WALKERTON — Lightning delayed the start of Friday's high school football game at John Glenn. In hindsight, it may have just been a prelude of things to come.
Derek Hiler bolted for a career-high 167 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons stormed past LaVille, 37-6.
Zach Combs rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown of his own, and Glenn evened its season record at 2-2.
Considering the way this fall’s campaign began, no wonder the Falcons were in a mood to celebrate afterwards.
“People were saying we weren’t any good (after the first two losses),” said Hiler, a senior running back. “That made us (angry). We felt like we needed to come out and make a statement.”
Two ugly losses have now given way to consecutive blowout victories. Consider the statement made.
“The O-line is opening bigger holes every week,” said Hiler, who sparked the Falcons with a nine-yard touchdown dive in the second quarter. “I’m pretty stoked about what just happened.”
LaVille looked sharp on its opening possession and marched 44 yards in nine plays. But once the drive stalled, so did the Lancers.
They had trouble dealing with Glenn’s aggressive defensive line, and quarterback Greg Peppers was unable to get much going through the air, completing four passes for just 19 yards.
In the end, Glenn outrushed LaVille 366 yards to 127.
“Glenn didn’t do anything we weren’t expecting, they just executed well,” said LaVille coach Mark Reddy.
“We held some guys out (for various reasons), and we had some guys playing out of position. I think fatigue caught up with us at the end.”
After numerous attempts to run up the middle were stuffed in the first quarter, Glenn coach Justin Bogunia figured out the Lancers were weak on either wing and starting sending his running backs on sweeps around the end. Misdirection plays away from the LaVille defensive line also yielded yardage in huge chunks.
“I thought our perimeter guys did a good job of blocking, and guys like Hunter Schuman were sticking with the play and making some big blocks downfield,” said Bogunia. “Those little things, and the extra effort they involve, will make a difference.”
After Hiler’s opening TD, the Falcons went 55 yards in nine plays. Zach Combs scored on a reverse from 28 yards out with 2:24 left in the second quarter, making the score 13-0 at halftime.
Glenn’s defense was solid, as always and scored a safety when Peppers was penalized for intentional grounding after being chased into his own end zone in the third quarter.
Hiler scored on a 30-yard romp as the fourth quarter began, and then it was mop-up time for the Falcon reserves.
Cameron Gurtner finally got LaVille on the board with six-yard dive with 2:18 left in the game. Gurtner led the Lancers with 64 yards rushing on nine carries.
• JOHN GLENN 37, LaVILLE 6
Score by quarter
LaVille: 0 0 0 6 — 6
Glenn: 0 13 10 14 — 37
JG — Derek Hiler 9 run (Michael Schmeltz kick), 8:16
JG — Zach Combs 28 run (kick failed), 2:24
JG — Derek Hiler 12 run (Jake Strong pass from Kyle Liedtky), 10:40
JG — Safety (LaVille quarterback Greg Peppers penalized for intentional grounding while in end zone) 2:13
JG — Derek Hiler 30 run (Michael Schmeltz kick), 10:09
JG — Allin Walbert 3 run (Michael Schmeltz kick), 6:03
L — Cameron Gurtner 6 run (run failed), 2:18
First downs 7 20
Rushes-yards 34-127 54-366
Passing yards 19 11
Passing 4-10-1 1-9-1
Punts-avg. 5-26.8 3-35.0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 8-58 9-65
RUSHING — LaVille, Cameron Gurtner 9-64, Greg Peppers 2-(-13), Levi Lucas 7-35, Josh Dudeck 8-14, Caleb Dudeck 7-27, Tyler Thompson 1-0. John Glenn, Derek Hiler 20-167, Kyle Liedtky 5-6, Zach Combs 11-95, Adam Dodson 7-50, Andrew Hensley 2-3, Michael Schmeltz 2-17, Cameron Mester 1-14, Allin Walbert 3-16, Jesse Williams 1-0, Aacen O’Connor 2-(-2).
PASSING — LaVille, Greg Peppers 4-10-1-19. John Glenn, Kyle Liedtky 1-9-1-11.
RECEIVING — LaVille, Caleb Dudeck, 1-1, Ben Norton 1-5, Alex Steinke 1-11, Tyler Thompson 1-2. John Glenn, Derek Hiller 1-11.
Records: Glenn 2-2 (2-1 NSC), LaVille 1-3 (0-2 NSC)