2015-09-06 / Sports

Hornets whitewash Atherton, 44-0


Chesaning’s Spencer Krupp moves the ball through the SASA defense in Wednesday’s contest at Chesaning. The Dragons pulled out a 3-1 win. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Chesaning’s Spencer Krupp moves the ball through the SASA defense in Wednesday’s contest at Chesaning. The Dragons pulled out a 3-1 win. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) NEW LOTHROP – Thursday night’s football contest between New Lothrop and Atherton started late, but ended early, as NL mercied the visiting Wolverines, 44-0.

In the process, Erik Birchmeier enjoyed a break-out game at quarterback as he and his teammates ran all over their GAC-Blue rivals.

Most of the suspense on Friday centered around whether the contest would be played, as both teams waited out a thunderstorm before finally taking the field.

But once the proceedings began, Birchmeier and his teammates took control.

Birchmeier was playing just his second game behind center after replacing All- State QB Ben Muron from last year’s NL squad, and he put up some eye-popping numbers with his legs, running for 173 yards and scoring three touchdowns. He only had to throw the pigskin once all evening, a 4-yard completion to Quentin Taylor, but the Hornets didn’t need his arm as they rushed for 396 yards and held Atherton to just 32 yards of total offense.

Taylor was also spectacular on offense, gaining 120 yards on a dozen carries and scoring twice.

Birchmeier notched the first two TD’s of the night as he scored on runs of five and one yards before the first quarter was half over. He also ran in both two-point conversions after the scores as NL jumped out to a quick 16-0 lead.

Caleb Symons, who picked up 45 yards on just two carries, added the third TD of the opening stanza with a 36-yard run and Steven Garza’s two-point conversion run made it 24-0.

Taylor scored again early in the second quarter on a 3-yard run and Birchmeier streaked in from 50 yards out with 3:36 remaining in the half to make it 37-0 heading into the locker room.

The entire second half was played under a running clock and Taylor put the final touches on the board with a 5-yard score. Kendrick Polly kicked the extra point to balloon the bulge to 44-0 with 10:07 to go in the contest.

Symons and Luke Harris anchored a stingy NL defense with 3.5 tackles apiece as the Hornets allowed less than one yard per snap by the Wolverines. Taylor, Donald Quarderer and Keith Tunstall each had 2.5 tackles for New Lothrop and Tucker Moriarity came up with an interception to go with his 2.0 tackles.

The convincing win gives NL a 1-0 record in the league and a 2-0 overall mark heading into next week’s game against tough non-conference foe Carson City-Crystal on the road.

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