By: John Raffel
Ashley opens season with victory
Ashley opened its football season with a 20-8 victory over River Valley on Aug. 25. Ashley had 232 yards rushing and 23 passing. Offensive leaders were Colin Dollof 2/9 for 23 yards in passing and a TD, with 2 rush attempts for 31 yards. Chaz Polash had 14 rushes for 91 yards and a TD. Nick Burlingame had 7 rushes for 35 yards and a TD. Keagan Welch had 3 rushes for 44 yards, and 1 catch for 7 yards.
Tyler Johnson had 2 rushes for 28 yards and 1 catch for 16 yards and a TD
Defensive leaders: Nick Burlingame had 5 solo tackles and 17 assists; Chaz Polash had 1 solo tackle with 13 assists; Colin Dolloff had 2 solo tackles with a sack and 4 assists; Tom Spooner had 4 solo tackles with 8 assists; Marcus Kremer had 2 solo tackles with 6 assists and a fumble recovery; Brennen Felton had 2 solo tackles with 6 assists.
“After a rocky start and some penalties that allowed River Valley to keep a drive going, we settled in and played tough, hard nosed football,” Ashley coach Kevin Saylor said. “I'm very proud of the toughness we showed, after getting down early we were able to stop their rushing attack before it could get started and we put together three drives of our own to finish the game 20-8. After a 4 hour bus ride and a quick punch in the mouth, our boys shook it off, woke up and delivered a few back. It's a good start to what will hopefully be a good year.”