WOOSTER — The 26-8 victory over Lorain Clearview was only minutes old, but Clear Fork head coach Dave Carroll had thoughts of an old coaching colleague on his mind.
“Doug Frye is an old friend and St. Marys will be a heck of a challenge,” Carroll said after his top-seeded Colts overcame a stubborn Clippers team in a Division IV regional semi-final game here Saturday night.
The two men coached against each other when Carroll was at Urbana High School. Frye has been coach at St. Marys Memorial, located in Auglaize County, for a number of years.
Trevon Trammell rushed for 219 yards on 27 carries and scored three times to lead the Colts to the victory, a school record 12th in one season. The senior ran in from 2 and 15 yards out and caught a 24-yard pass from Jared Schaefer.
The two teams will play for a regional championship at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bellefontaine High School. The Roughriders defeated Van Wert, 55-20, to advance.
“I took a peak at them the last few days. He is one of the most disciplined, toughest coaches I know,” Carroll said.
“They run, run and run out of a Wing-T. I couldn’t believe I saw them in the shotgun once.”
After Trammell put the Colts ahead, Clearview (10-2) answered with a 16-yard TD pass from Chase Christensen to Julian Colbert to make it a 7-6 game at halftime. That came following a Colts fumble at the Clearview 44-yard-line.
The second half belonged to the Colts’ ground game.
“Our offensive line got going in the second half. They got their assignments. They work their butts off all week,” Trammell said.
“Being 12-0, that feels amazing to make history. (Clearview) just kept fighting, kept pushing, We stepped it up.”
Three Clear Fork turnovers (two fumbles and an interception) allowed Clearview to stay in the game.
“Those daggone turnovers the last few weeks,” bemoaned Carroll. “But our line and Jay Swainhart, our H-back, blocked well tonight.”
Leading 13-6 the Colts got a scare when Colbert blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety, cutting the lead to 13-8.
But they were unable to capitalize, going three and out and punting it back to Clear Fork.
“We couldn’t punch it in there after the safety and I think some momentum swung (Clear Fork’s) way,” Clearview coach Mike Collier said.
The Colts controlled the ball and the clock and made it 19-8 on Schaefer’s 10-yard touchdown run.
Clearview running back Drew Engle had 35 yards on 15 carries. Christensen was 7-of-19 passing for 118 yards, with David Rentfle catching 4 of those for 91 yards.
“Those kids are tough. Engle and Rentfle; I told both those kids after the game I love the way they play football. I’ve enjoyed watching them on film and in the games,” Carroll said. “They play hard and I respect that tremendously.”
Despite a chilly night, Colt Nation turned out in its customary large numbers.
“I saw that crowd in this cold weather; such great support,” Carroll said.
“And leaving the school today people were on (Ohio) 97 and 13 lined up in the cold to send us off. Being from here, and my dad being the head coach at Butler High School before the consolidation, it means an awful lot. Watching my older brothers play here before me, being able to come back here and coach and have these type of kids and have this kind of success, it means everything to me and my family.”
BY THE NUMBERS:
Schaefer hit on 7-of-10 throws for 111 yards and the one TD.
Caden Flynn had two receptions for 53 yards.
Clear Fork had 21 first downs to Clearview’s 9. The Colts had 8 first downs in the first quarter.
Schaefer had 6 tackles; Michael Chillemi and Swainhart 5 each. Chillemi recorded 2 sacks.
Gabe Blauser also had 5 stops and a sack.
Aston Lyon had an interception.