Trojans Slog Through Wind, Rain and Mud to Post Shutout Victory Over Everett
East Lansing relied heavily on its running backs (above from left) Alex Hosey, Asher Gregory and T’Senre Gray in last night's rain-soaked, 33-0 victory over Everett at Jeff Smith Field.
With two starters out of the lineup, a swirl of unrelenting rain overhead and a bog-like field in front of them, the East Lansing football team faced some tangible challenges before kickoff Friday night at Lynn C. Adams Stadium.
Coupled with an unsettling loss to Holt a week ago, the Trojans had nowhere to look but inside themselves to find the resolve it would take to weather the conditions and snap back into the race for the Capital Area Activities Conference Blue division title.
A 33-0 victory over Everett definitely helped in that regard, as the Trojans — now 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the CAAC Blue division — left little doubt after the first quarter that they intended to make life difficult for the visitors.
After forcing Everett to punt on its first possession, East Lansing took over on its own 31 yard line. Eight plays later junior running back Alex Hosey ran around the right end to score the Trojans’ first touchdown from seven yards out. Quarterback Sam Busch completed just three passes in the game, but twice he connected with senior Malakai Matthews on the opening drive, and both times the completions (12 and 14 yards) resulted in first downs.
With 1:10 left in the first quarter, sophomore defensive back Brevin Jackson intercepted a Viking pass and returned the ball to the Everett 13 yard line. One play later, Trojan sophomore running back Asher Gregory darted through the Everett defense for a 13-0 lead. Emory Roberts’ extra point gave East Lansing all the scoring it would need.
The Everett offense managed but 89 yards rushing and eight yards passing.
Gregory led all ballcarriers with 124 yards on 14 attempts, and he also scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. Hosey carried 14 times for 69 yards for the Trojans, who gained 246 yards on 40 carries overall.
East Lansing played without starting wide receiver Andrel Anthony and starting defensive back/backup quarterback Ambrose Wilson due to illness. Both players missed a majority of practice leading up to Friday’s game.
“We’ve had a strain of something running through (the team),” East Lansing head coach Bill Feraco. “I was concerned, very concerned. This has been a long week, coming off what happened last week (against Holt).”
Feraco was pleased for the most part his team’s performance, in spite of the playing conditions.
“Obviously, it was not a night to throw the ball,” he said. “I thought Asher and Alex ran hard, and I’m satisfied we got out of here without anybody getting banged up.”
The Trojans return to action next Friday at Waverly, which lost to Holt 12-0. Meanwhile, DeWitt defeated Grand Ledge 35-15 to maintain its lead in the CAAC Blue. The Panthers are 4-1 in conference play; East Lansing and Holt are right behind at 3-1.
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