GENOA – Genoa Kingston’s season finale Friday night was a wet and muddy battle. It seemed whoever won in the trenches would come out with the win.
Fortunately for the Cogs, Indian’s running back John Lesiak left the game in the first quarter with an injured knee and would not return, and the Cogs won 14-0.
“When he (Lesiak) came out, that was a confidence booster for us,” Cogs coach Travis Frederick said.
With the Marengo offense reeling, Genoa-Kingston (3-6 overall, 3-3 Big Northern Conference East) had a chance to expose the Indians on defense. The Cogs threatened in the second quarter with a 31-yard reception by Mike Kuhn, but the drive stalled.
Because of the slippery field conditions, neither team could hold onto the football, much less keep its footing. There was no score in the half, and it seemed as if one slip up could decide the game.
“The conditions were miserable,” Frederick said. “The freshman and sophomore games really softened it up and it held a lot of water.”
Finally, at the start of the fourth quarter, the slip up came.
Cogs running back Eli Thurlby ran it in from 10 yards, and a successful two-point conversion put them up by 8. Finally, toward the end of the quarter, the Indians gave up a huge 48-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Griffin McNeil to Gabe WIlliams-Torres to finish off Marengo, 14-0.
The Cogs’ defensive line stifled Marengo (1-8, 0-6 BNC East) with five sacks and allowed only one completed pass.
“We played with less stress in the second half,” Frederick said. “We struggled on both sides of the ball, but we worked hard enough for a win.”