All-state candidate John Ohlson – a 5-10, 170-pound senior flanker – helped No. 3 Penn breakaway from Valparaiso for a 27-7 victory in the high school football season opener on Friday, Aug. 19.
Ohlson stung Valpo when the rushed for 46 yards on a reverse. That set up a two-yard TD rush by Landon Martz that gave Penn a 13-6 lead in the third quarter.
Later in the third quarter, Ohlson sliced through the Vikings for a 48-yard punt return to the Valpo 6. Connor Schneider helped Ohlson break loose with a bone-jarring pancake block. Ohlson’s return led to a one-yard TD plunge by James Iapalucci and a 20-7 lead for Penn.
Here’s a post-game interview with Ohlson:
Rashid Maclin got the Kingsmen started with a 38-yard TD run.
Maclin finished off the Vikings with a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Here’s a post-game interview with Kingsmen coach Cory Yeoman:
PENN 27, Valparaiso 7
|Valparaiso||7||0||0||0 — 7|
|Penn||7||0||6||14 — 27|
P — Rashid Maclin 38 run (Jared Hancock kick)
V — Jameson Bisacky 81 pass from Jake Leffew (Lucas White kick)
P – Landon Martz 2 run (run failed)
P – James Iapalucci 1 run (Hancock kick)
P – Maclin 7 run (Hancock kick)