WELLINGTON — In five plays that covered 70 seconds Friday night, Buckeye’s football team put its Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game against Wellington out of reach early.
The Bucks scored four times in that 1:10 span of the first quarter en route to a 51-7 win.
“We came out a little flat, and then kept things rolling from there,” senior tight end/defensive end Logan Schultz said.
The stretch began with a 5-yard TD run from Dom Monaco (6 carries, 50 yards, 2 TDs) that capped a nine-play, 67-yard drive and tied the score at 7.
After the kickoff, Schultz sacked Jayden Skinner at the 5-yard line and forced a fumble. Skinner recovered in the end zone and was tackled for a safety as the Bucks (5-1) went up 9-7.
“The big thing for us, coming out of last week, was not to take a step back,” Buckeye coach Greg Dennison said. “Our seniors did a good job of getting it done.”
On Buckeye’s second play after the free kick, quarterback Jacob Doerge (7 carries, 107 yards) took a power sweep left, got two great blocks downfield and breezed in for a 44-yard score and 16-7 lead.
“It shifts the momentum when all these things happen,” junior fullback Armando Nigh said. “Football is a game with a lot of emotion, so things can piggyback on each other like they did for us.”
Wellington fumbled on the next kickoff and Nigh recovered at the Dukes 20.
“It’s all reaction, heat-of-the-momentum plays,” Nigh said.
On the first play after the recovery, Doerge executed a perfect play-action pass and Schultz was all alone near the end zone for a 23-7 lead.
“That’s how that play is designed,” Schultz said. “When we’re running the ball, it fits us great.”
With his two touchdowns, Monaco moved into fourth place on the all-time scoring list at Buckeye, passing Michael Doerge and Ryan McCormick. Nigh had the biggest night on the ground, carrying 15 times for 159 yards and a pair of scores.
“The offensive line was everything,” said Nigh, who fumbled the first two times he carried the ball. “They really made things possible.”
Said Dennison: “He ran well, especially after fumbling early. When he gets going, he really doesn’t need much space. He hits (the hole) at full speed and with a lot of force.”
Wellington (1-5) took advantage of Nigh’s first fumble and scored first on a 32-yard pass to Jon Brasee. The jump ball was caught by Brasee and the Bucks’ Zack Weber, with Weber ripping the ball away as the pair fell to the ground, but the officials ruled it shared possession and awarded the Dukes the score.
Buckeye scored the final 51 points and had a running clock in the second half.
“It was really nice to go up big and see some of the young guys get in,” Nigh said.
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Buckeye 51, Wellington 7
BUCKEYE 23 21 7 0 — 51
WELLINGTON 7 0 0 0 — 7
W — Jon Brasee 32 pass from Jayden Skinner (Cory Feron kick), 5:11.
B — Dom Monaco 5 run (Clay Gunkelman kick), 1:44.
B — Jacob Doerge 44 run (Gunkelman kick), 0:44.
B — Logan Schultz 20 pass from Doerge (Gunkelman kick), 0:34.
B — Monaco 18 run (Gunkelman kick), 9:34.
B — Mickey LaRiche 1 run (Gunkelman kick), 6:01.
B — Armando Nigh 10 run (Gunkelman kick), 1:06.
B — Nigh 6 run (Gunkelman kick), 5:59.