|Bath runs to 27-13 victory over Van Wert|
|Saturday, October 05, 2013 1:12 AM|
By John Parent
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
VAN WERT – It what was probably the most disappointing and demoralizing loss in head coach Keith Recker’s two seasons at the helm of the Van Wert football program, a 27-13 loss by the visiting Bath Wildcats on Friday night at Eggerss Stadium.
The game began promisingly enough, with Van Wert reaching inside the Bath 30. However, a bad snap resulted in a turnover.
On Bath’s second possession of the first half and facing a third-and-15 from the 39, quarterback Cam Jenkins threw a quick slant to Eric Heffner; Van Wert’s safety overran the action, leaving nothing but wide-open space to the end zone.
After Bath took over after a punt on their 20, Nicholas Krugh picked off a Jenkins pass, returning it inside the Bath 5. On the next play, Smith found the corner of the end zone on a 4-yard scamper. The extra point was good and the Cougars led 7-6.
On the next Cougar possession, Colin Smith hit Terrance Branson for a 62-yard catch and run that gave Van Wert a 13-6 advantage with less than two minutes to play in the half.
Bath responded and got into the end zone just before time expired; a Jenkins connection to Heffner coming out of the backfield as the game was knotted at 13-13 going to the half.
Bath came out of the gate in the third quarter with an 11-play drive, Nate Stonehill punching it in from a yard away.
After a punt, Bath went on the march again from the 20, keyed by questionable pass interference flag thrown on Van Wert. Stonehill scored from the 5 with mere seconds to go in the quarter.
The loss moves Van Wert to 0-6 on the season and 0-5 in WBL play.