By RYAN HINES
COLDWATER — Any hopes that Fort Recovery had thinking
that Coldwater wouldn’t be focused after a disappointing
loss to Versailles were thwarted quickly.
Coldwater’s defense dominated play early and Alex Hoyng
gave the offense a boost in the first half as the Cavaliers
rolled to a 51-0 win over Fort Recovery at Cavalier Stadium.
The vaunted Cavaliers defense was dominant in the first half
as Fort Recovery had 12 plays of negative yardage out of 20
total plays in the half resulting in a total of -24 yards in
the first 24 minutes of action. The stunting Cavaliers defense
pushed the Indians rushing game back 39 yards in the first half.
Passing wasn’t much of an option either with Coldwater
defenders in the Fort Recovery quarterbacks face on a regular
basis netting just 15 yards passing.
“Our defense set the tone early in the game and we weren’t
sure what Fort Recovery was trying to establish, but we did
a good job of taking that away from the start and responding
to what they were doing,” said Coldwater head coach John
Reed. “Anytime that you can keep a team out of the end
zone, that’s what kids play defense for. Our gameplan
is always to stunt guys and cause havoc and we did that.”
“They’re a good football team,” said Fort
Recovery head coach Mark Fenik. “They knock you off the
ball, they run hard and they throw well... I mean they’re
While the Coldwater defense was controlling the Fort Recovery
offense, Hoyng had himself a strong night from his quarterback
Hoyng did all of his playing time in the first half completing
11-of-17 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns to three
“Alex threw the ball away a few times when nothing was
there and I’m really proud of the way that he played tonight,”
An eight-play drive stalled for Coldwater on its first possession,
but Cavaliers special teams gave the Orange and Black great
field position for their next drive.
Kyle Schoenherr ran back a punt 53 yards setting up a two-yard
touchdown run by Josh Fullenkamp giving Coldwater a 7-0 lead.
Fullenkamp got his second touchdown of the first quarter on
a 30-yard pass from Hoyng putting the Cavaliers on top 14-0.
Hoyng struck again through the air in the second quarter as
the senior hooked up with Ross Homan for a 14-yard strike putting
Coldwater ahead 21-0.
A blocked punt by the Coldwater special teams led to a 37-yard
field goal before Hoyng threw his last touchdown pass of the
half to Craig Wellman covering 16 yards putting the Cavaliers
on top 31-0 at the half.
Fort Recovery opened the second half with a four and sometimes
five wide receiver formation appearing to catch Coldwater by
surprise. The Indians’ Mark Willmann had passes of 14
and 41 yards to Stan Roessner and Tyler Wuebker before the drive
ended on a failed fourth down try.
Wellman moved from wideout to quarterback in the second half
and paced the Cavaliers through the air and on the ground playing
a part in all 95 yards before scoring on an eight-yard run.
From that point on, it was all subs for Coldwater but that didn’t
end the scoring as Joe Wermert and Steve Borger added touchdown
runs in the fourth quarter to polish off the blowout win.
Coldwater will wrapup its regular season on the road in a much-anticipated
matchup Saturday against Delphos St. John’s while Fort
Recovery hosts St. Henry.