By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
A game that was all offense in the first quarter did not stay that way for long.
After Garfield and Warren JFK combined to score 33 first-quarter points, leading to a 19-14 lead for the Eagles, it was the G-Men defense that found its footing and held JFK to just seven more points the rest of the way.
As for the G-Men offense, well, they never slowed down from their first-quarter pace.
In fact, they picked it up, including a 26-point third quarter.
The result was a 61-26 road victory for the G-Men in a game that was played at Liberty High School with a 1 p.m. kickoff.
The Eagles got on the board quickly, with Noah Elser taking the opening kickoff 94 yards to the end zone.
Just like that, the Eagles owned a 7-0 lead.
Garfield answered back with a big play of its own, with quarterback Eric Geddes connecting with Deacon Sommer on a 70-yard completion to tie the score at 7-7.
JFK found another score on a 5-yard run, which was followed by another long scoring play through the air for the G-Men.
This one went from Geddes to Leo Grandizio and covered 53 yards for a 14-13 G-Men lead.
The advantage tilted back to the Eagles on a 39-yard pass from Fred Bolchalk to Elser.
From that point, the G-Men would score the game’s next 33 points, including a pair of second-quarter touchdown runs by Geddes from 1 and 5 yards out. They gave Garfield a 27-19 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Sommer raced to a 50-yard rushing touchdown, Grandizio and Geddes connected for a second aerial touchdown, this one for 35 yards, which was followed up by yet another Geddes-to-Grandizio score from 24 yards out before Sommer scored his third touchdown on a 23-yard run.
By the start of the fourth quarter, Garfield (2-0) held a commanding 53-19 lead.
Geddes finished the game with 101 yards rushing and 255 yards through the air on 7-of-9 completions.
Sommer had 94 yards rushing and 88 yards receiving.
Grandizio pulled in four passes for 143 yards.