Trojans run wild
News Sports Editor
ONAWAY-There wasn’t a whole lot the Onaway football team could do to slow down Central Lake on Friday night.
William Brockman and George Thayer scored three touchdowns and the Trojans rushed for 398 yards to top Onaway 39-13 on the Cardinals’ homecoming night.
The Trojans (4-3) scored on their first two drives and held a 20-0 lead at halftime as the Cardinals’ offense was stuck in neutral in the first half and penalties hurt them on multiple drives.
“We didn’t need to get all those penalties. Penalties killed us. We’re better than they are and there’s no way we should be losing 39-13,” Onaway coach Jim Cleaver said.
Brockman led a four-pronged Central Lake running attack with 156 yards on 17 carries. He put the Trojans on the board first with a five-yard touchdown and added a six-yard score before halftime. Thayer finished with 131 yards on 22 carries and scored on a five-yard run to put the Trojans up 12-0 just before the end of the first quarter.
The Trojans seemed to move the ball at will on the ground and used their prowess on the ground to score on drives of 87, 65 and 76 yards in the first half.
Onaway (2-6) had just one play of ten yards or more in the first half and punted three times. The Cardinals recovered a fumble in the opening minute of the second quarter, but punted eight plays later.
After an Onaway punt on the first drive of the third quarter, Thayer found paydirt for the second time, scoring on a two-yard run to give Central Lake a 26-0 lead.
Two holding calls stalled Onaway’s next drive, but the Cardinals managed to overcome these setbacks with some big plays. Quarterback Matt Tollini rushed for 19 yards on two plays and threw a nine-yard pass to Carlos Bautista. Noah Bacon finally capped the drive on the 10th play with a one-yard touchdown run, cutting the lead to 26-7 with 4:27 left in the third quarter.
We’ve got the same four or five kids showing up every game to play. I already told them, ‘You guys show up to play your game and there’s not a team in our league (we can’t beat). We can beat anybody,” Cleaver said.
Onaway’s next drive was also marred by penalties as a block in the back wiped out a 36-yard run from Tollini. Before turning the ball over on downs, Onaway was also called for an illegal formation. The Cardinals marched into the red zone late in the drive, but were stopped on 4th-and-1 in the backfield.
Brockman and Thayer each found the endzone in the fourth quarter for the Trojans on runs of 13 yards and 21 yards respectively.
Central Lake quarterback Luke Seaney added 75 on 23 carries.
Onaway didn’t score again until its last drive of the game when Tollini found Isaac Nave for a three-yard score with 3:21 left to play.
Tollini was 5-of-17 passing for 76 yards and added 55 yards on seven carries. Tommy Auger had 47 yards on seven carries.
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