It was another comeback thriller for the Wolverines on Saturday, as they battled back from an early two-score deficit to top the Otto-Eldred Terrors, 28-14, on their Homecoming game at Sheffield High School.
Sheffield remains in a first place tie at 3-0 with Smethport for the AML North title.
Otto-Eldred (1-5 overall, 1-2 in the AML North) put up two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, but Sheffield responded like it has all season - coming from behind in three of its four wins.
Times Observer photo by Cody Elms
Sheffield’s Brandon Kipp goes low to make a tackle and knock the ball loose during the Wolverines’ 28-14 Homecoming win over Otto-Eldred on Saturday at Sheffield High School.
"I can't give enough accolades to these guys," said Sheffield coach Dave Fitch, whose Wolverines are 4-2 overall. "They don't quit. They have that one big play capability."
That first big play came from none other than the speedy Jereek Jackson with just over four minutes to go in the second quarter. On a third-and-22 at the Wolverines' own 18, Jackson broke through several tackles to get into open field, where he was able to easily outrun the Terror defenders for an 82-yard score.
The scoring didn't stop there for the Wolverines. From midfield, Sheffield quarterback Adam Higby hurled a deep ball to Noah Heeter for paydirt. After a crucial Brandon Kipp two-point conversion, the Wolverines were all tied up with Otto.
"I called a different play on the two-point conversion, but the kids called it off," said Fitch. "They saw something and I trust them."
The Terrors, with under a minute left in the half, were trying to take back the lead, but on the second play of the drive Otto-Eldred quarterback Dakota Vaughn was picked off by Higby at the Sheffield 40-yard line.
With time winding down until halftime, the Wolverines stayed in attack mode. Fitch dialed up a play that caught the Terror defense off guard. With 14 seconds left, Higby tossed the ball to Tommy Reeves behind the line of scrimmage for a wide receiver option. Reeves, who is the Wolverines' back-up quarterback, connected with a wide-open ackson streaking down the field. Jackson hauled in the pass and took it 60 yards for the lead, 21-14 at the half.
"We put that play in on Wednesday," said Fitch. "It was ran to perfection. When you can hit your fastest guy in stride, that is always a good thing."
The Wolverines kept up the pressure opening up the second half with an onside kick they were able to recover at midfield. Following a holding penalty, Sheffield put together an 11-play, 60-yard drive that was capped off by a six-yard touchdown from Jackson, his second of the day.
Jackson's 187 rushing and receiving yards against the Terrors pushed his season average over 100 total yards per game. He also has 10 touchdowns in five games.
Sheffield will travel to Port Allegany next Saturday in hopes of continuing their AML North winning ways, building up to a showdown on Wolverine Mountain against Smethport in two weeks.
Fitch simply explained why he believes this team has been able to battle back for three weeks in a row as, "good things happen to good kids."
OE-Sam Colebert 1 run, 4:10 (Justin Zetwick pass from Nick Appleby).
OE-Colebert 4 run, :09 (Conversion failed).
S-Jereek Jackson 82 run, 4:21 (Conversion failed).
S-Noah Heeter 50 pass from Adam Higby, :54 (Brandon Kipp run).
S-Jackson 60 pass from Tommy Reeves, :14 (Jimmy Vile kick).
S-Jackson 7 run, 8:26 (Vile kick).
RUSHING-S - Jackson 13-127 2TD, Dustin Holden 15-73, Reeves 1-10, Higby 6-2; OE - Seth Drummond 10-102, Colebert 20-54 2TD, Seth Bigley 1-21, Dakota Vaughn 9-18.
PASSING-S - Higby 8/18-130 1 TD, Reeves 1/1-60, 1 TD; OE - Vaughn 9/14-62, 2 INT.
RECEIVING-S - Heeter 3-66, TD, Jackson 1-60, TD, Reeves 4-37, Vile 1-27 ; OE - Bigley 3-31, Drummond 3-21, Andrew Lawrence 2-10, Colebert 1-0.