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Late FG sinks G-K in opener

August 27, 2012
Genoa-Kingston High School

GENOA – As the seconds ticked down in the fourth quarter, St. Edward had yet to attempt a field goal during Friday’s season opener at Genoa-Kingston.

The Green Wave had not even tried an extra point, instead going for two on both of their touchdowns, failing each time.

With 4:58 left in the game, St. Edward kicker Joe French lined up for a 42-yard field goal with his team down by two points.

The kick sailed just through the uprights, giving the Green Wave a one-point lead. St. Edward linebacker Joe Stump would intercept an Adam Price pass on the Cogs’ final possession for the Green Wave to hold on for a 15-14 win.

Despite not seeing St. Edward (1-0) try a field goal all contest, Cogs coach Travis Frederick was prepared for the attempt.

“We saw them scrimmage,” Frederick said. “We knew they could kick a little bit,”

When G-K (0-1) got the ball back, Cogs kicker Chris Camargo was waiting for his chance at a game-winner before Price’s interception ended any hope of that.

Unfortunately for the Cogs, turnovers were a main theme all night, as they lost three fumbles. The Cogs also had a fumbled snap on an earlier Camargo field-goal attempt, while the Green Wave were able to recover an onside kick.

It wasn’t that G-K couldn’t move the ball. Fullback Sal Lopez ran for 131 yards, Eli Thurlby finished with 68 yards on the ground and Jose Ruiz added 41. Lopez’s tough running inside opened up the outside for Thurlby as the game went on.

However, the Cogs are a running team and Frederick knows if his team is going to pound the ball, they absolutely cannot put the ball on the ground.

“You cannot be a run-oriented team and fumble the ball three times a game,” Frederick said. “It was a problem last year, ball security’s still an issue now. We’ve got to get better. We’ve talked about climbing the ladder here and getting better next week.”

Lopez had both of G-K’s touchdowns, a 9-yard run in the first quarter and a 3-yard scamper in the third.

Defensively, the Cogs had a tough time with St. Edward running back Davontae Elam, who ran for 161 yards and had both Green Wave touchdowns.

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