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Tallmadge football team falls to Ellet in home opener

Published: September 2, 2016 10:56 PM

Just when they gained all the momentum, the Blue Devils fell apart.

Unfortunately, that was the case for the Tallmadge football team, which lost its home opener to Ellet 30-14 Sept. 2 at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium.

With the win, the Orangemen improved to 2-0. The Blue Devils fell to 2-1.

Leading 9-0 early in the fourth quarter, Ellet appeared to have things under control when senior tailback Marquise Bridges moved the ball to Tallmadge's 41-yard line with a six-yard carry on fourth and 1.

But that's when the Blue Devils seemed to have the Orangemen right where they wanted them.

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On the very next play, Ellet senior quarterback Garrett Haverstick's long pass was picked off by Tallmadge senior defensive back Derek Teeling.

As a result of the interception and a 15-yard personal-foul penalty, the Blue Devils had the ball at the Orangemen 40.

After a three-yard loss on first down, sophomore quarterback Sam Seeker completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Ty Shannon.

Sophomore kicker Garrett Ansley added the extra point and just like that, the Blue Devils' deficit was just a deuce (9-7) with 10:37 left.

However, Ellet came roaring back by putting together a 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive that lasted nearly four minutes on the next possession.

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Bridges, who led all rushers with 167 yards on 28 carries, capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.

Senior kicker Jaret Jones converted the all-important point after try to make it a two-score game (16-7) with 6:36 left.

However, the Blue Devils refused to go away.

Despite being pinned inside its 20, Tallmadge responded with a 5-play, 82-yard drive that took less than 90 seconds to complete.

The possession, which included a 15-yard pass-interference penalty in the Blue Devils' favor, concluded with a 25-yard TD pass from Seeker to Shannon, who caught the ball in the middle of the field and scampered into the end zone untouched. That play made it 16-14 with 5:09 left.

But Tallmadge's defense couldn't stop the Orangemen down the stretch.

Ellet made it a two-score game again when Haverstick completed a screen pass to senior flanker Cameron Brake, who caught the ball on the left side of the field.

Brake cut back toward the middle of the field and outran everyone to the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown.

The Orangemen defense put the game away on the next possession.

After taking two sacks, Seeker's third-down pass was intercepted by junior defensive back Caleb Schramm, who returned it 21 yards for a score to make it 30-14.

Prior to the second-half theatrics, the Blue Devils had some success moving the ball.

Although Tallmadge picked up some first downs, the Blue Devils had promising drives come to abrupt halts due to penalties and negative-yardage plays.

Ellet got its first score on defense.

After Haverstick punted the ball to the Tallmadge 4, things took a turn for the worst for the Blue Devils.

On a second-and-9 play from its own 5, a shotgun snap went out of the end zone. As a result, the Orangemen were awarded two points for a safety.

Tallmadge then had to drop kick from its own 20 and after a 15-yard return by tight end Jonah Carter, Ellet had the ball at the 50.

From there, the Orangemen put together a 9-play, 50-yard scoring drive. Bridges did most of the work as he carried the ball eight times for 48 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run.

The big play of the drive was a quarterback sneak on fourth down by Haverstick that put the ball at the Blue Devil 6.

Haverstick completed 9-of-14 passes for 105 yards, while Seeker connected on 7-of-17 passes for 132 yards. Seeker also threw two interceptions and was sacked seven times.

Ellet outgained Tallmadge 297-236. Shannon had six receptions for 124 yards and also was the Blue Devils' leading rusher with 51 yards in 15 attempts.


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