GENOA – With the game already in hand midway through the fourth quarter, Will Beach came onto the field with the backups and took his first carry 70 yards for a touchdown.
It was that kind of game for Genoa-Kingston. The Cogs (3-2, 3-0 Big Northern East) came out on homecoming and routed Burlington Central (1-4, 1-2), 43-0, on Friday night. The win was G-K’s first over Central since 2010.
G-K junior quarterback Griffin McNeal threw for 93 yards and two touchdowns, and senior running back Sal Lopez added 105 yards and three scores on the ground.
After an early score gave them momentum, the Cogs recovered a fumble, and McNeal hit senior Tyeler L’Huillier for a 20-yard touchdown strike on the next play.
“We came out here jacked,” McNeal said. “When you give this team adrenaline like that, we ride with it.”
With the lead in hand, the Cogs went to their ground game, which wore down the Rockets. G-K used eight different rushers and racked up 246 yards on the ground.
G-K kept pouring it on in the second half. Lopez and Beach each scored, and the defense continued to shut down Central.
When time ran out, the party was just getting started for the Cogs, who were swarmed by their orange-clad student section.
Although it is still early, the win leaves the Cogs optimistic about the rest of the season.
After a rocky start, they now have won three consecutive games, and this confidence-building win could be a springboard to many more.
“Confidence is sky-high,” McNeal said. “This is the first time we’ve had a winning record since 2010. Everybody’s really pumped up about that, and I think this win is going to give us a good shot of making the playoffs this year.”