Hartley turns attention to Ottawa-Glandorf
The Hartley High School football team's next opponent might have better overall size than any the Hawks have faced this season.
The best example of what Ottawa-Glandorf will bring into the Division IV, Region 14 final against the Hawks on Friday, Nov. 16, at Piqua starts in its backfield.
Senior Tristan Parker, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, has rushed for 1,871 yards and 25 touchdowns on 234 carries for an offense averaging 46 points.
Senior quarterback Caleb Siefker is 6-3, 190, and the Titans' offensive line is led by seniors Wyatt Karhoff (6-5, 250), Matt Samuelson (6-3, 225) and Derek Rieman (6-5, 290).
Hartley, which leans defensively on players such as Jacob Matuska, who is 6-5, 250, was ranked first in the final state poll while Ottawa-Glandorf was second.
The Hawks beat North Union 43-0 and Ottawa-Glandorf defeated Bryan 41-12 in regional semifinals Nov. 9. Both teams improved to 12-0.
"They've got more size than anybody we've seen all year," Hawks coach Brad Burchfield said. "They're very, very physical and obviously they played a great schedule in the Western Buckeye League. (Parker) is a real strong, physical football player.
"You just need to do a great job of surrounding the football off the block against a team like that."
Parker is the top threat in Ottawa-Glandorf's power I-formation.
Against Bryan, Parker had 117 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, Siefker rushed 14 times for 106 yards and four touchdowns and fullback Brad Racer rushed for 75 yards and one score.
"I heard they've got a quick running attack and they're big and physical, kind of like Watterson," senior running back and linebacker Ja'Wuan Woodley said. "Our coaches get us really prepared. I love the way our team is clicking right now."
Woodley has rushed for 1,709 yards and 23 touchdowns on 214 carries and recently was named the district's Offensive Player of the Year. Marcellus Calhoun has 1,435 yards and 23 touchdowns on 181 carries and Sam Mackowiak has 680 yards and eight touchdowns.
Against North Union, Woodley and Mackowiak each ran for touchdowns. Quarterback Jared Brandewie, who is 49-for-75 passing for 1,023 yards with 15 touchdowns and one interception this season, completed five of six passes for 118 yards with three touchdowns against North Union.
Matuska has 16 catches for 348 yards and four touchdowns at tight end. Dominique Scott is Hartley's leading receiver with 17 receptions for 420 yards and seven scores.
Burchfield believes his team has kept its focus throughout a season in which the only game it didn't win by at least 32 points came when it beat Watterson 28-14 on Sept. 28.
Ottawa-Glandorf will be the second consecutive undefeated team the Hawks will face, as North Union finished 11-1.
"We practice hard every day and our kids understand what it takes," Burchfield said.
"The scores we've been winning by come because of the respect we have for the teams we play."
The winner plays Clarksville Clinton-Massie or West Milton Milton-Union in a state semifinal Nov. 23 at a site to be announced.