The Orrick Bearcats recorded their fifth straight shutout and sixth overall in a 46-0 blistering of Wentworth Academy on senior night.
The Wentworth offense couldn’t get anything on the ground going and not much else more in the air against a smothering Orrick defense.
The Orrick pass defense was challenged at times Friday night but the defensive secondary reserves stepped up in the second half when the Dragons did advance the ball into Bearcat territory. At times the Bearcat defenders were undersized against the Wentworth receivers in match ups, but technique and discipline kept the Dragons out of the end zone.
“I thought our defensive backs improved dramatically this week,” Orrick Head Coach Pat Richard said after the game. “They did a great job of breaking on the ball. They’ve got some speed at receiver and I thought we did a good job of containing that. We knew coming in they were going to throw the ball a lot and we needed to work on our pass defense.”
The Bearcat defense didn’t allow Wentworth quarterback Jose Del-Hoyo much time to pass and many bad snaps back to the quarterback didn’t help either. On one Dragon possession in the second quarter, Bearcat defenders sacked Del-Hoyo on three consecutive plays to force a three and out. The Bearcats sacked Del-Hoyo nine times for a loss of 73-yards. Defensive end Leslee Eubank had four of the sacks.
“I thought our pressure was good up front,” Richard said. “Our ends especially did a great job of getting off and creating problems for them. If they’re going to throw against us they’re going to have to hurry and we did a good job of that.”
The Bearcat offense continues to run like a well-oiled machine racking up more than 300-yards rushing just in the first half. This week’s ground leader was Kalija Rogers with 156-yards and four touchdowns. Aaron Blyth added 97-yards and four two-point conversions.
Richard told his players after the game that now is the time to focus because any slip up here on out could be disastrous.
“For two weeks here we’ve gone about our business here and we’ve gotten better and that’s what we wanted and that’s what we got,” Richard said. “You’ve got seven games to get to where you want to go. You’ve got to focus on each one because you don’t want to stub your toe. There’s no second chance now.
“We’ve got to take each person seriously all the way through now, whether we think they’re any good or not it doesn’t matter,” he added. “They’re good enough to beat us if we do things wrong.”
PHOTO: Orrick running back Aaron Blyth and the rest of the backfield had more than 200 yards rushing in the first half. Blyth had one touchdown and four two-point conversion attempts. Blyth also added a touchdown on an interception return. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)