OLD WASHINGTON - The Buckeye Trail Warriors began their 2012 fall campaign at home Friday night against visiting Ridgewood Generals, but things didn't go as well as first year head coach Dale Broomhall would have liked.
"You can't make mistakes, we made mistakes. We shot ourself in the foot," Broomhall said.
Trail won the toss but a short end over end kickoff near the sideline was recovered by Ridgewood.
On the first play from scrimmage Ridgewood running back Garrett Bethel broke a 28-yard run, but he was just getting started. The junior needed just two more carries to punch in his first of three touchdowns on the night. After a Brett Mitchell PAT, Ridgewood led 7-0 at the 10:50 mark in the first.
Trail began its first drive gaining a first down on back to back CJ Beaver receptions for 4 and 6 yards, respectively. A trio of penalties resulted in 25 lost yards on the next 3 plays following two illegal procedure calls and an offensive pass interference, leaving them backed up at their own 15 yard line looking at 1st and 35 eventually forcing them to punt. After a 32-yard run by Ridgewood senior Bret Mitchell, Bethel reached pay dirt again from 4 yards out followed by another Mitchell PAT.
The next three drives, both teams swapped possessions via 3-and-outs before an 11-yard Mitchell field goal and a 4 yard rushing TD the following drive. Seth Bergeron would reach the endzone from 3 yards out to extend the lead to 32-0 with 1:05 left in the half.
Buckeye Trail senior quarterback Jefferey Simmons got in a little bit of a rhythmn before the half hooking up with classmate Brett Shipman for back to back completions the next two plays. Simmons hit senior split end Beaver in the corner for a 17-yard touchdown leaving a 32-6 halftime tally after a blocked PAT.
Ridgewood began the second half where they left off as senior DB Ryan Cognion would take a Lowe pass all the way back for six. A Trail fumble on the next drive would lead to Bethel's third score of the night.
The Warriors put together a solid scoring drive as the end of the 3rd drew near.
Starting on their own 47, they needed 20 plays. Using an array of running plays, Isiah Tucker punched it in from 4 yards out.
The successful PAT brought the margin to 46-13, but that's as close as it would get.
Bethel had a game high 76 yards with 2 rushing TDs on 11 carries. Ryan Lowe threw for 93 yards going 4/6 with an INT.
Simmons went 7-of-18 for 54 yards and an INT for the Warriors. Buckeye Trail returns to action on a short week as it faces Caldwell Thursday night in Noble County Fairgrounds.