Indian Lake’s historic football season came to an end as the Lakers dropped a 23-15 decision to visiting Ottawa-Glandorf in the opening round of the OHSAA Div. IV, Region 12 playoffs in Lewistown Nov. 6.
Ottawa-Glandorf (8-3) opened up a 23-7 lead midway through the third quarter, then had to hang on with both hands as the Lakers (8-3) pulled out all the stops to claw their way back into the game. The Laker ‘D’ stuffed a Titan drive that reached the Indian Lake 16-yard line with about seven minutes to play, then watched Alex Jacobs direct the offense on an 84-yard drive that was capped when Jacobs connected with Collin Coburn on their second TD hookup for the night. Tyler Reprogle caught the two-point conversion, making the score 23-15 with five minutes to play.
The Laker defense forced a three-and-out following the kickoff, giving Jacobs and the offense about three minutes to put points on the board, but the drive ran out of steam when, after converting one fourth-down play, the Lakers failed on a second fourth-and-long inside Titan territory, giving up the ball to the visitors with one minute to play.
Jacobs ended the game with 189 yards passing, connecting on 19-of-35 tosses including two touchdowns, both of which went to Coburn. Coburn had a career night against the Titans, hauling in 13 catches for 143 yards.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s quarterback Zac Unterbrink completed 24-of-41 passing attempts for 278 yards, including a touchdown, and rushed for another Titan score.
The win earns the Titan to play the top-seed in Region 12, Columbus Bishop Hartley, which thumped Port Clinton, 58-25, in its opening round game Nov. 6.
Despite the loss in the tourney, Indian Lake had a wonderful 2015 football campaign. Indian Lake defeated each of their three big rivals (Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, and Urbana), grabbed the outright Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division title, and not only made it to the OHSAA football playoff for the first time in school history, but earned the right to host that game.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.