BLUE HILL — Giltner was frustrated after Friday’s 30-12 district loss to Blue Hill.
Penalties killed drives, and the Hornet defense couldn’t manage to stop the Bobcats in crucial situations late in the game.
Blue Hill’s defense deserves a lot of credit, though.
The Bobcats’ defense was on the field for 82 snaps, and surrendered just 12 points. And their offense got just enough out of running back Max Moorman, who carried 18 times for 158 yards and three scores.
“I think at halftime we made some adjustments,” Blue Hill coach Riley Armes said. “We maybe got a little too cute in the first half and got away from Blue Hill football. We decided at halftime we were going to return to our game, got the football, scored a few times, and relaxed and did some different things once we had more of a cushion.”
Giltner held Blue Hill to 99 yards of total offense in the first half. But the Bobcats’ adjustments, sticking strictly to the run game, succeeded and the ground game opened up. Blue Hill racked up 157 yards on the ground over the final two quarters.
The Bobcats had rushing scores of 2, 26, 29, and 57 yards. Moorman ran in the first score of the game with 6 minutes, 57 seconds left in the opening frame. He punched the ball in from 2 yards out after a Giltner drive was halted and a penalty put the Bobcats at the Hornet 23 yard line to start.
Again, Moorman capped off a Blue Hill drive that began at midfield and ended with his 26 yard burst while breaking multiple arm tackles.
Tackling was an issue for Giltner all game.
“We just knew we had to gang tackle,” Giltner head coach Chip Bartos said. “We’ve got to back to tackling drills, man. We’re arm tackling, not breaking down when we should. Just little technique stuff that if we’d do it, those big chunk plays probably wouldn’t happen.”
The Bobcats put the game away with a 29 yard touchdown run from MJ Coffey after he intercepted a pass on the previous play. Then, to bury the Hornets, Moorman broke off a 57-yarder with less than two minutes to play.
“Really impressed (with our run game),” Armes said. “Our offensive line, we talked all week about whoever wins the line of scrimmage is going to win the game. It took us a half to get the running game going, but the boys were getting holes open and the boys were running hard. It was picture perfect with how our plays were drawn up there in a few instances.”
Momentum was constantly with the Hornets, despite time of possession being dominated by Giltner. The Hornets could never seem to finish a drive.
Giltner had the ball roughly 16 minutes in the first half, and 14 in the second.
The Hornets failed to finish a 24 play, 68 yard drive that spanned the final 1:42 of the first quarter and expired 7:41 off the clock in the second.
Giltner converted on four fourth downs, and reached the Bobcat 3 yard line. But a false start on third down and 3 and then a hold on fourth down and 7, turned the ball over on downs.
To start the second half, Giltner pieced together an 11 play drive that ended at the Bobcat 5 yard line. The Hornets ran nine running plays from where the drive started at their own 34, but chose two passing plays on third and fourth downs. Both failed.
“We’ve got to clean up the mistakes we made. We made a lot of penalties in the red zone, and that was what really killed us the most,” Bartos said. “If we finish stuff like that and stay mentally sound, we would’ve scored those times we were in the red zone instead of playing from behind while Blue Hill had the momentum. Our execution was well done, it’s just when you get behind and in weather like this, it makes it tough.
“We literally would move the ball all the way down the field in bits and chunks like I wanted us to and we can’t get the 5 yards when we need them,” he continued. “It’s frustrating, but at the same time I’ve got to look at what I was doing as far as play calls.”
Giltner cut the Blue Hill lead to 8-6 in the second quarter after Lance McKay connected with Dakon Wilson for a 38 yard score. The conversion failed.
Then, after Blue Hill had already added two insurance touchdowns in the fourth, Giltner finally completed a drive — one that spanned 65-yards — that was consummated with a Cole Consbruck 1 yard rush. He fumbled as he crossed the goal line, but it was ruled he broke the plane first.
Blue Hill improves to 4-1 while Giltner remains winless at 0-6.
The Bobcats have arguably their three toughest contests awaiting in the coming weeks. They’ll host Lawrence-Nelson (2-3) next week, followed by Kenesaw (4-1), and Axtell (3-2).
“These are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” Armes said.
Giltner plays Axtell next week.
Giltner (0-6)................0 6 0 6 — 12
Blue Hill (4-1).............8 0 0 22 — 30
BH — Max Moorman 2 run (Coffey pass Kula good)
G — Lance McKay 38 pass Wilson (pass failed)
BH — Moorman 26 run (Coffey run good)
BH — MJ Coffey 29 run (Moomrna run good)
G — Cole Consbruck 1 run (run failed)
BH — Moorman 57 run (pass failed)
Rushes-Yards 43-192 37-258
Passing yards 142 (minus) 2
Comp-Att-Int 14-35-1 1-4-0
Total offense 334 256
Rushing — G, McKay 6-18, Kyle Frederick 14-41, Wilson 21-131, Consbruck 2-2; BH, Moorman 18-158, Coffey 14-85, Koltan Wademan 5-15.
Passing — G, Wilson 7-19-1 69, McKay 7-16-0 73; BH, Coffey 1-4 (minus) 2.
Receiving — G, Camden Humphrey 3-37; Frederick 5-30; Connor Craig 4-24; Tanner Roth 1-10; Wilson 1-3. BH, Moorman 1-(minus) 2.