Wynford gets bounces to go its way

BUCYRUS — The Blue Devils were done in by a deflection.

With a little more than seven minutes left in Carey’s game at Wynford, the Royals — who had never lost a Northern 10 Athletic Conference game — were clinging to a 23-20 lead.

Carey — coming into the game as the No. 6 team in Division VI — had rallied from a 16-6 halftime deficit with a pair of third quarter touchdowns. Quarterback Brayden Wentling had run in a 31-yard score, his second of the game, which followed a Willie Schafer 13-yard scoring jaunt.

In between those, Wynford’s Zach Houck had caught a screen from Wyatt Smith and gone 53 yards for a touchdown.

Now, the Royals were in position to deliver a crippling blow to the Blue Devil hopes.

They had the ball on the Carey 13, but faced fourth-and-5. Smith took the snap, and rolled left. Seeing teammate Robbie Miller in the back of the end zone, Smith threw the ball in his direction.

But before reaching its intended target, the ball was tipped by a Carey defender. The ball moved to Miller’s right, where he hauled it in.

Touchdown Royals, and a 30-20 lead.

“Kid was in the right position,” said Carey coach Jonathon Mershman, whose team fell to 4-1, 3-1 in the N10. “I don’t know what to tell you. Game of inches.”

Wynford improved to 4-1.

“Just, backs against the wall a little bit,” Wynford coach Gabe Helbert said of the key touchdown. “Robbie made a great play, but I thought Wyatt was patient to allow it to develop.”

Wynford tacked on another touchdown late in the game, when Houck galloped 58 yards for his second TD.

Houck finished with 117 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving. Smith ran for 134 yards and threw for 134. Miller had four catches for 52 yards.

For Carey, Wentling ran for a team-best 114 yards and two touchdowns. He completed seven passes, but was intercepted twice.

“I’m all about them not hanging their heads,” Mershman said of his team. “They should be proud. They played a tough game, with an opponent that hasn’t lost in the league. (Wynford) has that going for them, and they’ve always seemed to have a little more of our number than we’ve had of them.”

Carey turned the ball over three times, and intercepted Smith once. Wynford’s first touchdown came after a fumble. In the first quarter with the game scoreless, Smith hit Cole Heinlen, who fumbled as he reached the goal line. His teammate, Jordan Inbody, pounced on the ball in the end zone for the touchdown.

It was that kind of night for the Royals.