Greene defeats Groton 14-0
GREENE – The Trojan football team has jumped back to their winning ways in week two of the regular season, defeating Groton on the road at 14-0.
“We have had some very physical teams to start the season. Watkins Glen is very large and Groton won the division last year. They’re (Groton’s) very good so it was a real nice win for us,” said Greene head coach Dave Gorton.
After suffering an unfortunate loss on the road to Watkins Glen at 32-22 – the mighty Trojans turned to their defense to help secure a win in week two.
“We had five takeaways, we played very well defensively. We had some untimely penalties including a penalty that wiped out a touchdown 88-yard interception return,” said coach Gorton. “We turned ball over on downs on the two-yard line in the first quarter. We had opportunities to put some more points on the board. Our defense a couple times bent, but didn’t break.”
Five takeaways allowed for mistakes like a missed chance on an interception return or a missed chance at points from the two-yard line to give the Trojans less of a sting when it was all said and done.
Scoring first in the game was Justin Carmen. Carmen gave Greene the first and only lead change when he caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Coy Austin. Austin connected with Carmen for the two-point conversion as well.
Austin finished the game going 6-12 with 123 passing yards one touchdown and just one interception.
“A couple of passes were dropped, but overall he threw the ball well,” said Gorton of Austin’s play at the QB position.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Greene was able to capitalize again on their many opportunities – as Nate Erickson punched his way into the end zone from three yards out – the kick after was no good.
Austin and Erickson managed to come up with interceptions on the defensive side of the ball while Erickson also recovered a fumble in the end zone for the Trojans.
Carmen finished the game as the top Trojan receiver with one catch for 49 yards, with Erickson trailing with one catch for 44 yards. Erickson also tacked on 15 carries for 57 yards on the ground for Greene.
Defensively, Carmen has been on a tear for the first two weeks – having 12 tackles in week one, and now 16 in week two, playing as Greene’s middle linebacker.
“They had a couple of real good athletes. They got loose a couple of times and had some really good plays. They got first downs but didn’t get touchdowns, that’s because the defense was swarming to the ball,” said coach Gorton.