Greene 26, Whitney Point 14
GREENE – Facing its most difficult test of the season, Greene passed the exam, although not without a few difficulties.
Scott Gorton passed for 203 yards and three scores as the Trojans broke in their new field-turf athletics facility successfully.
“We expected it would be a tough game,” said Greene coach Tim Paske. “It was our first game on the new field, and Whitney Point was just as excited as we were. They were definitely a good test for us.”
Greene initiated the scoring in the second quarter finishing off a nine-play, 58-yard drive on Gorton’s six-yard TD pass to Nick Wilcox. After a Whitney Point fumble two possessions later, Greene needed only two plays to cover 32 more yards. Gorton’s 20-yard strike to Kevin Gilroy upped the lead to 14-0.
The Trojans saw their momentum take a step back at the end of the half. Near midfield, Gorton’s screen pass was intercepted by Tyler Donnelly, who raced 48 yards for the score. A successful two-point conversion closed the halftime gap to six points.
The Trojans and Golden Eagles traded touchdowns early in the third quarter. Greene went 14 plays to start the second half ending with a Kurt Shear one-yard TD run.
The Golden Eagles would then execute the first TD drive against Greene’s first-team defense this season. Donnelly broke several tackles on his way to a 23-yard TD jaunt.
Gorton went back on top to give Greene a 12-point advantage. He hit Brendan Kinne on a 44-yard scoring toss for the final margin.
Greene finished with 388 yards of total offense, and held Whitney Point’s rushing attack – one that averaged over 300 yards per game – to 131 yards.
“We had some more opportunities to score in this game,” Paske said. “Overally we executed pretty well and our yards (rushing and passing) were evenly split. We did our jobs, we just need to do them on every play.”
Tyler Beckwith’s 77 yards rushing led a balanced Greene attack. The Trojans (2-0, 4-0) play at Walton (2-2) on Saturday.