By Joe Shouse

Sports Writer

WEST UNITY - It was a road trip for the Antwerp  football team as the Archers traveled to West Unity to battle Hilltop last Friday. In an offensive-minded showdown it was the Cadets prevailing over the Archers 50-20.

The Archers are still looking for their first win after dropping their first two contests to members of the Buckeye Border Conference. In week one the Archers fell to Montpelier 40-26.

Hilltop jumped out to a two-touchdown lead 13-0 in the first quarter when Connor Schlosser made his way into the end zone from the four-yard line followed by a 58 yard gallop by Haydon Brown. Although the Archers were shut-out in the opening 12 minutes of play they would make a comeback in the second quarter.

Blake Schuette got things going for the blue and white when he teamed up with sophomore Hunter Sproles on a nine-yard scoring strike. Later in the period Schuette took care of business with a one-yard plunge over the Hilltop defense to pull the Archers within one 13-12.

The Cadets would waste little time prior to the halftime break with another score as Dan Shilling made his way through the Archer defense covering 69 yards  and giving Hilltop a 20-12 halftime advantage.

"We fell behind early but I thought we were much better this week starting out and we kept battling throughout the game," said Antwerp head Coach Jason Hale.

Hilltop opened the second half with another score when Griffin McEwen found his way in the end zone on a 19-yard scamper. The two-point conversion was successful and the Cadets increased their margin 28-12. An Archer safety for 2-points would be all that Antwerp could come up with in the third period and would enter the final 12 minutes of play trailing 28-14.

Still trailing by two scores, the Archers quickly found themselves in a deeper hole when Hayden Brown scored on runs of 61 yards and 38 yards to put the Cadets in the drivers seat leading convincingly 43-14.

The Archers continued to work their game and late in the contest Sproles matched his reception touchdown in the first half with a rushing touchdown from four yards out.

Now trailing 43-20, Cadet Chase Whitman finished the scoring on the night with a two-yard punch into the end zone to put the Hilltop score at 50.

"We are a young team but we have to be able to play four complete quarters and we are learning the process and how to do that but it takes time. As a young team we will get it figured out," Hale commented.

Offensively for the Archers, quarterback Schutte threw for 175 yards on 15-33 including one touchdown and one interception. Schuette also carried the ball 26 times for 78 yards while  sophomore Austin Wade had 14 touches for 32 yards. In the receiving department, Sproles finished with five grabs for 50-yards and one touchdown and senior Quincy Brinneman hauling in two catches for 51-yards.

This Friday the Archers will be at home with a huge county contest with rival Paulding. Both teams will be looking for their first win after dropping their first two contests of the season.

"We have to be ready for this one. It's a rivalry game with Paulding and they are going to be ready to play and we will need to be able to match the intensity they will bring to the field," Hale said.