The Garber Wolverines (1-1), coming off a marathon 4-overtime 64-62 shootout loss at Covington-Douglas, won't have much of an opportunity to catch their collective breath as they welcome perennial Class B power Laverne Friday night.
After opening the season with a 48-0 mercy rule win over Beaver, the Wolverines' offense continued to fire on all cylinders last week against the Wildcats, led by junior starting quarterback T.J. Bennett.
Bennett rushed for four touchdowns and connected with Holt Nease on a fifth touchdown. Nick Roth rushed for two touchdowns covering 16 yards and 11 yards. Garber had an opportunity to extend last week's game against Covington-Douglas into a fifth overtime but was unable to convert on a game-tying two-point conversion run following Bennett's 1-yard touchdown run that made it 64-62.
Garber finished with 266 yards rushing and 88 yards passing and is averaging 55 points per game. The Wolverines though surrendered 379 yards in offense to the Wildcats.
Laverne (1-0) won its season-opener last week in the debut game for first-year head coach Tanner Woods. The Tigers defeated Alex 28-22 after building a 20-8 lead through the first three quarters of the game and held on for the win.
Peyton Freeman scored twice on the ground for the Tigers with Houston Bockelman scoring on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter to provide Laverne's margin of victory. Bodee Smith opened the scoring for Laverne with a 41-yard touchdown run. Alex outgained Laverne 382-341 yards.
Laverne has won six straight games dating back to 2010 in the series with Garber, including a 38-12 victory in 2018. Prior to Laverne's current streak in the series, Garber had won four straight, including defeating Laverne 30-26 in the 2008 state championship game. Laverne leads the series 8-6 since 2006.
In other games Friday night involving county teams:
Covington-Douglas (1-1) at Ringwood (1-0): Ringwood opened its season last week with a 22-14 road win against Timberlake. All three of the Red Devils' touchdowns came through the air as quarterback Reed Mason showed he had completely healed from the the dislocated elbow suffered last season. Mason connected with wide receiver Jacob Briggs on touchdown passes of 40, 27 and 11 yards. Briggs was sidelined briefly in the second half after falling awkwardly after being tackled. However, Ringwood head coach James Worley said Tuesday Briggs was healthy for Friday's home opener as he "was held out for a few series as a precaution when we had control of the game and played at the end to secure the win."
Covington-Douglas bounced back last week from its season-opening 42-34 loss to Timberlake with its 4-overtime 64-62 win at home against Garber. Dalton Fleeson provided the winning touchdown (and subsequent two-point conversion run) in the contest. It was Fleeson's fourth touchdown on the night. Quarterback Weston Carl passed for a pair of touchdowns to Beau Beasley and rushed for two more in the victory.
Ringwood has won the last two games in the series, most recently defeating the Wildcats 20-14 in 2018. However, Covington-Douglas has dominated the series, holding a 26-11 advantage since 1970.
Kremlin-Hillsdale (1-1) at Timberlake (1-1) — Timberlake will be looking to rebound from last week's 22-14 loss to Ringwood after opening the season with a 42-34 road win over Covington-Douglas. The Tigers spotted the Wildcats a 22-0 lead before mounting a second-half rally that came up short. Sophomore quarterback Ethan Jenlink connected with sophomore J.J. Pippen for a 15-yard touchdown. Jenlink added a 6-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Tigers had 185 yards passing, but only 16 yards rushing.
Kremlin-Hillsdale opened the season with a 24-20 victory over DCLA before running into a buzzsaw last week at Pond-Creek Hunter, falling 54-0 in a halftime mercy rule to the Panthers. The Broncs were dominated in every phase of the game and held to minus-10 yards rushing with their only two passing attempts resulting in interceptions. Kremlin-Hillsdale turned the ball over four times overall, including a fumble being returned by Pond Creek-Hunter for a 21-yard touchdown.
Timberlake has won the last two games in the series, defeating Kremlin-Hillsdale 48-12 in 2018 and 28-18 in 2017. Kremlin's last win in the series came in 2016, 64-28. Timberlake has dominated the series 8-3 since 1998.