Reds are 5-0 with victory over Otsego

Butch Hindenach •
Paw Paw’s Andrew Vorce takes a pass down to the Otsego one yard line just before lightning strikes put Friday night’s game with Otsego on hold until Saturday.  The Redskins had to earn this one, but stayed in the play-off quest with another win. Hot Shotz Photography/Matthew Day

   PAW PAW - It wasn’t easy. It certainly wasn’t quick. But the Paw Paw football team continued its undefeated season at home Friday - AND Saturday - with a 28-14 victory over the Bulldogs of Otsego.
   Weather delays and a final suspension of play probably gave the Redskins their longest ball possession in the history of the sport at Paw Paw. With 2:15 remaining in the first period Friday, the Redskins had a first down on the Bulldog two yard line, when another in a series of lightning delays stopped play and moved the game to the next day. When it resumed, the home team had held possession of the ball for some 17 hours. 
   The delay didn’t work out too well right away, for Paw Paw was unable to cross the goal line, thanks in part to a fumble, a yardage-losing play, and an interception on the goal line.  Otherwise, however, the Dawgs had problems moving the ball most of the game, and a Jason Rocz interception stopped one Otsego drive in its tracks. 
   Finally, in the second quarter, Paw Paw’s Nolan Beck streaked 42 yards to the four yard marker, then scored one play later. With both Redskin place kickers off playing soccer, boys and girls, the Reds attempted a two-point run which failed.  Will Marshal later in the period ran for 58 yards which set up a 15-yard TD scamper by Connor Hindenach.  Mason Popp added the conversion run for a 14-0 margin.
   This did not last long as Otsego cashed in on a long strike to cut the margin to seven at intermission. 
   After halftime, Marshal had another nice run of 22 yards to make it a 13-point Paw Paw advantage. Kolby Hindenach then ignited some more long-distance offensive fireworks by going 58 yards to the Bulldogs 14; and on the next snap of the ball, appeared to reach the goal line.
   However, the officials put the ball on the one and Kolby Hindenach obliged by placing the ball on the end zone sod.  Connor Hood converted the two point play for a 28-7 lead.     Otsego came back with a touchdown pass to make it a two possession game with 5:07 remaining; but that is where the scoring ended, despite some miscues by the Redskins, including a fumbled punt attempt and some unfortunate and costly penalties.  Otsego failed on a fourth down pass with just over a minute left deep in Redskins’ territory, and Paw Paw ran out the clock.       
   Despite a stubborn Bulldog defensive effort, the Redskins ran the ball well,  with 341 yards on the ground compared to only 16 via the air routes. Kolby Hindenach attained 116 yards rushing in 19 attempts. Marshall added 105 in just eight rushes, Beck had 67 in nine attempts, and Connor Hindenach contributed 60 yards in a just six carries.
   Another good performance by the defense was led by Connor Hindenach with two quarterback sacks, one an apparent safety that the officials begged to differ about.  Beck, Levi Penning, Rocz, Nate Harden,  and Kayden McClish all were leaders of the defense.


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