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Ross routs Saints

Ross routs Saints
The Fremont Ross Little Giants defeated the Lorain Southview Saints 41-7 Friday night at Don Paul Stadium.

Lorain received the opening kickoff and proceeded to go three-and-out before punting the ball. That was a theme that the Little Giants defense made sure was going to happen early and often.

The Saints had eight offensive possessions in the first half. Four of them ended in three-and-outs and the Ross defense forced a turnover in two others.

Fremont Ross coach Derek Kidwell knows there's a lot his defense can improve on. "We didn't play close to our potential on the defensive side of the ball," Kidwell said. "Our defense gave up a lot more yards than they should have and were going to strive in practice to improve that."

Tyler Troutwein had a big first half for the Little Giants. He had two rushing touchdowns and intercepted a Lorain pass that led to a 1-yard TD run of his own. He also capped off a 26-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run that was set up by a Terrance Davis punt return.

Cody Foos also had a huge first half, connecting with three different receivers (James Spencer, Jordan Jones and Brent Murkey) for touchdown scores of 18, 31, and 44 yards. Matthew Andjuar hooked up with Anthony Browning on a 20-yard TD pass, the Saints only score of the game.

"We have a great quarterback in Cody Foos and we knew he was going to get us receivers the ball. Lorain's defensive backs weren't as strong as our usual competition and we knew we had to take advantage of that," said senior receiver Jordan Jones.

The teams exchanged punts to start the second half. Midway through the third quarter, Foos found Terrance Davis on a 72-yard score. If Foos has a favorite receiver, he didn't show it tonight as he had four TD passes to four different receivers.

"Cody Foos played a great game for us. We knew they were going to run a lot of man free defense and he exploited that," said Kidwell.

Southview had a long drive in the fourth quarter, but it ended with a Little Giant interception by Michael Shoemaker.

Ross drove the ball downfield, but Cody Foos threw an interception around midfield.

Not to be outdone, the Little Giants recorded another turnover on a Brent Murkey interception in the end zone as Southview was driving.

Ross ran out the rest of the clock to secure the victory. Fremont Ross improves to 4-1 overall heading into Grerater Buckeye Conference play, meanwhile, Lorain Southview falls to 1-4.

The Little Giants' defense forced four turnovers

Little Giants fall to Trojans

FINDLAY - The playoff chances of the Fremont Ross Little Giants may have been severely damaged after a 37-34 loss at Findlay on Friday night.

Skyler Roberts hit a 21-yard field goal with 1:33 left to hand the Trojans (3-4 overall, 2-0 Greater Buckeye Conference) a vital league win.

Coming into the game, Ross (5-2 overall, 1-1 GBC) was ranked sixth in the Division I, Region 2 standings. But the loss to Findlay will drop the Little Giants on the playoff ladder.

The top eight teams in each of four Division I regions make the playoffs.

Leading 26-21 at the start of the third quarter, Mandela Sheaffer returned the second-half kickoff 84 yards to help the Trojans take a 28-26 advantage.

"The difference in this game was special teams," Ross coach Derek Kidwell said. "We totally had meltdowns tonight in our special teams. Our kickers choked, our coverage wasn't good on the kickoff to the second half. And we didn't win the defensive battle, either."

The Little Giants were trailing 21-14 with 8:55 left in the first half, when Ross embarked on a 12-play, 80-yard drive that was aided by the running of Ross rusher James Spencer and a Findlay penalty for roughing the passer, which put the ball at the Trojans' 17-yard line.

Ross quarterback Cody Foos thought he had a 17-yard TD run on the next play, but the attempt was nullified by a holding penalty. Two plays later, Foos rolled out to the right side and found Brett Mierke wide open in the middle of the end zone as the Little Giants pulled within one point of Findlay's 21-20 lead.

Ross failed to tie the game when Ken Hamilton's PAT attempt went wide left with 3:52 remaining before halftime.

But Ross would get another chance before the break.

As the Trojans were driving in the final seconds of the first half, Brown intercepted Gilbert and ran 87 yards to the end zone. Ross had a 26-21 lead after Foos's conversion run failed as no time remained.

That was erased by Sheaffer at the start of the second half.

The Little Giants rallied with 2 minutes left in the third quarter after completing a 12-play, 64-yard drive that was capped by Foos on a 15-yard TD run. When Spencer ran for a 2-point conversion, Ross built a 34-28 lead.

