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Published: Friday, 9/21/2012 - Updated: 1 year ago

Slocum carries, throws Jackets to victory

BY MARK MONROE
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Perrysburg quarterback Steve Slocum (1) runs the ball against  Anthony Wayne's Ose Omofoma (22). Perrysburg quarterback Steve Slocum (1) runs the ball against Anthony Wayne's Ose Omofoma (22).
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A steady, game-long drizzle could not damper the Steve Slocum show on Friday night as the dynamic Perrysburg senior quarterback lit up the scoreboard at Anthony Wayne.

Slocum and the Yellow Jackets thoroughly handled the Generals in a 31-7 drubbing in a chilly, rain-soaked Northern Lakes League matchup.

Slocum was equally effective with his legs and arm as he amassed 258 yards of total offense and threw two touchdown passes. He rushed for 129 yards, and completed 9 of 16 passes for 129 yards.

"It's a blast but I can't take the credit," Slocum said. "Credit goes to the O-line tonight. I get the stats but they are the ones who carry us. It's an honor to play behind them. There's no better feeling in the world than to get my teammates pumped up. We got this victory together."

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Slocum also nailed a 21-yard field goal that gave Perrysburg an early 3-0 lead and he converted on four extra point attempts.

At the midpoint of the regular season, Perrysburg (4-1 overall) remains only one of two undefeated teams in the NLL (2-0) along with Napoleon. AW slipped to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.

The Yellow Jackets completely stuffed AW's Wing-T running attack, holding the Generals to 31 rushing yards. The Yellow Jackets had eight tackles for loss in the second half and held AW to minus-seven yards rushing yards.

Perrysburg bottled up Anthony Wayne running back Sam Bruno, who came into game leading the NLL in rushing with 147 yards per game. He finished with 25.

Overall Perrysburg outgained the Generals 407-87.

"I'm happy with the way our team goes after people," Perrysburg coach Matt Kregel said. "They have some fight in them."

The Yellow Jackets defense actually posted a shutout as the Generals' only score came on a 58-yard interception return by Ose Omofoma.

At that point, AW led 7-3 early in the first quarter. Perrysburg went on to score 28 unanswered points.

Perrysburg led 10-7 with 2:36 left in the first half, but the Jackets put together a seven play, 69-yard TD drive that took only two minutes, nine seconds. Slocum hooked up with Austin Bishop on consecutive throws of 12, 23, and nine yards with the last capping the drive that made it 17-7.

After AW went three and out to start the second half, Perrysburg drove 80 yards to make it 24-7. Slocum had a 22-yard run and 17-yard pass before junior running back Mark Delas scored on a three-yard run.

Delas rushed for 90 yards and he scored on a 26-yard scamper to make it 31-7 midway through the fourth quarter.

Bishop returned to the lineup for the Yellow Jackets and finished with three catches for 44 yards and one score. Austin Lee had three catches for 45 yards. Senior tight end Nate Patterson finished with two catches for 22 yards and a TD.

Slocum had 172 total yards in the first half.

"Steve had that look in his eye this week and you knew he was going to come out and play," Kregel said. "He was ready to go. Our offensive line is playing well, too. It's confidence."

Anthony Wayne managed just three first downs. Omofoma, who also was named homecoming king, had the lone bright spot when he read Slocum's pass, stepped in front and returned the interception 58 yards.

"That's a good team," AW coach Craig Smith said. "They just came in here and beat us. They controlled the line of scrimmage and Steve Slocum made a lot of plays. When they needed big plays he came through. Defensively they do a good job. We'll bounce back. We have to get better, obviously."

Kregel credited his defensive coordinator, Andy Brungard.

"He does a great job against the Wing-T," he said. "We had a plan and the kids executed it. Physically we are getting better every week."

Slocum said the offense was rolling.

"This is huge win because there are a lot of good teams in this league and they're one of them," he said. "We just have to fight hard every week like we did tonight."

Contact Mark Monroe at: mmonroe@theblade.com, 419-724-6354 or on Twitter @MonroeBlade.



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