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Defense Dominates as Garber Loses to Frankenmuth, 14-0

Montena Owczarzak records 23 tackles for Garber

September 28, 2014       Leave a Comment
By: John Keuvelaar

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After two weeks of firing up their passing attack, Garber looked to take a step closer to a playoff berth against a strong Frankenmuth team. The Eagles' ground chewing ball control offense kept the air attack in the hanger for much of the game. Garber's defense showed equal to the task as the put in a great performance. In the end, it was Garber miscues that lead to a 14-0 defeat to division foe Frankenmuth.

Levi Briton guards Logan Martin as he looks to fire a pass.
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Neither team could get much rolling in the first quarter until a roughing the punter penalty against Frankenmuth gave the Dukes a first down at their 34 yard line. The Eagle defense responded as defensive back Grant Bronner intercepted a pass and put his team in good field position at the Garber 34 yard line.

The Duke defense stood strong against the tough ground game of Frankenmuth. It took the Eagles 11 plays to reach the end zone as QB Jack Tagget punched the ball in from the one yard line giving the Eagles a 7-0 lead.

Andy Crete, Teddy Cecchini put the squeeze on Frankenmuth's Jack Veitengruber.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Several Eagles try to hold back Levi Britton. Britton recorded 13 tackles in the game.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Garber's Kyle Waters made a nice kickoff return to midfield giving a spark to the offense. Logan Martin then hit big play receivers Brendyn Claerhout and Jake Sansburn to move the ball to the Frankenmuth ten yard line. The Eagles' defense stepped forward holding off Garber to preserve their first half lead.

Kyle Waters runs by an Eagle defender.
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Kyle Waters returns the kickoff to midfield.
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Brendyn Claerhout makes a diving catch.
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After a punt gave Garber midfield positioning, it was Martin on the attack again. Another strike to Sansburn put the ball at the Eagle 32. But the drive ended with an interception at the eight yard line stopping anther scoring opportunity.

Frankenmuth drove the ball the length of the field in a slow methodical fashion but as time was running out, a field goal attempt was no good leaving the half time score at 7-0.

Brendon Ulrey puts the heat on the field goal nearly blocking this one.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Garber's half time miscues set Frankenmuth up for their only second half score. A 15 yard penalty for not returning from halftime in the allotted time forced the Dukes to kick off from their 25 yard line. A second penalty for kicking out of bounds brought the kick back to the 20. Then the kick caromed off an up man and was recovered by the Eagles on the Duke 32. Three plays later, the Eagles' Cam West broke loose for a 24 yard touchdown run and Frankenmuth was up 14-0 to start the second half.

Miscues spelled more trouble for Garber. On the following kickoff, Jake Sansburn found a seam and was headed to the end zone before losing his footing on the Frankenmuth 20. However, a holding penalty well behind the play at midfield brought the ball back. Then a sideline unsportsmanlike penalty brought the back further giving Garber possession on their own 22 yard line.

Carson Kayner nearly sacks Eagle's Jack Tagget.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Brenden Ulrey and Kyle Wenglikowski show the scars of the "turf" wars.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)
Complicating the Garber comeback was a heavy dew that settled on the field during halftime. This made for a tough ball to hang on to as evidenced by fumbles by both sides as well as several dropped passes by the sure handed receivers of Garber. Following a punt, Garber appeared to get a break as they pounced on a fumble in Eagle territory. But a roughing the passer penalty negated the play keeping the ball with Frankenmuth. The Eagles continued to pound the ball slowly up the field before Levi Britton jumped on another loose ball at the Duke 41.

Logan Martin finds running room as he tries to lead a Duke comeback.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Brenden Ulrey puts a hit on Eagles' quarterback Jack Tagget.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Garber went back to the air attack. Two dropped passes stopped any drive forcing a punt. Later in the fourth quarter, another Duke fumble and an interception kept Garber from mounting a comeback as Frankenmuth came away with a hard earned 14-0 win.

In the contest emerged a strong Duke defense. Spear headed by senior middle linebacker Montena Owczarzak and defensive end Levi Britton, the two accounted for 36 tackles with Owczarzak recording 23 tackles.

Montena Owczarzak, Brenden Ulrey and Dan Kolanek wrap up the Eagle ball carrier.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Garber takes on Standish-Sterling next Friday in a critical contest to keep any hopes of making the high school playoffs.

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