2016-09-11 / Sports

NL steamrolls past Genesee, 57-0


Hornet receiver Brayden Bitterman (2) goes up between two Genesee defenders for a catch in Friday’s 57-0 win over the visiting Wolves. Bitterman picked up 11 yards on the catch, his only one of the night. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Hornet receiver Brayden Bitterman (2) goes up between two Genesee defenders for a catch in Friday’s 57-0 win over the visiting Wolves. Bitterman picked up 11 yards on the catch, his only one of the night. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) NEW LOTHROP – Six first half touchdowns quickly removed all suspense last Friday night as New Lothrop ran and passed almost at will against visiting Genesee in a 57-0 GAC-Blue victory.

The Hornets scored 21 points in the opening quarter and added 22 more in the second to grab a comfortable 43-0 cushion by intermission. The Hornets outscored the Wolves, 14-0, in a second half played under a running clock.

NL amassed 380 yards of total offense to just 114 for Genesee as it gained 273 yards rushing along with 107 through the air.

Erik Birchmeier, who completed 7 of 11 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, got the Hornets off on the right foot with a 23-yard dash to pay dirt at 7:46 of the opening stanza. Luke Krupp waltzed in from 11 yards out on the next NL possession to up the lead to 14-0 after Mason Ruddy kicked his second of seven successful extra points.


New Lothrop quarterback Erik Birchmeier (21) sets his sights on receiver Aaron Zell (8) in Friday’s win over Genesee. Birchmeier was 7 of 11 for 107 yards passing, while Zell hauled in two catches for 39 yards. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) New Lothrop quarterback Erik Birchmeier (21) sets his sights on receiver Aaron Zell (8) in Friday’s win over Genesee. Birchmeier was 7 of 11 for 107 yards passing, while Zell hauled in two catches for 39 yards. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Birchmeier later hooked up with Aaron Zell for a 21-yard scoring aerial with 1:17 left in the first quarter and a 21-0 advantage.

Ben Bigelow rushed for a 5-yard score early in the second period and then Brayden Bitterman stepped in front of an errant Genesee pass for the defensive play of the night on the Wolves’ next possession and returned the pigskin 83 yards to give the home team a 35-0 bulge with 4:42 remaining in the first half. Krupp tacked on another TD run, this time from 45 yards away, just before the break to stake the Hornets its 43-0 stranglehold.


New Lothrop’s Luke Krupp (6) barrels his way through the Genesee line in Friday’s 57-0 win over the Wovles. Krupp had 65 yards in 4 carries with two touchdowns for the Hornets. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) New Lothrop’s Luke Krupp (6) barrels his way through the Genesee line in Friday’s 57-0 win over the Wovles. Krupp had 65 yards in 4 carries with two touchdowns for the Hornets. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Nathan Ide scored on runs of 2 yards and 39 yards in the second half to complete the scoring for the evening.

Bigelow caught three of Birchmeier’s aerials for 54 yards. Zell hauled in a pair of passes for 39 yards, including his 21-yard scoring play while Bitterman and Ruddy each grabbed a pass.

Ide led a balanced running attack with 67 yards on just three carries. Krupp and Birchmeier each carried the football four times, gaining 65 and 44 yards, respectively. Colin Mulcahy rushed three times for 36 yards.

Bigelow spearheaded the New Lothrop defense with three solo tackles and five assisted stops. Carter Hemgesberg and Tucker Moriarity each totaled four tackles while Birchmeier had 3.5 tackles, including two stops behind the line of scrimmage.

The Hornets now stand at 3-0 on the season.

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