|4/5||Div. III||All-American Conference Red Tier|
By JIM FLICK
Controlling the game from the outset, Poland defeated Chaney 31-0 on Friday night.
Poland (4-2) was led by the effective offensive efforts of quarterback Colin Reardon and running back John Medina.
Reardon scored the game’s first touchdown on a 1-yard dive, then threw a 6-year pass to wide receiver Darius Patton for the second. Reardon, a junior, completed 12 of 18 passes for 205 yards.
Medina scored the Bulldogs’ other two touchdowns, pounding into the end twice in the second quarter, on runs of 3 and 10 yards. Medina was the game’s leading rusher, gaining 72 yards on 18 carries.
Patton played a strong game on both sides of the ball. Besides the touchdown catch, he hauled down four other passes from Reardon, frequently weaving past defenders for 64 yards.
But Patton made his first notable play on defense. Poland kicked off to Chaney (1-5) to start the game, but Patton ended the Cowboys’ first possession by intercepting a pass by Chaney quarterback Robert Thompkins.
After the interception, Poland drove 57 yards in 13 plays to put the game’s first points on the scoreboard.
The Bulldogs put most of their other points on the scoreboard in the second quarter.
Patton’s touchdown catch capped a 12-play, 72-yard drive, which was highlighted by a 27-catch by senior Mike Costello that put Poland in front 14-0.
Medina’s first touchdown came at the end of a six-play, 60-yard scoring drive. Costello also made a key contribution to that drive, hauling in a 40-yard pass from Reardon.
Chaney was led by Thompkins, a junior, who gained 45 yards in nine rushing attempts and completed 3 of 10 passes for 20 yards.
Cowboys running back George LeFlore, a junior, rushed 16 times for 40 yards, and lined up at quarterback for a few running plays. In fact, three different Cowboys lined up at quarter Friday, including freshman Rashawn Johnson.
Poland outgained Chaney 309-177 in total offense.
“We certainly didn’t run the ball as well as we usually do,” Poland coach Mark Brunyard said. He credited Chaney’s defense with plugging the middle of the defense.
Brunyard credited Reardon for effectively running Poland’s offense. “He’s a very talented young man.”
“We’re struggling to block people,” said Chaney coach Jim Vivo. The blocking problems resulted in Chaney failing on three consecutive plays in the first half to gain the 1 yard needed for a first down, the coach added, noting that series of plays set a pattern for the game.