Sights from the Comets dominating Week 6 win over the Eagles
Fans are passionate about their football in
the rural communities of Northwest Ohio. On Friday night a capacity crowd
gathered at the Genoa High School football stadium to watch the much-anticipated
clash of the unbeaten visiting Eastwood Eagles (5-0) and their hosts, the Genoa
Comets (5-0) as they battled for first place in the Suburban Lakes League (SLL). Genoa, which is currently the fourth-ranked team in Division IV, won the game
54-11 to remain undefeated and claim sole possession of the top spot in the SLL.
The visiting Eastwood Eagles enter the field
with a perfect 5-0 record. Eastwood has beaten their opponents 266-75.
The Genoa Comets prepare to take the field
with a perfect 5-0 record. Genoa has beaten its opponents 276-13.
Eastwood head coach Jerry Rutherford’s
high-powered offensive has rushed for 1,767 yards in five games this season for
an average of 352 yards per game. Rutherford’s Eagles were held to 220 yards
total offensive yards (162 rushing yards – 58 passing yards) against Genoa.
Genoa head coach Mike Vicars has an equally
potent offensive ground attack as the Comets have rushed for 1,641 yards in five
games. For the game, Vicars’ Comets piled up 521 yards (364 rushing yards– 148
passing yards) in total offense.
The Eastwood Eagles cheerleaders are ready to
cheer their team onto another victory.
The Genoa Comet cheerleaders know that their
team is tops.
A member of the Genoa Comets Marching Band
plays the national anthem before the start of the game.
The Genoa team mascot flexes his muscles to
let everyone know that the Comets are the toughest team around.
A future Genoa Comet quarterback keeps his
throwing arm limber on the sidelines during halftime. The Genoa Comets held a
commanding 34-3 lead at the intermission.
Eastwood senior running back Cody Seifert
(24) carries the ball with Genoa’s Casey Wojciechowski (56) in hot pursuit. Seifert entered the game leading the Suburban Lakes League in rushing with 728
yards on 66 attempts for an impressive 11 yards per carry average.
Through five games, Eastwood’s Cody Seifert
(24) was second in the SLL in scoring with 15 touchdowns.
Genoa senior running back Conner Wendt (25)
heads for the end zone. Wendt entered the game leading the Suburban Lakes
League in scoring with 16 touchdowns. He scored four more in the game
increasing his season total to 20.
Genoa senior running back Greg Hillabrand
(30) looks for an opening in the line. Hillabrand entered the game as the
second-leading rusher in the SLL with 593 yards on 39 carries for an average of
15.3 yards per attempt.
Genoa’s Greg Hillabrand is jubilant as he
crosses the goal line. Hillabrand amassed a whopping 181 rushing yards on 17
carries that included touchdown runs of 10-yards, 75-yards, and 15-yards.
Eastwood junior kicker Taylor Depew (1) just
barely got the kick way away as Genoa junior Seth Dufendock (10) and junior
Andrew Hayes (61) leap to block the 23-yard field goal attempt – which was good
– in the second quarter. The Eastwood Eagles high-scoring offense was held to
a single field goal in the first half of the game. Genoa led at halftime 34-3.
Eastwood senior tight end Clay Rolf (47)
holds on tight to the ball as he takes a hit from a Genoa Comet defensive
Eastwood’s Clay Rolf (47) heads for the end
zone. Rolf’s 56-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the opening minute of the
fourth quarter was the Eagles only score in the second half. The Eastwood
Eagles fell to the Genoa Comet 54-11. Rolf, who is listed as 6-foot-6 and 251
pounds has committed to playing for the Bowling Green State University Falcons
Genoa senior quarterback Matt Bassitt (1)
releases his pass before being hit by Eastwood senior linebacker Bob Hardison
(26). Bassitt completed 10-of-18 passes for 148 yards including three
Eastwood junior running back Pernell Conner
(37) is hit by Genoa junior defensive back Eric Schimming (5) and junior Andrew
Hayes (61). Conner gained 84 yards on 15 carries.
Eastwood senior quarterback Clayton Ruch
(10) looks downfield for an open receiver. Ruch completed two passes for 58
yard on six attempts including a 56-yarder to his tight end Clay Rolf.
Eastwood senior Jake Rogers (23) returns a
kick-off. oger’s returned six kickoffs for 101 total yards during the game.
Genoa junior running back Seth Dufendock
(10) follows his lead blocker Greg Hillabrand (30) through the line.
Genoa’s Seth Dufendock (10) tries to elude
being tackled by Eastwood junior defensive back Nate Wagner (9). Dufendock
gained 64 yards on nine carries.