The Triad junior high football team evened its record at 1-1 with a 28-14 home win over Greenon on Thursday afternoon.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter, but Greenon refused to buckle, getting back into the game on a 65-yard touchdown pass.
With the two-point conversion, the Knights drew to within six at 14-8.
Triad scored again late in the second quarter to make it 20-8 at the half.
Greenon scored in the third period to pull to within 20-14.
The Cardinals, however, put the game away with Hayden Simpson’s 42-yard touchdown scamper with 4:32 to play.
Wyatt Cole threw to Ayden Sanford for the two-point conversion.
“I was very proud of our kids tonight, as they didn’t give in when Greenon made a couple runs at us,” said Cardinal coach Jeff Merklin. “Greenon had one of the best junior high quarterbacks I’ve seen in a long time. Our defense gave up some big plays, but overall played extremely well against a very talented young man.”
Chase Hecker led the Cards’ defense with four tackles, including three for loss.
Simpson led the offensive charge with 63 yards rushing on eight attempts. Trevor Stewart added 61 yards on 14 carries with a pair of touchdowns.
Triad will travel to Cedarville on Thursday.
Marysville’s eighth grade gridders downed Upper Arlington Jones on Thursday.
No score was reported.
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