After a 42-35 Glen Este win last year that included 900 yards of total offense between the two schools, Turpin blanked Fort Ancient Valley Conference foe Glen Este 29-0 in tonight’s season opener.
Coming off a 12-2 record and a Division II state regional finals appearance, Turpin came into the season looking to take the next step.
And tonight the Spartans took the first step.
“We like to open with a win. That is for sure,” said Turpin head coach Rob Stoll. “We had some very good seniors graduate so we had some question marks and I think the juniors that have filled in for them have really stepped up.”
Turpin (1-0) got the scoring underway midway through the first quarter following a Spartan INT by defensive back Christian Furbay deep in Glen Este territory. Three plays later, Ryan Martin punched the ball into the end zone on the 1-yard quarterback keeper.
The failed 2-point conversion put Turpin up 6-0.
Following a Glen Este turnover on downs late in the first quarter, Turpin took over on their own 15 and orchestrated a 19-play, 85-yard drive that included a fourth down conversion and was capped off by a 28-yard touchdown strike from Martin to Kyle Woodward.
Turpin took the 13-0 lead following the point after.
“After you do that, it is a big boom to your psychology,” said Stoll. “We kept their defense on the field and their offense off and gave our defense a chance to rest.”
The Spartans weren’t done scoring in the half taking over possession deep in Glen Este territory following a Danny Polaneczky interception. Martin connected with Charlie Seibert for a 9-yard TD pass in the waning seconds of the half.
The Spartans went into the half up 20-0.
After a scoreless third quarter, Turpin picked up a safety just over midway through the fourth quarter and Spartan running back Meecis Davis added another score late in the quarter to give Turpin the final 29-0 win.
Glen Este (0-1) out gained Turpin 254-241 in total offensive yards but Turpin scored 20 points off turnovers.
“I think the defense played an incredible game. In the beginning of the year the defense has to stand tall so the offense can mature and our defense did that tonight,” Stoll said.
Martin led the Turpin offense going 9-of-20 passing for 144 yards. As a team, the Spartans rushed for 97 yards with Davis tallying 63.
Woodward had three catches for 71 yards.
Glen Este had seven players combine for 215 yards on the ground in the triple-option offense.
The Glen Este offense put together some nice drives in the second half but was unable to get the ball into the end zone and committed four turnovers.
“I don’t know what you do when you get beat like that,” Glen Este head coach Zak Taylor said. “We’ve just got to bounce back and keep working hard at it. When you get beat like that, you can’t point to any one thing. It is a multitude of things.”
Coming into the game Glen Este had topped Turpin two straight games (2006, 2004). Turpin defeated the Trojans 34-8 in 2003.
Last year’s loss to Glen Este was Turpin’s only loss in the regular season.
Turpin offensive lineman Aaron Van Kuiken (6-7, 295, Sr.) is rated No. 35 amongst Ohio’s top players in the Class of 2007 in the current issue of Ohio High Magazine and is a University of Virginia recruit.
Spartan wide receiver Andy Cruse (6-4, 210, Sr.) is a Miami (Oh.) recruit and had 44 yards on three catches in tonight’s game.