MARENGO – After Genoa-Kingston’s 48-3 victory over Marengo on Friday night, the Cogs met in the middle of the field and watched as aerial fireworks were shot off from a nearby field.
The colorful celebration might as well have been for the Cogs, who gained their fifth victory and a likely spot in the postseason next week. The official pairings will be announced at 8 tonight, and G-K probably will be selected because of its strength of schedule.
“It’s exciting. It hasn’t happened since 2010, and for everyone on the varsity it’s a whole new thing,” G-K senior Mike Kuhn said. “[Harvard] was a tough loss, but we just had to get over it and get this win like we did today.”
The Cogs (5-4, 5-1 Big Northern Conference East) used 11 consecutive running plays to score on their first possession, culminating on a 20-yard touchdown run from senior Tyler L’Huillier.
The defense forced its second straight three-and-out when Connor Bankson sacked Marengo quarterback Zach Knoblock on third down, and G-K again capitalized with a nine-play, 56-yard drive that was capped off with a 13-yard touchdown by L’Huillier.
The Cogs didn’t have to pass much Friday, but G-K quarterback Griffin McNeal aired it out on the Cogs’ next possession. The junior signal-caller lobbed a 44-yard touchdown in stride to Kuhn at the goal line for a 24-3 lead.
A good punt return set up the Cogs inside the Marengo (1-8, 1-5 BNC East) red zone late in the second quarter, and Sal Lopez punched it in from four yards out for the score and a 32-3 lead at halftime.
The Cogs added rushing touchdowns from L’Huillier and Jordan Bennett to cap the scoring in the second half.
“We talked about coming out and just doing it the right away, no mistakes,” G-K coach Travis Frederick said. “Minimized the penalties and cleaned some things up, it was good to see.”