BATH TWP. — The only thing Wadsworth’s football team could not do on Friday night was stage a defensive shutout. Everything else was marked off the list.
Dominate defensively? Check. Dominate offensively? Check. Limit penalties? Check. Earn a Suburban League road win? Checkmate.
The Grizzlies put together a complete game and were never threatened while beating Revere 42-7. In fact, the score could have been much worse if Wadsworth (4-2, 2-1) had not eased up during the second half.
Wadsworth quarterback Matt Alic had a flawless game. The senior completed all five of his passes for 164 yards, a touchdown and a 32.8 average. He finished the first half 4-for-4 and didn’t attempt a pass beyond the opening drive of the third quarter.
“Martice and Scott allowed us to do some play-action,” Alic said, referring to running backs Martice Jackson and Scott Campbell. “The passing game really opens up when both these guys are going hard.”
Not every team is fortunate to have even one good running back, but the Grizzlies enjoy the luxury of two in juniors Jackson and Campbell.
Jackson combined shiftiness and speed to finish with 90 yards on just 12 carries (7.5 average) with three touchdowns. Campbell, the smaller of the two, seemed to run through two defenders on each of his six carries that tallied 43 yards (7.1 average).
Both players have finished with much larger stats, but neither was needed in the second half with the Grizzlies leading 28-0 at halftime.
“We make each other better in games and practices,” Campbell said of Jackson. “We know we have talent and our competition is friendly and good for us.”
Wadsworth had 13 different players with at least one rushing attempt. Greg Young (5 carries, 42 yards, touchdown), Cyler Caldwell (9 carries, 17 yards), Mason Egleston (2 carries, 18 yards) and Zack Metz (2 carries, 33 yards, touchdown) helped the Grizzlies total 245 yards on the ground.
Defensively, the Grizzlies were just as impressive, forcing Revere (0-6, 0-3) into nine punts, four fumbles and one interception. The Minutemen were held to just 189 yards on 45 plays from scrimmage, and their lone touchdown came with 3:19 left in the game.
“Our defense has gotten better every week,” Wadsworth coach Greg Dennison said. “We only had one defensive starter coming back to start the season, so we’re young. We played well tonight.”
The Grizzlies did not punt and committed only one penalty for 10 yards.
Young opened the scoring with a 14-yard rumble up the middle at 4:01 in the first quarter. Jackson put Wadsworth up 14-0 on a run in which he started left before reversing field, shook a defender out of his cleats, then raced 25 yards.
It was 21-0 early in the second quarter after Alic hit Ryan Looser down the middle for a 68-yard score. Two more rushing touchdowns by Jackson and a 20-yarder by Metz closed out the scoring for the Grizzlies.
“We wanted to come out here and perform and get crisp,” Jackson said. “We’re going to win the Suburban League. No team can beat us. We can only beat ourselves.”
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Wadsworth 42, Revere 7
WADSWORTH 14 14 7 7 — 42
REVERE 0 0 0 7 — 7
W — Grey Young 14 run (Luis Escudero kick), 4:01.
W — Martice Jackson 25 run (Escudero kick), 0:01.
W — Ryan Looser 68 pass from Matt Alic (Escudero kick), 8:41.
W — Jackson 1 run (Escudero kick), 1:14.
W — Jackson 2 run (Escudero kick), 6:52.
W — Zack Metz 20 run (Escudero kick), 7:36.
R — Dalton Bassak 6 pass from Zeck Lehman (Clay Malyj kick), 3:19.