GREENVILLE – Greenville kept the game close in the first half against the visiting Trotwood-Madison Rams football team to trail 14-7 at the break, but it was all Rams in the second half as the Wave would lose by a 46-7 score.
“The fact is they may have been 5-3,” said Greenville Coach Aaron Shaffer, “but that’s still a good Trotwood team.”
Greenville received the opening kickoff and quickly went three-and-out bringing Jordan Ernst into the game to punt.
The Green Wave defense forced the visitors to punt on their first possession of the night as the teams struggled to get their offenses moving the chains.
Ernst would bury Trotwood deep in their own end of the field with his second punt of the night, a booming 58-yarder to the Rams four-yard line where a Justin Brown tackle would hold the visitors to a two-yard return at the six.
The Rams Raveion Hargrove would take the hand-off and sprint 94-yards on the first play to give Trotwood a 6-0 lead with 5:42 on the first quarter clock. A PAT kick through the uprights made it a 7-0 score.
“They have had some different kids playing… the Hargrove kid had been hurt,” said Shaffer. “The kid is a special ball player.”
The Rams would take a 14-0 second quarter lead using an eight-play 79-yard touchdown drive with Hargrove scoring his second TD of the night on a 24-yard run.
Greenville would answer with a four-play 60-yard TD drive with Clay Guillozet passing 19-yards to Aaron Rich for the score set up by a 39-yard pass completion from Guillozet to Bradley Mead on the previous play. Ernst’s PAT kick split the uprights good for a 14-7 score.
Greenville junior Eric Madison would halt a Rams’ drive with an interception at the Wave 35-yard line and return the ball 19-yards to the Trotwood 46-yard line with the Wave taking over first-and-ten.
Unable to move the ball the Wave was forced to punt facing a fourth-and-26 from their own 38-yard line.
Trotwood fumbled the ensuing punt return with the Wave’s William Nibert Jr. recovering the loose ball at the Rams’ 33-yard line with 3:00 on the second quarter clock.
Greenville would pick up a first down before the drive would stall at the Rams 13-yard line sending the teams to the break with the visitors up 14-7.
Trotwood would get three third-quarter touchdowns to lead 34-7 at the end of three complete. Hargrave would run for his third and fourth touchdowns of the night in the period; 25 and 74-yard carries.
“We talked about containing him (Hargrove), trying to keep it inside, keep it underneath,” said Shaffer. “He was able to get to the edge a couple of times. Another time we kept it underneath and he broke a tackle and off he went.”
The Rams would add a fourth-quarter eight-yard touchdown through the air and a 68-yard TD on the ground to win the GWOC North contest 46-7.
“We got to be able to block and tackle better,” Shaffer stated. “We couldn’t establish a run game which they can start teeing off on your passing game a little bit. We got to be able to block better we got to tackle better.”
Greenville closes out its season at home next Friday against the 6-3 Sidney Yellow Jackets; a 17-14 Friday night winner over the Piqua Indians. The Green Wave record stands at 3-6.