It rained on homecoming festivities at Kenmore on Saturday afternoon. Then visiting Ellet rained on its parade.
Pouring on 31 unanswered points — 24 in the second half —Ellet (6-0, 2-0) turned a tight game into a rout and remained unbeaten with a 38-6 City Series victory at Kenmore.
With a light but steady shower soaking the field most of the first half, catching and handling the ball was problematic for both teams. But Ellet’s rushing attack eventually took control, and Kenmore miscues and penalties doomed the Cardinals’ cause.
The skies cleared a bit after halftime, but soggy conditions remained.
“Our goal is to make sure kids were very sure of their steps, don’t overcommit your steps and protect the ball,” Ellet coach Joe Yost said. “It does change things a little bit. I thought we became pretty much run-oriented obviously the second half.”
Ellet quarterback Jake Fisher did not attempt a pass after halftime. But the Orangemen scored on three of their four second-half offensive possessions, not counting an end of the game kneel-down.
“It’s a little bit tricky,” said Fisher, a 5-foot-10, 150-pound senior and three-year starter. “We went under center a little more, because of snaps. We just had to come out, keep doing what we were doing, working hard. They scored on a trick play, so we can’t be really upset that much over it.”
Fisher raced 37 yards on a keeper for the first touchdown midway through the first quarter, adding a second touchdown on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Junior running back Jacob Ivery also scored twice, a 5-yard run in the second quarter that made it 14-6, and an 18-yarder late in the third that boosted the lead to 24-6, both immediately after Kenmore turnovers.
The Orangemen added a late touchdown on a 35-yard punt return by senior Tommy Fletcher to wrap up the scoring. Senior kicker Andrew Neal booted a 25-yard field goal and made all five extra-point attempts.
The Orangemen next play at Buchtel at noon Saturday with the league lead on the line.
Fisher rushed 16 times for 104 yards, leading a ground assault that netted 327 yards with Matt Geer (68 yards), Cle’von Burch (67 yards) and Ivery (57 yards) all contributing. Fisher completed 4-of-7 passes for 33 yards.
“I thought our offensive line did a great job,” Yost said. “The kids did a good job of finding holes and getting through holes.”
The Cardinals’ lone score was a trick play — a 52-yard halfback option pass from junior Terez Smith to senior Chris Richardson on the first play of the second quarter that trimmed Ellet’s lead to 7-6. The extra-point kick sailed wide left.
Otherwise, Kenmore’s attack was hampered by three interceptions and a lost fumble. Two of the interceptions were returned deep into Kenmore (1-5, 1-2) territory, setting up Ivery’s two touchdowns. The Cardinals were also penalized 10 times for 85 yards.
“The turnovers hurt us,” Kenmore coach Jason Knapp said. “Defensively we had some letdowns in the second half. We played well in the first half. But you’ve got to play four quarters. Lot of mistakes. You just can’t overcome those against a good team.”
Smith, a 5-10, 170-pound junior, gained 45 yards on 14 carries and completed 2-of-4 passes for 67 yards.
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