GRANADA - Quarterback Dylan Petrowiak produced the Granada-Huntley- East Chain/Truman Jaguar football program's first-ever touchdown with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter of Thursday night's season-opener in Granada.
Petrowiak later capped the Jaguars' non-league Nine-Man clash with the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers with a 25-yard scoring sprint with 2:03 left in regulation.
Unfortunately for the newly-formed hometown lineup, Charger running back Dana Madson delivered a yeoman's performance in between Petrowiak's scores.
BREAKING FREE — Jaguar running back DaMarko Thomas (7) breaks free from Charger linebacker Matt Otto during season-opening football action Thursday night in Granada. Photo by Leanna Becker
Madson generated a game-leading 129 yards and two TDs on 25 totes, pocketed three receptions for 70 more yards and intercepted a pass from his linebacker position to engineer WWG's 34-21 victory over GHEC/Truman.
"It was too little, too late for us tonight," Jaguar mentor Lee Dallager said in reference to his offense generating 187 of its 196 total yards during the second half. "We made some adjustments at halftime and it definitely paid dividends in the second half, but we couldn't sustain anything due to committing too many penalties."
Indeed. The officiating crew tossed a total of 24 flags for a staggering 220 yards, with the Jaguars being whistled a dozen times for 121 yards and the Chargers getting defused for 99 yards on 12 infractions.
"We made a number of mistakes, but we'll work on correcting that in practice," said Dallager.
After a pass interference call against GHEC/Truman moved WWG into Jaguar territory at the 42-yard line during the game's second series, Madson eventually plowed up the middle from 1 yard out to stake the visitors to a 6-0 lead at the 6:41 juncture.
The Jaguars then capitalized on two Charger facemask infractions during the ensuing series to reach the WWG 31. GHEC/Truman's three-back attack of Jared Green, DaMarko Thomas and Petrowiak churned out the real estate before Petrowiak snuck behind center Logan Pytleski on a 1-yard keeper to knot the game at 6-all. Green kicked the PAT to swing a 7-6 edge to the Jaguars with 3:38 left in the first.
Madson then ignited the Chargers' countering scoring drive by catching a screen pass from quarterback John Elzenga and weaving his way 50 yards to the Jaguars' 20. Madson later pounded over right guard from 1 yard out for a 12-7 lead with 11:55 left in the second frame.
Madson's interception at the 4:13 juncture then set up Elzenga's 17-yard scoring strike to tight end Aaron Hass. Madson then extended WWG's lead to 20-7 with a run around right end at the 3:21 mark.
Hass then recorded a safety when he tackled GHEC/Truman reserve quarterback Chandler Greier in the end zone following back-to-back high snaps to widen the visitors' edge to 22-7 with less than a second left before halftime.
Ryan Shumski's pivotal fumble recovery at the Chargers' 34 to open the third quarter led to the Jaguars' five-play scoring march. Thomas, who generated 63 yards on 11 carries, took the handoff and accelerated around left end for a 16-yard TD to trim the home team's gap to 22-13 with 9:35 left in the third.
WWG, however, answered quickly by capitalizing on an out-of-bounds kickoff and a late hit infraction on GHEC/Truman to set up Matt Otto's 5-yard TD run at the 6:52 mark.
A facemask infraction on the Jaguars allowed the Chargers to extend their lead to 34-13 during the third snap of the final frame. Elzenga crossed the goal line on a 1-yard keeper to cap the drive.
GHEC/Truman's Logan Pytleski scooped up a fumble before WWG's Shane Buchman countered with an interception, but neither defensive gem produced points.
Jeremy Smith's fumble recovery, however, created one last scoring opportunity for the Jaguars and Petrowiak scrambled from 25 yards out. Thomas ran home the 2-point conversion to cap the scoring at 34-21 with 2:03 remaining in regulation.
Petrowiak led the Jaguars with 84 yards and two TDs on 11 totes, while Green chipped in 81 yards on 14 carries.
Elzenga completed 5 of 12 passes for 131 yards and one TD for the Chargers.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman (0-1) travels to Brewster on Friday, Sept. 7, to face Southwestern United.
WWG 6 16 6 6 - 34
GHECT 7 0 6 8 - 21
WWG - Dana Madson 1 run (run failed), 6:41.
GHECT - Dylan Petrowiak 1 run (Jared Green kick), 3:38.
WWG - Madson 1 run (pass failed), 11:55.
WWG - Aaron Hass 17 pass from John Elzenga (Madson run), 3:21.
WWG - Hass safety, 0:01.
GHECT - DaMarko Thomas 16 run (kick failed), 9:35.
WWG - Matt Otto 5 run (pass failed), 6:52.
WWG - Elzenga 1 run (pass failed), 11:49.
GHECT - Petrowiak 25 run (Thomas run), 2:03.
First downs: GHEC/Truman 10; WWG 16. Rushing: GHEC/Truman 39-181; WWG 46-162. Passing: GHEC/Truman 3-9-2-15; WWG 5-12-0-131. Fumbles-lost: GHEC/Truman 4-1; WWG 3-3. Penalties: GHEC/Truman 12-121; WWG 12-99.
Offense: Rushing: Dana Madson (WWG) 25-129; Dylan Petrowiak (GHECT) 11-84; Jared Green (GHECT) 14-81; DaMarko Thomas (GHECT) 11-63. Passing: John Elzenga (WWG) 5-12-0-131; Petrowiak (GHECT) 3-8-2-15. Receiving: Madson (WWG) 3-70, Levi Bunting (WWG) 1-44, Aaron Hass (WWG) 1-17; Jeremy Smith (GHECT) 2-15.
Defense: Interceptions: Madson (WWG) and Shane Buchman (WWG). Fumble recoveries: Ryan Shumski (GHECT), Tyson Berg (WWG), Logan Pytleski (GHECT) and Jeremy Smith (GHECT).