Hartley team turns focus on North Union
The Hartley High School football team spoiled North Union's first playoff appearance a year ago when it posted a 42-14 opening-round victory.
Doing it again won't be as easy, according to coach Brad Burchfield, despite the roll his team has been on this season.
The Hawks followed their second consecutive undefeated regular season by defeating visiting Upper Sandusky 63-19 in the first round of the Division IV, Region 14 playoffs Nov. 2.
That set up the matchup Friday, Nov. 9, at Ohio Wesleyan University against North Union, which beat Galion 40-21 on Nov. 2 for the first postseason win in program history and, like Hartley, is 11-0.
The Hartley-North Union winner plays Ottawa-Glandorf or Genoa Area in a regional final Nov. 16. Ottawa-Glandorf and Genoa Area both are 11-0.
"This is going to be a great game," Burchfield said. "North Union has a ton of confidence and I know they have a score to settle with us after last year. They're very well-coached, have great size and a great scheme. They are very aggressive. We're going to have to play well."
Hartley led Upper Sandusky 56-0 after three quarters.
Marcellus Calhoun finished with 210 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 16 carries, Ja'Wuan Woodley had 20 carries for 116 yards and three touchdowns and Sam Mackowiak added 41 yards and one score. Jared Brandewie completed seven of 12 passes for 97 yards and a 5-yard touchdown to Jacob Matuska. Matuska, Woodley and Dominique Scott all had interceptions and Jacob Mercier and Alex Rupert recovered fumbles.
Even with Brandewie's 12 passing attempts, he has attempted just 71 on the season. He has completed 46 for 905 yards with 12 touchdowns and only one interception.
Woodley enters the game with 1,632 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing, and Calhoun has 1,390 yards and 21 scores.
While it's clear top-seeded Hartley will attempt to establish the run against fourth-seeded North Union, the Wildcats might attempt to do the same depending on the health of their quarterback. Drew Crabtree left the Galion game with an injury that occurred in the second quarter while he was playing defense.
Crabtree threw 46 yards to Jake Blevins on North Union's first play from scrimmage and Kam Smith completed the drive with a 27-yard touchdown run.
Crabtree hit Nate Curts for a touchdown and Smith ran for a 65-yard score to give North Union a 21-7 lead.
Crabtree returned in the second half for North Union.