GREENVILLE – It was a cold and windy Friday night, but the Greenville Yellow Jackets offense was anything but cold.
The Yellow Jackets scored on their first two possessions and never looked back in a 44-0 rout of the Grand Rapids Creston Polar Bears in the final homecoming game at Black Field.
It was a solid win for Greenville following a tough 56-21 loss to East Grand Rapids last week at home.
“Our kids played hard and that’s what we asked them to do,” Greenville coach Dave Moore said. “We came out fast. We ask them to do that and we put 48 minutes together.”
The Polar Bears (0-6) have not won a game since Sept. 4, 2009, a streak of 22 games. Moore wanted the Jackets to start fast to avoid a letdown.
“The keys were to come fast out of the gate and then not let up. We did that,” Moore said.
Greenville junior Chris Mickey scored the first of his three touchdowns just 1:16 into the game with a five-yard run. He also rushed for 59- and 50-yard touchdowns.
After a punt by the Polar Bears, the Yellow Jackets went 80 yards in 1:50 capped by a 12-yard touchdown catch by Greg Krusniak from Curtis Heppe to make the score 14-0.
“We came out and wanted to make a statement,” Greenville senior Jordan Powell said. “That’s what we did here tonight. We just have to keep going.”
Miguel Nieto gave Greenville a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter with a five-yard run. Mickey scored his second and third touchdowns for a 35-0 halftime lead.
With a running clock in the second half the final two quarters went quickly.
Creston had to punt on its first possession of the second half. The snap sailed over the head of punter Alonta Brown and out of the endzone for a safety and a 37-0 Greenville lead.
Nieto scored his second touchdown less than two minutes later to make the score 44-0 and finish the win.
“It was an awesome win,” Powell said. “This senior class, I love them to death. It’s great winning like this on homecoming night.”
The Yellow Jackets second team defense preserved the shutout, stopping Creston of first and goal in the final seconds.
“That was really special,” Moore said. “The pursuit was pretty awesome. That quarterback is quick. That’s a lot of fun to see those kids play.”
Mickey led the Yellow Jackets with 165 yards rushing on just nine carries. Powell carried nine times for 73 yards and Nieto 10 carries for 662 yards.
Krusniak finished with 32 yards on two catches.
The Yellow Jackets, now 4-2 overall, will have to face to state-ranked opponents in the next two weeks. Greenville is at Grand Rapids Christian on Friday and home against Lowell on Oct. 14 in the final regular season game at Black Field.
“We have some big ones. We will take them one at a time,” Moore said. “We have Christian next week and they are awfully good. They are so talented in every department and we will have to go back to work on Monday.”