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Jackets rally, win first playoff game in 28-21 victory at Akron Ellet

Dimmerling scores winning TD

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Perrysburg’s Seth Durham, left, outruns Akron Ellet’s Cle’Von Burch on a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter on Friday. Durham also had two interceptions. Perrysburg’s Seth Durham, left, outruns Akron Ellet’s Cle’Von Burch on a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter on Friday. Durham also had two interceptions.
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AKRON — Three second-half interceptions helped Perrysburg make history Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets won their first playoff game, beating Akron Ellet 28-21 in a Division II first round contest.

Their first lead came on Gus Dimmerling’s four-yard score with 7 minutes, 41 seconds left, a lead they didn’t relinquish.

“Huge,” shouted Perrysburg coach Matt Kregel about the school’s first playoff win. “Absolutely awesome. To be down and the way we came back in the second half, what a great night. I am speechless.”

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Orangemen quarterback Jake Fisher threw a pass to the end zone to try to take a fourth-quarter lead, but Perrysburg’s Quinn Thomas deflected the pass, and Matt Mesker made a diving interception in the end zone.

“Every interception we had tonight, [those] were on unbelievable plays,” Kregel said. “[Those interceptions] are what won the game for us.”

Both schools entered the game 0-2 in playoff appearances. Akron Ellet finished the season 10-1.

Perrysburg (9-2) will play Avon next week. Avon beat Perrysburg in the playoffs last season.

Akron Ellet's Jaevante Ray pulls down Perrysburg's Matthew Kaczinski after a first-quarter reception. Akron Ellet's Jaevante Ray pulls down Perrysburg's Matthew Kaczinski after a first-quarter reception.
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Dimmerling ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, and he threw for another 262 yards and a TD in leading Perrysburg.

Perrysburg tied the game when Dimmerling hit Scott Freeman for a 31-yard touchdown pass play and the two connected again for a 2-point conversion to make the score 21-21.

Defensively, Seth Durham had two interceptions.

“Coach Kregel really motivated us at halftime,” Durham said. “We wanted it so bad.”

Akron Ellet ran for three first-half touchdowns, but that was it. The Orangemen pounded the ball with four backs with at least seven carries.

It was a back-and-forth game to start. Akron Ellet scored on its first possession when Jacob Ivery busted through the middle of the line for an untouched 47-yard TD run. Durham took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards as Perrysburg tied the game.

“I just caught the ball and ran as fast as I could,” Durham said. “I got good blocks.”

After a three-and-out by the Orangemen, Perrysburg drove down the field, looking to take the lead. Durham caught an eight-yard slant pass from Dimmerling and spun around an Akron Ellet defender, but fumbled while stretching the ball to the end zone.

The Orangemen went on a 14-play drive capped with a five-yard TD run by Ivery, making it 14-7 Akron Ellet. The home team added to its lead with a third rushing TD, this time from 25 yards out by Cle’Von Burch, making it 21-7.

Perrysburg’s Gus Dimmerling ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and he threw for another 262 yards and a score. Perrysburg’s Gus Dimmerling ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and he threw for another 262 yards and a score.
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Ivery finished with 10 carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns for Akron Ellet. Teammate Matt Geer had 10 carries for 48 yards.

Perrysburg ran a two-minute offense to end the first half, featuring some short passes from Dimmerling, who later took a read-option run around the right end for a 20-yard TD run with 1:30 left in the half. A flag was waved off on the play, and the touchdown stood.

Perrysburg trailed 21-13 at halftime.

“It feels great to go down in the school’s history for the first playoff win,” Mesker said. “But we’re still hungry.”

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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