‘O’ troubles again doom Greenfield
Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:03 pm
Special to The Press
The offensive struggles haunted Greenfield once again as it failed to get its first win of the season against Halls in a 27-13 defeat on Thursday night.
For what has been a disappointing season thus far for the Yellowjackets, a win on a rare Thursday night game would have gone a long way in the eyes of the players, coaches and fans. But, the offense had trouble running the ball against an attacking Tigers defense.
Even with the lack of a running game, Greenfield kept it close throughout first half of action. Both teams struggled to mount any kind of an offense attack in the first half. The ’Jackets managed just 70 yards in opening half while the Tigers totaled 118 yards, with 50 of that coming on a Zach Harris to Tony Cooper scoring play with 2:51 left in the first quarter to put Halls up 7-0.
Greenfield found a little spark in its offense after the Halls scoring play. A pair of runs by Miles Cavitt and Chance Black set the ’Jackets up in the red zone at the end of the first quarter. Cavitt took the ball in from three yards out on a quarterback keep to even the score at 7-7 early in the second quarter.
The Yellowjackets had a golden opportunity to get excellent field position and to keep their momentum going from a Tigers’ punt deep within their territory, but a running into the kicker call allow the Tigers to maintain possession of the ball.
Halls mounted another drive in an attempt to eat as much time off the clock as they could, but Chase Pentecost sacked Harris for a 10-yard loss putting an end to their drive.
Greenfield took over after a Halls punt, but the ’Jackets gave the ball right back to the Tigers when a deep pass was intercepted by Cody Young. Young returned the interception 28 yards, putting the Tigers at the ’Jackets 17-yard-line. Harris hit Noah Goodman from 10 yards out to give Halls a 14-7 halftime lead.
“Running into the kicker was bad. We did a lot of stuff to ourselves in the first half,” Greenfield head coach Jason Rodehaver said. “We shot ourselves in the foot, but the kids played hard and they felt like they should have won this ball game.”
Halls had very little difficulty getting into the backfield and dropped the Yellowjackets for several losses and disrupting the running game. Halls held Greenfield to a minus-12 yards rushing in the second quarter. For the game, the ’Jackets ran the ball for only 31 yards. Cavitt led the ’Jackets with 30 yards rushing.
The Halls defense also caused problems for the passing game. Cavitt had to scramble throughout most of the game to avoid the pass rush and find his receivers.
“We called some plays where we had some screen passes and they were open and one went for a big play and one got swatted away,” Rodehaver said.
Greenfield’s defense was no slouch either as they also problems for the Tigers.
“The first half I felt like our defense just kept finding a way to make plays. We did a good job overall, but we wore down there in the fourth quarter and they just started punching it down our throat,” Rodehaver said.
Neither team could get any offense going in the third quarter as the defenses took control of the game. Both teams punted the ball two times and held each other in check until Harrison Holcomb of Halls scored on a one-yard run with 3:12 left in the quarter putting Halls up 21-7.
Halls played keep-a-way from Greenfield in the fourth quarter with its running game and made it 28-7 with 3:21 left in the game on a Harris two-yard run.
The Yellowjackets refused to give up and quickly went down field. Jeffery Johnson hit Tanner Smithson with a halfback pass for a 21-yard gain. Cavitt found Johnson downfield two plays later for a 29-yard play. With 1:03 left in the game, Cavitt scored from two-yards out to make 27-13. After the two-point conversion failed, the ’Jackets tried an onside kick, but it was recovered by the Tigers, who then ran the clock out to preserve the win. Published in The WCP 10.18.11