Tyler Goddard
Ohio.com correspondent

BATH TWP.: The Revere Minutemen could not withstand the grizzly rushing attack by Wadsworth at Joe Pappano Stadium Friday night. 


Led by junior tailback Martice Jackson’s three rushing touchdowns, the Grizzlies defeated the Minutemen 42-7.


The visiting Wadsworth (4-2, 2-1) overwhelmed Revere (0-6, 0-3) early by establishing big scoring drives down the field, which resulted in a 14-0 advantage after the first quarter.
 
The second score of that opening quarter was recorded by Jackson, who displayed a mixture of speed and power on the way to a 25-yard touchdown run.
 
Revere coach Phil Heyn said Wadsworth did a great job changing and disguising schemes on offense, which made it tough to stop.
 
“They are a tough, physical team, and they always have been,” Heyn said.  “That is their brand of football, and that’s what they did tonight.”
 
Revere struggled throughout the first half, gaining yardage and sustaining drives because of the hard, physical play of the Grizzlies’ defense. Wadsworth’s offense then took advantage to complement that defensive effort.
 
“They did a really good job of controlling the football,” Heyn said.
 
Wadsworth pushed the lead to 28-0 at halftime behind a 41-yard pass completion to Scott Campbell from senior quarterback Matt Alic, which led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Jackson.
 
The Grizzlies defense caused much of the offense struggles for the Minutemen by neutralizing senior tailback Paul Gabel, who typically provides solid production for Revere.
 
“We failed to execute the way we practiced, and we made some mistakes with fumbles and turnovers,” Heyn said.
 
Heyn credited the Wadsworth defensive line and linebackers for being able to halt the rushing attack.
 
The Minutemen only had two drives in the second half as a result of the continued long, sustained scoring drives by the Grizzlies as well.
 
“We never really had a situation where we could get in position to get back in the game,” Heyn said.
 
By the fourth quarter, both teams displayed some of their younger talent and sophomore quarterback Zeck Lehman was able to find Dalton Bassak in the end zone for the 7-yard passing score to give the Minutemen their lone touchdown.
 
Heyn said the team will look to eliminate costly turnovers and penalties going into next week’s game against Highland.
 

“We need to execute and not turn the ball over,” he said.


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