By Lucy Jackson
The Wolverine offense scored 41 points in a shutout victory last Friday against Van Nuys High School. Wide receiver Paul Royster â08 and running back Tehron OâNeal â09 split the teamâs six touchdowns.
âItâs always good to win the second game, but now the real season starts,â Head Coach Vic Eumont said.
The Wolverines controlled the running game, plowing through the Wolvesâ defensive line and allowing for long drives and five touchdowns on the ground. Both Royster and OâNeal scored on short runs in the first quarter.
âOur blockers did a good job all night; they kept the run game going,â OâNeal said. âWe were able to bounce it outside, and the reads were easy because they cleared people out.â
Quarterback Sean Berman â09 connected with Royster on a 60-yard touchdown pass, sending the crowd into mayhem with 2:15 left in the first quarter.
âWe kept it pretty simple,â Berman said. âWe didnât want to show a lot to the scouts, so we threw mostly outs and flats, with some deep routes as well.â
OâNeal scored again in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run, giving the Wolverines a 27-0 lead.
With 51 seconds left in the first half, outside linebacker Kimo Thorpe â09 intercepted a Van Nuys pass, and was tackled four yards shy of the end zone.
âI read his eyes when he stepped to throw, then I broke to the ball,â Thorpe said. The Wolverines capitalized on the turnover with a four-yard Royster run for another touchdown to cap off the half.
In its first offensive drive of the second half, the team strung together five first downs for sixty yards and an eventual OâNeal score, his third touchdown of the night.
After the victory, the team set its sights on Burroughs, who they will play at home next week. One of the Wolverinesâ two regular season losses last year came against Burroughs.