No cold spell for cards

No cold spell for cards

Monday, November 21, 2022

New Bremen closes Fort Loramie to advance

by Gary R. Rasberry

Photo by Paige Sutter/The Daily Standard

New Bremen quarterback David Homan looks for an open future as he shuts down Fort Loramie’s Roger Huing (54) during Saturday’s Division VI Regional Final at Sydney Memorial Stadium.

Sydney – Mother Nature made her presence known at the Sydney Memorial Stadium with strong cold winds and the occasional snowstorm.

New Bremen weathered the cold winds and rallied aggressively on both sides of the ball to win the Division VII District 28 Football Championship with a 24-0 victory over Fort Loramie Saturday night.

The Cardinals (11-3) travel to Wapakoneta on Saturday to take on Lima Central Catholics. The Thunderbirds defeated Antwerp 43-7 in the District 26 final. The Redskins, who defeated both the St. Henry and Minster in the postseason, finishing his season at 11-3.

“It’s a testament to the kids and the kids before them who made a conscious effort to build the program and try to make it something special,” said New Bremen coach Chris Schmidt.

“It’s good to win and beat a good opponent like (Fort Loramie). It’s good to see our kids perform at a high level.”

Photo by Paige Sutter/The Daily Standard

New Bremen’s Hayden Zeller (83) tackles Fort Loramie’s Caleb Maurer during Saturday’s Division VI Regional Final at Sydney Memorial Stadium. The Cardinals advanced to the state semifinals with a 24-0 victory over the Redskins.

New Bremen won the coin toss and deferred, forcing Fort Loramie—and 3,000-yard passer Caleb Maurer—to throw downwind to start the game. The plan totally paid off, as the Redskins managed just three yards on the ground on the first series and chased it. The Cardinals set up their 43-run store and needed just five plays to make their paycheck. David Homan used a 33-yard touchdown run to get Bremen to the Loramie 2, as Hunter Schaefer punched in 3 1/2 minutes into the game for the winning score.

Fort Loramie attempted a drive on their next series, but 3rd and 3 turned into a 4th-and-6 as Maurer was dropped in the backfield for the loss. The punt put New Bremen on their own 14, but the Cardinals quickly moved down the line as Homan and Schaefer gained positive yards on almost every play. Schaefer found a hole on second and 13 off a Loramie 45 and cruised into the end zone to make it 14-0 after Schaefer hit a PAT.

New Bremen’s defense kept the Redskins at bay, forcing another punt, and after the Cardinals were flagged for undercutting a punter on the next drive, Grant Dicke singled Maurer. The Cardinals took six minutes of time, but they stopped at the Redskin 4, as Schaefer kicked a 21-yard field goal to make it 17-0 at halftime.

The Cardinals had the ball to start the second half and they drove 72 yards on a 12-play, taking nearly five minutes off the clock before Homan connected on his own number for a four-yard touchdown run to make it 24-0.

The rest of the game was New Bremen stopping Loramie’s offense and the Cardinals offense keeping the clock moving as much as possible with the wind still howling.

“We just had this early lead and we wanted to be smart and keep it in[Homan and Shafer’s]hands,” Schmidt said. “Our offensive line has done a great job. They’re not big, but they’re pugnacious and trying to use our speed.”

The Cardinals outscored the Redskins 326-182 on the night. Homan carried 30 times for 159 yards with Schaefer adding 143 yards on 24 carries. Homan only needed to try five passes, and he connected two for 24 yards.

Photo by Paige Sutter/The Daily Standard

New Bremen’s Ben Siler (23) runs after an interception during Saturday’s Division VII regional final against Fort Loramie in Sydney.

Maurer was 10 of 34 for 93 yards with two interceptions while rushing for 59 yards. Logan Ellerman, the Southwest Region’s Division VII Offensive Player of the Year, was limited to just five receptions—exceeding 100 receptions for the season—and 55 receiving yards.

Now the Cardinals are in the state semifinals for the second time in three seasons.

“I’m so proud of them. I’m proud of them because they’re good kids,” said Schmidt. “They do it right away, they prepare the right way and they respect the game. They’re humble and they respect their opponents. As a coach and a teacher, you hope if they do it the right way, they’ll be successful.”

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