The Green Bulldogs picked up a big home win Friday night as quarterback Darryl Corrin III scored two touchdowns to carry the team over the Jackson Polar Bears.
Much of the first half saw both teams entangled in a defensive struggle where neither team could capitalize on the other ones mistakes.
The Bulldogs came into the contest looking to establish the running game, but with both teams struggling early, the Green coaching staff looked to make adjustments.
“We were determined to run the football,” head coach Ed Cybak said. “We got away from it a little bit, but then we kept coming back to it.”
The Bulldog running game was certainly productive as the team rushed for 265 total yards in the game. Seth Wieland lead the way with 112 yards on 18 attempts and one touchdown.
“They stepped up to the task tonight and made some improvements,” he said.
With the score 17-3 in favor of Green, the Polar Bears made its best effort for a comeback.
Quarterback Tyler Lagenfeld found Eian Elsass for a 59 yard touchdown reception to cut the Bulldog lead to 17-10 just minutes into the 4th quarter.
But the Bulldog defense stood out all night as well by forcing four total turnovers including a 41 yard interception return for touchdown by Kelly Fitzpatrick who also had two interceptions in the game.
“We played physical tonight,” Cybak said. “That physical play starts to add up, and they just seized opportunities that existed.”
Green first captured the lead just before halftime as Darryl Corrin III threw an eight yard touchdown pass to Christian Dilauro that put the Bulldogs up 10-3 and capped an 11 play 60 yard scoring drive.
Corrin was effective in the passing game and the running game for the Bulldogs. He completed 31 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown, along with 18 rushing attempts for 77 yards and a rushing touchdown.
“We wanted to establish the run first, and then it would open up the pass and be wide open,” Corrin III said.
That game plan paid off for the Green offense with the team totaling 586 yards of offense, with Corrin III accounting for 398 of those yards.
“One thing I noticed is there defensive backs weren’t as strong as I thought they were so our passing game opened up pretty well,” Corrin said.
With the victory, Green improves to 1-1 on the season. Cybak said he was encouraged by what the staff saw from the team.
“We want to take away that winning mentality from this game, and its certainly registering with our kids,” he said. “But I love the physicalness, and I think our kids are understanding you have to play physical in practice as well as the actual game.”