Photos by Troy Breidenbach
(MOUNT CORY) - A new coach got his first win on a historically named field in dominating fashion Friday evening. Under the direction of first year head coach Kyle Cutnaw, Bluffton controlled both sides of the ball and built a 42-0 halftime lead en route to a 49-0 win over Cory Rawson at Spike Berry Field.
Bluffton’s passing attack was too much for Cory Rawson’s defense as Bluffton scored touchdowns on five of their first six possessions. Junior quarterback Mitchell Ault opened the scoring with a 20 yard throw to Robbie Stratton. The speedster raced into the corner of the end zone for the game’s first points. Ault laced a hard pass to Austin Bricker from just two yards out for the game’s next score. Bluffton poured it on with four scores in the second quarter. Dustin Falk rushed two scores from two and three yards and Ault found Stratton again for a 13 yard score. Ault closed out the first half scoring with a one yard quarterback sneak with just seconds left.
Coach Cutnaw was pleased with the offensive output. “Everyone got involved. Mitch distributed the ball well and got through some early jitters. Robbie was a threat everywhere along with Austin. Dustin Falk and Clay Wilson both had great touches throughout the game. I thought our line held up very well.”
The offense had many opportunities to score thanks to the Pirate defense. Bluffton forced punts on five of the six Hornet first half drives. The other drive, Stratton tipped a Matthew Alspach pass to Ault for an interception. “Defensively, we were very well prepared and our intensity showed. Those guys played with passion and didn’t have too many mis-alignments or careless mistakes.” Simply put, the Hornets could get no momentum going at any point in the game. CR was able to muster just 61 total yards on the night and committed three turnovers. Defensively, Dakota Bricker made four solo tackles. Ross Zimmerman and Dylan Alt each made three. Levi Kistler and Mitchell Ault had interceptions for the Pirates.
Bluffton gained 395 total yards in a balanced attack. Ault completed 14 of 21 passes for 225 yards and four scores. Robbie Stratton caught four passes for 75 yards and three scores. Austin Bricker, Sam Crisp and Levi Kistler each caught three passes, showing the Pirates’ versatility. Ault was the game’s leading rusher with 64 yards on five carries. Dustin Falk gained 57 yards on 13 totes and scored twice. Clay Wilson had 12 carries for 38 yards. Bluffton gained 18 first downs compared to just 2 for Cory Rawson.
Cory Rawson quarterback Matthew Alspach finished the night 3 of 17 on passing attempts for 9 yards. The Hornets picked up 52 rushing yards on 15 attempts.
Looking to next week, another Blanchard Valley Conference road test awaits as the Pirates travel to Van Buren. The Knights shellacked Ottawa Hills 48-7 Friday. “Van Buren is a physical team with a solid running back. We will need to improve our game and get better to face them next week,” Cutnaw relayed.
Notes: A new Ohio High School Athletic Association rule was instituted during the offseason where if a team is leading by 30 or more points, the clock runs continuously outside of change of possession and injuries. This greatly sped up the second half as Bluffton led by 42 at the halftime break.
Dylan Alt went 3/3 kicking extra points for Bluffton
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