After opening the new football season with a convincing victory, Orrick Coach Pat Richard still felt his two-time defending Class 1 champions still had some areas to improve on. The Bearcats responded with an even more convincing road win on Friday as they rolled over Crest Ridge 52-3.
Although the offensive production was held to 338 yards rushing and 44 more passing, the defense held the Cougars to a season-low 57 yards on the ground and 21 through the air. However, according to Richard there is still room for more improvement.
“We improved this week in practice and it showed on Friday night,” he said. “We did a better job running our feet on blocks and taking better angles. We still had too many penalties and that again will be a focus this week. We turned the ball over three times and we cannot do that and be successful. I thought that Crest Ridge was much improved over last year, especially up front.”
The Bearcats scored on their four possessions as they built a 26-0 lead in the first period. A lost fumble ended the firth Orrick drive, but the Bearcats came right back to get on the board to build a 40-0 halftime bulge.
Richard then turned things over to his reserves in the second half.
“We have to get those young guys some experience on Friday nights so that they can be successful down the road,” he explained. “Those guys do a great job in practice all week of working hard and giving us a good look on scout team and it was great to see them having fun on the field!”
Six different Bearcats scored as Orrick pushed its victory string to 31. Logan Eubank got things started with a 12-yard run and then added a 75-yard scamper as he ended the night with 139 yards on 6 attempts. Turner Twyman added 61 yards on 7 carries and scored on a 6-yard run. Aaron Blyth carried just 4 times for 51 yards and added four 2-point conversion runs.
Kalija Rogers scored on a 34-yard run and Marcus McClellan added a 5-yard touchdown run. Clayton Jones attempted just one pass for the evening and it was good for a 44-yard scoring hook up with Twyman.
A 23-yard field goal by Ben Owens with 16 seconds left in the game prevented Orrick from recording its second shutout in as many games this season.