CENTERBURG — That sinking feeling hit Centerburg on the opening kickoff on Friday, as Lucas turned it into a quick touchdown on its way to a 38-14 victory.
Carson Hauger caught Ellis Grizenko’s kick at the Cubs’ 20-yard line, and the Trojans cover team couldn’t catch him for a 7-0 deficit with nine seconds off the clock. That was just the first of four touchdowns for Hauger on the day, as he hauled in three passes for 128 yards, all for scores.
Apart from that, Centerburg (1-1) had the rest of the Lucas (2-0) offense pretty well covered. Although the Cubs finished with 314 yards, and QB Logan Niswander 151 of those, the Trojans gave up only 4 of 11 passes through the air and less than four yards per carry on the ground (43-163).
Centerburg’s offense was frustrated with 139 total yards, and only Donnell Marshall (16-94) with positive rushing stats. QBs John Sheasby and Jack Gregory were harassed into three interceptions and only 73 yards on 9 of 28 throws, but Gregory threw a 27-yard touchdown to Marshall in the third quarter.
Tommy Zirzow scored at the 6:41 mark of the first quarter for Lucas for a 14-0 lead, but an interception led to Marshall’s 2-yard run that left the Trojans down 14-7.
Niswander and Hauger really lit things up in the second quarter, completing TD passes of 75 yards and 48 yards at the 2:06 mark and 41-second mark, respectively, for a 26-7 halftime edge.
After Marshall’s third-quarter TD, Hauger had a five-yard TD catch just inside the fourth quarter, and Ethan Barrett’s 5-yard run clinched it with 6:36 left.
Marshall also led Trojan receivers with four catches for 19 yards, and Jarred Rings caught three passes for 25 yards.
Centerburg will face winless Northridge in its first road game of the season next Friday at 7 p.m.