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WINDSOR – For the first time this year the Orrick football team faced some adversity in a 36-0 walloping of the Windsor Greyhounds on Friday night.
The Bearcat offense continued to move the ball well and put up points, but the defense faced an offense that was able to move the ball on them at times. Last week the Santa Fe Chief offense managed to move the ball a little bit as well.
The two times the Greyhound offense did move deep into Bearcat territory the defense came up with a turnover.
“They did a good job of neutralizing us up front a little bit by doing some misdirection,” said Orrick Head Coach Pat Richard after the game about Windsor’s ability to move the ball. “They’ve got a good football team with that fullback and we knew we had to stop them and they did a good job of pounding him. I thought we did a better job in the second half of getting off our blocks and playing like we’re capable of.”
The offense got rolling early. Running back Aaron Blyth took the football 47 yards to the end zone on the second offensive play of the game for the Bearcats. Logan Eubank added the two-point conversion for the early 8-0 lead. Blyth would also later add a 46 yard run for a touchdown and had 128 yards total for the game.
The Greyhounds came back on the next drive but would turn the ball over at the Bearcat 12 yard line on downs. The Bearcats then got another big play on a 39-yard run by Running Back Kalija Rogers. Rogers finished the game with two touchdowns and 115 yards.
Again the Greyhound defense would move deep into Bearcat territory with tough running by Greyhound Running Back Chase Drenon, but Blyth would come up with the interception in the end zone to stop the Hounds.
“That 44 is big kid and he said he likes to run,” said Orrick Defensive End Leslee Eubank. “It was tough going through there because they would try to form a wall there. They had some success on us but we came out with a W.”
The Bearcats also faced some adversity on the sidelines. Richard was ejected from the game at the end of the half for arguing a call. Richard said he liked how his team responded.
“They came out at half and played very emotionally and got after it,” Richard said. “That’s what were about. We got to get back into that for a full game instead of waiting for something bad to happen to wake us up and get us going.”
Richard told his team after the game they would need to focus next week because Concordia will be trying to get them off balance. Last year Concordia was successful in getting an Orrick player to lose their composure and get kicked out.
“If you don’t have a burning desire to absolutely decimate the Marching Orioles you’ve got something wrong with you,” Richard told his team. “You’ve got to want these guys.”
Eubank said the defense would benefit in the long run by playing with some adversity.
“It makes us come closer as a team and helps us form together because it was hard times,” Eubank said. “We didn’t know what was going to happen. Anything can happen in any given game.”
Photo: Orrick Linebacker Joe Kaufman wraps up Windsor Running Back Corey Buford Friday nights game.
(Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)