Pobolish’s Panthers Roll to Homecoming Victory

Getting it done in the trenches.

That is exactly what Buckeye Local did Friday night at Yorkville’s World War II Memorial Stadium. As a result, Ron Pobolish’s Panthers celebrated Homecoming in grand fashion, rolling against Oak Glen, 40-3.

The victory boosted the youthful Panthers to 2-4, while the Golden Bears of Jeff Woofter are still searching for that elusive first victory.

Buckeye Local did almost all its offensive damage on the ground as it completed just a single pass. But thanks to its big and physical offensive line and a stable of talented runners, the hosts were able to gallop for more than 400 yards.

Senior Danny Peddicord led the rushing onslaught with 145 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries while shifty classmate Spencer McKim worked his way for 127 yards and a score on 14 carries.

Making their life successful was the effective work of the offensive line which consisted of Cody Michalo, Chris Worwa, Josh Verhovec, Josh Hilliard, Doug Vinci, Shane Bishop and Cory Shumard.

”Our offensive line did a great job (Friday) and our backs ran with authority,” Pobolish said. ”I thought we were real sharp defensively.”

The Panthers yielded just four pass completions and held the Golden Bears to less than 100 yards on the ground.

”The kids have played hard all year long. I cannot fault their effort. They have given me everything they have,” Pobolish said. ”We haven’t finished as well as I would have liked and that has resulted in a couple of tough losses.

”I have said we are capable of beating anyone we play. If someone brings their ”B” game we can knock them off. We have just had trouble getting over the hump.”

Oak Glen drew first blood on a 30-yard field goal by Ryan Asbury early in the second quarter.

That was all she wrote for the Golden Bears.

The hosts responded with a 57-yard, five-play drive to go on top.

McKim capped the march from 3 yards out with 9:39 left in the second quarter for a 7-3 Buckeye lead.

A 20-yard punt return by Danny Fetty set up the next Panthers touchdown, this one coming on the strength of a 40-yard, three-play drive.

Peddicord broke free on a 32-yard scoring scamper with 6:48 left in the half to make the lead 14-3.

The second half was all Buckeye Local. The Panthers took the second half kickoff and needed just four plays to cover 69 yards.

Bobby Spence teamed with talented Isaac Omaits for a 33-yard scoring strike.

Panthers junior Nathan Schaal blocked an Oak Glen punt on the ensuing series, giving Buckeye Local the ball on the Oak Glen 28. Four plays later, Peddicord scored from 9 yards out.

Buckeye tacked on two fourth-quarter TDs — a 3-yard run by sophomore J.D. Sokolowski and a 53-yard ramble by Brandon Bartrug.

”Buckeye is a strong team. They were too big and physical for us,” Woofter said. ”We were overmatched. We just need to grow up physically.

”Although we are 0-6 we have been in every game except for (Friday night) and Wheeling Central,” he added. ”Our numbers are up, we just have a lot of work to do.”