The Daily World
ELMA — Elma could not figure out how to stop Rochester’s physical ground game on Friday night, and the result was the Warriors rolling to a 49-14 Evergreen 1A victory at Davis Field in Elma.
Senior running back Tyler Yarber rushed 30 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns for Rochester. The Warriors gained 275 yards on the ground as a team and controlled the ball for much of the game.
Although Rochester (3-0 in league, 4-1 overall) primarily utilized its rushing attack, it also capitalized on some timely passing plays. A 51-yard bomb down the left sideline from Tyler Gedney to Bobby Brien in the first quarter went for a touchdown. A successful two-point conversion from Gedney to Wyatt Singer opened up an early 14-0 lead for the Warriors.
Gedney recorded a second touchdown pass in the second quarter on a beautifully thrown fade to Juan Jiminez from 14 yards out.
After trailing 28-7 and managing just 55 yards of total offense in the first half, Elma started off the second half with a bang. Ryan Collin connected with Kevin Farr down the left seam for a 73-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage.
However, the Eagles (2-1, 2-3) were unable to capitalize on the shift in momentum. The ensuing nine-play, 75-yard Rochester drive was punctuated by a 7-yard rushing touchdown by Luke Eastman. Yarber rushed six times for 52 yards on that offensive series.
Elma’s offense played better after the break, but miscues prevented the Eagles from sustaining drives.
Todd Swinhart scored Elma’s only other touchdown on a two-yard run early in the second quarter.
On Friday, the Eagles will make the short trip to Hoquiam to face the league-rival Grizzlies.