Glenn offense wakes up in 32-18 win at Knox
KNOX — A sleeping giant woke up Friday night.
After two straight games where its offense sputtered and stalled, John Glenn’s running game finally showed up in a 32-18 romp over Knox.
Derek Hiler rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown, Adam Dodson had 56 yards and two touchdowns, and Zach Combes scored a touchdown while gaining 96 yards of his own to lift the Falcons to their first victory of the high school football season.
“I thought our guys did a good job of getting our offense in gear,” said Glenn coach Justin Bogunia, whose Falcons (1-2) took advantage of two quick scores to grab control of the Northern State Conference contest from the start.
On Glenn’s second play from scrimmage, Hiler took a pitch from quarterback Kyle Liedtky at the Falcon 39, raced around the left end, zipped through the Redskin secondary and didn’t stop until he reached paydirt.
A few minutes later, it was Dodson’s turn. Andrew Hensley set up the score with a couple nice dive plays, then Dodson went straight up the middle to make it 12-0.
“Those early scores just killed us,” said Knox coach Chris McGowen, who was none too pleased with his team’s defensive effort. “We just had guys out of position and (Glenn) burned us.”
It was 26-0 in the third quarter before Knox finally got on the scoreboard. With 5:42 remaining in the period, quarterback Nevin Miller reached the endzone from seven yards out.
Miller did the best he could to keep the Redskins in the game, rushing for 77 yards and completing 11 passes for 187 yards. But he was also picked off four times.
The Redskins totaled just 123 yards on the ground, forcing Miller to put the ball in the air 16 times in the second half.
“They (Glenn’s defense) did some things that didn’t allow us to get off the ball,” said McGowen. “We didn’t want to pass that much, but you do what you have to do.”
Glenn’s defense was solid once again. The Falcon defensive front five camped out in Knox’s backfield, throwing the Redskins for a loss seven times.
In fact, if not for eight penalties — a few of which fell into the stupid category — you would have to say Glenn’s effort was by far its best of the season, even if the Falcons had zero yards passing.
Also, Glenn’s backs fumbled the ball four times, but only lost it once.
One of those fumbles actually turned into a Falcon touchdown. Early in the third quarter, Glenn had a second and goal at the Knox 5-yard line, and Combes was charging for a score.
Just before he reached the end zone, a Knox defender knocked the ball out of his grasp and up into the air. When the ball came down, it landed in the arms of Dodson, who wrapped up the fumble recovery for a touchdown.
“Last week (after a 36-0 loss to Jimtown), I told our guys that things are never as good as they seem and never as bad as they seem,” said Bogunia. “Despite the score, last week our defense played pretty well, and we built on that this week.
“We’ll look at the positives from this game and build on it next week, again,” said Bogunia.
Knox, meanwhile, will be going back to the basics in practice next week.
“We were undisciplined,” said McGowen. “We felt we had an opportunity (to win) tonight and we shot ourselves in the foot.”
•JOHN GLENN 32, KNOX 18
Glenn: 12 6 8 6 – 32
Knox: 0 0 6 12 – 18
JG – Derek Hiler 61 run (kick failed), 7:00
JG – Adam Dodson 26 run (pass failed), 1:51
JG – Zach Combes 43 run (pass failed), 1:32
JG – Adam Dodson fumble recovery in endzone (Derek Hiler run), 10:53
K – Nevin Miller 7 run (pass failed), 5:42
K – Jordan Beem 2 run (run failed), 9:53
JG – Kyle Liedtky 1 run (kick failed), 7:40
K – Brian Fulghum 15 pass from Nevin Miller (run failed)
First downs 10 16
Rushes-yards 44-322 30-123
Passing yards 0 187
Passing 0-3-1 11-28-4
Punts-avg. 2-37.0 3-38.3
Fumbles-lost 3-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 8-50 9-51
RUSHING – John Glenn, Derek Hiler 17-133, Zach Combes 10-96, Adam Dodson 7-56, Andrew Hensley 6-30, Kyle Liedtky 3-5, Michael Schmeltz 1-2. Knox, Nevin Miller 13-77, Eric Dan 13-34, Colton Hill 1-1, Jordan Beem 2-8, Michael Sustaita 1-3.
PASSING – John Glenn, Kyle Liedtky 0-3-1-0. Knox, Nevin Miller 11-28-4-187.
RECEIVING – Knox, Brian Fulghum 4-80, Colton Hill 6-98, Caleb Heineman 1-9.
Records: Glenn 1-2 (1-1 NSC), Knox 0-3 (0-1 NSC)