• Poor defense, bad luck costly for Blue Devils
    Receiver Devin Johnson attempts to thwart a Perrysburg tackler for additional yardage.

Poor defense, bad luck costly for Blue Devils

Springfield had its best offensive performance of the season and put the host Yellow Jackets on their heels a number of times in each team’s Northern Lakes League opener, but familiar struggles and a few freak plays kept the Blue Devils from earning their first win of the year.

Perrysburg completed a Hail Mary for a 42-yard touchdown to close out the first half and escaped a safety in the third quarter on a personal foul penalty that followed a blocked punt in the end zone to stave off Springfield 42-28 at Steinecker Stadium.

For as fluky as each play seemed, Head Coach Pat Gucciardo refused to attribute them to the football gods smiling brightly down upon the home team.

“Those weren’t bad luck,” he said, adamantly. “You’ve got to make plays when plays are there to be made. Those are really bad performance plays by us. There’s no excuse for not knocking that ball down in the end zone. There’s no excuse for a [personal foul] facemask penalty after a potential safety or stop them at the two-yard-line. It’s fourth down, a stop is a stop.”

 

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