Things couldn't have gone much better for Clyde Friday night.
Tim Hoppe completed 11-of-14 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns and ran in another score, and the Fliers rolled past Medina Buckeye for a 62-14 Division III, district 8 playoff win at Bob Bishop Stadium.
The Fliers were up 28-0 by the end of the first quarter.
“I was proud of the way our kids came out. We set the tone in that first quarter,” Clyde coach Ryan Carter said. “Offensively we were able to do some very, very good things. Defensively, we kept getting three-and-outs, putting our offense back on the field. I was happy with the way we played tonight.”
Clyde (10-1) used it's second-stringers for almost the entire second half.
“Anytime you can get a home playoff win, the way we did, get some JV guys some experience in a playoff type atmosphere, it is good for the whole program.”
Buckeye won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick off. The Bucks (6-5) fumbled two plays later and Clyde recovered, setting the Fliers up with a first-and-10 from the Bucks' 33.
Kyle Mange drove a short six-yard-run up the middle and on the next play, Hoppe hit Derek Gray with a 26-yard touchdown pass. Austin Baker's first of eight PATS was good.
The Bucks attempted a fourth-and-two at their own 44 on the ensuing drive, but were stopped short at the 45, setting the Fliers up with another short field.
Clyde took full advantage, and six plays later, scored on a 23-yard run by Damien Coburn, who charged up the middle to help the Fliers take a 14-0 lead with just 4:18 off the clock in the first quarter.
The Bucks fumbled on their nextg play and the Fliers, again, recovered.
On the very next play, Hoppe scored on an 18-yard quarterback keeper.
The Fliers made another big stop and were able to use just four plays for their next score.
Hoppe connected with Eric Wiseman for a 44-yard passing score to give the Fliers their fourth TD of the first quarter.
“They came out in what we saw on film,” Hoppe said of the Bucks defense. “We just took it to them. We took what they gave us.”
Carter liked that his QB took advantage of the passing game.
“He's played well all year, but when teams have given us opportunity to throw the ball and not load it up the box, he's done a nice job of throwing it,” Carter said. “When teams have covered we've been able to run it. It's kind of been take whatever they can give us. Tonight they were giving us some pass looks and we did a nice job. Our playmakers made plays. Our wide receivers were very good and I am proud of the way they played.
“It's tough to guard our wide outs with the fact that we have Derek (Gray) who is pretty good, Blake (Miller) is pretty good, Collin (Rieman) is pretty good, Eric (Wiseman) is pretty good, Drake (Camarata) is pretty good. We've got some weapons out there so it makes life, calling plays pretty easy for me.”
Things didn't slow down in the second quarter.
Clyde started the quarter with a second-and-six at the Buckeye 18. Hoppe hit Gray for an eight yard gain, then handed off to Coburn on the next play, who rolled right for a 10-yard score with 11:30 left in the first half.
Less than two minutes later, Hoppe found Gray again, this time on a screen pass that Gray got on the left side of the field then sprinted up the middle, shaking two tackles before dodging over to the right side for a 67-yard score with 8:21 left in the half.
“He's played well all year,” Carter said of Gray. “For his first time out here since his 7th grade year, he's doing some very very good things.”
The Fliers scored two more times in the second quarter. Baker drilled a 32-yard field goal through the posts and then Hoppe hit Darius Morton for a 6-yard TD.
Carter said he was just as impressed with his defense as he was with his offense.
“Our defense has been incredible,” he said. “They come out ready to play and just continually put us in good spots. The offense has put them in bad spots this year, sometimes, with turnovers, but they keep coming back and playing.”
The Fliers looked to be trying to take some time off the clock in the second half when they called a running play, but the Bucks couldn't stop Coburn, who dodged, darted and destroyed everything in his path on the way to a 74-yard score to start the third quarter.
Baker's 34 yard field goal with 6:49 left in the third quarter was the last time the Fliers scored.
The Bucks managed to put up a touchdown late in the third and early in the fourth against the Fliers' second string defense.
“Anytime you can do that throughout the year is big, let alone a playoff game,” Carter said of letting his reserves play. “In a big atmosphere like that with a lot of people, we let that string play a little bit. I was happy for them.”
The Fliers will set out the avenge their only loss of the season when they face Perkins (11-0) next week.
“They are obviously undefeated and a very good, well coached, football team,” Carter said. “We've got our work cut out for us. Overall they kind of took it to us. They set the tone and they were able to dictate both lines up front. We have to come out and do some things. Hopefully it will be a different outcome this time.”
Hoppe also talked about coming out with a better apporach next week.
“Couple decisions on my part but we just need to come out and play,” he said. “We've got great coaches they're going to get us a good game plan and we'll go back at them. Very excited for the rematch. It's going to be a good week of practice this week. It's getting cold but it's great football weather.”