Eagles getting ready for physical game with Wolverines

Geneva's Brady Peet (7) closes in on Madison's Brad McKeon during a recent game at Spire Institute in Harpersfield Township. The Eagles are on the road against West Geauga on Friday in a battle of 2-0 teams.

Entering the 2020 football season, Geneva coach Chip Sorber hoped for a year in which his football team could reload rather than rebuild.

So far, he’s been pleased with what he’s seen. The Eagles are off to a 2-0 start heading into a Week 3 matchup at West Geauga, which is also 2-0. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night.

Geneva, which is on the road for the first time this season, started with a dramatic 17-14 win over Madison, getting a game-winning field goal from Ethan Yost. They followed that up with a 56-25 thumping over Edgewood last Saturday.

While Sorber is happy about the start, the coach said there’s still room for improvement.

“This is what we were hoping for, that we’d get, a reload rather than a rebuild scenario,” Sorber said. “We’re grateful to be 2-0 going into a Week 3 matchup with another 2-0 team.

“We’ve not played really well in either game. We’ve had some major issues all over the place as you would expect with a new team. So, we’re still fixing, plugging, and repairing and looking for new people all the time here.”

The run game would not seem like it has too much to fix through the first two weeks of the season. Charles Taylor has grounded two, 100-yard games, while quarterback Ben Scibona and Brady Peet have also had success carrying the ball.

Against Edgewood, Scibona had 130 yards on the ground and completed 6 of 12 for 120 yards, including two touchdowns, through the air.

According to Sorber, the ability to get the passing game going will only help the ground attack.

“He’s been very effective throwing the football,” Sorber said of his quarterback. “He has a great passer rating. He’s just doing a great job and we kind of thought that, so it’s kind of jacked up our offense a little bit knowing that we can throw when we want to throw.”

The Wolverines are no stranger to playing Ashtabula County competition this season. They opened with a 21-19 win at Lakeside, then went to Joslin Stadium and beat Conneaut 24-7 last Friday.

Like the Eagles, WG is a run-first team, but is showing it can pass the ball.

Trae Zimmerman rushed for 119 against Conneaut after going for 61 against Lakeside in the opener.

Gone is last year’s quarterback Riley Huge, who was among the passing leaders for Lake County. Danny Stewart, hIs heir apparent, has completed 19 of 35 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

Sorber said what he expects more than anything is a level of physicality that his team will have to be ready for.

“I’m expecting a West G team that is fast and physical,” the coach said. “They’re fast on defense, they stunt a lot, they do a lot of things. Offensively, they have some weapons and they’re going to be fast and physical and hard-nosed and we’re going to have to match that.”

A year ago, the Wolverines set the tone early driving the ball downfield for an early score.

Geneva answered back as Taylor ran the first play from scrimmage 62 yards for a score to tie the game.

Geneva went on to rush for 378 yards and win the game 42-14. The Eagles also won in 2018 after the Wolverines had claimed wins the two years prior.

 

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