Garfield homecoming King & Queen Keegan Sell and Zoey May
Garrettsville, OH- The Garfield G-MEN (5-0) hosted their Homecoming game Friday night against the visiting Campbell Memorial Red Devils (1-4). Garfield came in averaging over 50 points per game and were looking to keep their record unblemished while the Red Devils looked to play spoiler.
Campbell started with the ball at their own 28 yard line. They slowly trudged their way into G-MEN territory eating up a lot of clock with their slow paced offense. Facing a 4th and 3, Red Devils QB Mihali Koullias attempted a shovel pass up the middle that fell incomplete turning the ball over on downs at the Garfield 40 yard line. From there it only took one play for Garfield as Brandyn Bogucki took the handoff 60 yards to the house for a quick strike touchdown. Ethan Bittence converted the PAT giving Garfield a 7-0 lead with 4:45 to play 1st quarter.
On the next Campbell possession the G-MEN would force a 3 and out after a 6 yard loss on a QB keeper on 3rd down forcing the games first punt. Garfield took over at their own 47 yard line. This time it only took two plays before QB Eric Geddes ran a 41 yard keeper into the end zone down the right sideline. The PAT made it 14-0 G-MEN with 2:08 left in the opening quarter.
A second straight Campbell 3 and out was forced by the stout G-MEN defense resulting in another punt. On this occasion, Leo Grandizio scooped up the punt and took it back 47 yards for a touchdown. Another Bittence PAT made it 21-0 with 7.1 seconds to play in the quarter.
It was a third straight 3 and out for the Red Devils. The next series was was the longest for the G-MEN to this point, going 39 yards in three plays capped off by a Geddes 16 yard touchdown run, his second of the half. Bittence converted his fourth PAT for a 28-0 lead with 9:47 to play in the half.
Campbell was able to finally pick up a first down on their next possession, also aided by a 15 yard personal foul against the G-MEN defense. But a loss of 3 yards on a run attempt by Dre Brown and then two incomplete passes led to yet another punt. Another three play drive resulted in a 36 yard touchdown pass from Geddes to Deacon Sommer after a connection for 20 yards on the previous play. The PAT was good and Garfield held a 35-0 lead with 6:08 to play in the half.
As they did all half, the G-MEN defense put the brakes on the Red Devils offense forcing the 5th Campbell punt of the first half. Garfield took over at their own 45 yard line. It was only one play later when Keegan Sell took the handoff around the right side for a 45 yard touchdown run. The Bittence PAT put the G-MEN up 42-0 with just under four minutes to play in the half.
On Campell's next possession, Mihali Koullias was picked off by Leo Grandizio who returned it 27 yards down to the 5 yard line. The next play resulted in a 5 yard touchdown pass from Geddes to Christian Gallagher for Garfield's 7th touchdown of the half. The PAT was no good and with 2:29 to play in the half the G-MEN led 48-0.
For the second straight possession the Garfield defense came up with an interception, this time by Brandyn Bogucki at the G-MEN 18 yard line. From there freshman RB Devin Bates took it in for the touchdown. The PAT made it a 55-0 lead with 18.1 seconds to play in the half. That gave us our halftime score.
The second half was all about the youngsters for the G-MEN. Bates scored again on a 20 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter. The G-MEN kneeled for the PAT and led 61-0. In the 4th quarter freshman DB Cameron Lewicki recovered a fumble late in the 3rd quarter. The final quarter was uneventful as the G-MEN took this one in resounding fashion 61-0.
Garfield came in averaging over 52 points per game and eclipsed that mark against Campbell moving to 6-0 on the season. They travel to Youngstown next Friday to face the Liberty Leopards while Campbell looks to right the ship at home against Champion.
Garfield unofficial stats:
Eric Geddes: 3/4, 61 yards, 2 TD / 2 rush, 57 yards, 2 TD
Keegan Sell: 4 rush, 85 yards, TD / 6 tackles
Deacon Sommer: 2 rec, 56 yards, TD
Brandyn Bogucki: 1 rush, 60 yards, TD / INT
Devin Bates: 4 rush, 45 yards, 2 TD