(Updated: 12:14 a.m.) Genoa routs Eastwood in NBC showdown (9-27-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 27 September 2013 22:49
Eastwood's Devin Snowden (20) is tackled by Genoa's Clay Deppen (80) as teammate Tyler McCrory (73) attempts to block and Grant Peters (2) looks on during the game Friday night. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
GENOA — Long after Genoa had established its domination Friday night, the Comets still elected to send one more emphatic message.
The Comets left no doubt they’re the best team in the Northern Buckeye Conference following a 41-7 rout of arch-rival Eastwood.
Genoa already had run over, through and around Eastwood’s defense and stuffed the Eagles’ offense en route to a 24-7 lead with just under two minutes to play in the first half.  PHOTO GALLERY
The Comets were faced with fourth-and-six from their own 8-yard line.
Instead of punting and risking letting Eastwood back in the game, Genoa decided to try a fake punt. The call worked as the Comets passed for 27 yards and a first down.
Genoa failed to score on the possession, but the fake punt was a major example of how good the Comets are right now and how confident they are in every phase of the game.
David Nutter rushed 41 times for 302 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Comets, who scored the game’s final 34 points.
He scored on runs of 2 and 25 yards, and 1 yard as Genoa improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the NBC at the halfway point of the regular season.
The Comets, ranked sixth in Division IV, and Eastwood (3-2, 1-1) are regarded as the two best teams in the NBC.
“Genoa’s got a great football team, and that was the league championship tonight,” Eagle coach Jerry Rutherford said.
Genoa is the defending NBC champion and has combined with Eastwood to win the last 11 NBC/Suburban Lakes League titles. The Comets earned titles from 2007-10 before Eastwood won in 2011.
The Comets finished with a 509-245 edge in total yards, including 432 yards rushing.
Of the Eagles’ 245 yards, 129 came after halftime.
“They’ll roll through the rest of (the season),” Rutherford said of Genoa. “We had no answer for them. They’re a better team than we are.
“We’re disappointed,” Rutherford added. “We came over here with the idea we were going to win. We weren’t coming over here just to play the game.”
Genoa’s offensive and defensive lines dominated.
The Comets pounded the ball on the ground from start to finish. Sixty-six of the Comets’ 69 plays were runs. The Comets’ ground game was even more impressive because Eastwood stacked the line of scrimmage with nine defenders.
“This was a statement game,” Genoa coach Tim Spiess said. “We played very well.”
The Comet lines were led by 6-foot-5, 308-pound senior Michael Deiter, who has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin as an offensive lineman.
Genoa’s linemen were bigger, faster, stronger and tougher than Eastwood’s.
The Comets had three TDs and a field goal on their first four possessions.
“They were better than us up front, and their backs ran hard,” Rutherford said. “What they were going to do was no secret. They came right at us with Nutter and we had no answer for them. We had no answer for their size on the line or the size of their backs.’’
Nutter, a running back, is 6-0, 227. Running back Casey Gose (5-10, 174) added 11 carries for 76 yards, including a 15-yard TD run.
The teams traded TDs in the first seven minutes before Genoa went ahead for good at 14-7 on quarterback Logan Scott’s 1-yard sneak with 1:32 left in the opening period.
The TD capped a 12-play, 83-yard drive.
Genoa then recovered the onside kick and increased the lead to 17-7 on Cody Pickard’s 35-yard field goal with 9:46 to play in the first half.
“We saw on film the (onside kick) would be open and it was,” Spiess said.
Nutter’s 25-yard TD run gave the Comets a 24-7 lead with 4:39 left in the first half.
“Those last two scores really hurt, and it was basically over at that point,” Rutherford said.
Genoa then worked itself out of a hole with the fake punt. The Comets were deep in their own territory after a 68-yard punt by Eastwood’s Brennan Seifert.
On the fake, Pickard threw to a wide open Joseph Farkas in the middle of the field
“There was no hesitation about calling that. We knew it would be open,” Spiess said.
Eastwood entered the game averaging 37.3 points and 336.2 yards per game, including 6.3 yards per rush. But the Eagles generated little sustained offense against the Comets.
“Their defense played well,” Rutherford said. “Their defense is really relentless. They keep coming at you. You can’t mistakes against them.”

EASTWOOD    7    0    0    0    —7
GENOA    14    10    7    10    —41
G — Nutter, 2 run (Pickard kick)
E — Snowden, 4 run (McCullough kick)
G — Scott, 1 run (Pickard kick)
G — Pickard, 35 field goal
G — Nutter, 25 run (Pickard kick)
G — Nutter, 1 run (Pickard kick)
G — Gose, 15 run (Pickard kick)
G — Pickard, 23 field goal

Category    E    G
First downs    14    26
By rushing    9    24
By passing    5    2
By penalty    0    0
Total net yards    245    509
Rushing    158    432
Passing    87    77    
Attempts    12    3
Completions    6    2
Interceptions    2    0
Punts/average    3/46.0    0/0.0
Penalties/yards    1/5    5/39
Fumbles/lost    0/0    4/2
RUSHING: (E) Snowden, 9-13; Seifert, 5-28; Schlumbohm, 2-48; Schmeltz, 6-3; Geiser, 3-20; Sutton, 5-25; Davison, 4-17; Brown, 1-4. (G) Nutter, 41-302; Scott, 8-48; Espinoza, 3-7; Wojciechowski, 1-(minus 3); Vose, 11-76; Pickard, 2-2.
PASSING: (E) Schmeltz, 6-12-2—87. (G) Pickard, 1-1-0—27; Scott 1-2-0—50.
RECEIVING: (E) Flipse, 1-9; Snowden, 2-40; Geiser, 1-11; Schlumbohm, 1-14; Peters, 1-13. (G) Farkas, 1-27;  Gose, 1-50.
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