By SCOTT COTTOS
FOSTORIA — St. Wendelin football coach Jim Bodart saw exactly what he wanted.
His Mohawks performed well and put up points in all three phases of the game while whipping Horizon Science Academy of Toledo 81-0 on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The contest was played with eight-player sides due to Horizon having only 11 healthy players.
But the game’s tone differed little from that of two weeks ago, when each team put 11 on the field and St. Wendelin rolled to a 66-2 win.
Nine of the Mohawks’ 16 players scored at least one touchdown and seven intercepted at least one pass as they improved to 2-3 by beating a team that not only was shorthanded but also comprised largely of freshmen and sophomores.
Bodart wanted to see improved execution after last week’s 53-6 loss to Western Reserve Academy, and he saw just that.
“We played good football tonight,” he said. “We were able to tackle, block, run better than we have. Horizon’s got some smaller kids, so we actually had a numbers and size advantage. That always makes the football game a lot easier to do.
“I was proud of them. They played well, they played with class. One thing we talked about at halftime was you lose with dignity and you win with class and make sure you’re doing the right thing — play to the whistle, play safe, play hard, but when you knock somebody down, help him up. And they did.”
Coach Bryson Meyer, a former assistant at St. Wendelin, is trying to grow a youthful Horizon program. And while the growing pains are real — the 0-4 Jaguars have been outscored 271-2 this season — Meyer is looking for progress and hopeful for the future.
“I felt it went better than our last time down here, believe it or not,” he said. “I know the score doesn’t say that, but it’s eight-man football on a big field and a lot less guys and it just came down to a few missed tackles here and there. To be honest, we were moving the ball pretty well.”
Minus-nine rushing yards hurt the Jaguars, who completed 10 passes for 75 yards. But four quarterbacks — none of them being Nayr Henry, who started against the Mohawks two weeks ago but missed Saturday night’s game with a concussion — combined to throw 10 interceptions.
The 10 picks would break the OHSAA record of eight in a game, but they won’t count. While the association gave St. Wendelin its approval to play the eight-man game — Horizon is not an OHSAA member — the contest technically goes in the books as an open date.
Cyle Smith and Cameron Williams each had a pick-6 for the Mohawks, with the plays covering 25 and 42 yards, respectively.
Smith, Ryan Nicholson and Brody Whetsel intercepted two passes each, with Williams, David Stosio, Vinney Volpe and Sam Seibert recording one pick each.
Freshman Lashawn Staples returned from a broken leg to start at quarterback for the Jaguars, but he left after sustaining another injury. Sophomore Tyrone Tarver, senior Justin McGee and freshman Ryan White also put in stints at quarterback for Horizon.
“One thing I was proud about was they played fundamentally sound,” Bodart said of his defense. “They stayed in their positions, they played where they were supposed to. Sometimes when you get this sort of game going on, you start to get a lot of freelancing, and they didn’t do that. They played their defensive game and did what they were told to do.
“(The Jaguars) were in a position that we’ve been in our fair share of times, where you’ve got to throw the ball, you’ve got to get downfield. And when you’re really pushing to do that, as we saw early in the season against Reigning (Sports Academy of Columbus, which beat St. Wendelin 56-12) where we had to try to get the ball downfield, their guys knew it and our guys knew it. But they played well.”
In addition to running an interception into the end zone, Smith caught a 17-yard scoring pass from Brayden Moon, tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Schetter and kicked eight extra points.
Moon also threw a 52-yard scoring pass to Whetsel, recorded touchdown runs of 62 and 19 yards and returned Horizon’s kickoff after a safety 55 yards to the end zone.
Stosio reached the end zone on a 10-yard run and tackled Tyrone Tarver in the end zone for a safety. Nicholson and Anthony Reinhart scored touchdowns on runs of 5 and 19 yards, respectively.
Horizon Science 0 0 0 0 — 0
St. Wendelin 29 32 6 20 — 81
SW — Stosio 10 run (Smith kick)
SW — Smith 25 interception return (Smith kick)
SW — Safety, Tarver tackled in end zone
SW — Moon 55 kickoff return (Smith kick)
SW — Nicholson 5 run (kick failed)
SW — Moon 62 run (Smith kick)
SW — Whetsel 52 pass from Moon (Smith kick)
SW — Williams 42 interception return (kick failed)
SW — Smith 17 pass from Moon (Smith kick)
SW — Moon 19 run (kick failed)
SW — Hipsher 5 run (kick failed)
SW — A. Schetter 8 pass from Smith (Smith kick)
SW — Reinhart 19 run (Smith kick)
First Downs: Horizon Science, 7; St. Wendelin, 12
Rushes-Yards: Horizon Science, 18-(-9); St. Wendelin, 16-276
Passing Yards: Horizon Science, 75; St. Wendelin, 159
Comp.-Att.-Int.: Horizon Science, 8-32-10; St. Wendelin, 7-13-1
Punts-Avg.: Horizon Science, 3-25.0; St. Wendelin, 0-0
Fumbles-Lost: Horizon Science, 2-0; St. Wendelin, 1-1
Penalties-Yards: Horizon Science, 2-15; St. Wendelin, 2-30