Wayland’s Aaron Roblyer gets some space round left end following the block by Justin Kiry on Greenville’s Eric Plate.

Big plays cost Wayland in loss to Greenville

Walt Kaechele

Big plays can be the deciding factor in any game, but they spelled the difference in the OK crossover game between Wayland (0-4) and Greenville (3-1) on Friday, Sept. 19.
The visiting OK Bronze Greenville team hurt the Wildcats often on some big plays on their way to a 52-12 win.
“Once we quit shooting ourselves in the foot, I thought we played pretty well,” said Greenville coach Dave Moore. “We had those two big plays called back and then the bad punt gave them some good field position and they pushed it across to make it a tighter game than it should have been.
“But our kids didn’t quit and the score just before half put us in a better position going into the second half.”
After Greenville had taken a 16-0 lead, the Wildcats put together their best drive of the night going 30-yards, following the bad Yellow Jackets punt, with Wayland running back Aaron Roblyer going the last 3 yards to make the score 16-6.
After an exchange of punts, Greenville took over on their own 41 and moved the ball to the Wayland 20. Facing a third-and-eight with 13.5 seconds left in the half, Greenville quarterback Eric Plate connected with Chase Harrington for the score and a 24-6 halftime lead.
“These guys work so hard,” Wayland coach Jerry Diorio said. “We put together some good stands and then we have a breakdown. We, the coaches and players, will continue to work on this and we have to because we start OK Gold play next week.”

For full story, pick up a copy of the September 25 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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