Sheffield drops AML North battle to Otto-Eldred

Sheffield’s Cale Albaugh reaches to defend a pass thrown to Otto-Eldred’s Cole Sebastian in a 40-6 loss.

Otto-Eldred’s Sawyer Drummond threw for 199 yards and four scores in a homecoming-ruining 40-6 win over Sheffield on Saturday on Wolverine Mountain.

“We did a lot of things right today,” said Sheffield head coach Dave Fitch. “Giving up the big plays – they scored on every route we talked about. Nothing they did today was a surprise. Just some discipline errors on not picking up our responsibilities.”

Sheffield held with the Terrors for most of the first quarter, until Cole Sebastian picked off Wolverine quarterback Cale Albaugh at the Otto-Eldred 37-yard line. After a 12-yard run by Drummond, the quarterback connected with Dylan Close for a 51-yard score to go ahead 8-0.

The Wolverines looked as if they were going to respond quickly on the following series, as Matt Dunham pulled down a leaping catch in traffic for 35 yards in Terror territory. However, a few plays later, Otto-Eldred’s defense picked off Albaugh for the second time in the quarter.

“Every drive we had, we moved the ball,” said Fitch. “It wasn’t a matter of not moving the football today. But every time we got into their territory, across the 50, we’d have a hold, false start. Just costly errors. We tell these guys that every drive will die with your own mistakes. We just had too many costly mistakes today.”

The Sebastian brothers, Chase (2) and Cole (8) try to break up a 35-yard pass that Matt Dunham was able to pull down.

Just into the second quarter Close reached the end zone for the second time on a 45-yard run. In addition to his two scores, Close had 93 yards receiving and 45 yards on the ground.

Sheffield couldn’t get their offense going, down 14-0, but the Terrors kept theirs’ rolling, as Drummond threw for his second and third touchdowns to Nick York and Gage Babcock to end the half with a comfortable 28-0 lead.

Babcock added another touchdown late in the third quarter with 5-yard run.

Down 40-0 with under a minute left in the game at midfield, Josh Agudio pulled in an Albaugh pass, made a handful of Terror defenders miss and went 50 yards to avoid the shutout.

“At least we were able to run the ball today,” said Fitch. “I don’t know how many yards we had on the ground today but that was my goal today. I think Josh played a heck of a game. I think our blocking did well. We were able to use Kevin (Evans) a little bit as a fullback.”

Otto-Eldred’s Gage Babcock is tackled by Sheffield’s Kevin Evans during Sheffield’s homecoming loss.

Agudio finished with a team leading 146 yards on the ground and 71 yards receiving. Sheffield was outgained 432-257 in yardage on less than half the offensive plays.

“Hats off to Otto, they’re a good ball club,” said Fitch. “They’re not gonna let you win when we make the mistakes we made today.”

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By Quarters

Otto-Eldred 8 20 12 0–40

Sheffield 0 0 0 6–6

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Scoring Summary

First Quarter

O–Dylan Close 51 pass from Sawyer Drummond, (Drummond run), 3:12.

Second Quarter

O–Close 45 run, (conversion failed), 11:31.

O–Nick York 10 pass from Drummond, (conversion failed), 8:09.

O–Gage Babcock 11 pass from Drummond, (Babcock run), :53.

Third Quarter

O–Cole Sebastian 22 pass from Drummond, (conversion failed), 7:32.

O–Babcock 5 run, (kick failed), 3:08.

Fourth Quarter

S–Josh Agudio 50 pass from Cale Albaugh, (kick failed), :39.

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Team Stats

O S

Offensive plays 29 57

First downs 17 12

Total Net Yards 432 257

Rushes-yards 13-216 36-139

Passing 216 118

Comp-Att-Int 14-17-0 6-15-2

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1

Penalties-Yards 7-65 7-65

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Individual Stats

RUSHING–Otto-Eldred, Close 1-45-TD, Babcock 11-42-TD, Drummond 7-42, Colton Gietler 6-17, Cameron Magee2-10, Brady Valerius 1-1, Ethan Smith 1-(-1); Sheffield, Agudio 26-146, Matt Dunham 2-5, Kevin Evans 3-(-6), Albaugh 4-(-12).

Passing

PASSING–Drummond 13-16-199-4TD, Sebastian 1-1-17; Sheffield, Albaugh 6-15-TD-2INT.

Receiving

RECEIVING–Close 4-93-TD, Magee 3-48, Babcock 2-25-TD, Sebastian 1-22-TD, Alex Quintero 1-17, York 2-11-TD; Sheffield, Agudio 2-71-TD, Dunham 1-35, Isaac Fileger 1-10, Evans 2-2.

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