ROCKFORD – With the exception of a few minutes at the end of the first half, it was all Genoa-Kingston on Friday night.
The G-K football team jumped out to a three-score lead, and withstood a Rockford Christian charge before halftime, taking over in the second half of a 42-21 win.
The Cogs improve to 2-2 and 2-0 in the Big Northern Conference East with the victory, while the Royal Lions fall to 0-4 and 0-2 in the conference.
Sal Lopez was the Cogs’ workhorse on the ground, running for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler L’Hullier had 76 yards on the ground, including a 41-yard score.
“We’re trying to find ways to get more and more kids the ball in different situations,” G-K coach Travis Frederick said. “The O-line kept it up for the most part and a lot of kids had some nice plays.”
The Cogs jumped out to a 20-0 lead, thanks to two touchdowns from Jesse Bade and another from Lopez, and for a while in the first half it looked like G-K would just own the night.
Rockford Christian got on the board with a Lucheo Tombini 4-yard score with 1:22 left in the second quarter, and got added momentum when Bade fumbled the ball on the Cogs’ ensuing possession.
The Royal Lions took advantage of the G-K turnover, with Kalab Polky catching a 35-yard touchdown from Nolan Gazouski.
G-K wouldn’t let the Rockford Christian momentum last into the second half, however, as the Cogs got a 10-yard touchdown run from Bade and a 6-yard scamper from Lopez. L’Hullier’s run put the game away.
One negative for the Cogs were the 115 penalty yards they racked up.
“Penalties were just [monsterous] tonight,” Frederick said. “The game doesn’t always get called the way you want it. You’ve just got to deal with it.”