Game of the Week

Triway takes a close one from West Holmes to kickoff the season

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It’s here. The 2016 high school football season is finally in full swing with a slew of games taking place on August 26, including OhioSportsTicket.com’s Game of the Week that featured the West Holmes Knights traveling to Triway High School’s Jack Miller Field.

The old school, backyard, hard-hitting rivalry of old Mohican Area Conference foes went to the Titans this year who inched out the Knights 27-26 in an exciting game to start the season.

Triway got four touchdown passes from junior quarterback Nick Sparr who completed 22 of his 36 pass attempts and ate up a total of 232 yards passing through the air. Sparr’s favorite target Friday night was fellow junior Austin Davis who caught 11 balls for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

West Holmes did what they do best every year and ran the dickens out of the ball to the tune of 293 yards on the ground, led by sophomore Cale Ogi. Ogi rumbled for 190 yards and scored three touchdowns, one from 34 yards, another from 38 yards and then blasted his way to the end zone on a 19-yard scoring play.

Sparr and Davis struck first in the game when Davis hauled in an 11-yard pass with 5:07 to play in the first quarter to give the Titans a 7-0 lead. This came after the Titans fumbled the opening kick-off of the game, but West Holmes was unable to convert on a fourth and five from the Triway 20 yard line.

The Knights got another chance to put some points on the board during their next drive, but it also stalled inside the Titans’ red zone on a fourth and four yards from the 19 yard line.

Eventually West Holmes would break through and get on the board with 9:14 left in the second quarter on Ogi’s first TD run of 34 yards, but the extra point was not converted and the Knights trailed 7-6.

On the ensuing drive Sparr found Braden Biggs for his second passing touchdown of the game, this time from 24 yards out that put the Titans back in front 13-6 with 4:12 left in the first half. The extra point was no good.

Both teams would score two more touchdowns in the first half. Ogi put the Knights back ahead with 2:36 left to play in the second quarter as this time he drove into the end zone from 38 yards. Sophomore Grady Hay banged home the two-point conversion that put West Holmes back up 14-13.

Triway answered once again with a four yard touchdown pass from Sparr to Davis to send the Titans to halftime with a 19-14 lead. (video) Triway went for two after the touchdown, but the pass was incomplete.

The Knights got their third score from Ogi at the 8:34 mark of the third quarter to once again snare the lead away from the Titans, but it was short-lived. The Titans scored less than two and a half minutes later when Sparr tossed his final touchdown pass of the game to Trevon Hall from 26 yards out to give the Titans a 27-20 lead. (video)

When West Holmes’ Shane Jones rolled into the end zone with 11:24 left in the fourth quarter, the Knights now had a chance to tie things up. (video) Instead, the Knights went for the two point conversion on the road, attempting to take the lead. That gamble didn’t pay off. In fact, the Knights first got a false start penalty moving the conversion back, but still went for two and did not convert.

However, the Knights defense held tough forcing the Titans to punt with 3:14 left in the game. But the Knights would go four and out and squander the chance to score any points late.

FOUR DOWNS

1. West Holmes’ two drives that faltered inside the Triway 20 ended up costing the Knights some early points that may have forced the hand of the Titans.

2. The Knights completed just one, six-yard pass that came in the first quarter. While the Titans had six different receivers catch balls, led by Davis who caught 11 by himself.

3. Triway fumbled the opening kickoff and also booted two punt returns that the Knights recovered. The Knights were only able to capitalize on one of those three Triway miscues. The teams combined for five total turnovers, all fumbles.

4. West Holmes showed a ton of discipline only committing two penalties, while the Titans racked up 50 penalty yards on seven infractions.

MAN IN MOTION – OHIOSPORTSTICKET.COM PLAYER OF THE GAME

Ogi was great as the returning letterman showed he is going to be a force to be reckoned with, but Triway’s Austin Davis was incredibly elusive. Like the Titans inched past the Knights, Davis inches past Ogi as our Player of the Game.

SIDELINE BUZZ

Triway coach Tony Lee on hanging on for the victory.
“Every time we had a break I told our kids to give us 12 more minutes, then six more minutes and so on” said Lee. “Our defense hung on in the end stopping that two point conversion, which was huge.”

Coach Tony Lee on the fumbles and penalties, but perceiving through them and getting the win.
“There’s plenty of mistakes and blame to go around, including the coaching staff. We have to get better,” said Lee. “We’re proud because that’s a backyard rival for us and since I’ve been coaching they have had our number, so picking up this win is great for our kids.”

Coach Lee on the running machine that is West Holmes.
“There a running machine over there,” said Lee. “We knew Ogi was going to be a factor and he is going to be something special for years to come.”

West Holmes’ coach Ron Hay on Cale Ogi’s effort in the backfield.
“Cale is a letterman from last year,” said Hay. “We’re counting on him to stay with it and get after it. It’s in his blood line.”

Coach Hay on him and the Knights moving forward.
“The way our schedule looks, it’s going to be an uphill battle the whole way,” said Hay. “Period. Just flat out period, it’s going to be an uphill battle. We just have to come back and keep them positive and keep them working and see what we can come up with.”

Coach Hay on the not capitalizing on Triway’s miscues.
“We didn’t take advantage of Triway’s turnovers and that came right from the start of the game on the opening kickoff.”

VIDEO OF THE NIGHT

Cale Ogi goes in from 19 yards to give West Holmes a short-lived lead.

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