* No. 14 Gar-Field 35, Forest Park 6
It's a good thing to release some frustration every once in a while. The Gar-Field offense could attest to that after yesterday's 35-6 victory at Forest Park.
Frustration, to put it mildly, is what the 14th-ranked Indians (6-3, 3-2 Cardinal District) were feeling heading into the game. The Indians trudged in with a two-game losing streak and an 11-quarter scoreless streak. Needing a lift, Gar-Field got it at the expense of the Bruins (3-6, 0-5).
"We just wanted to put some points on the board," said Indians running back Rasheed McClaude, who rushed for a game-high 197 yards and four touchdowns, including 71- and 42-yarders.
McClaude blamed himself for the Hylton loss a week ago, a game in which he fumbled on the 1-yard line, and he blamed field conditions for Tuesday's struggles at home against Osbourn Park. But all of that seemed to be forgotten yesterday, as Gar-Field appeared to regain its ability to execute.
"The line was blocking well, and they blocked hard," McClaude said with a smile. "They deserve the credit."
Senior quarterback Elihu Smith capitalized as well, rushing for 193 yards and an eight-yard score in the second quarter.
"I'm pleased with what I saw here," Gar-Field Coach Jim Poythress said. "It's been frustrating [the past two weeks], but as a team, we had to block out everything and look to ourselves.
"What we've been trying to do is improve each week, and peak in time for the playoffs."
With a playoff berth seemingly assured, Gar-Field senses an opportunity to erase regular season disappointments with postseason glory.
"I think we have a pretty good team," Poythress said. "But they can be a great team."