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Cogs shock Rockets on road

September 10, 2012
Genoa-Kingston High School

RICHMOND – Genoa-Kingston quarterback Adam Price was speechless after Friday’s Big Northern Conference East Division opener against Richmond-Burton.

It’s understandable because his team had just overcome a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to shock Richmond-Burton on its home field, 24-20.

“It was crazy man. I don’t even have words,” Price said. “It was awesome.”

Field position was the key for the craziness to begin for G-K. The Cogs began on the 50-yard line to start the fourth quarter. What followed was a 10-play drive that ended in a Sal Lopez 19-yard touchdown run with 7:18 remaining.

After coaxing the Rockets into a three-and-out on their next possession, the Cogs used great field position again and only needed 29 yards to score with 4:45 left in the game.

The Cogs used a time-killing, 10-play drive as Lopez scored on fourth down from the 1 with 20 seconds left to give G-K (1-2, 1-0 BNC East) a 24-20 lead and ultimately the win.

It was Genoa-Kingston’s first victory at R-B since 1992.

“Last few times we came up here, their score was like a slot machine,” G-K coach Travis Fredrick said. “I question that a lot of our players thought we’d be 0-3 after this one because some kids look at the schedule and see wins and losses early in the week.”

G-K actually started off relatively well with a 15-play drive that ended in a Chris Camargo 35-yard field goal.

Richmond-Burton (1-2, 0-1 BNC East) then used a Matt Malecki 67-yard return to the Cogs’ 23-yard line and scored two plays later on a Christopher Vlasak 23-yard run.

But G-K answered immediately when Eli Thurlby returned the following kickoff 81 yards for a score.

“They got field position and they finished drives,” R-B coach Patrick Elder said. “We really aren’t very consistent in any phase of the game right now. That’s what we’ve got to get better at.”

The Rockets grabbed the lead in the second quarter, scoring on a Ryan Nelson 2-yard run and a 16-yard pass from Malecki to Tyler Aitken before G-K’s heroics.

“I was just hoping that everyone would come through but we didn’t,” Malecki said. “We kind of fell apart.”

Genoa-Kingston hosts Rockford Christian next week.

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