Findlay tied the game in the fourth quarter as 6:49 remained on Wade Arredondo's second TD run - this one of 4 yards - in the game. He finished with 155 yards on 28 carries.

But when the Trojans attempted to take the lead on Roberts' PAT try, Little Giants defensive back Justin Hines blocked the kick.

Little Giants hammer Presidents

Little Giants hammer Presidents
By JEFF ARENZ • Sports Writer • October 11, 2008

Jones was a game-changer Friday night for the Fremont Ross Little Giants.

With the third quarter winding down, Jones picked off Marion Harding quarterback Asher Rumple, allowing Ross to re-establish itself during the second half of a 38-21 Greater Buckeye Conference victory over Harding on Friday at Don Paul Stadium.

"As a team, we had great pressure on (Rumple) from the defensive line and the linebackers," Jones said. "He just threw (the ball) up for grabs and I just went to go get it."

When the Little Giants took over at their own 48, quarterback Cody Foos got to the end zone in four plays, which allowed Ross to take a 17-point cushion on running back James Spencer's third TD of the game.

"We we're playing like we should have been playing in the first half," Spencer said. "At halftime, we came in (to the locker room), had a talk and we said we wanted to be more aggressive on the (offensive) line."

Spencer finished with 134 yards on 17 carries. He scored on runs of 5, 12 and 3 yards, respectively. His second and third TDs came in the third quarter after Ross had built a 17-7 lead at halftime.

Mason Lindsey had touchdown runs of 4 and 8 yards and helped Harding control most of the first half with an effective ground game.

When Lindsey scored after a 4-yard run with 4:46 left in the third quarter, the Presidents kept themselves in the game by trailing the Little Giants 23-14. He had 109 yards on 20 carries.

"It was our game plan coming into the week to take (Ross's) quick, fast guys who like to spin a lot and just run the ball right at them," Harding coach Heath Hinton said. "We knew we were bigger than them up front, but they did a good job of adjusting to it after halftime and taking some plays away from us."

But Jones shifted the momentum in the favor of Ross.

"We challenged our team because I felt we came out flat in the first half," Fremont Ross coach Derek Kidwell said. "I don't know if we re-established ourselves because you have to give Harding a lot of credit for playing as hard as they did after having the season they've had. It says a lot about Coach Hinton, his coaching staff and the character of Marion's kids.

"They busted us in the mouth in the first half and we really didn't have an answer for it. The only difference was that we have playmakers at skill positions that made plays for us."

tossed a pair of touchdown passes in the game, including a 32-yard strike to Brett Mierke in the second quarter and a 50-yard bomb to Terence Davis with 8:27 left.

Foos finished 13-of-18 with 246 yards and no interceptions.

"(Ross) took care of business in the second half," Hinton said. "They protected their quarterback a lot better and they hit their open wide receivers.

Rumple, who threw his 11th and 12th interceptions this season, was 5-of-15 passing with 97 yards and one touchdown. His 10-yard strike to Alex Harb in the first quarter gave Harding a 7-3 lead at the 6:42 mark.

The Little Giants won the battle of total yards 404-267, but allowed the Presidents to control much of the game on the ground. Harding held a 170-158 edge in rushing.

Ross pounced on Harding from the opening kickoff, when Cory White fumbled the ball away to Phrederic Schumacher.

After the Little Giants set up their offense at the Presidents' 28, Ross marched 24 yards in seven plays before Ken Hamilton kicked a 21-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead early in the game.

"I thought the game could have been a little closer if we would have gotten the turnovers that either we created or they had," Hinton said. "They wouldn't have had that second score in the first half."

Both teams had defensive stops before Harding's offense came to life. The Presidents took over at their own 46, where Harding defense stopped Foos for no gain on fourth-and-inches.

Rumple converted on third-and-10 by hitting White with 32 yard pass to the Little Giants' 21. Five running plays later, Rumple was successful on third-and-9 at the Ross 10 after firing a touchdown pass to Harb.

Harb kicked extra point before the Presidents took a 7-3 lead with 11:55 left in the first half.

But Ross answered with touchdowns on two of its next three possessions.

Spencer capped a 13-play, 70-yard drive that ended with his 5-yard TD run with 6:42 left before halftime.

Then, after Little Giants forced the Presidents to punt, Foos used three plays to put Ross into the end zone. Mierke caught Foos' 32-yard pass for a TD with 1:16 remaining in the first half.