Greenville's Brock Short rushes for 253-first half yards in the Wave's MVL win over Fairborn
GREENVILLE – The Green Wave took a 42-6 lead to the halftime break on its way to a 42-20 MVL win over the Fairborn Skyhawks with Greenville junior, Brock Short running for 253 first half yards and 5 touchdowns.
“This group…we have been so close for three straight weeks,” said Greenville coach Bart Schmitz. “We came out here and do everything we need to do in all three phases of the game. I am happy for our kids, how they played tonight and get a win on the board.”
Short put the Wave on the board with an game opening 40 yard run followed with a 25 year touchdown scamper to give Greenville a 6-0 lead. Avery Ernst’s PAT kick split the uprights giving the Wave a 7-0 lead just 00:31 into the game.
Greenville used a Brock Short interception on the Skyhawks first possession of the night to set up Short’s second scoring run of the game, a 10-play 55-yard TD drive with Short carrying from 7-yards out to give the Wave q 14-0 lead with Ernst drilling the PAT kick.
Greenville’s Dominick Baker stopped Fairborn on a fourth and two quarterback keeper for no gain at the 30 yard line setting up a Short 30-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage giving the Wave 21-0 lead with Ernst hitting the PAT.
Greenville extended its lead to 28-0 with a 4-play 60-yard drive with Short scoring on a 36-yard touchdown run and an Ernst PAT kick.
Fairborn returned the Wave’s kickoff to the 6-yard line and scored on a 6-yard touchdown pass. Greenville blocked the Skyhawks PAT attempt for a 28-6 Wave lead.
Short made it a 35-6 game on the Wave’s next possession with a 67-yard TD run and a good Ernst PAT kick.
“His vision is as good as I have ever been around and like he said to me over there on the sideline, his offensive line blocked well for him tonight and he knows that,” Coach Schmitz said of Brock Short. “I am proud of the way he runs the ball – he’s a special kid.”
A successful Greenville onside kick set up a 10-play 45-yard scoring drive with Ryan Crampton scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run and an Ernst PAT kick giving the Wave a 42-6 lead.
Greenville’s Short intercepted his second Fairborn pass of the night turning the ball over to the Wave with just over a minute to play before time ran out on the first half sending the teams to the break with Greenville holding a 36-point advantage.
Second half play began with a running clock and Greenville coach Schmitz going to wholesale substitution.
“It’s not about putting 70-points on the board,” Schmitz stated. “We did what we needed to do, we got some young bucks in so they could see the field on Friday Night Lights for the first time that way when it’s their turn maybe they’re not as nervous – it’s exciting to see that many kids get to play.”
With the Skyhawks on the move to open second half play and a 5-play 57-yard drive, Crampton intercepted a Fairborn pass at the 1-yard line with Greenville taking over 99-yard from its goal line.
A quick third quarter had both teams going scoreless sending the game to the fourth with the game continuing with a running clock.
Fairborn took advantage of the Wave starters on the bench to score two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a final 42-20 Greenville Miami Valley League victory.
Returning to action for the first time since a first quarter injury in game one, senior captain and two-way starter, DJ Zimmer made his presence known on the field.
“He’s a captain for a reason,” Schmitz said of Zimmer. “He brings energy to the team, kids rally around him and he did a nice job tonight for being off as long as he was.”
Brock Short paced the Wave with 263 rushing yards on 17 carries with 253 of the yards coming in the first half, a pass receptions for 21-yards and two interceptions.
Ty Bush led the Wave defense with 6-tackles and Alex Baumgardner and Truman Nicholas each accounted for a Greenville sack.
“It’s a good taste right now and we’re moving on to the next one,” Coach Schmitz concluded. “We’ll have another good week of practice and continue to improve – and I know we will and see what we can do.”
Greenville’s Brock Short went over the 1,000 yard rushing mark with the 263-yard night coming in the team’s fourth game of the season to lead the MVL with 1,043 rushing yards. Piqua’s Jasiah Medley stands second in the conference with 390 total rushing yards, Tippecanoe’s Cayd Everhart third with 323 yards, Stebbins Omar Holloway fourth at 291 yards and Tippecanoe’s Griffin Caldwell fifth with 277 rushing yards.
The 1-3 Green Wave travel to Xenia to take on the 3-1 Xenia Buccaneers in a 7 p.m. Friday night MVL matchup.