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VERSAILLES — On a wet and dreary night the Versailles Tigers football team did most of their damage in the second quarter as they built up a 28-0 halftime lead. They built on that in the second half and defeated the New Bremen Cardinals 42-8 Friday night at Versailles.
“They played better than us,” Cardinals head coach Jason McGaharan said. “Pick a phase and they played better than us.”
With a wet field it was hard to get any traction for either team., but McGarahan refused to let that be an excuse for his team.
“The field was the same for both teams,” McGaharan said. “It didn’t have an effect at all. If anything they throw more than we do so I think it had zero effect.”
Nick Campbell threw a touchdown pass to Damian Richard with 9:20 left in the second quarter. The extra point kick by Chad Winner gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
Mike Rutschilling added a 20-yard TD run. The kick made the score 14-0 with 3:00 left.
Campbell threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Barga down the sideline to make the score 21-0 with 1:59 left.
The Tigers were not done as they forced the Cardinals to punt at their own 15 with 1:03 left and a botched snap gave Versailles the ball at the five. On the next play Rutschilling went in for the touchdown with 54 seconds left to make the halftime score 28-0.
“Their want and desire and competitiveness for Versailles was the difference,” McGaharan said. “They wanted this game more than we wanted it. We have to do a gut check as a team and relook at our goals and get this thing going in the right direction.”
In the third quarter Versailles received the kickoff and took possession at the 45. Four plays later Jacob Paulus went in for a 22-yard touchdown run to make the score 35-0.
Clay Wilker went in for a 16-yard touchdown run to make the score 42-0 with 3 seconds left in the third quarter.
The only score for the Cardinals came on their first drive of the fourth quarter. Starting from their 22 quarterback Garrett Westerbeck broke loose for a 60-yard run down to the Tigers 27. Eight plays later, Alex Speelman went in for a 5-yard touchdown run. Carson Manger took the bobbled snap and threw a pass to Speelman for the two point conversion to make the final, 42-8.
The Cardinals (2-5, 2-3) will entertain the Anna Rockets, while Versailles (5-2, 4-1) will travel to Delphos St. John’s next Friday.