nil-nil stalemate headed into the intermission.
It was Jimtown who struck first in the third quarter as the Jimmies opened the second half with a seven-play, 60-yard scoring drive that quarterback Marquis Schieber capped off with a fake pitch and end-around from 12 yards out to give his team a 6-0 advantage with the failed point-after attempt at the 8:37 stop of the clock. That touchdown wound up being the only score of the day, and the Jimmies escaped Walkerton with a 6-0 victory.
As good as Glenn’s defense was, the Falcons’ offense struggled to move the ball until late. The home team finally got rolling in their final possession, moving the chains deep into Jimtown territory on five straight carries by senior fullback Michael Schmeltz worth 37 yards.
Glenn’s drive ran out of steam at the Jimtown 24, however, when a fumble on the exchange on a third and 3 situation was followed up by a hit in the backfield for a loss and a turnover on downs with only a minute remaining.
Jimtown ran down the play clock, called a timeout, then set up twice in the victory formation for its first win of the year in the NSC opener, while Glenn slipped to 0-2 with the disappointing defeat.
“We just got the belly play popping in the fourth quarter. They’re a good defensive team. They’ve got good linebackers. We had a little energy burst late in the game, but it kind of fell apart at the end,” said Sharpe.
While it was tough pill to swallow, Saturday’s loss is far from the end of the line for Glenn. The Falcons will resume NSC play over the next three weeks, first with area rivals Knox and LaVille on Sept. 6 and 13, respectively, and then Triton on Sept. 20 before a mid-season break from league play against Culver Academy.
It’s a long season, and Sharpe emphasized that his team still had a lot to play for and expressed his faith in his squad.
“I just told the kids it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” he said. “We’re going to be a high-quality team come playoff time.”
• JIMTOWN 6, JOHN GLENN 0
Score by quarters
Jimtown: 0 0 6 0 — 6
Glenn: 0 0 0 0 — 0
Marquis Schieber 12-yd run (kick fail) 8:37
Glenn: 31-50; Michael Schmeltz 10-49.
Jimtown: 50-181; Casey Adams 18-96.
Glenn (Daniel Wallace) 5-10-2 for 56 yds.
Jimtown (Schieber) 1-4-1 for 28 yds.
Glenn: Jake Strong 2-43.
Jimtown: Nik Olson 1-28.
Glenn: Michael Dombek 9, Colton Taylor 8, Schmeltz 8.
Jimtown: Tyler Lundy 9, Luke Crocker 9.
First downs: Glenn 6, Jimtown 11
Penalties-yds lost: Glenn 3-25, Jimtown 3-25.
Fumbles-lost: Glenn 2-1, Jimtown 2-1.
Records: Glenn 0-2 (0-1 NSC), Jimtown 1-1 (1-0 NSC).