H.S. Football: Greenfield blanks Frontier, 14-0

For the Gazette
Published: 4/9/2021 9:47:39 PM

GREENFIELD — The record will show that Greenfield High School cashed in two long drives of seven minutes or more for each of its touchdowns Friday night, but the Green Wave also displayed an opportune passing attack and a suffocating defense to post a 14-0 shutout win over Frontier Regional School at Veterans Memorial Field.

Right before each touchdown, Wave quarterback Shawn Davenport completed a long pass to put the hosts in the red zone. For the night, Davenport completed 5-of-8 passes for 112 yards, with Brendan Driscoll (three receptions, 55 yards) and David Carey (two catches, 57 yards) his primary targets. Marcus Sanders led Greenfield with 48 yards on 20 carries and scored the Wave’s first touchdown early in the second quarter, and Davenport added a score on a quarterback sneak midway through the third.

“You could really see it in their faces that they wanted to play hard in this game,” said Green Wave coach Mike Kuchieski. “They worked really hard this week. We had a great defensive scheme put together, and made enough plays on offense to score some points. We had some really good efforts by everybody.”

At the end of a 75-yard drive, Greenfield (2-0) converted a third-and-13 at the Frontier 37 when Davenport hit a diving Carey for a 23-yard gain down to the 14. A personal-foul call advanced the ball half the distance to the 7, and a subsequent face-mask penalty put the football at the 2. On the next play, Sanders went up the middle for the opening score with 11:52 left in the first half, although Davenport’s two-point conversion pass failed to keep the Wave’s lead at 6-0.

Frontier (1-2), which managed only 41 yards of total offense and three first downs, reached Greenfield territory on only its first possession, and never again on any of its next five. The Redhawks punted on their first two first-half series and quarterback Jake Dodge threw an interception to Sanders just before halftime.

Off the second-half kickoff, Sanders ripped off a 25-yard return to give the Wave possession at midfield. Four plays later, Davenport hit Carey for 34 yards down to the Frontier 15, and Davenport took a quarterback draw 13 yards up the middle to the 2. He then dove in for the Wave’s second score, and Cam Lococo tacked on the two-point conversion run to make it a 14-0 game with 4:54 remaining in the third.

Greenfield finished the night with 208 yards of total offense.

Dodge completed 4-of-6 passes for 13 yards with an interception, and also recovered a fumble on defense. Josh Semaski topped the Redhawks’ rushers with 27 yards on 11 carries.

“We’d get a few nice gains, and then a penalty, and it drove us backwards. We can’t go three steps forward and two steps back,” said Frontier coach Scott Dredge. “There’s no playbook any coach has to dig yourself out of that many penalties. That’s really what it came down to.”


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