DAYTON -- Patrick Henry rolled up 407 total yards while holding Dayton Belmont to just 96 and the Patriots edged closer to a playoff berth with a 34-0 win on Saturday night at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
"Offensively, we wanted to come out and establish the run and I thought we did a good job of that," explained PH mentor Bill Inselmann. "In the first quarter, we were mixing up formations to try to get a read on what they were doing to defend us."
After two quick touchdowns, one on an 18-yard scamper by Lucus Rosebrook and a 25-yard run by Gabe Jones, the Patriots (7-2) went cold, mainly because of a number of turnovers in the second quarter.
But that all changed in the third when Rosebrook scored two TDs, one at the 8:38 mark on a 6-yard run and the other a 2-yard carry with 14 seconds left in the quarter.
"There were two things I liked about the third quarter," admitted Inselmann. "First, the only two things I addressed at halftime is that we were hurting ourselves and we had to stop that. But also we made a couple of blocking adjustments and I was very pleased that the kids went out out and made those changes. I thought my backs ran the ball hard, Gabe Jones made some good cuts and Anderson Okuley poured it in there as well."
Jake Carrizales scored the Patriots final touchdown on a 15-yard interception return with 11:49 to play.
Rosebrook led PH with 16 carries for 101 yards and three scores while Jones had nine touches for 89 yards.
"If you don't have just one back getting the ball, it's tough to defend," stated Inselmann. "We're running the fullback and the halfback and we're using the quarterbacks as well. We just need to keep the passing game sharp. For the most part we did a decent job tonight even though their corners had good speed and covered us well."
Walter Roberts paced the Bison (5-4) with 10 carries for 52 yards while Tyshawn Gordon added 43 yards on 12 carries.
The Patriots close out the regular season at home on Friday against Wauseon (5-4).
First Downs 16 7
Rushing Yards 44-321 29-82
Passing Yards 86 14
Total Yards 407 96
Passing 3-7-0 2-7-1
Fumbles-Lost 4-1 2-0
Penalties 7-45 2-19
Patrick Henry 13 0 14 7 - 34
Belmont 0 0 0 0 - 0
P - Rosebrook 18-run (Gerschutz kick).
P - Jones 25-run (kick fail).
P - Rosebrook 6-run (Gerschutz kick).
P - Rosebrook 2-run (Gerschutz kick).
P - Carrizales 15-interception return (Gerschutz kick).
RUSHING: Patrick Henry - Rosebrook 16-101; Jones 9-89; Hernandez 7-51; Cole 6-39; Okuley 5-38; Andonian 1-3. Belmont - Roberts 10-52; Gordon 12-43; Simmons 3-6; Scales 4 (-19). PASSING: Patrick Henry- Okuley 2-5-0-38; Jones 1-2-0-48. Belmont - Scales 2-7-1-14. RECEIVING: Patrick Henry- Kline 1-48; Bergstedt 1-30; Rosebrook 1-8. Belmont - Roberts 2-14.