Submitted by Rommel Thorpe
In a game where expectations for both teams were high, the Northeast Ohio Silverbacks showed that a team that gels can be very dangerous and knocked off the Mount Vernon Militia 42-6 to open up 2017 Ohio Football League play.
“In our first league game, we came in and did exactly what we were supposed to do against a very scrappy Militia team,” head coach Damien Ivory said. “Our team did an excellent job in all three phases of the game. We have a long ways to go, but I can tell that this is a special unit and a great group of players.”
In the first quarter, both offenses stalled out on their first drives, but the Silverbacks’ offense got rolling on their second drive as quarterback Chris Barrett hooked up with rookie receiver Josiah Kaiser for the game’s first touchdown.
The Silverbacks defense followed that by generating a safety on the Militia’s next possession to extend the lead to 9-0.
With the momentum in their favor, the Silverbacks offense started to pile on the points as running back T.J. Mays added another touchdown to widen the lead, 16-0. Northeast Ohio took a 28-6 halftime lead into the locker room.
The second half was more of the same for the Silverbacks as second year quarterback Tev Richards hooked up with Josiah Kaiser for his second touchdown of the game to push the lead to 35-6.
In the fourth quarter, running back Reuben Woodruff bowled his way into the end zone for Northeast Ohio’s final touchdown.
The Silverbacks coaching staff gave their Hammer Award for the Player of the Game to Josiah Kaiser, but it was clear that the hammer belonged to the entire Silverbacks squad for their dominant performance.
The Silverbacks have the traditional Memorial Day holiday weekend off, but will be back in action June 3 on the road against their rivals, the Ohio Broncos, in the “Rubber City Showdown” to continue their OFL schedule.