HUDSON — The Grundy Center Spartans cruised to a 47-0 victory over the Hudson Pirates to improve to 4-0 this season on Friday.
Grundy Center head coach Travis Zajac said the Spartans knew they had to get off to a quick start against a Pirates side that had allowed just 14 points in their three games this season.
“Take care of your stuff,” Zajac said. “We played three really tough games from the start. Hudson was 2-1 and they had a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Both of their wins were shutouts. Our job was to get out there and stifle their momentum early.
Zajac’s message was shown in Spartans play as Grundy Center wide receiver Austin Betts fired the opening kickoff into Pirates territory at the 40-yard line.
On their second play from scrimmage, the Spartans scored the game’s first touchdown as junior quarterback Colin Gordon hit sophomore tight end Tiernan Vokes on a 38-yard touchdown pass.
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Four minutes later, the Spartans scored again as junior defensive lineman Trent Cakerice took out Hudson quarterback Camden Davis who was looking for his running back on a screen pass. Cakerice returned the interception 14 yards for a touchdown.
Later in the first quarter, Cakerice forced a fumble, which the Grundy Center recovered at Hudson 29, while also sacking Davis.
Spartans junior running back Clay Saak scored four plays later on a seven-yard run to put Grundy Center up 20-0 with just 10:59 on the board.
In the second quarter, Gordon showed up with a two-yard rushing touchdown and threw for a pair of touchdowns, including a 42-yard bomb to junior wide receiver Tate Jirovsky.
By halftime, Gordon had recorded 153 passing yards and three passing touchdowns to go along with 71 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to put Grundy Center ahead 40-0.
The junior quarterback credited a combination of weekly preparation, execution and hard work during the offseason as the recipe that allowed the Spartans to put together his dominating performance on Friday.
“We prepare the same way every week – spot them, the coaches come up with a plan,” Gordon said. “Then we execute the plan… Our coaches are keen to get work in the offseason in the weight room. That’s a big part of it. We have a really good regimen. The coaches have been working a lot . »
Leading 40-0 in the second half, the Spartans flexed their running room depth. Sophomore running back Brody Zinkula made his third of nine carries — all in the second half — for 43 yards for a touchdown.
“We feel like we have three full-backs who can play,” Zajac said. “Brody just hasn’t had time for the past two weeks. Justin and Clay got the lion’s share of races. For Brody it’s just about trust, that’s why we wanted to get him out with the first team in line… He did a fantastic job from the start.
By the end of the game, the Spartans had amassed 369 total rushing yards – 216 rushing, 153 passing. Defensively, Grundy Center forced eight punts and kept the Pirates within 100 yards of offense.
“It was a really good night for our kids,” Zajac said. “We are delighted to continue to follow our schedule… We are a 4-0 football team at the moment, and they should be proud of that, but we are very proud of the progress day by day, week by week. .”
Next week, the Spartans put their undefeated record on the line against the (3-1) AGWSR Cougars.
According to Zajac, the Spartans will not watch any opponent pass on their calendar.
“We know everyone who plays us wants a piece,” Zajac said. “They want to try their luck in a team that has been pretty good the last two years and we accept that challenge wholeheartedly.”
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