Wolfpack loses two games in a row, drops to #3 in Region 10.
After a long streak of winning, and a 10-0 season last year, the Bay High School football team has just got their first taste of adversity. The first setback came in week 8 versus Elyria Catholic High School. It was their first regular season loss in 24 contests and only Coach Rutt’s 12th loss in his four years as head coach. Their last regular season loss was over two years ago on September 16th, 2016, to Holy Name. Bay lost 28-21, the record becoming 7-1. The following week they lost again against Revere High School, 28-14, putting Bay at 7-2. Their first back-to-back loss since the second week of the 2016 season.
What went wrong? Well, quite honestly, nothing. The Rockets put up average stats, the same average stats they have compiled all season. The same average stats that allow them to pull out close games against Rocky River, Holy Name, and to wallup Normandy. However, Revere isn’t the same team that Normandy is.
Bay lost for the second time this season against Revere at home, 28-14. Revere’s running back ran for 253 yards, cracking off 35-yard gains throughout the game. Bay had a total of 147 rushing yards and a touchdown that was run in by Connor Shell (‘19). Revere had a total of 364 rushing yards across 8 different running backs, coupled with 165 passing yards. Bay had a dismal 43 passing yards. Quarterback Logan LaMere (‘20) completed 38% passes, going 7/18.
Bay’s defense scored half of 14 total points on a late pick-six, returned 65 yards by Max Showalter (‘19). Bay’s defense could only hang on for so long though with a dormant offense. And Bay’s offense was not able to keep pace Bay punted 7 times. They only converted 1/11 3rd downs and were 2/3 on 4th down attempts. Revere converted 8/14 3rd downs, and 1/2 on 4th down situations. And because they converted more often they were able to run more plays; Revere ran 85 plays total, compared to Bay’s 48. They were outgunned all night and lost as a result of that.
The same can be said for the previous game against Elyria Catholic Panthers. The Rockets put up consistent numbers, EC simply outperformed them as well, though not as badly. Bay was able to hang in the fight closer, running 65 plays compared to EC’s 67. LaMere was 4/14, completing 28% of his passes. Bay had 88 passing yards to EC’s 48. On the ground, Bay had 153 yards, mostly from Shell, and EC had 263 yards rushing.
Bay was flat for the half and spent the rest of the game playing catch up. At halftime, the score was 14-0, EC, and by the 4th quarter, it was 21-6. Somehow the Rockets brought it back to 21-21. They had a well-timed fumble recovery by Henry Rankin (‘20) and an onside kick recovered by the kicker, Cade Gergye (‘19). The Panthers scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass making it 28-21. The Rockets took over with 4 seconds left on the clock. Bay had time for one play, a hook and ladder play, but Jared Reiss was tackled and the game ended just like that.
Bay was outdone in almost all aspects of both games. They did not play poorly, they played the same as they usually did, putting up consistent numbers when compared to their previous games. The Mighty Rockets just seem to have met their match. No longer undisputed GLC champions from last year, the Rockets are going to have to earn it this year.