Yellow Jackets bring home bell, face Avon in playoffs
Delas scores 5 touchdowns in 55-26 win over Maumee
By HANNAH WEIKER
It has been said throughout history that rainbows are good luck and found at the end you will find a pot of gold.
As skies cleared before the Perrysburg verse Maumee game there was not just one rainbow but two. This occurrence is referred to by many as a double rainbow bringing with it double the luck.
The luck was certainly felt by the Yellow Jackets as they beat Maumee handedly 55-26 on Friday night.
A pot of gold was not found at the end of the rainbow but rather a bell, the coveted Ding Dong Bell; a bell that most Perrysburg students and citizens would consider better than a pot of gold.
“It means everything to us we start each year with many goals but our number one goal is to beat Maumee and bring home that bell! And coming from a hard loss last year we wanted some payback and that exactly what we got,” said junior running back Mark Delas.
Both teams came fired up and ready to win. But Perrysburg’s running game proved too much for the Panthers to handle.
Maumee got a glimpse of the powerful running game early when senior quarterback Steve Slocum ran for 85 yard touchdown with four minutes into the first quarter. The senior quarterback would run for 146 more yards for a total of 231 yards on the night.
Slocum would share running duties with Delas, who ran for 208 yards and five touchdowns. Delas scored on runs of 16, 21, 1, and 5 yards. He also picked up a fumble and returned it 18 yards for another score. It was uncertain if Delas would return to the field after a second quarter injury, but he came out of the locker room after halftime to return to play, still able to run all over the Cougars’ defense.
Special teams played a huge role in the game. The Maumee kicker was denied two extra points and a dropped snap by the punter was run in for a touchdown by Delas for Perrysburg.
With the win the Jackets will move on to state playoffs, something that has not been done by a Perrysburg High School football team in recent memory.
Perrysburg will face Avon High School, 9-1, on Friday at Avon in the Division II Regional 6 state playoff game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Avon is about 90 miles east of Perrysburg, near the town of Lorain.
“It keeps the momentum going by keeping our confidence high and it makes us feel like no one can stop us. We are rolling,” said senior lineman Kyle Durham, who leads the team in tackles.
The Yellow Jackets finished the regular season 8-2 and with a 6-1 record in the Northern Lakes League. They look to add another win to their record next Friday as they play their first playoff game. Maumee finished the season at 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the NLL.
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