GRATIS – Preble Shawnee defeated once beaten Arcanum in a WOAC showdown 27-18 to improve to 8-0 on the season and set the record for the most wins in a season for the Arrows.
Arcanum proved to be a solid test with their contrast in styles but in the end the game was won by Shawnee by stopping the Trojans 3 times in the red zone combined with a solid running game led by Hunter Crockett.
It took just 2 hand-offs to Crockett for the Arrows to reach the endzone as the senior running back ran over defenders, high kicked away from diving tacklers then tight roped the sideline for a 69-yard touchdown run for a quick 6-0 lead in the game.
“Crockett is a big boy and runs very, very hard and difficult to wrestle to the ground, Preble Shawnee football coach Dave Maddox said.
Arcanum was able to answer the bell moving the ball down field and converting multiple 4th down situations including a 4th and 10 with Bryce Schondelmyer connecting on a 15-yard pass to Brennen Troutwine for the touchdown and we were tied at 6.
The Trojans used a bit of trickery after the score with an onside kick that they recovered, and it was an opportunity they wouldn’t waste.
A 14-yard Schondelmyer completion to Tyler Huber for a touchdown at 5:07 put Arcanum up 12-6 after failing on the two-point conversion.
Preble Shawnee didn’t take long to respond. A long 4th down pass completion to Malechai Stephenson kept their drive alive long enough for quarterback Brayden Doran to scamper around the right side for a 7-yard TD run and at 1:56 in the opening quarter they led 13-12.
Just mere minutes into the second quarter Arcanum faced a 4th down and goal from the 10-yard line but the Trojans were put on ice due to a weather delay.
After 60-minutes the two teams took to the field with Preble Shawnee stopped the Trojans potential go ahead score and took over on downs.
Shawnee then put together a nice drive pounding away at the line of scrimmage with Hunter Crockett finishing off a 4-yard TD run to regain the lead 20-12.
Arcanum had a shot of potentially tying the game before the end of the first half moving the ball into red zone but was stopped on 4th and 9 and the Arrows led at the half 20-12.
After the break Arcanum went on the move utilizing the legs of quarterback Schondelmyer who rushed for 40 yards including a 4-yard TD … but again, the two-point conversion eluded them, trailing 20-18 at 4:02 in the 3rd quarter.
As both defenses seemed to get tighter and tighter as the game went along it was going to take some big plays to make a difference.
Preble Shawnee did that with a little bit of deception as they tried to keep a drive alive using a fake punt for a first down and then a half-back pass. It was a 45-yard touchdown to Dylan Campbell and with the extra point kick it essentially made it a two-score difference as the Arrows led 27-18 early in the 4th quarter.
“We had a few good calls with that fake point and half back passes to keep them on their toes,” Maddox stated after the game.
The game is never over with Bryce Schondelmyer at quarterback because he can strike quickly through the air. He was able to move the team into another red zone scoring opportunity but on 4th down senior Xavier Adams was able to register a big sack to thwart the drive.
“Arcanum is a very good football team and they put a lot of pressure on our defense, we faced a lot of adversity and had some plays turn against us … but in the end our defense stepped up pretty well and had some big stops,” Maddox said.
“The defense accounted for 3 red zone stops that proved to be huge in the game along with the running game and Crockett.
With time on their side Preble Shawnee gave the ball to Crockett working to chew up the clock.
Preble Shawnee held on for the 27-18 win and took an important step towards winning a football championship by remaining undefeated 8-0 on the year and 7-0 in the conference.
Lost scoring opportunities would be the difference in the game for Arcanum as they fell to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference race with two league games remaining.
Schondelmyer passed for 349 yards going 31/53 and 2 TDs in the air and 1 TD on the ground. He also rushed for 63 yards. Brennen Troutwine had 9 receptions for 105 yards receiving and TD and Tyler had 9 catches for 103 yards and a TD in the game.
Arcanum will try and regroup as they host Dixie next Friday.