Springbrook Coach Bob Milloy says his team is like the Oakland Athletics. Everybody wants to knock off the top-ranked team. But the comparison ends there.
While the Athletics were swept in the World Series, the top-ranked Blue Devils rolled once more, 37-0, against a Kennedy team that was expected to put up more of a fight.
"We were worried about today's game," said Milloy, whose team is trying to win its third straight state title. "I'm not saying we're Oakland but we're a perfect example. We've seen how we're supposed to do this and that against each team. But it's the team that wants it mostly is the team that wins."
Seniors Leonard Green and Diron Jarvis did the damage for the Blue Devils (7-0) on the ground. Green, who brought in a team-leading 700 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, added to those totals with 106 yards and three scores. Jarvis had 84 yards on nine carries.
On the Blue Devils' second possession, Green scored from a yard behind left tackle John Kennedy. But overall, the Blue Devils' running game didn't need to rely on Kennedy.
"The coaches told us to run outside today," Green said. "But the whole line again was the key. It seems every week they just get better."
Green scored again on a five-yard run late in the first half to make it 12-0. Although the score was close, the Cavaliers (4-3) were having trouble moving the ball.
Green scored early in the third quarter for a 20-0 lead, but the Blue Devils' stingy defense allowed only 98 yards. Led by Kennedy, the Blue Devils put enough pressure on quarterback Eric Kearney to force two interceptions. Michael Gillespie returned one 35 yards for a score, and Linwood Davis returned another to set up a safety.
Later in the 25-point third period, after Tim Bannister blocked a punt, Jarvis went 20 yards to score.
"I thought they did a pretty good job shutting us down," said Milloy of the beleaguered Cavaliers defense that allowed 239 yards rushing. "It sure was a lot harder game than 37-0. The roof just caved in on them."