Ottawa-Glandorf's Jarrod Beach (17) looks for running room after catching a pass during the second quarter of the Titans game with Elida Friday night.
Ottawa-Glandorf's Jarrod Beach (17) looks for running room after catching a pass during the second quarter of the Titans game with Elida Friday night.

ELIDA — Football coaches like to see how their teams improve from week one to week two.

Ottawa-Glandorf coach Ken Schriner had to like what he saw from his team Friday night at Elida for the Western Buckeye league opener.

After a tough Week one loss to Eastwood, where the Titans felt they didn't play very well, they responded in a big way Friday night. The Titans scored on all seven first half possessions in building a big lead as they rolled to a 51-7 win over the injury depleted Bulldogs at Kraft Stadium. The Titans are now 1-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs are 0-2.

“Last week was just such a disappointment for everyone involved. And we came out and proved ourselves,” Schriner said. “We realize they have a number of injuries, a tough situation over there. I like the way our kids came out. The attitudes were great, we were physical and we did everything we wanted to do up front.”

Ottawa-Glandorf struck for points on their first possession as they drove 72 yards in five plays as Jacob Balbaugh found a diving Brennan Blevins in the endzone with a 37 yard scoring pass. With the extra point, the Titans had a 7-0 lead just over a minute into the game.

Elida inserted Keshawn Spivey into the starting quarterback spot as week one starter Evan Unruh was hurt in their week one game and his backup his nursing an injury. Spivey had a rough start to the game as Jarrod Beach picked off a screen pass returning the ball to the Elida nine. O-G was unable to punch the ball in for a touchdown as they settled for a 20 yard field goal by Ethan Alt.

On their next possession, the Bulldogs were able to get a first down before having to punt. On the punt, the snap from center was low and couldn't be handled by the Elida punter, who fell on the ball at the Elida 25. Ottawa-Glandorf took advantage of the field position as Balbaugh hooked up with Beach with a 12 yard scoring pass for a 17-0 lead.

Offensively the Titans were very efficient the first half as it had the ball seven times and scored on all seven possessions. Balbaugh had a big first half for O-G as he threw six touchdown passes as the Titans had a 45-7 halftime lead.

After the O-G special teams blocked an Elida punt, Balbaugh hit Blevins with a 37 yard scoring pass on the very next play to end the first quarter scoring. In the second quarter, Balbaugh threw three more touchdown passes as he found Clayton Recker with an eight yard scoring strike, Blevins for 36 yards and Beach with a 21 yard touchdown pass.

In between the scoring passes, Elida reached the endzone seconds into the second quarter when Marcel Poe scored on a two yard run. Quarterback Keshawn Spivey set up the score with a 40 yard run to the two yard line as he broke several tackles on his way to the two.

With a running clock in the second half, the only score came when Balbaugh scampered 14 yards to paydirt with 1:26 left in the third quarter. O-G had the ball in the redzone in the fourth quarter, but a fumble near the endzone was recovered by Elida.

Ottawa-Glandorf's defense halted an Elida scoring threat to start the third quarter when Shawn Beverly intercepted a Spivey pass in the redzone. The Titan defense intercepted four Elida passes in the game and held the Bulldogs to 142 yards of total offense.

Spivey was 7-of-17 passing for 40 yards and he rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries. Poe rushed for 44 yards on 14 carries. Devon Barnett caught two passes for 31 yards.

Balbaugh was 10-of-11 passing for 228 yards as Blevins caught three passes for 110 yards and Beach four passes for 66 yards. Recker carried the ball 11 times for 75 yards.