Prep Football: Fostoria wins thriller

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DAVID SIMONIS / for The Review Times
FOSTORIA HIGH SCHOOL’S Gabe Turner (31) is pulled down by a Toledo Scott defender as teammate Maalik Tucker looks on. The Redmen escaped with a 49-48 overtime win against the Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium.

By SHANNON DOVE
sports writer
It was the nailbiter that should have been a blowout.
Weston Weimerskrich’s extra point in overtime provided the winning margin as Fostoria beat Toledo Scott 49-48 Friday at Memorial Stadium.
The Redmen squandered a 28-16 halftime lead and allowed Scott to score twice in the fouth quarter — including a 61-yard touchdown reception by Mandrell Smith in the final minute of play to tie the game 42-42.
Perrion Jones ran for 230 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries to lead Scott (0-2), which has lost 20 straight games dating to 2015.
“I’ve been coaching for a lot of years, and this is the first time I’ve won an overtime game and I haven’t been happy,” Fostoria coach Derek Kidwell said.
“You’ve got to give Toledo Scott credit, give their coaching staff credit and their players credit for as hard as they came here and played.”
Scott’s Jones opened the scoring with a 56-yard touchdown run at 5:42 to cap a 3-play, 55-yard drive, and Hakeim Williamson ran for the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. Fostoria had pinned the Bulldogs at their own 11 and held them on third down, but Scott retained possession after Williams recovered a Fostoria fumble on the ensuing punt.
Fostoria (2-0) answered quickly, scoring on its next drive with a 3-yard run by Jadyn Miller that cut the Scott lead to 8-7.
Quarterback Skyler Garcia scored on a 3-yard run at 10:48 of the second to give Fostoria its first lead 14-8, on a drive set up by Lukas Hill’s interception.
Scott regained the lead 16-14 with an 18-yard touchdown reception by Smith and another 2-point conversion run by Williamson at 7:04. Williamson then recovered an onside kick, but the Bulldogs failed to capitalize, going three-and-out. Fostoria’s Monty Stahl blocked the ensuing punt and Eli Ward recovered the ball to put the Redmen in good field position at the Bulldog 42 for their next drive.
Garcia hit Boff for a 40-yard pass on first down and Boff completed the drive two plays later with a 3-yard run, putting Fostoria up once again 21-16 with 3:36 left in the first half.
Hill pulled down his second interception of the game and the Redmen drove 48 yards, finished by a 10-yard run by Garcia to go up 28-16 at halftime.
Scott was whistled for 11 penalties in the first half, including three in Fostoria’s final drive of the second quarter.
Thomas hit Javon Johnson with a 45-yard scoring pass in the third to cut Fostoria’s lead to 28-22.
Garcia connected with Maalik Tucker for a 25-yard touchdown pass at 2:00 of the third to extend the Redmen advantage to 35-22, but Jones broke free for a 75-yard touchdown with no time left on the clock and Williamson ran for two, cutting the score to 35-30 at the end the third.
Boff scored his second touchdown on a 5-yard run at 9:34, but the Bulldogs responded with a two-minute drive capped by Jones’ 3-yard run for his third touchdown of the night, brining the score to 42-36.
In overtime, Jones had runs of 12 and 8 yards to score for Scott, but the 2-point conversion attempt failed, setting the table for Weimerskrich and the Redmen.
Garcia threw a 20-yard pass over the middle to Devin Mauricio to again tie the game at 48-48. Weimerskirch was 7-of-7 on extra point tries.
“I asked our kids when we grouped up at the end of the game if any one of them got better tonight and they said no. Enough said.” Kidwell said.

Toledo Scott 8 8 14 12 6 — 48
Fostoria 7 21 7 7 7 — 49
First Quarter
TS — P. Jones 56 run (Williamson run)
FHS — Miller 3 run (Weimerskirch kick)
Second Quarter
FHS — Garcia 3 run (Weimerskirch kick)
TS — M. Smith 18 pass from Thomas (Williamson run)
FHS — Boff 3 run (Weimerskirch kick)
FHS — Garcia 10 run (Weimerskirch kick)
Third Quarter
TS — Johnson 45 pass from Thomas (run failed)
FHS — Tucker 25 pass from Garcia (Weimerskirch kick)
TS — P. Jones 75 run (Williamson run)
Fourth Quarter
FHS — Boff 5 run (Weimerskirch kick)
TS — P. Jones 3 run (run failed)
TS — M. Smith 61 pass from Thomas (run failed)
Overtime
TS — P. Jones 8 run (run failed)
FHS –Mauricio 20 pass from Garcia (Weimerskirch kick)

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