Greene dominates in second half


Greene 35, Oneonta 14

ONEONTA – Facing a one-point halftime deficit, Greene (5-0) dominated the second half to remain unbeaten on the season.

Oneonta drove 89 yards in the last two minutes of the first half, and Taharen Williams’ 17-yard TD reception off the fingertips of QB Brendan Lord with eight seconds left i helped secure a 14-13 ‘Jackets lead.

Greene scored three times in the second half scoring on Jeff Carlin’s 26-yard TD tote in the third to take the lead. Keegan Cerwinski rumbled in from nine yards out early in the fourth, and Carlin dashed 63 yards to paydirt later in the game – his third TD of the game – to create a three TD bulge.

The Trojans’ defense held Oneonta to one first down in the second half until the latter stages of the game. Offensively, 225 of Greene’s 274 rushing yards came in the second half. “We came out and were even more focused in the second half,” said Greene coach Tim Paske. “We told the kids that these are the types of games we want to be in. They’re a good team, and we’re a good team. We came out and got the job done.”

Greene won the special teams battle in the first half to assume command. Carlin picked up nice blocking to score on a 40-yard punt return in the first quarter. Carlin finished with 126 yards on his four punt returns.

Oneonta’s Bryce Wooden tied the game with a six-yard TD run later in the opening quarter. Two possessions later, Oneonta punter Matt Robinson was forced to take a knee at his own 11 after a bad punt snap. Cerwinski scored from seven yards out to move his team in front, 13-7.

Oneonta’s go-ahead touchdown was set up by Skylar Thompson’s 53-yard run up the middle on a draw play .

Carlin led the Greene rushing attack with 107 yards on 12 carries, and Cerwinski rushed for a season-high 106 yards. Cerwinski’s second TD run of the game was set up by another bad Oneonta punt snap.

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