Turnovers too much for Clear Fork to overcome against Wooster


By Zach Jones - zjones@civitasmedia.com



George Fleiner | The Star Clear Fork sophomore Quarterback Thomas Staab sprints 50-yards for a score in first half action against the visiting Wooster Generals.


Five fumbles are a tall order for any team to overcome, that notion rings especially true when the opposing squad takes two of the five in for touchdowns.

Clear Fork returned to their home turf at the Colt Corral tonight but were unable to bring their three game losing skid to a halt, falling to the Wooster Generals 41-7 at home.

The Colts out-gained Wooster 199-91 in total yardage during the game’s first stanza but could not sustain their offensive momentum. Sophomore running back Thomas Staab single handledly out-rushed the Generals, racking up 142-yards on the ground for Clear Fork during the opening half.

Despite, the Colts offensive output, three quick scores from Wooster gave them a 21-7 lead at the half. The Generals capitalized on two Clear Fork fumbles that both resulted in touchdowns.

Wooster paired the Colts’ turnovers with a 83-yard scoring run from sophomore running back Trey Mathis.

Clear Fork crossed the goal line for their lone score of the half on a 50-yard break-away run from Staab.

Following the score, the Colts’ offensive leader left the game with an undisclosed left thigh injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the contest. Senior Jarrod Smith, who started the year at quarterback, returned to take over as the Colts’ signal caller.

Shifting away from the option based offense Clear Fork carried out under Staab, the Colts employed a traditional look with freshman Trevon Trammel and Smith taking the majority of the team’s second half carries.

However, three touchdowns, one passing and two rushing, from Wooster quarterback Peyton Bennington cemented the General’s previously built lead and gave them a 41-7 victory.

The loss move Clear Fork to a 2-4 record on the season and 0-3 in Ohio Cardinal Conference play.

Wooster remains undefeated in the OCC and will head to Lexington next week for a conference showdown with the Minutemen.

The Colts will look to rebound at home against Madison.

George Fleiner | The Star

Clear Fork sophomore Quarterback Thomas Staab sprints 50-yards for a score in first half action against the visiting Wooster Generals.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/10/web1_DSC_9504.new_.jpgGeorge Fleiner | The Star

Clear Fork sophomore Quarterback Thomas Staab sprints 50-yards for a score in first half action against the visiting Wooster Generals.

By Zach Jones

zjones@civitasmedia.com