The Orrick Bearcats got off to an uncharacteristically slow start Friday night at Simmons Field as they hosted a much-improved Windsor Greyhound squad. But in the end, it was business as usual as Orrick walked off the field victorious for the 34th consecutive game with a 44-0 decision.
The first two Orrick possessions ended with a lost fumble and a punt. The only first-quarter scoring for the Bearcats came as a result of a team safety with 1:47 remaining in the period.
Orrick then shook off their slow start and found the end zone on each of its remaining six possessions as the offense ended the night with 351 rushing yards, with quarterback Clayton Jones completing 2 of his 3 passes for an additional 62 yards and another touchdown.
“Windsor did an outstanding job on defense of getting off of blocks and tackling well,” Orrick Coach Pat Richard said. “We played very sloppy in the first half with the early fumble and a bunch of missed assignments on offense.”
Richard was pleased with his team’s performance over the final two periods, but added there is still work to be done.
“I thought we played better in the second half, but we have to have a big week of improvement to compete with a very strong Concordia team,” he said.
The Bearcats put three touchdowns on the board in the second quarter on drives of 55, 54 and 65 yards. Logan Eubank got the Orrick offense in the end zone with a 9-yard run as he rumbled 122 yards for the night on 17 carries. Jones then hooked up with Turner Twyman for a 40-yard scoring strike to push the Orrick lead to 14-0 with 4:44 remaining in the half. Eubank wrapped up the first-half scoring with his second touchdown run of the night as he crashed in from the 2, and then added the conversion run for a 22-0 Bearcat halftime cushion.
Kalija Rogers added to his 122-yard, 16-carry night with the first of his two touchdowns to open the third quarter as he ran into the end zone from 6 yards out. He then added the conversion run. Aaron Blyth, the third Bearcat back to rush for over 100 yards for the night (17 carries for 112 yards), scored on a 3-yard run late in the third quarter. Rogers ran for his second 2-point conversion, and on the next Orrick possession scored his second touchdown on a 2-yard run to run the final to 44-0.
The Orrick defense put the clamps on the Windsor offense as they allowed 64 rushing yards and just 38 more through the air. Rogers led the Bearcat tackle chart with 13, followed by Cameron McGlothlin with a dozen and Larry Blair with 8.
“Defensively, Blair and Rogers had solid games at linebacker,” Richard said. “McGlothlin continues to have an outstanding year at defensive tackle. I thought our ends, Ty and Cam Griffin, have gotten better each week, and this was easily their best game.”
PHOTO: Logan Eubank (16) goes up the middle for a two-point conversion at Friday’s game against Windsor, putting the Bearcats up 22-0 with 22 seconds left in the second quarter. Cam Griffin (66) blocks for Eubank. (Photos by JoEllen Black/The Daily News)