After snapping a 12-game losing streak in Week 2, the Groveport Madison High School football team won its second consecutive game, using a dominating effort in the trenches to defeat visiting Worthington Kilbourne 35-14 on Sept. 7.
The Cruisers, who defeated Hamilton Township 28-14 on Aug. 30, had a 409-195 advantage in total yards against Kilbourne in improving to 2-1.
“I am so proud of our guys and the work they’ve put in to get here, but we have a lot of work left to do,” Groveport coach Bryan Schoonover said. “We had too many stupid penalties and almost allowed them to get right back in the game. But I can’t say enough about the kids and their efforts and we’re going to continue to get better.”
It was the seventh loss in a row for the Wolves, who fell to 0-3. Kilbourne’s last win came in Week 6 last season, 31-0 over Delaware.
“We were right there in the second half, but twice we had bad snap exchanges in the shot gun that thwarted drives, including down there on a fourth down play when we were scratching to tie the game up in the third quarter,” Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. “We’re not good enough to overcome bad plays right now and we have to eliminate those things. Plus, it’s a physical game and we’re not physical enough or aggressive enough.”
Groveport had a 204-47 advantage in yards in the first half and took a 14-0 lead into halftime, scoring on a 58-yard run by Emmanuel Anthony and a 34-yard run by Jalil Underdown.
But the Wolves made it 14-7 with a 46-yard touchdown run by Elijah Young midway through the third quarter and faced fourth-and-1 on the Groveport 12 later in the quarter before the snap sailed over the head of quarterback Grayson Timms.
The Cruisers took over on downs to set up a 63-yard touchdown run by Underdown.
Two plays later, Groveport defensive back Esco Davis intercepted Timms and returned the ball 29 yards to the Kilbourne 3. On the next play, Jashaun McGraw scored to give the Cruisers a 28-14 lead on the final play of the third quarter.
“Our line was reading and executing well,” said McGraw, who finished with 183 yards on 23 carries. “I’m happy with everything we’re doing right now. We’re playing well.”
Underdown added 142 yards on 10 carries.
Young led Kilbourne’s offense with 82 yards on 13 carries but left midway through the fourth quarter with an injury.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE 0 0 7 7 14 GROVEPORT
7 7 14 7 35
GM—Anthony 58 run (Hernandez kick)
GM—Underdown 34 run (Hernandez kick)
WK—Young 46 run (Laudermilch kick)
GM—Underdown 63 run (Hernandez kick)
GM—McGraw 3 run (Hernandez kick)
WK—Gray 10 run (Laudermilch kick)
GM—Hawk 14 pass from Aekins (Hernandez kick)