PDT Sports Editor
Minford won its second game in as many weeks with a convincing 34-0 victory over the Grandview Heights Bobcats.
The Falcons received the opening kickoff and promptly went three-and-out. With the Bobcats driving on their opening possession, Caleb Clark stepped up for the Minford defense as he picked off an errant pass by Nick Schopis on the Falcons 34-yard line.
Two plays later, Levi Jenkins took the hand off on a counter play and raced down the Minford sideline, 60 yards, for the touchdown.
With 2:40 left in the first quarter and the Falcons hanging on to a 7-0 lead, Austin Carter picked off a Schopis pass that was batted in the air and returned the pick for a Minford touchdown, giving the Falcons a two touchdown lead.
“No. 10 (Schopis) is a good quarterback,” Minford coach Brent Daniels said. “But tonight our defense came up with a pick six. Anytime you can score off your defense, that’s awesome. Our defense has been playing real well. They are starting to create some turnovers.”
On the next Minford possession, the Falcons drove the ball 59 yards, but Nathan Compton fumbled on the one-yard line to end the drive.
The Bobcats seemed to gain momentum from the turnover as the offensive unit quickly made their way to the 50-yard line. However, on Fourth down and three, Grandview Heights elected to punt, muffed the punt and gave Minford excellent starting field position.
The Falcons took over on their opponents 37-yard-line and needed just four plays to get into the end zone. The drive was capped off by Cody Stapleton’s 8-yard touchdown run with 5:38 left to go before the break. After a missed extra points, Minford led Grandview Heights by a score of 20-0.
The Bobcats tried to cut into the before halftime as they moved the ball to the Falcons’ 28-yard-line but failed to pick up two yards on third and fourth down.
Beginning the second half, Grandview Heights continued to move the ball on Minford’s defense but like the previous possession, miscues cost the Bobcats.
On third and 19 from the Falcons’ 35-yard-line, Schopis threw the ball deep down the sideline and connected with Tim Murphey for the touchdown. However, the referee called Murphey for offensive pass interference, negating the touchdown. Two plays later, Grandview Heights turned the ball over on downs again.
Minford’s next possession was mired with penalties which forced the Falcons to punt. On the punt, the return man for the Bobcats muffed the punt, which was recovered by the Falcons.
Four plays later, Stapleton connected with Jared Alley for a 19-yard touchdown. With 1:27 left in the third quarter, Minford led Grandview heights 27-0. After another turnover on downs for the Bobcats, the Falcons appeared to have a touchdown on a Stapleton eight-yard rush but the play was called back due to a holding penalty.
A few plays later, Minford attempted a 35-yard field goal, which had the distance but sailed wide right.
Even though the final scoreboard doesn’t tell the whole story, the Falcons had a number of mistakes and miscues on the night. The missed field goal was the latest example. Earlier in the contest, Minford had two penalties go against them, which resulted in points being taken off the board. But the scoreboard, while sometimes lacking context, never lies.
“Right now, we are fortunate enough to over come our mistakes,” Daniels said. “Once we get down the road, we can’t have those mistakes. That’s stuff that I have to correct.”
Late in the fourth quarter, the Falcons sustained a long drive, which ended in an Carter 17-yard touchdown run to put the game away.
Next Week, Minford will look for some revenge as Piketon comes to town. The Redstreaks ended the Falcon’s season a year ago.
“We have to work on ourselves first and get better,” Daniels said. “We have to work on the miscues. But we know Piketon knocked us out of the playoffs last year and that’s something that has left a sour taste in our mouths. So, we are going to strap it up this week, get back to practice and get after it.”
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Grandview Heights 0 0 0 0 — 0
Portsmouth 14 6 7 7 — 34
M — Jenkins run 7:14
M — Carter Int return 2:40
M — Stapleton 8 run 5:38
M — Alley 19 yard pass from Stapleton 1:57
M — Carter 17 run 1:54
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