One team is trying to rebuild after losing the bulk of their production from a season ago. The other is just trying to field a team.
Mason County made a step in the right direction with a 53-0 victory over North Adams Friday night, as the Greendevils came to Maysville with just 12 players for the contest.
“Hats off to those guys and Coach (Justin) Schmitz,” Royals coach Jonathan Thomas said. “They played until the final whistle and battled hard with us.”
The Royals used big plays all night, forced five turnovers and built a 40-0 lead by halftime.
“I told my offensive coordinator today I was a little worried about this game coming in. You give any team confidence and you never know what can happen. The field was soaking wet, it was rainy, it was muddy, were we overlooking these guys?,” Thomas said. “A lot of these kids have never been in this spot or this position before playing under the lights on Friday. I knew we had to do some things right and get off to a good start. I was happy with the way we performed and we had some young kids play really well.”
The outmanned team out of Seaman, Ohio struggled to get moving from the start. After Jayven Hesler recovered a fumble inside North Adams own 10-yard line, quarterback Carson Brammer snuck a run in from a yard out to give the Royals an early 6-0 edge.
After getting the ball back quickly, the Royals would strike again, this time Brammer hitting Jayden Riggs over the middle and him seeing nothing but daylight after, connecting for an 85-yard touchdown to make it 13-0 a little over six minutes into the game.
Riggs then picked off North Adams Montgomery Myers and after a long return set the Royals up inside the Greendevils 30. Seth Chambers would then get in on the action after a bruising 22-yard touchdown run to make it 20-0 Royals with 3:51 to play in the first.
Holding North Adams to just 17 total yards from scrimmage in the first half, the Royals would get three more scores before the half, one coming on a Chambers run from 16 yards out, a Mason Baxter 26-yard scamper for six and Riggs returning a punt in the final minute of the half from 57 yards out to make it 40-0 by the half.
“I had seen the left side was open, ran, had some blockers and scored,” Riggs said. “The younger guys stepped up for us tonight and I think they’ll do a good job this year.”
The Royals then featured their youth for the final 24 minutes that had a running clock. They’d strike on their first possession out of the break as Brandon Dearing did most of the work, rushing for 52 yards on six carries before Ashton Adams ran one in from one-yard out to make it 46-0.
Adams would add another score in the fourth as he broke through the middle of field basically untouched for a 75-yard score, getting it to 53-0. The score would hold from there as the Greendevils kept fighting, getting all the way down to the Royals 20-yard line in the closing seconds before the time ran out on the clock.
Mason County racked up 421 yards of offense on the evening, led by Brammer’s 99 passing yards and a score and Chambers 98 rushing yards and two scores. The defense held North Adams to 66 total yards on the evening.
“There will be some things we need to fix defensively, offensively, o-line wise, d-line wise, a lot of things we need to fix. I was very happy with Carson, very happy with our o-line, we did a good job rotating kids in and out, so very pleased. Very happy with my coaching staff, those guys do a tremendous job and work their tails off. Thank you for the crowd coming out. All around a pretty good night, I’m pretty pleased,” Thomas said.
MASON COUNTY 53, NORTH ADAMS 0
MC- Brammer 1-yd run (kick failed) 9:50
MC-Brammer 85-yard pass to J. Riggs (Gilligan kick) 5:50
MC-Chambers 22-yard run (Gilligan kick) 3:51
MC-Chambers 16-yard run (Gilligan kick) 10:27
MC-Baxter 26-yard run (Gilligan kick) 4:15
MC-J. Riggs 57-yard punt return (kick failed) 1:05
MC-Adams 1-yard run (kick failed) 7:10
MC- Adams 75-yard run (Gilligan kick) 8:51
Records: North Adams 0-1, Mason County 1-0