WALKERTON | Offense gets all the glory, but defense wins championships.
The 59ers proved the old adage true Friday night as the Andrean defense allowed just 188 yards in a 42-0 sectional championship win at John Glenn.
Glenn managed just 12 offensive first downs in nine drives while being shut out.
“Getting a shutout with all my brothers is the greatest feeling,” senior linebacker Tylor Petkovich said. “Especially against a great team. To get a shutout like that, it’s just a great feeling.”
Andrean forced the Falcons into four punts, caused five fumbles – recovering three – and took over on downs twice, including once midway through the third quarter when Noah Pavlina forced a loss of eight yards with a sack.
The first fumble recovery ended John Glenn’s longest drive of the game. After marching 89 yards, the Falcons lost the ball on the six-yard line, and Petkovich fell on it to give Andrean possession.
“I think that’s what really put them down in the dirt,” Petkovich said. “They had the momentum (heading) into the end zone with the ball.”
The second recovery ensured the Falcons would be shut out in the first half when Joe Rodish stripped the quarterback and scooped up the fumble late in the second half. Unfortunately for Rodish, a long return was called back by a holding penalty.
The final fumble recovery was scooped up inside the Falcons’ 10-yard line and led to Andrean’s sixth touchdown of the game three plays later.
The 59ers were especially tough against the John Glenn run, allowing just 96 yards on the ground. Thirty-nine of the Falcons’ 45 rushing attempts went for five yards or fewer, including six for no gain and five for a loss.
“We worked so hard at practice,” Petkovich said. “We were staying out until 8 at night sometimes. We have to work because we want to get to our goal. This is just step one.”