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GFW coasts by Cleveland

WINTHROP — Brody Hengtes and Treay Taylor helped keep Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop perfect with a convincing 48-6 victory over Cleveland on Friday in Mid Southeast District football action.

The Thunderbirds wasted no time in scoring when they scored on the opening kickoff. Nick TenEyck took the ball and raced 77 yards. Jack Panitzke tried to run for two, but it was unsuccessful.

GFW’s defense then forced Cleveland to punt. Hentges handed the ball off to Taylor, who ran 57 yards for a touchdown with 9:21 left in the first quarter. Hentges tossed the ball to Ike Case for two points, making it 14-0 GFW.

The Thunderbirds capitalized on a Cleveland fumble. Hentges kept the ball and scored on a 24-yard run with 3:09 left. Hentges handed off the ball to Taylor who scored for two extra points. It was 22-0 GFW after one quarter.

Late in the first quarter, Hentges picked off a Blake Lyons pass. Two plays later, Hentges handed the ball off to TenEyck who went 24 yards for GFW’s next touchdown at the 11:53 mark of the second quarter. Hentges gave the ball to Taylor who ran the ball in for two more points.

With 5:02 in the second quarter, Taylor struck again when he ran 22 yards for another GFW touchdown. Hentges tried to pass the ball to TenEyck for the two-point conversion, but it was no good.

Cleveland was forced to punt the ball to the Thunderbirds. The drive ended when Taylor ran for a 49-yard touchdown with 2:07 remaining in the first half. Hentges tried to throw to Ashton Buboltz for the two-point conversion, but it was no good.

GFW took advantage of another Cleveland fumble in the third quarter. Lyons tried to hand off the ball to Henry Strobel, who lost the ball. Hentges handed the ball to Taylor who went 85 yards for the Thunderbirds’ final touchdown. Jacob Rose ried to run for the extra two points, but it was no good.

Lyons threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Carter Dylla with 7:57 left in the contest. Strobel tried to kick for the extra point, but it was no good.

Taylor finished up the game with nine rushes for 254 yards and four touchdowns. TenEyck rushed seven times for 41 yards and a touchdown. Hentges was 2 for 3 for 28 yards passing, and he had one carry for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Hentges had three interceptions, while Trevor Schweiss recorded a sack.

Lyons was 5 for 15 for 72 yards passing with an interception and a touchdown.

GFW (3-0) will travel to face Medford on Friday.

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