In a Thursday night special to start the 2016 high school football season the Wooster Generals hosted their old rivals the Orrville Red Riders on August 25 at Follis Field.
And it was all Wooster, all night as they took the season opener 53-21 over Orrville.
In the first quarter alone, the Generals put up 34 points landing blow after blow to the Red Riders who just had no answer for the weapons on the Generals’ offensive side of the ball. Wooster senior quarterback Peyton Benngington threw for over 200 yards in the first quarter and took advantage of some short-field situations early on to put away Orrville before the first quarter came to an end.
At the half Wooster led 47-0 as they got four touchdowns from junior running back Trey Mathis to lead the way into the break. Mathis scored two receiving touchdowns in the first half, one from 64 yards out and another from 33 yards out on a pretty screen play that he rumbled to the house. (video)
Woo's Trey Mathis takes this 33-yard screen to the house for his 2nd TD. Generals lead Red Riders 27-0. – 3:19 1stQ pic.twitter.com/AaelYep2K1
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Mathis also scored from the one inch line in the second quarter for his third touchdown and added a fourth TD late in the second quarter.
Benngington would go on to finish the game with five total touchdowns, four passing and one rushing. Benngington’s rushing TD came after Calvin Blair ran back the opening kickoff of the second half to the 8-yard line on a 74-yard scamper, dodging Red Riders all over the field. On the next play after Blair’s uncanny return, Bennington scored easily around the corner on a quarterback keeper to make the score 53-0. It was the last time the Generals would use their first string offense.
Orrville showed some improvements in the fourth quarter getting their first score on a on 82-yard drive capped by Zach Ramsdell’s plow-in from one yard.
The Red Riders then forced a pair of late turnovers which they turned into points. Senior tight end Marcus Conway caught a pair of touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Logan Domer, one from seven yards out (video) and another that he and Domer connected on from 22 yards.
Conway gets into the end zone this time on a 7yd TD catch from Logan Domer. pic.twitter.com/3oTbGZDZTe
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1. After Orrville turned the ball over on its first possession of the game and Wooster promptly scored on the next play, the Red Riders took the ball all the way to the Wooster 19-yard line but were stuffed on fourth and five. A score there might have slowed the Generals down a bit in the first.
2. Wooster senior cornerback Quentyn Hall went and had himself a game against Orrville. He laid a massive hit on an Orrville running back that caused a fumble then watched as his buddy Michael Cicaloni grabbed the loose ball and took it to the house with 6:38 left in first quarter. Then with 25 seconds left in the first quarter, Hall made a nifty one-handed interception that amazed the crowd.
3. The Red Riders found something late with Marcus Conway who looked like New York Giants’ legend Mark Bavaro leaping over players to make touchdown catches. Conway and Domer will be a hot duo all season long.
4. The amount of weapons on offense that Wooster brings to the field is ridiculous. Ohio Cardinal Conference beware.
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There were plenty of Generals that shined, but none more than running back Trey Mathis. He simply shook off tacklers over and over again during the first half on his way to a big night, reaching the end zone four times. Mathis played just one down in the second half, but remained on the field for special teams situations.
Orrville head coach Doug Davault on moving forward from this game.
“We need to find some positives,”said Davault. “I relate this game to our 2006 season where we won our first game and then got annihilated by Dover. That game against Dover snowballed like this game, but we went on to win seven of our next eight games.”
Davault on falling behind big in the first quarter.
“I don’t know if I have ever been through a quarter like that,” said Davault. “That first quarter went forever. These are the things that will test our character. We are better than this. That’s a good football team and we are not taking anything away from them. They got after it pretty good and we didn’t respond the way we wanted to.”
Davault on Marcus Conway’s performance in the fourth quarter.
“Marucs is a player,” said Davault. “He’s a really good kid that works super hard. We’ve tried to make a true tight end out of him and he actually does a really good job blocking.”
Wooster head coach Doug Haas on his teams big effort to start the season.
“All three phases really came through tonight as far as the defensive getting turnovers, special teams being able to change the field and never letting them get comfortable and then offensively being able to string together some plays and drives,” said Haas. “We’re excited about where we’re at, but there are also things that we can work on and get better at.”
Haas on all the talent at his disposal.
“We have a lot of skill players, so the challenge is spreading the ball around and taking what the defensive gives us,” Haas said. “If there is a match-up that we can exploit we are going to take advantage of it.”
Haas on his quarterback Peyton Bennington’s performance.
“It’s one of the better performances that I’ve seen from him,” said Haas. “I’m really proud of the way that he battled and competed.”
Video of the Night
Orrville’s Marcus Conway makes a touchdown catch with 14 seconds to play in the game.
Orrville's Marcus Conway has been unstoppable in the 4th quarter and catches another TD with 0:14 to play. pic.twitter.com/LacYQXoinS
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