By Bruce Hefflinger

Sports Writer

PAULDING - Fairview scored 13 points in the final three minutes of the first half and Paulding never recovered in a 32-0 loss to the Apaches on Friday night in Paulding.

“We knew that Fairview was going to be a quality team with a lot of playmakers,” explained Paulding coach Tyler Arend, whose squad trailed 12-0 before Luke Timbrook ran 78 yards to paydirt with 3:01 left in the second quarter. Cade Polter then closed out the first-half scoring with a TD pass to Doug Rakes with 23 seconds on the clock, one of four touchdown throws by the Fairview quarterback.

“We just made too many mistakes to keep it a close game,” Arend said. “If you get out of position or don’t take advantage of their mistakes, then they will make you regret it.”

Polter threw for 261 yards for Fairview with Caleb Frank hauling in six passes for 75 yards and two scores. Rakes also had a pair of TD receptions while Timbrook totaled 186 yards on offense and one touchdown for the Apaches, a playoff team in 2018 that improved to 1-1 on the season.

“We need to figure out how to take that next step,” Arend pointed out. “Fairview is a playoff team from last year who returned a lot of really good players. We have to realize that we can compete with those teams, but we have to make plays when they are there.” 

Fernando Garcia ran for 134 yards on 26 carries for the Panthers, which finished with 196 total yards in falling to 0-2 on the campaign.

“We moved the ball decent between the 30s and we were able to get some good chunk runs against a very good defense,” Arend said. “Defensively, our guys understand what mistakes occurred and it is in our hands to get those corrected.”

The Apaches totaled 411 yards of offense in the victory, 302 coming through the air. Riley Coil had five tackles and Brandon Jackson four for Paulding, with Hunter Kauser recording two solo tackles and a pair of assists.

“We just need to keep improving,” noted Arend, whose squad is at Antwerp on Friday night in a battle of county rivals. “Every team has things to improve on and we are no different. We are going to continue to put the work in to get better and we expect to win each time we take the field. We just need to go play a clean game and make plays when they are there.”

Fairview, which lost to Wauseon in its season opener, hosts Bryan in week three. 



SUMMARY

Fairview    6 19 7 0 - 32

Paulding 0 0 0 0 - 0

F - Rakes 43-pass from Polter (PAT failed).

F - Rakes 10-pass from Polter (PAT failed).

F - Timbrook 78-run (PAT failed).

F - Frank 25-pass from Polter (Yagel kick).

F - Frank 12-pass from Polter (Yagel kick).



STATISTICS

Rushing: Fairview - Team 10-109; Luke Timbrook 4-92. Paulding - Fernando Garcia 26-134; Jacob King 1-2; Payton Beckman 5-(-33). Passing: Fairview - Team 22-40-302; Cade Polter 251 yards. Paulding - Payton Beckman 10-15-1, 93 yards, 1 TD. Receiving: Fairview - Caleb Frank 6-75; Luke Timbrook 3-94; Doug Rakes 2-53. Paulding - Caleb Manz 4-31; Riley Coil 1-20; Deyton Price 2-18; Seth Dysinger 2-14; Fernando Garcia 1-10.