High School Football: Blazers' offense impressive in a win over Indians

October 12, 2012|By MARK KELLER |
  • Clear Spring's Jared Brant breaks through Berkeley Springs' defense in the first half of Friday night's game at Clear Spring.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — Having lost three straight games, the Clear Spring football team was hoping to turn its Homecoming game into a coming-out party for its offense.

Mission accomplished.

The Blazers rolled up 486 yards and scored on their first four possessions — all in the first quarter — on the way to a 47-6 rout of Berkeley Springs on Friday night.

Ryan Aaron threw for 186 yards and four touchdowns for the Blazers (3-4). He also ran for 88 yards and a touchdown.

While the Clear Spring offense was scoring at will early in the game, the defense was doing a number on Berkeley Springs (0-8).

The Indians had four possessions in the first quarter and ran just eight plays. They punted twice, had a pass intercepted and lost a fumble.

By the time they put together a sustained drive midway through the second quarter, the Blazers already led 26-0.

Clear Spring kept the ball on the ground early, as Aaron, Jesse Gentry and Jared Brant traded carries on the game’s opening drive. A 31-yard run by Aaron was the big play, but it was Gentry who scored the first points on a 4-yard run for a 6-0 lead.

A three-and-out and an 11-yard punt gave the Blazers the ball at midfield, and Aaron began to look to the air more often. He connected with Collin Schultz for a 13-yard touchdown and a 13-0 Clear Spring lead.

The Indians’ next drive lasted just one play as Gentry picked off Mark Cowles. Gentry broke free behind the defense on Clear Spring’s first play and caught a pass from Aaron for a 43-yard gain to the Indians 5. Brant punched it in from the 1 two plays later.

Berkeley Springs gave the ball right back to the Blazers, as Brady Tritapoe fumbled and Clear Spring’s Damien Poet recovered. Two plays later, Aaron found Gentry for a 23-yard touchdown strike and a 26-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Aaron connected with Caleb Edwards for a 15-yard touchdown and Schultz for a 19-yard score in the third quarter, then closed out the scoring with a 5-yard run that activated the running clock with 4 minutes left in the game.

The Blazers rushed for 300 yards, with Brant and Gentry gaining 86 yards each. Gentry also caught three passes for 101 yards.

The Indians finished with just 73 yards. Zach Wise kicked field goals of 29 and 40 yards for their only points.

Clear Spring 47, Berkeley Springs 6
Berkeley Springs    0    3    3    0    —    6
Clear Spring    26    0    14    7    —    47
First Quarter
CS — Jesse Gentry 4 run (kick failed)
CS — Collin Schultz 13 pass from Ryan Aaron (Glendon Mills kick)
CS — Jared Brant 1 run (kick failed)
CS — Gentry 23 pass from Aaron (Mills kick)
Second Quarter
BS — Zach Wise 29 FG
Third Quarter
BS — Wise 40 FG
CS — Caleb Edwards 15 pass from Aaron (Mills kick)
CS — Schultz 19 pass from Aaron (Mills kick)
Fourth Quarter
CS — Aaron 5 run (Mills kick)

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