The Orrick defense picked up where it left off from last season as the Bearcats opened the 2009 campaign with a 36-0 shutout over the Greyhounds at Sweet Springs Friday night. The Bearcats, the top-ranked team in the pre-season Class 1 poll, chalked up their 30th consecutive victory by holding the Hounds to just 4 first downs, while the offense managed to roll up 487 yards.
The lone drawback to the evening, according to coach Pat Richard, was the 9 penalties that cost his club 59 yards. A lot of that was due to the effort of the Greyhounds.
“I thought Sweet Springs played with great effort and really got after it,” Richard said. “It seems like they always bring everything they have on every play, which makes them a great week-one opponent. We had entirely too many penalties. A lot of the credit for that goes to the Sweet Springs kids, fighting to get off blocks.”
Sweet Springs managed just 67 yards rushing and completed 3 passes for 12 more yards against an Orrick defense featuring several new starters.
“I thought Larry Blair, Turner Twyman, Ty Griffin, and Cam Griffin all played very well in their first action as defensive starters,” Richard said. “Cameron McGlothlin had an excellent game on defense. He did a great job of being physical and also really hustled all over the field to make plays. I thought Logan Eubank and Kalija Rogers have both improved at linebacker.”
McGlothlin was in on 17 tackles, while Eubank made 15 stops.
While the defense was shutting down the Greyhounds, the Orrick offense controlled the football behind new quarterback Clayton Jones as the Bearcats kept the ball for over 30 minutes. Three Bearcats reached the century mark in rushing with Rogers gaining 193 yards on 22 carries, followed by Aaron Blyth with 130 more on a dozen attempts and Eubank ran for 128 yards on 13 carries.
The Bearcats dented the scoreboard the first time they touched the football for 2009. Orrick drove 65 yards on six plays with Rogers covering the final 33 for his first rushing touchdown of the season. On the next possession, the Bearcats marched 81 yards using 9 plays with Eubank capping the drive with a 27-yard scoring run.
Blyth ran the conversion following both scores for a 16-0 Orrick lead with just 9 seconds remaining in the opening period.
Orrick added another first-half touchdown as Jones connected with Twyman for a 14-yard scoring pass. Blyth’s conversion run boosted the Bearcat halftime advantage to 24-0.
Orrick added a 3-yard run by Rogers in the third quarter, and a 4-yard run from Blyth in the final frame to wrap up the evening’s scoring.