By Charlie Warnimont
DHI Media Correspondent
sports@timesbulletin.com
COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove can call their win over rival Pandora-Gilboa a total team effort.
The Bulldogs offense, defense and special teams all pitched in to get Columbus Grove a season opening 30-28 win over the Rockets Friday night at Clymer Stadium.
In a game that was back and forth all night, the Bulldogs scored twice in the final 2:30 of the game for the win.
With the contest tied 22-22, the Rockets took a 28-22 lead as Jacob Basinger scored on a 10 yard run with 3:33 left to play. A two-point conversion pass fell incomplete giving the Rockets a 28-22 lead.


Columbus Grove started their next possession on their own 25 yard line and needed just three plays to reach the endzone, with the aid of a persona foul penalty on the Rockets.
Sophomore quarterback Reid Stechschulte completed three straight passes for the Bulldogs with the final one being a 39 yard scoring strike to junior wide receiver Aidan Fortman on the left sideline. On the touchdown pass, Fortman outjumped a Rocket defensive back for the ball, then back peddled into the endzone to tie the game at 28-28 with 2:30 left as the extra point attempt sailed wide right.
The Bulldogs defense came up big as they forced a three and out by the P-G. On the ensuing punt, the snap from center sailed over the head of the Rocket punter and into the endzone where he was tackled for a safety and a 30-28 Grove lead with 1:09 left.
P-G elected to kick the ball away to Grove as they had all three of their timeouts remaining. The Rocket defense forced a punt after three three plays as they got the ball back at their own 38 with 39 seconds left. On the first play from scrimmage senior cornerback David Bogart intercepted a pass and the Bulldogs had to kneel down once to run out the clock.
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Scoring Summary
CG—JOEY WARNECKE 11 RUN (KICK FAILED) 11:40 2ND
PG—JACOB BASINGER 71 RUN (JACOB BASINGER KICK) 9:27 2ND
CG—DAVID BOGART 11 PASS FROM REID STECHSCHULTE (PASS FAILED) 7:16 2ND
PG—SAFETY BALL CARRIER TACKLED IN END ZONE 3:03 2ND
PG—JACOB MILLER 50 PASS FROM BASINGER (KICK FAILED) :51 2ND
CG—DAVID BOGART 46 PASS FROM STECHSCHULTE (WARNECKE KICK) 2:10 3RD
PG—BASINGER 84 KICKOFF RETURN (BASINGER KICK) 1:57 3RD
CG—JOEY WARNECKE 34 YARD FIELD GOAL :12 3RD
PG—BASINGER 10 RUN (PASS FAILED) 3:33 4TH
CG—AIDEN FORTMAN 39 PASS FROM STECHSCHULTE (KICK FAILED) 2:30 4TH
CG—-SAFETY TACKLED RUNNER IN ENDZONE