NEW BREMEN — Trey Naylor's 35-yard field goal proved to be the difference for the New Bremen Cardinals in a 31-28 win over Fort Recovery on Friday night.
“We wanted them to understand that when you play together as a team and you play for each other and handle adversity because everyone has each other’s back that is the kind of thing you can accomplish," Cardinals head coach Jason McGaharan said." I think this team finally understands that when you play as a team you can overcome the kind of start we had tonight.”
Fort Recovery led 14-0 after the first quarter.
New Bremen got their act together at the end of the first quarter. Garrett Westerbeck threw to a wide open Ben Homan in the endzone for a touchdown to close the lead to 14-7 with 11:45 left.
In the game the Cardinals rushed for 211 yards with 82 yards from Westerbeck and a touchdown run.
Fort Recovery went right back down the field going on an 11-play, 59-yard touchdown drive with Evers going the final 13-yards for the touchdown. The kick made the score 21-7 with 7:52 left.
The rest of the half belonged to the Cardinals. They took the ball at their 38 and running the ball they moved the ball to the 11 when Westerbeck threw an 11-yard pass to Carson Manger for the touchdown. The kick made the score 21-14 with 4:40 left.
New Bremen's Jacob Gilberg intercepted Mason Evers, and New Bremen moved the ball down the field with Westerbeck going in from 10 yards out for the touchdown. The kick tied the game at 21-21 with 39 seconds left in the first half.
New Bremen managed to take their first lead late in the quarter when Westerbeck completed a 38-yard pass to Carson Manger bringing the ball to the one where Alex Speelman did the honors giving New Bremen a 28-21 lead with a secondseconds left in the third quarter.
“The defense made great adjustments at halftime,” McGaharan said. “Credit coach Albers, coach Thobe and coach Sharp with making those adjustments and the kids executing the defense.”
New Bremen increased the lead to 10 points on their first drive of the fourth quarter. Starting at the Indian 23 thanks to a 47-yard punt return from Carson Manger the Cardinals moved the ball to the 17 where Trey Naylor came on and kicked a 35-yard field goal with 9:37 left.
“Last year we lost the game against Fort Recovery because of a missed extra point,” McGaharan said. “We lost the game to Parkway from a missed PAT. This year from day one we practice kicking every single day.”
The Indians went right back down the field on their next drive and scored on an 8-yard pass to Alex Wenning to close the score to 31-28 with 7:23 left.
The defenses closed out the game as New Bremen was stopped on fourth and three with 2:46 left, but the Cardinals stopped the Indians on a fourth and nine when an Evers pass to Trent Kaiser was stopped inches shy of the first down with 1:23 left allowing the Cardinals to run out the clock for the victory.
The Cardinals (2-4, 2-2) will travel to Versailles next Friday, while the Indians (3-3, 1-3) entertain Delphos St. John’s.