It was senior night at Steinecker Stadium on Friday, but Perrysburg's junior quarterback Gus Dimmerling stole the show as the Yellow Jackets earned a share of the Northern Lakes League championship with a 42-19 win against Springfield.
Dimmerling took the second snap of the game in shotgun and ran up the middle for a 58-yard touchdown, making it 7-0 Perrysburg. In the second quarter, he showcased his speed on a quarterback on third-and-one, going untouched up the middle for a 61-yard TD.
Dimmerling threw for 107 yards on 7 of 13 passing. He rushed for 190 yards on 14 carries and two TDs.
"Holes were great all night," Dimmerling said. "The offensive line was pushing people back. It made it easy to run, no one touched me and and I ran straight up the middle [during the second TD run]."
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It is the first time Perrysburg has shared the NLL title since Matt Kregel's first year as coach in 2006.
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"It is a step in the right direction, a share hasn't happened in years," he said. "It is very rewarding, but as a football coach I have to focus on the last one to get it outright."
Perrysburg (7-2, 6-0 NLL) finishes its regular season next week at Maumee for a chance to win an outright title.
During the first possession of the second half Dimmerling brought the crowd to its feet again with a 96-yard interception return for TD. Dimmerling made the leaping intercepting, jumping in front of a wide receiver's post route, his momentum took him to the end zone before he brought it back all the way.
Mark Delas scored two rushing TDs of his own in the first half with a 6-yard and 3-yard scamper to the end zone. Delas had 122 yards on 18 carries and two TDs.
On fourth down, with three seconds before halftime, Seymour got Springfield on the board with a 4-yard TD pass to Tevin Stuart, making it 28-7.
Springfield had several other chances to score in the first half. Two Elijah Todd fumbles deep in Perrysburg territory ended threats. Dimmerling recovered one only 16-yard out, and Seth Durham recovered the other at the 3-yard line. Durham also intercepted a 40-yard pass from Seymour in the Perrysburg end zone, preventing a TD.
Perrysburg's Evan Conley nearly matched Dimmerling with a 95-yard interception for TD in the fourth quarter. Perrysburg forced six Springfield turnovers.
"Momentum is huge," Dimmerling said. "We can't be stopped when we're creating turnovers."
Todd, the NLL's leading rusher coming into the game, left the game with an injury after he fumbled at the 3-yard line in the second quarter. He returned for the second possession in the third quarter and finished with 16 carries for 78 yards.
Seymour threw for 255 yards on 20 for 44 with three TDs and four interceptions.
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