EAST ROCHESTER — East Rochester/Gananda has always been known for its prolific offense — it currently has a school record 275 points scored this regular season.
But now, the Bombers have a defense capable of making just as many plays, and the formula has Dennis Greco’s team off to its best start ever.
Having rushed for 653 yards in its previous two games, ER/Gananda limited Newark’s dominant rushing attack to 102 yards, forced four turnovers and registered two sacks en route to a 35-7 victory at Don Quinn Field Saturday night.
ER/Gananda snapped a four-game losing streak to Newark as well as the Reds’ four-game win streak, and halfback Jake Miller was a big reason why, averaging 9.4 yards per tote while assembling 122 total rushing yards. His 8-yard scamper put the Bombers ahead, 7-0, at the end of the first quarter.
“I felt real good running the ball tonight,” said Miller, whose team rushed for 271 yards on 48 carries. “Our o-line did great tonight and made it all happen for us, and they have all season.”
The Bombers, celebrating their 10th season since East Rochester and Gananda joined forces, got the homecoming crowd on its feet in the second quarter with a trio of scores and a 21-0 lead.
ER/Gananda’s Andrew Teeter scooped-up a fumble and returned it 32 yards to make it 28-0 at the half.
Hauser fired a 26-yard bullet to Andrew Fischer for ER/Gananda’s final score of the contest.
Newark scored the game’s final points. Pinned on its own 19-yard-line, Tack went right to the air, finding Jaymee Rosser for an 81-yard touchdown strike. Tack finished 8 for 19 with 188 yards passing, and had 12 carries for 26 yards. Rosser had two grabs for 107 yards, and Travon Wilson had three catches for 59 yards.