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PREP FOOTBALL: Top-ranked Ithaca cruises past St. Louis
Yellowjackets notch 50th straight win
Ithaca senior Logan Hessbrook (26) gets ready to juke St. Louis Junior Mack Crowley (28) for a first down at Ithaca Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).
Ithaca senior Eli Villalobos (8) returns a kickoff for a touchdown against St. Louis at Ithaca Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. A penalty on the play caused for the touchdown to be withdrawn. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).
Ithaca senior Travis Smith (2) keeps the ball and runs it in for a two point conversion against St. Louis at Ithaca Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).
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The Yellowjackets put up a school-record 76 points Friday night against St. Louis en route to winning their 50th straight games and clinching the Tri-Valley Conference West championship.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Ithaca senior quarterback Travis Smith. “It’s my senior year, last home game of the regular season, beating St. Louis and getting that scoring record. I’ve waited about three years for this.”
Ithaca (8-0 overall, 7-0 TVC) played as if it wasn’t going to be denied all of those accolades on Senior Night, pitching a shutout while flipping through some history.
It took less than two minutes for the Yellowjackets to get on the scoreboard.
Smith completed two 20-plus yard passes on Ithaca’s first two offensive plays of the game. Three plays later he ran it into the end zone on an eight-yard rush off the left side.
Then, Ithaca’s senior running back Bryan Shaw got into the scoring. On the team’s second possession of the game, he rushed right up the middle of the Shark defense for an eight-yard touchdown.
Smith upped the ante on the Yellowjackets’ third possession of the game when he rushed up the middle for a four-yard touchdown. After Ithaca missed an extra point and a two-point conversation on its first two scoring drives, Smith capped of the third touchdown with a successful two-point conversion run.
Shaw concluded the first-quarter scoring when he ran right up the middle for a 34-yard touchdown and Smith capped it off with another successful two-point conversation run, making it 28-0.
In the second quarter, Smith added a 51-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Logan Hessbrook and Shaw scored two more rushing touchdowns, one from 20 yards out and another from two yards.
By halftime it was 55-0.
Smith went 7-of-12 passing for 206 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed twice for 12 yards and two touchdowns. Shaw had nine carries for 137 yards and four touchdowns.
“Bryan’s a horse,” said Ithaca head coach Terry Hessbrook. “Tonight he just seemed like he was running possessed the way he hit those holes. He showed a little bit of shiftiness and he certainly showed some speed and that’s what we’re going to need if we want to advance in the playoffs.”
As for St. Louis (2-6 overall, 1-6 TVC), it never really seemed to get going. The Sharks continuously tried to pound the football with senior running back Matt Hasler, but it wasn’t working.
Hasler rushed 25 times, only gaining 47 yards.
Junior quarterback Zach Mizer didn’t fair well, either. He only had six yards passing until he found his junior receiver Mack Crowley open along the right side of the field for a 58-yard gain.
Mizer finished the game 4-of-11 for the 64 yards and an interception.
“We look for wins even in losses, things we do right and things we do wrong and need to correct,” said St. Louis head coach Aaron Munderloh. “There are obviously plenty of things we need to correct. There are a few positives. By the time we breakdown the film, we’ll find a few things.”
Ithaca looks to finish off the regular season perfect, again. It travels to Shepherd High School at 7 p.m. Friday.
St. Louis hopes to rebound from the loss with a win in its regular season and home finale against Garber.
Last Updated: 10/18/2013 11:53:17 PM EST