BERLIN CENTER, Ohio (WKBN) –
The Western Reserve Blue Devils utilized a balanced
offensive attack and a smothering defense to overpower Waterloo 48-00 Thursday
night. The victory improves the Devils
to 6-1 on the season and 4-0 in the MVAC.
Waterloo falls to 1-6, 1-3 in the league.
The Blue Devils scored on just the third play of the game when quarterback Nick Cavoulas hit receiver Luke Kilbert on a 10-yard pass play to make it 7-0 at the 10:57 mark of the opening quarter. They added a 10-yard run by Jimmy Mayberry with only 2:00 left in the quarter to increase their lead to 13-0.
But it was early in the second quarter that the momentum of the game really started to sway toward the Devils. The Vikings would drive to the Blue Devils 15-yard line when quarterback Caleb Francis would throw to the left corner of the endzone, but the Devils Luke Kilbert would pick off the throw turning the Vikings threat aside.
“Yeah, that was a big play in the game,” Blue Devils head coach Andy Hake said. “Our line did a really good job upfront.”
“You have to fight through that adversity,” Vikings head coach Mike Devies stated. “We talk about overcoming turnovers and adversity all the time and the kids didn’t handle it very well. We hung our heads a little bit and if you do that against a good team like Western Reserve and it’s going to cost you.”
The Blue Devils would take advantage of the miscue as they quickly struck again for a touchdown as Lucky Kiesewetter blasted in from 2-yards out. The score was set up by a 16 and 27-yard run by Todd Henning and a 31-yard pass from Cavoulas to Josh Miller.
Following a fumble by the Vikings, the Devils struck again. This time it was short pass from Cavoulas to Henning who reversed field and turned in into an electrifying 14-yard touchdown. That gave the Blue Devils a 28-0 halftime lead.
“They played us pretty good coming out,” senior Todd Henning remarked. “We have to fix a few clinks, and that what we did. We played hard and shut the door (on Waterloo).”
“I’m just having fun,” Henning added. “I’m a senior and I’m just going to play like every play is my last play.”
Henning would rush for 87 yards and a touchdown while catching 3 passes for another 60 yards and a score. Austin Nabb would lead the Devils with 70 yards rushing while Cavoulas would hit on 11 of 17 passes for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Devils would rack up a total of 445 yards of offense in the win.
The Vikings struggled to get their offense on track in the second half as their starting quarterback Caleb Francis suffered an ACL strain just before halftime and did not return. Coach Devies expects him to return next week. Francis would account for 37 yards rushing and hit on 6 of 11 passes for 28 yards in the first half.
The Devils added a Henning 6-yard run with 5:17 left in the third quarter, followed by a 21-yard interception return by Josh Miller to increase the Devils lead to 41-0 with 3:17 left in the third quarter. Brock Miller would haul in a 6-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Nick Bengala to make it the final 48-0 score.
“The coaches called the right coverage and I dropped back in coverage three and I was just n the right spot to pick it off and I saw like six blue jerseys in front of me,” Josh Miller described his interception return. “My team did a good job blocking for me.
The Blue Devils will host Lowellville for homecoming next Friday. The Vikings will travel to Mineral Ridge next Friday.
W. RESERVE 13-15-13-7=48
WR – Luke Kilbert 10 pass from Nick Cavoulas (Brock Miller Kick)
WR – Jimmy Mayberry 10 run (Kick Failed)
WR – Lucky Kiesewetter 2 run (Todd Henning Run)
WR – Henning 14 pass from Cavoulas (Brock Miller Kick)
WR – Henning 6 run (Brock Miller Kick)
WR – Josh Miller 21 interception return (Kick Failed)
WR – Brock Miller 6 pass from Nick Bengala (Brock Miller Kick)