ASHLAND — A strong wind out of the north doomed Mansfield Senior Friday night and helped Ashland win an Ohio Cardinal Conference win, 25-21, at Community Stadium.
Mansfield Senior had a 14-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter and Ashland would have the wind at its back for the fourth quarter. Arrow punter Alex Webb boomed a 74-yard punt that rolled dead at the Mansfield Senior 5-yard line. A penalty against the Tygers moved the ball back to the 2-yard line and a Senior High fumble was recovered in the end zone by Ashland’s A.J. Beer to tie the game, 14-14.
Mansfield Senior had to punt into the wind on its next series and Ashland took the lead three plays later on a 36-yard run by Cole McQuate. The Arrows missed the extra-point, but led, 20-14.
The Tygers (4-2 and 2-1 in the OCC) did mount a drive into the wind to take the lead, 21-20, on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Swindall to Jornell Manns with 3:35 left in the game. Ethan Luedy’s point-after kick put the Tygers on top.
But Ashland got down to the Mansfield Senior 13-yard line and Bryce Stormer kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:43 to play in the game to stake the Arrows to a 23-21 advantage. With Senior High backed up at its 2-yard line after the kickoff, a penalty that occurred in the end zone resulted in an Arrow safety to make the final score 25-21. Ashland (5-1 and 2-1 in the OCC) scored 18 points in the fourth quarter with the strong wind at its back.
Hosting the Tygers on Homecoming night, Ashland scored first in the game. The Arrows took the opening kickoff and drove 78 yards in 14 plays. Lonzo Dampier scored on an 8-yard run with 6:27 to go in the first quarter
John Wolfe returned a Mansfield punt 43 yards to seemingly set up another Arrow touchdown by the Tyger defense sacked Grant Denbow on fourth down.
The Tygers then drove 62 yards in 12 plays. Swindall threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Parker with 12 seconds to play in the first half and the teams went to the locker room tied at 7.
Mansfield Senior had the wind in the third quarter and took a 14-7 lead after a 21-yard touchdown run by Brian Benson with 5:37 showing on the third quarter clock.
For the game, the Tygers out-gained Ashland, 269-203. Benson gained 76 yards rushing on 17 carries. Manns caught seven balls for 105 yards and Swindall completed 15 of 26 passes for 168 yards.
Denbow led Ashland with 55 yards rushing on 14 carries and completed 4 of 13 passes for 62 yards.
Ashland will travel to Orrville next week while West Holmes invades Arlin Field to play the Tygers.