Orrick delivers knockout punch

In 1988 heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson knock out Michael Spinks in just 91 seconds. It didn’t take the Orrick Bearcats much longer to knock out the St. Paul Saints from Concordia Friday night 62-0.
The Bearcats used both fists in the first quarter scoring three times on offense and once on a 41-yard interception return by Clayton Jones for the Bearcats second score.
After Logan Eubank converted his fourth two-point conversion, the Bearcats had a 32-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cats would then take a knee on the rest of their attempts for the night.
Joe Kaufman would end the first half scoring by taking an interception back 27 yards for a touchdown. The Bearcat special teams also blocked a punt. Tailback Aaron Blyth continued to be a threat from anywhere on the field and finished the half with 92 yards on four carries including two touchdowns.
What’s more impressive than the offense is the Bearcat defense, which posted its fourth strait shut out of the year and its fifth in seven games. The defense has given up only 14 points on the year.
Head Coach Pat Richard thinks his team has hit its stride finally the last couple of weeks. Last week the Bearcats played their most complete game of the year but found a way to top that performance Friday night. Richard said he sees improvement each week.
“The most important thing for us each week is to improve,” Richard said. “We have to compete with ourselves and we have to get better. These kids have a pretty good understanding of what it takes to be successful.
“For four or five weeks I don’t know if we were there but now we’re playing pretty well. I think we got better tonight,” he added.
Richard said he has noticed each week different looks and formations from opposing offenses trying to find a way to break through. Richard said his team has done a good job of staying fundamentally sound.
“I think we see multiple formations that we don’t see on film,” Richard said. “I think people are trying to find different ways to attack us.”
“So far we’ve been very basic on defense and we haven’t shown a lot of looks,” he added. “We haven’t blitz hardly at all this year. Our kids do a good job of adjusting. I think we’ve done a good job of testing each other in practice and that has allowed us to do the things we do on Fridays.”
Defensive end Leslee Eubank said it was important to come out quickly and dominate early. He said the team has come out kind of slow in past games and it was important to get the reserves significant playing time.
“Our goal was to come out with intensity and come out with fire and dominate and basically that’s what we did,” Eubank said. “We also want to have experience with our young kids because that’s the future.”
Eubank said fans don’t have to worry about the team or more specifically the defense becoming complacent and not focused. Eubank said the taste of last year’s championship would taste good again this year. Eubank said posting a shutout is more important than racking up 70 points on an opponent.
“We keep focused on the goal of Friday night and it takes practice and it takes dedication during the week to be champions on Friday,” he said. “We did it last year and we want to do it again.”
Photo: Orrick running back Aaron Blyth only had four carries in the first half, but he made the most of them going 92-yards and scoring 2 touchdowns. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)

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