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It took all of 14 seconds for the Orrick Bearcats to take control of their Class 1, District 13 opener Friday night. After recovering the fumbled opening kickoff, Logan Eubank ran for a 51-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and Orrick was on its way to a 53-0 pounding of visiting Wentworth.
The Bearcats ended the night recovering five Dragon fumbles as Orrick stretched its winning string to 37 games.
Orrick’s early 22-0 cushion came very economically. The Bearcats used three plays and 30 seconds to build their early cushion and the rest was up to the defense to shut down the 1-7 Dragons.
“We got a couple of breaks early with the opening kickoff bouncing off of their kid and recovering another fumbled kickoff,” Orrick Coach Pat Richard said. “We played with a lot of excitement early and executed much better.”
Eubank ended the night running for a pair of touchdowns and 151 yards on just five carries as Orrick rolled up 281 yards on the ground.
“Logan had an outstanding game at running back; he broke 10-12 tackles on his five carries and ran with good power and speed,” Richard said.
Meanwhile the Bearcat defense held Wentworth to 42 yards on the ground and 42 yards through the air. Orrick defenders stopped 11 Wentworth plays behind the line of scrimmage, with the special teams contributing a touchdown on a blocked punt.
“Defensively Dakota Haslar really had a nice game. He made quite a few plays in the backfield and also blocked a punt that Logan Eubank fell on for a touchdown,” Richard said. “Our ends continue to improve their play. They are starting to make big hits and playing fast.”
Haslar had 10 tackles for the game, with a pair of those coming behind the line. Jason Snow also had 2 tackles for losses among his 5 stops.
Eubank’s second touchdown came on a 30-yard run, followed by Kalija Rogers’ 30-yard touchdown run for a 22-0 Bearcat lead – all of those scoring drives lasting one play. The Bearcats added two more first-period touchdowns with quarterback Clayton Jones, who did not attempt a pass all evening, scoring on a 12-yard run.
Eubank’s recovery of a blocked punt in the end zone wrapped up the scoring in the opening quarter as Orrick’s cushion stretched to 35-0. The Orrick offense continued to roll with Rogers, who rushed four times for 55 yards, visiting the end zone for the second time following a 30-yard run.
Aaron Blyth scored with 6:41 remaining in the half on a 3-yard run, and Marcus McClellan ended the scoring for the night with a 2-yard run as the Bearcats built a 53-0 bulge with 3:13 left in the second period.
Orrick will host Braymer Friday at Simmons Field. The 5-3 Bobcats defeated St. Mary’s 28-6 in their district opener.
PHOTO: Orrick’s Turner Twyman (10) slips through the Wentworth defensive line to gain rushing yards in the second half of Friday’s game. Orrick blew out Wentworth Academy 53-0 by the first half, then played much of the second half with the second-string team. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily News)