Ellet football coach Joe Yost wanted to spread the field and give his athletes room to run Friday night at Springfield.
Seniors Dakota King and junior Jacob Ivery didn’t object to the strategy.
Neither did their teammates.
King and Ivery both had a hand in two touchdowns to lead Ellet to a 35-7 win before a crowd of more than 3,000 at Vince Griffin Stadium.
“We felt we could be strong running, because I thought we had a little more team quickness possibly than Springfield did,” Yost said. “They were very strong up front and we had to work for what we got. We were able to break some plays, but Springfield always hits and they are always very prepared.”
King ran for a 29-yard touchdown with 1:04 to go in the first quarter to make it 7-0.
“The coaches prepared us pretty good for this week,” King said. “I think the type of defense they set up played a big part in this win. Everyone stuck to their assignments and did their jobs. As far as offense goes, we came out hungry in the first half and remained starving at the start of the second half. We delivered and put some points on the board.”
The Orangemen built a 21-0 halftime lead following two second-quarter touchdowns, Ivery on a 7-yard touchdown run and senior Matt Geer on a 21-yard touchdown run.
“We executed our game plan,” Geer said. “We played as a team and played hard, and we sent a message that we are a team and that we are for real again this year.”
Ellet senior quarterback Jake Fisher tossed a 63-yard touchdown pass to King with 11:41 in the third quarter and Ivery added a 5-yard touchdown run at 6:11 in the third quarter.
Senior Andrew Neal made all five points-after-touchdown kicks.
“We came out calm, collected and did what we had to do,” Ivery said. “Coaches told us what we had to do and we went from there. I thought we executed very well. Springfield has improved a lot, but we came out and got this win.”
Ivery, King, Fisher, Geer, junior Cle’Von Burch, senior Gerald Ivery and junior Cody Hoskinson combined to rush for 311 yards on 54 carries.
Seniors Ray Greising, Hussain Hamdan, Casey Barker and John Subick lead an offensive line unit that includes sophomore Jacob Jones.
“We get to keep ‘The Shoe,’ ” Hamdan said. “It is always good to start 1-0. I worked hard with my teammates and we accomplished something good today.”
Ellet has won three in a row over Springfield on the field, though last season’s 63-6 win was forfeited because of an ineligible player who appeared in the second half.
“Our defensive game plan was meant to be very aggressive and I felt it came across that way,” Yost said. “I thought that at times we were able to take control of their offense.”
Yost praised Burch, Geer, senior Austin Fink and juniors Maurice Mackey, Jae’Vante Ray and Semir Ramic front for their work defensively.
Springfield scored with 11:46 left in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Chad Baker tossed an 83-yard touchdown pass to senior Shane Robinson.
“Defensively they put a lot of pressure on us,” Springfield coach Kevin Vaughn said. “We really had trouble moving the ball. We played pretty tough defense there for a little bit ourselves, but with the explosive athletes that they have they were tough to stop.”
Vaughn, a 1997 Ellet graduate, said 18 seniors should help Springfield improve.
“I think we are going to do a lot of good things this year,” Vaughn said. “We are looking to have a winning season.”
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