|Genoa wins SLL showdown over Eastwood|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 02 October 2010 08:29|
Eastwood’s defense had no answers for Genoa running back Kyle Nutter and the Comets’ offensive line.
The sophomore running back rushed 41 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns to lead Genoa to a deceptively-close 32-20 victory before an estimated crowd of 2,500. [PHOTO GALLERY]
Although Eastwood took a 7-0 lead on the first possession of the game, Genoa came back to take control and eventually built an 18-7 lead at the half and a 25-7 advantage 2:12 into the third quarter.
The Comets’ bigger and more powerful offensive line enabled them to rush 51 times for 304 yards and four touchdowns in all.
Eastwood moved the ball well at times and finished with 232 yards, but its final two touchdowns came during the game’s final five minutes.
Genoa — ranked seventh in the state in Division IV — improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the SLL.
The Comets are seeking their fourth straight SLL title, the previous three coming with undefeated records. They’ve won 35 straight regular-season games, their last loss coming in their 2007 opener.
The only other undefeated team in league play is 3-0 Lake, which visits Genoa Oct. 15.
Eastwood is 3-3, 2-1.
The Eagles fell to 0-3 against quality teams, the other losses coming to Clyde and Oak Harbor. Eastwood’s three wins are against teams that have a combined 3-15 record.
“I’m really proud of our kids,” Eastwood coach Jerry Rutherford said. “They played hard and fought hard right to the end. Nobody can fault the effort of our team. They’re just a little better than us.”
Eastwood put together an impressive 10-play, 69-yard drive to open the game. The Eagles scored on a 9-yard pass from Matt Klink to running back Zach Conkle with 7:33 to play in the first quarter.
But Genoa came right back and tied the game, capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive. Nutter carried nine times for 66 yards, including a 1-yard blast through the left side for the score with 4:29 left in the quarter.
The Eagles took the Genoa kickoff and drove to a first-and-10 at the Comet 25. But on fourth-and-one, Eastwood running back Pernell Conner was tackled for a 1-yard loss by Andrew Hayes.
“That hurt not getting anything there,” Rutherford said.
Genoa then took a 15-7 lead going 83 yards in 13 plays for the score. Nutter scored on another burst through the left side, this time from on a 3-yard run. He also ran for the 2-point conversion after Eastwood was called for offsides with 5:06 to play in the half.
Tyler Pickard increased the lead to 18-7 with a 20-yard field goal with 44 seconds to play in the first half. The Eagle defense held Genoa to the field goal after the Comets had first-and-goal at the 9.
“Once we got separated by two scores, that was kind of big,” Vicars said.
“To hold them to a field goal there was a great effort by our defense,” Rutherford said.
Genoa increased the lead to 25-7 on Nutter’s 1-yard run with 9:48 to play in the third quarter, culminating a 12-play, 62-yard line.
Conner scored Eastwood’s final two touchdowns, a 7-yard run and a 1-yard run.
The Comets picked up most of their yardage behind the left side of their line and by running to the short side of the field. Eastwood has a fast defense and loaded the box with as many as nine and 10 defenders.
But Genoa used the Winged-T and full-house backfields to pound the ball at Eastwood.
“We knew it would be difficult to run on them laterally because they’re fast, so we had to get after them and attack them,” Vicars said. “We found some seams at times and our offensive line was real good, and (Nutter) was really, really good. We really got after them on the ground.”
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Nutter entered the game as the SLL’s leading rusher with 83 carries for 553 yards.
Eastwood rushed for 124 yards and passed for 108 as Klink completed 12-of-17 passes, five going to Kyle Dierker.
Klink had completed just 14-of-33 passes in the team’s first five games.
Friday’s passing complemented Conner, who had 24 carries for 76 yards.
GENOA 32, EASTWOOD 20
GENOA 7 11 0 14 —32
EASTWOOD 7 0 0 13 —20
E — Z, Conkle, 9 pass from Klink (Depew kick)
G — K. Nutter, 1 run (Pickard kick)
G — K. Nutter, 3 run (K. Nutter run)
G — Pickard, 20 field goal
G — K. Nutter, 1 run (Pickard kick)
E — Conner, 7 run (Depew kick)
G — Cuevas, 8 run (Pickard kick)
E — Conner, 1 run (no conversion attempted)
Category G E
First downs 22 18
By rushing 20 6
By passing 2 8
By penalty 0 4
Total net yards 333 232
Rushing 304 124
Passing 29 108
Attempts 5 17
Completions 2 12
Interceptions 1 0
Punts/average 1/18 3/33.3
Penalties/yards 5/30 5/24
Fumbles/lost 1/0 1/1
RUSHING: (G) K. Nutter, 41-212; Bryer, 1-14; Pickard, 2-12; Dufendock, 3-16; Cuevas, 4-50. (E) Conner, 24-76; Pitts, 5-35; Z. Conkle, 8-12; Klink, 5-1.
PASSING: (G) Bryer, 2-5-1—29. (E) Klink, 12-17-0—108.
RECEIVING: (G) Dufendock, 1-17; Scott, 1-12. (E) Z. Conkle, 2-16; Dierker, 5-48; Smith, 1-7; Pitts, 3-31; Bess, 1-6.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 02 October 2010 07:48|
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