The Hartley High School football team entered the playoffs as the top seed in Division IV, Region 14 and the top-ranked team in the state.
The Hawks left no doubt that their rankings were legitimate after a 63-19 opening-round victory over visiting Upper Sandusky on Nov. 2.
Hartley improved to 11-0. Eighth-seeded Upper Sandusky finished 7-4.
Running back Marcellus Calhoun led the Hawks with 213 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 16 carries. He ran for a 53-yard score midway through the second quarter and a 21-yard score late in the second.
Ja’Wuan Woodley carried 18 times for 110 yards and three touchdowns for Hartley. Woodley scored from 1, 20 and 7 yards.
Hartley advanced to play fourth-seeded North Union in a regional semifinal Nov. 9 at a site to be determined.
“I’m proud of the win. Upper Sandusky is a fine team, but we know we can still get better,” said Hartley coach Brad Burchfield, whose team threw for 94 yards and rushed for 501. “We had a great week of preparation, but we’ve got to execute better to be as good as we can be.”
The Hawks led 34-0 at halftime and 56-0 at the end of the third quarter. The starters sat out the fourth quarter, when Upper Sandusky outscored Hartley 19-7.
Upper Sandusky coach Jake Moyer knew how good Hartley was while preparing for the game and said the Hawks exceeded his expectations.
“When you prepare for Hartley, you can’t simulate their speed, so you just play the game film in fast forward,” Moyer said. “Speed kills and that was very evident tonight. Their skill and speed hurt us.”
Hartley’s defense held Rams quarterback Tylor Pritchard in check. The Hawks intercepted Pritchard three times in the first three quarters, and two of the picks led to touchdowns.
Pritchard finished with 20 carries for 71 yards and one touchdown and completed 10 of 26 passes for 118 yards and one score. He rushed for 38 yards and passed for 32 in the first three quarters.
Jared Brandewie completed six of 12 passes for 94 yards and one touchdown for Hartley. Dominique Scott caught two passes for 61 yards, carried three times for 54 yards and one touchdown and also intercepted a pass.
“Our offensive line has been strong all year, and we’ve had a strong running game,” Burchfield said. “In the second and third quarter, we had a good passing game. Most of all, we’ve got really good players. I’m proud of the way they work together. We’ve got really good ingredients.”
H--Woodley 1 run (kick failed)
H--Woodley 20 run (Woodley run)
H--Calhoun 53 run (Barringer kick)
H--Calhoun 21 run (Barringer kick)
H--Matuska 6 pass from Brandewie (kick failed)
H--Woodley 7 run (Matuska pass from Brandewie)
H--Mackowiak 8 run (Barringer kick)
H--Scott 25 run (Barringer kick)
US--Adelsperger 8 pass from Pritchard (Pritchard kick)
US--Adelsperger 7 run (kick failed)
H--Bennett 1 run (Barringer kick)
US--Pritchard 4 run