Galion Clear Fork
9 - 11 - 2020
The Colt Corral
MOAC Football Week 3
Galion roars back from fourth-quarter deficit
to beat Clear Fork in double OT
By Carl Hunnell - Richland Source
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BELLVILLE -- Matt Dick didn't take credit for great coaching after his Galion Tigers rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Clear Fork, 20-17, in double overtime Friday night.
The battle at the Colt Corral was finally settled when Galion senior Dominic Pittman nailed a 28-yard FG to clinch the win in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference.
There's no good coaching. This was two teams duking it out. Tonight, our kids found a way to steal a little momentum at the end and find a way to win," Dick said.
"It's better to to win ugly than it is to lose ugly. So we'll take it," Dick said.
Galion (2-1) won its second straight game on the strength of its two senior stars -- quarterback Wilson Frankhouse and wide receiver Hanif Donaldson.
The 5-9, 165-pound Frankhouse completed 14 of 28 passes for 201 yards and two TDs while also rushing for 115 yards on 24 carries. Donaldson (6-2, 185) had seven receptions for 83 yards and two TDs.
"That's a credit to some of our special athletes that we have," Dick said. "We're a little bit more top heavy than Clear Fork. They are a little young right now."
The Colts fell to 0-3 with two of the losses by three points.
Clear Fork coach Dave Carroll, whose team led 17-7 with 9:37 left in the fourth quarter, praised the efforts of his team.
"The kids fought hard. We got better this week in practice. It wasn't for a lack of effort. People don't understand, especially adults, that losing doesn't make you a loser.
"These kids were out here working their butts off in 90-degree temperatures this week when they didn't have to be," said Carroll, whose team started six sophomores against the Tigers. "I am proud of them."
FAST FINISH: Clear Fork built its fourth-quarter lead to break open a halftime tie. Colts' senior Ashton Lyon ran five yards for a TD in the first quarter while Donaldson scored on a 4-yard pass from Frankhouse in the second quarter.
Lyon, who also had two interceptions on defense and rushed for 64 yards on 18 carries, returned the second-half kickoff 74 yards to the Galion 23-yard line. The offense stalled and senior Luke Labaki kicked a 24-yard field goal to put the Colts up 10-7 with 8:57 left in the third quarter.
Senior QB Brady Tedrow made it 17-7 when he raced 62 yards for a TD with 9:37 left in the fourth quarter. Tedrow, who Carroll said didn't play quarterback in the first half due to an injury, finished with 206 yards on 20 carries.
The Tigers roared back quickly, driving 70 yards on nine plays in 2:11 to make it 17-14 with 7:19 left on a 25-yard scoring pass from Frankhouse to Donaldson.
Galion got the ball back one final time on its own 42-yard line with 1:10 left to play in regulation and no timeouts remaining.
Frankhouse connected on a 25-yard pass to senior Jackson Staton and a 14-yard strike to Donaldson. On a third-and-10 from the Clear Fork 18, Frankhouse gained six yards, getting out of bounds with 13 seconds left.
That brought Pittman onto the field, nailing a 29-yard FG to send the game into overtime.
Both teams missed field goals in the first overtime.
In the second OT, Tedrow raced 10 yards on the first play to give the Colts a first-and-goal. On the next play, a mishandled hand-off fell to the turf, recovered by the Tigers.
Galion gained nine yards on three plays during its second possession, bringing Pittman back on the field to slam the game-winner through the uprights.
SPECIAL PLAYERS: Dick praised the performance of his senior quarterback and senior kicker.
"The one thing about Wilson is he is a complete warrior. He's as good a kid as there is in the state of Ohio, just a beautiful human being. And he's going to give me all his guns," Dick said.
"I think we have a lot of special athletes. They have got to realize, that maybe our young offensive linemen or our young skilled athletes, there are a couple that are struggling. But our best kids are still struggling, too.
"We gotta find a way to clean that up. We'll show them on film. There's a lot of stuff open and we just couldn't connect tonight," Dick said.
Dick said his team has been blessed to have kicking coach Scott Holiday.
"They work all year round. They really take pride in that. And it pays off in the end. Our kids buy in. Dom has put a lot of time into it and he deserve a game-winning field goal," Dick said.
Carroll, whose team lost four fumbles to the Tigers, said his team will go back to work.
"We've got a bunch of great kids that are trying their best and coaches that are working hard. We'll watch films tomorrow and then we'll get back to work tomorrow and Sunday and bring the kids back in Monday and we will just keep coming back," he said.
UP NEXT: Galion hosts unbeaten Shelby (3-0) next Friday in another MOAC game. Clear Fork is at Ontario (1-2) that same night, also in the MOAC.
Clear Fork -- Ashton Lyon 5-yard run (PAT Luke Labaki kick)
Galion -- Hanif Donaldson 4-yard pass from Wilson Frankhouse (PAT Dominic Pittman kick)
Clear Fork -- Labaki 23-yard field goal
Clear Fork -- Brady Tedrow 62-yard run (PAT Labaki kick)
Galion -- Donaldson 25-yard pass from Frankhouse (PAT Pittman kick)
Galion -- Pittman 27-yard field goal
Galion -- Pittman 28-yard field goal