WOOSTER — The Tygers showed their defense has plenty of bite Friday night.
Mansfield Senior dominated the 15th-ranked team in Ohio’s Division II and the second-ranked team in the Region 5 computer standings, as it beat Wooster 32-6 in an Ohio Cardinal Conference game. It also vaulted Senior High into a first-place tie with Wooster as both are now 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the OCC.
“This one is right up there for me since I’ve been here for six years,” Mansfield Senior coach Chioke Bradley said of his team’s effort on offense, defense and special teams.
But the defense was at its best when it had to be. The Generals hadn’t been held to fewer than 20 points in its first four OCC games.At their homecoming, they produced one touchdown and was held to an hard-to-fathom 8 yards of offense in the second half.
“Coach told us if we came out and played harder than we did in the first half, there wouldn’t be nothing they can do,” Senior High’s Marvin Parker said. “I thought the coaches had a good game plan for us and helped us out and put us in the right spot.”
That part wasn’t easy. Bradley said they had three of their worst practices on defense this week as they installed some new schemes for the Generals. He said it finally clicked Thursday and continued through Friday’s walk through and obviously the game.
“Those were bad days. We made a lot of mistakes throughout the week, but I will tell you that they spent a lot of their own time coming in early and leaving late and getting it right on Thursday,” Bradley said. “What you seen tonight is totally amazing. Eight yards in the second half? I don’t think we’ve done anything like that.”
Play of the Game
Senior High was up 17-6 in the second quarter, but it appeared as if Wooster’s Tremaine Wilson was going to score a 29-yard touchdown. However, Brian Benson ran him down from behind, stripped the ball and forced it out of bounds in the end zone for a touchback. The General never threatened again.
“Brian Benson never gave up and that’s the epitome of his personality and who he is as as young man,” Bradley said. “He never gave up on the play.”
Wooster won last year’s game with Mansfield Senior 31-7 … Before that, the Tygers had won three straight over WHS … Since joining the OCC in 2003, the Generals held an 8-4 edge in the series heading into Friday night … Benson, who went over 2,000 rushing yards for his career last week, rushed for 168 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns, while Tyquan Vickers had 69 yards on 17 touches and two TDs … The Tygers held Wooster to just nine first downs, 69 rushing yards and 185 yards of total offense It was Mansfield Senior’s first win over an OCC team with a winning record since Oct. 11, 2013 against West Holmes.