Ellet took another big step toward fulfilling some lofty goals Friday at InfoCision Stadium.
Scoring on four of its first five possessions, Ellet (8-0, 4-0) jumped to a 24-0 halftime lead and never looked back in rolling to a 45-0 victory over winless Firestone to remain undefeated and in control of the City Series.
With two games remaining, a second consecutive berth in the Division II state playoffs is also within grasp as the Orangemen seemingly control their own destiny.
Despite the result, Ellet coach Joe Yost claimed to have plenty of concerns about the opponent prior to the game.
“Firestone’s one of the scariest teams you play,” Yost said. “Because they have speed, they have some size and they’ve got some athletes. I thought they made some real positive moves with their offensive schemes and we were very concerned about their power.”
Yost said his coaching staff targeted several plays the Falcons employ, and had success in stopping them. So much so, in fact, Firestone (0-8, 0-4) did not get a first down until the second half, and did not threaten to score until late in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Ellet’s offense clicked all night. A 64-yard opening drive with all 12 rushing plays set the tone as two-way senior standout Matt Geer scored from 6 yards out. Andrew Neal’s first of six extra points made it 7-0.
“I think our kids executed real well,” Yost said. “We’ve been able to put the points up against most of the teams. I thought the Firestone kids played hard. They’re a real physical team. But I thought we had a few plays that might have taken them by surprise. And our kids are pretty good straight ahead.”
The Orangemen alternated three backs, along with designed runs by senior quarterback Jake Fisher, who also completed 5-of-8 passes for 106 yards.
Ellet rushed for 340 yards on 54 carries, and Geer led with 114 yards on 14 tries. Juniors Cle’Von Burch (13-for-75) and Jacob Ivery (7-for-32) both had scoring runs, as well.
Fisher found favorite target Dakota King four times for 74 yards, mostly on quick-hitting line passes toward the outside and also hooked up for a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
“You have a lot of game-changers out there on offense,” Fisher said. “We’ve got a couple fast guys at wide receiver and our backs are great, can make a big play any time.”
Fisher’s 34-yard pass-and-run to King set up an 8-yard touchdown by Burch for a 14-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter. After the first of two interceptions by Ellet junior Jaevante Ray, Fisher passed 33 yards to King to set up a 31-yard field goal by Neal, who uses the vintage straight-ahead kicking style.
Following Firestone’s third short punt of the half, Fisher hit a wide-open David Smethers for 32 yards to the Falcons’ 18. Four plays later, Fisher — who rushed 13 times for 50 yards — scored on a 1-yard keeper for a 24-0 lead.
Geer’s 36-yard burst up the middle was the big play of Ellet’s first second-half possession, with Fisher finding King in the back of the end zone to make it 31-0.
“It’s definitely fun to be a unit,” Geer said. “It’s not a one-man show. We just work together and you can stop one of us but someone else is going to make a play. It’s a team group effort and we take pride in that.”
Ivery’s 10-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter made it 38-0. A 65-yard interception return by Mitchell Carver increased it to 45-0 with 6:03 left.
Firestone senior Dontel Stone gained 134 yards on 14 carries.
Firestone coach Tim Flossie — like Yost — has coached City teams for 30-plus years. But this has become one of his most frustrating seasons.
“They’re really good and we stink,” Flossie said. “Please print that. You can’t go out there and jump offside seven times and give them first downs with 15-yard penalties. That’s all our fault. We’ve been doing it all year. They’ve got a really good football team and don’t make many mistakes, and you can’t let them get ahead of you like that.”
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