July 22, 2014

Medina
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Defense is key for Grizzlies

Richard Doyle

The Gazette

WADSWORTH — Art Wright Memorial Stadium was missing half its usual football fans Friday night due to inclement weather, but Wadsworth’s defense definitely made its presence known as it manhandled Revere in a 42-6 Suburban League victory.

The Grizzlies (5-1, 2-1) used a combination of quickness and speed that kept the Minutemen (1-5, 0-3) dazed. Wadsworth was led by a defensive line that left no holes unplugged and speedy inside linebackers in Greg Young and Nick Winkler.

Add in an athletic senior-laden defensive backfield and it was a formula for disaster for Revere.

Wadsworth safety Ryan Looser owned the secondary with an interception and fumble recovery. He also added two spectacular punt returns that were called back due to penalties.

“I have to give credit to our entire defense tonight. They were simply spectacular,” coach Greg Dennison said. “They worked hard the entire night, and the results showed it.”

Revere’s opening play went for 12 yards, but that was its last movement of the chains until late in the second quarter. The Wadsworth defense held Revere to only two more first downs the rest of the game.

Anytime Revere’s running attack gained even a slight bit of momentum, the Grizzlies came up with a huge play behind the line of scrimmage. In the first half alone, Wadsworth recorded seven tackles for loss and forced five punts, a turnover on downs and an interception.

Not to be outdone, the Grizzlies offense made its mark as well by racking up 419 yards, including scoring runs of 34, 40, and 51 yards. A lot of players joined the parade, as Young (2 TDs), Martice Jackson, Scott Campbell, Shane Mast and Adam Dennison had touchdown runs.

Toss in a Revere intentional grounding penalty in the end zone for a safety and the rout was on.

On three of the scoring plays, Wadsworth fullbacks Young (4 carries, 82 yards, TD) and Mast (2 carries, 19 yards, TD) snuck through on traps.

“That’s our bread and butter,” Greg Dennison said. “We get the defense thinking tailback, and then we hit ’em with our fullback up the middle.”

“I have to give my lineman all the credit,” an exuberant Young said. “They make it easy for me to just wind my way through the defense.”

Similar blocking worked on a delayed handoff to Campbell (6 carries, 89 yards, TD), who rambled 44 yards for the final touchdown.

By spreading the ball around, it took a burden off Wadsworth’s leading rusher, Jackson, who still managed 142 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

Contact Richard Doyle at sports@medina-gazette.com.

Wadsworth 42, Revere 6

WADSWORTH                           7  12  16  7  — 42

REVERE                                       0   0    0   6  —   6

First

W — Adam Dennison 1 run (Aden Campbell kick), 1:18.

Second

W — Greg Young 34 run (kick failed), 6:25.

W — Martice Jackson 51 run (kick failed), 3:27.

Third

W — Safety (intentional grounding in end zone), 8:54.

W — Young 40 run (Campbell kick), 7:29.

W — Shane Mast 13 run (Arthur Castro kick), 1:14.

Fourth

W — Scott Campbell 44 run (Castro kick), 11:51.

R — Zach Lalkowski 25 pass from Zeck Lehman (pass failed), 9:38.