2010-10-24 / Sports

Hornets capture GAC Blue crown with win at Byron

BYRON – New Lothrop's varsity football team capped a record-setting perfect season Friday night with a 43-7 win over host Byron.

The win put the Hornets at a perfect 9-0 in the regular season, and made them out-right champions of the Genesee Area Conference Blue Division. En route they left a couple of long-standing school records by the wayside.

The 2010 Hornets set a new record for points allowed in a season with 32. The old mark of 33 was set in 1975. The other new record was for most points scored in the regular season with 450. The old record was 351, set back in 1971.

“It was nice to finish out the regular season with a perfect record,” New Lothrop coach Clint Galvas said. “Our defense ruled the night. The old adage is 'defense wins championships.' Well tonight it locked up a league championship for us.”

New Lothrop got the ball rolling early, scoring at 11:01 of the first quarter on a one yard run by quarterback Tyler Bennett. He then kicked the PAT to make it 7-0.

At 8:47 of the first, Cody Peterman picked off an errant Eagle pass and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown. Bennett's kick made it 14-0.

Bennett scored again at 2:00 of the first by kicking a 23 yard field goal to put the Hornets up 17-0.

Then at 1:27 of the first Austin Severn picked off a Byron pass and returned it 25 yards for the score. Bennett's kick was no good, making it 23-0.

At the 10:47 mark of the second quarter. Severn snagged his second interception of the night, returning this one 35 yards for a touchdown. Bennett's kick put the Hornets up 30-0.

Still in the second, Severn struck again, this time on offense, running 16 yards for a touchdown. Zack Taylor missed the PAT, but New Lothrop led 36-0 at the half.

In the third quarter, Severn scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 61 yard scamper at 5:04. Taylor's kick made it 43-0.

Byron finally got on the board at 2:58 of the third when a bad snap on a New Lothrop punt sent the ball over the punter's head. Seth Olrich recovered the loose ball in the endzone for a touchdown. Jordan Coffee kicked the PAT.

New Lothrop finished up the night with 293 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns. The Hornets also went 1 of 2 passing for 11 yards. They finished with 304 yards of total offense. They picked up seven first downs and were penalized eight times for 40 yards.

Severn led the ground attack, picking up 128 yards in eight attempts with two touchdowns. Peterman had 62 yards in three attempts. Bennett had 51 yards and a score in five carries.

Jeremy Emmendorfer had the lone reception for the Hornets.

Byron ran for 106 yards in 30 attempts, and went 10 of 26 passing for another 54 yards, giving the Eagles 160 yards of total offense. They had four penalties for 20 yards, and lost one fumble and four interceptions with 114 return yards.

Zane Brugger led the Byron offense with 80 yards in 19 carries. Olrich had 42 yards in four attempts. Coffee snagged six receptions for 24 yards.

The Hornet defense was led by Tyler Moriarity with 11 tackles. C.J. Dice had eight tackles, while Joe Jamick hauled down seven tackles. Severn had six tackles to go with his two interceptions. Peterman had five tackles with two interceptions.

With the regular season in the books, the Hornets now have to wait until the Selection Sunday show at 7 p.m. tonight, Sunday, Oct. 24 on Fox Sports Detroit.

Galvas said his Hornets are right on the edge of going to Division 7 or Division 8, depending on how other schools fared on Friday night. With a 9-0 record, the Hornets are hoping for a home game for at least the first week of the playoffs.

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