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September 10, 2012

 

Trojans frequent Lancers end zone

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

LaFAYETTE — Neither wind, rain nor gloomy skies could keep Homer Central from visiting the end zone Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans scored eight times — one short of tying the school record for touchdowns in a game — and rushed for 396 yards during a 53-8 Section 3 non-league football win over host LaFayette/Fabius-Pompey in less than ideal conditions.
Homer improves to 2-0 overall while the Lancers fall to 0-2.
Five different players scored rushing touchdowns and Beau Riley showed off in ground ball skills from lacrosse with three fumble recoveries, including a 47-yard scoop-and-score for the seventh Trojan touchdown. In all, the Trojans recovered seven of 12 Lancer fumbles and recorded quarterback sacks by Kyle Ritz and Nick Petrie to go along with Matt Stockwin making a nice pass tip and interception late in the game.
“The up side definitely was a chance to play a lot of guys,” Homer coach Gary Podsiedlik said afterwards. “I told (assistant coach) Jim Whidden that the games you’re suppose to win are sometimes the hardest games to coach. You don’t want to get sloppy, you don’t want to lose focus. We didn’t have a real good week of practice and we weren’t focused a little in the beginning of the game.
“I think we really did our jobs a lot better in the second half,” he added. “We were careless and there was some lack of effort, but we also have some great efforts in the first half. Our physical play really bailed us out again.”
With the wind howling and bringing off-and-on rain showers, Homer opened the game with a solid nine-play, 68-yard scoring march capped by a two-yard burst by Jake Casey with 7:50 left in the first quarter.
On the second play from scrimmage for LaFayette, David Poole fumbled at his own 38-yard line and Anthony Basile recovered his first of two fumbles to give the Trojans great field position. Four plays later, aided by a pass interference penalty that prevented a touchdown, Homer was on the scoreboard again when Mark Dove scored from five yards out to give the visitors a 16-0 lead after the two-point conversion.
LaFayette responded with its only touchdown drive of the game, a five-play excursion covering 61 yards engineered by quarterback Greg Krienheder. The Lancer signal-caller lobbed a wind-aided 31-yard TD scoring strike to Dan Gallagher, who made a great catch in the end zone while being interfered with by a Trojan defender. Krienheder tossed the conversion pass to Wyatt Esposito to pull the Lancers to within 16-8 with 3:12 left in the opening quarter.
“LAFAYETTE SAID WE’RE here,” Podsiedlik said of the home team’s score. “That was the little attitude adjustment we needed to regain our focus. That was one of those coachable moments we needed. It woke out butts up.”
Both teams battled the elements for field position into the second quarter. A 14-yard punt by Esposito turned the tide in Homer’s favor with a drive start at the Lancers’ 30-yard line. After a incomplete pass, Casey took a hand-off on the counter and raced 30 yards for the touchdown and a 22-8 Homer lead.
Another LaFayette fumble, recovered by Riley, gave the Trojans the ball at the Lancers’ 35. Jayden Gavidia made a nice cutback move and dashed 35 yards for six points after two runs netted zero yards. Homer led 28-8 with 6:43 left in the first half.
LaFayette was on the move, reaching the Homer 17-yard line when Ritz sacked Krienheder and knocked the ball free. Basile made the recovery at the 29-yard line for the Trojans. Five plays later, Gavidia broke free for a 51-yard touchdown romp and a 34-8 advantage with 1:22 left in the half.
As the first half ended, the skies really opened up as both teams headed to the locker room. The officials gave the team a few extra minutes to dry off, but it didn’t slow down the Trojans who scored 19 points in the third quarter as the skies remained cloudy, but the rain stopped for the most part.
Two plays in the third quarter, LaFayette fumbled and Petrie recovered the loose ball at the LaFayette 30. Brandon Maxson scored three plays later on an eight-yard run.
Three plays into the next Lancer possession, Krienheder’s option pitch was fumbled and Riley made his scoop-and-score play for the 47-8 Trojan cushion with 8:47 left in the third quarter.
“This is his first year of football since eighth grade,” Podsiedlik said. “Beau Riley is trying to take advantage of every moment. He’s around the ball and finding ways to make the play.”
LaFayette put together a nine-play drive and got no farther than the Trojan 35 when Petrie sacked Krienheder for an eight yard loss on third down and Petrie pressured Krienheder into an incomplete pass on fourth down. Four plays later, Jimmy Durkee broke free and raced 35 yards for the final Homer touchdown. Chris Brown kicked the extra point to give Homer a 53-8 lead with 1:58 left in the third quarter.
AFTER AN EXCHANGE of punts, LaFayette marched to the Trojan 30-yard line, but the drive ended with the 11th Lancer fumble and Travis Brown recovered the ball for Homer.
The next LaFayette drive ended with Krienheder’s pass being tipped by Stockwin who kept his eyes on the ball and caught his own deflection while falling to the ground for the interception.
Homer did not kept the ball long as Eric Petrie fumbled the ball and Carl Dickhut recovered the ball for the Lancers at his own 47-yard line with 1:52 to play. The Lancers ran the clock out and Homer had its second win of the season.
Gavidia led the balanced Homer rushing attack with 83 yards and two touchdowns with Maxson adding 81 yards and one score on his six carries, Dove had 72 yards on 13 carries, Casey 63 yards on five carries and Durkee finished with 56 yards on six carries. Casey Cleary completed one of seven passing attempts with Payten Boice on the receiving end for 12 yards.
Poole led the LaFayette ground attack with 82 yards on 11 carries. Krienheder completed his first four passes for 89 yards, but missed his next four targets. Esposito finished with two catches for 38 yards and Poole had one for 20 yards in addition to Gallagher’s 31-yard scoring catch.
Homer has its first home game Friday, hosting Solvay in a 7 p.m. Section 3 Class B West kickoff. The 2012 Trojan Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies will take place on George Butts Field at halftime.

 

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