June 29, 2016

Partly sunny

Jones, Schrock lead Wadsworth

WADSWORTH — The Wadsworth football team was a little nervous coming into its non-league game against Cuyahoga Falls on Friday night.

The Black Tigers gave defending Suburban League champion Tallmadge all it could handle in the Week 1.

Turns out the Grizzlies had nothing to fear as they rolled over Cuyahoga Falls 38-14.

Wadsworth (2-0) did whatever it wanted on offense, putting up a video game total of 561 yards.

Tailback Dru Jones, wide receiver Anthony Schrock and quarterback Scott Saylor led the offensive blitz for Wadsworth.

“We’ve just got some kids that can make plays,” Wadsworth coach Greg Dennison said. “It’s more than one guy, and that’s really one thing we worked hard on in the offseason — figuring out ways to spread the ball around to keep them from focusing on Dru.”

Jones was his usual self, pounding out 270 rushing yards and notching a pair of scores, but he got a ton of support from his senior quarterback and sophomore wide receiver.

Saylor (5-of-10, 151 yards) and Schrock hooked up on a pair of big pass plays covering 40 and 66 yards. Both came off play-action passes set up by the running of Jones.

“We’ve got a good offensive line and Dru is doing a heckuva job and that opens the play-action pass,” Saylor said. “Everything is clicking right now.”

Schrock (3 catches, 107 yards receiving, 2 carries, 16 yards) found the end zone for the fourth and fifth time this season.

The success the Grizzlies had through the air also opened things up for Jones.

“Anthony Schrock and Scott Saylor  have helped me out so much,” the senior running back said. “Throw Trevor Alexis (1 catch, 31 yards)  in there catching a pass on first-and-20 for a first down and that opened it up a whole lot for us.”

Jones got the ball rolling for Wadsworth with a 28-yard scamper in the first quarter.

The highlight of the night for the Black Tigers (0-2) came on the ensuing kickoff when Marcus Hardy (217 all-purpose yards) raced up the sideline for an 81-yard TD.

Saylor hit Schrock on a post pattern for a 40-yard touchdown 67 seconds later and the Grizzlies never looked back.

“We knew they gave Tallmadge a tough game last week,” Schrock said. “We knew we had to come out and score first. Since they are kind of used to losing — they have a long streak — if we would get some points on the board real quick it would be a little easier.”

With Wadsworth building a big lead, it forced run-first Black Tigers quarterback Mike Dugger to throw.

“Were not a real catch-up team,” said Cuyahoga Falls coach Greg Lazzari of his squad that has lost 27 straight. “We don’t want to get in a shootout. We’re trying to control the ball, but we couldn’t even get them off the field.”

Along with Jones, 10 other Wadsworth backs toted the ball as the Grizzlies amassed 410 yards on 57 carries (7.2 per attempt).