Updated Sat, Nov 9, 2013 12:06 am
For the first time since 1995, the Philo Electrics found themselves playing in the postseason. And playing in front of their own crowd, the No. 3 Electrics (9-2) used home-field advantage to bring home a first-round victory over MVL rival No. 6 John Glenn 30-7 for their first OHSAA playoff victory in school history.
The turning point of the game came late in the first quarter as Philo’s Luke Miller picked off John Glenn’s Zyler Flowers deep in Electric territory. The play came just three plays after Blake Atkins intercepted Philo quarterback Zak Sheridan, which at the time, had seemed like a momentum shifting play for the Little Muskies.
But after that, it was all Philo.
After running through the Little Muskies defense deep into the red zone, Electrics running back Nathan Delozier capped off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Electrics a 14-7 lead still early in the second half. Two Philo drives later, Delozier booted a 44-yard field goal to give Electrics a 17-7 lead as they headed into halftime.
Philo got the scoring going early in the first half. On the first offensive possession of the game, the Electrics drove 74 yards in 15 plays. Sheridan, a Gridiron Glory Player of the Year finalist, put the first points on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run.
The dual-threat quartervack finished the game with 62 yards and a score on the ground.
But the Little Muskies wasted almost no time at all to answer the score, having the ball for a mere 56 seconds, as running back Caleb Gaiters took the handoff 56-yards to the end zone to tie the game with just under five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Philo defense gave the Little Muskies offense fits all night long.
John Glenn managed just 153 yards rushing after averaging 255 yards on the ground during the regular season. The Philo D also kept Atkins in check, limiting him to 54 total yards. Atkins racked up 1,326 total yards in the Little Muskies’ first 10 games.
The second half featured some action for the Philo backups as Lakota Redmond and Steven Frazier both found the end zone.
With the victory, the Electrics will move on to play the No. 2 Indian Valley Braves (9-2) Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be at a neutral site.