GRANVILLE – After some tough losses throughout the season, the Granville Blue Aces made a statement Friday night in a 63-7 rout of Lakewood in its final home game. Coach J.R. Wait says he knows how it feels to be on the other side of the blowout victory.
“We didn’t expect it to be like that,” Wait said.
“They played hard and they played hard against us last year when we had a close game with them. We certainly understand the adversity you have to go through in a game like that.”
After a hard fought 21-6 victory against Lakewood a year before, Wait surely isn’t the only one expected a closer battle. However, the Blue Aces simply couldn’t do anything wrong Friday night while Lakewood struggled to find any rhythm on both sides of the ball, and Granville used it to its advantage.
The first play from scrimmage resulted in a 61 yard score after freshman quarterback Cameron Crouch completed a screen pass to senior wide out Thaddeus Winston. That set the tone for the rest of the game as Granville totaled 49 points in the first half. Throughout the first two quarters, Crouch completed one more touchdown pass to senior, Drew Dilger, while Winston scored two more on the ground. Freshman running back, Brandon Haley, also scored twice in the first half while sophomore kick returner, Patrick Chaykowski capped everything off by breaking through numerous tackles on his way to a 61 yard punt return touchdown.
“We didn’t have the season we wanted to, but I think the ending was pretty satisfying,” Winston said.
“It felt great to finally put a lot of points up and have fun while we do it.”
After being shut out in the first half and held to just two first downs, the Lancers finally got on the board late in the third quarter after senior quarterback, Cole Glaub found receiver and classmate, Austin Myers, for Lakewood’s lone score. The touchdown was one of two catches for Myers while Glaub finished the game with 88 yards through the air.
Although Lakewood held Granville scoreless in the third, it was the only quarter the Lancers were able to win as the Blue Aces tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth when Crouch found senior receiver, Hunter Brown, for a 16 yard score and Haley broke off a 36 yard run for his third touchdown of the game.
“Everyone was playing for the seniors tonight, it was great to get them a win,” Crouch said.
The young quarterback finished the game with 210 passing yards and three touchdowns on 10 completions while Haley completed the game as Granville’s leading rusher with 95 yards on eight carries. The two freshman are just a few of the many returning weapons Granville has on offense in 2016.
“A lot of us young guys got to play and get experience. We’re going to work this offseason and come out firing next year with confidence,” Crouch stated.