LUCAS — The Lucas Cubs stayed true to themselves Friday night.
When Centerburg had them stymied for much of the first half, the Cubs continued to run-first, run-second, run-third and keep running. The result turned into a convincing 30-14 victory over a formidable Centerburg squad at Bob Wine Field in Lucas Stadium.
“This senior class was freshmen when we put this offense in. We stayed who we are,” Lucas coach Scott Spitler said.
Lucas only attempted two passes, completing one for 12 yards. Everything else came on the ground with 266 yards including 168 from senior workhorse Mason Galco on 33 carries. Galco, who rushed for 239 yards and four touchdowns in the season opener last week, also added three TDs.
“It was absolutely about us adjusting our blocking schemes,” Spitler said. “We had to make the adjustments and our defense had to play well enough for us to adjust.”
Play of the Game
Centerburg scored on its opening possession, putting together and 11-play, 79-yard drive. The Trojans (1-1) continued to control the tempo well into the second period as they lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt.
Instead, Alex Switzer blocked it for Lucas (2-0) which took over near midfield. Galco, who had just six yards on six carries to that point, broke off a 41-yard touchdown when he cutback and shed a couple of tackles in the process.
“It was huge,” Spitzer said of the block. “It sparked us. It was Alex Switzer who blocked a punt for a touchdown last week.”
Player of the Game
It was tough to top the night by Galco. He carried the Cubs to the win in the second half as they drained the clock with him running the ball 17 times in the final two period. He was spelled a bit by freshman Jeb Grover who finished with 55 yards on 11 carries, including a touchdown, and senior quarterback Reuben Luna added 37 yards on 11 carries, plus kicked a 27-yard field goal just before halftime for a 10-7 lead.
Lucas put together drives of 18 and 15 plays in the second half, effectively keeping the ball out of Centerburg’s hands. Those series drained 16 minutes off the clock and ate up 146 yards and ended in a pair of touchdowns.
However, Spitler felt the defense was the true key in the first half, not allowing Centerburg into the end zone after the first series.
Both Lucas and Centerburg won playoffs games a year ago … Centerburg went to the Division VI regional championship game and is going for this third straight playoff appearance … Lowellville, the Cubs’ season-opening opponent that lost 70-0 was coming off a 5-5 season and a 2013 playoff berth … Centerburg won its opener against Utica 35-20, but gave up five yards per carry against the Redskins.