Arcanum's passing attack stymies Tri-County North Panthers.
LEWISBURG – Arcanum’s potent air attack overwhelmed the North secondary as the team amassed 363 yards of passing offense on way to a 48-16 win. Quarterback Bryce Schondelmyer also added over a 100 rushing yards on called quarterback draw plays and scrambles.
Both teams were undefeated in league play entering the game, so it was an important win in the standings. At the midpoint of the regular season, there are now just two remaining teams that are undefeated in the WOAC – Arcanum and Preble Shawnee. There is a lot of football to be played between now and week 10, but Arcanum has a target on its back as it plays out the remainder of the season.
In the early going the teams exchanged touchdowns. Arcanum made it look easy with a 32 yard TD Bryce Schondelmyer pass to Micah Jarrett – only 47 seconds had ran off of the game clock. But the North ground game found traction in the early going which set up a touchdown pass from Logan Flory to Alex Klingenbarger.
Coach Schondelmyer, “Luke Eby did a good of running for them. Our staff had to make some adjustments to counter him and Logan Flory played well for North. But our defense is starting to understand the game more and are becoming better on the field. Once we made our adjustments the defense played well.”
Jarrett caught another TD pass to pull Arcanum ahead late in the quarter. The Arcanum defensive adjusted to Norths running game, and when they tried to throw both Damien Steck and Jacob Rayburn sacked the North quarterback. North was being moved backwards. When the North defense shutdown Jarrett, Arcanum adjusted their offense and just before halftime Zade Shank caught a 20 yard TD pass. This gave Arcanum a comfortable 22-8 lead at halftime.
North would score one more time in the 2nd half, but Arcanum seemed to find another gear at halftime. The Arcanum defense bottled up North in their end of the field and the offense used the short field to their advantage.
“We just didn’t play our best early on. We left some plays out there – but credit Tri-County North, their kids rose up and they made plays despite the adversity that they were playing under. But in the 2nd half I felt like we bounced back. At the half we talked about not playing to the level of the opponent – and I felt like we did that at the second half. Our defense played to their potential and gave us a short field to work with on offense – and we took advantage of that.”
Like his teammate before him, Shank caught a second TD pass. At this point, North must have felt like the Dutch boy plugging the dike. Once they shut down one Arcanum receiver, then another stepped up to make plays.
“All of these receivers can catch. And Bryce Schondelmyer did a good job – he can look over the defense and see where the best matchup is – it may not be for the receiver with the hot hand. It’s whatever the defense gives us. All five guys can be targets.”
Arcanum had problems converting fourth downs. But they had an amazing conversion on fourth and 15 just outside the 20 yard line of North. After a time out, Schondelmyer threw a bullet to Garret Garno who was running a post route. He caught the ball in the end zone for a 24 yard TD. The last score of the third quarter was a 52 yard TD catch by Brennen Troutwine. The Trojans had come out of the locker room on fire and scorched the Panthers.
Rylan Murray finished up scoring for the night with a nice 29 yard TD catch in the fourth quarter. After that clean jerseys made their way onto the field as Arcanum began to clear their bench. It had to be a satisfying win as they knocked off a potential league contender on their own field. North was playing without their head coach because of illness, but I don’t think that having him on the sidelines would have made much difference in the outcome.
Next week the Trojans host the National Trail Blazers, who enter the game with a 2 game winning streak.
Other statistics for Arcanum – Bryce Schondelmyer 24/43 363 yards 7TD;Receiving: Tyler Huber 101 yards, Zade Shank 79 yards 2TD, Garrett Garno 50 yards 1TD, Brennen Troutwine 55 yards 1TD, Micah Jarrett 49 yards 2TD, Rylan Murray 29 yards 1TD; Tackles: Jacob Rayburn 17, Garrett Garno 8, Eli Shelton 6, Zade Shank 5, Brennan Troutwine 5, Mason Shelton 5.