Gose's 4 TDs lead Genoa to big win

Casey Gose was a one-man wrecking crew for the Genoa Comets in their win over the Oak Harbor Rockets last Friday.

The senior scored four touchdowns on the night, one rushing, one receiving, one on a punt return and the other on a kickoff return to lead Genoa to a 63-7 victory over Oak Harbor to improve to 2-0 on the season.

In all Gose was responsible for 247 yards of total offense. He returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown on the game's fifth play to give the Comets a 7-0 lead with 9:51 remaining in the first quarter. 

Gose also returned a kickoff 78 yards for a score, caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Logan Scott and ran another one in from 12 yards out to account for his four scores.

“Casey Gose is a special talent,” Genoa head coach Tim Spiess said. “He's the best return man I've coached. I've coached some great ones, but he's No. 1. Our special teams have always been the difference maker. We spend 30 minutes each day on nothing but special teams.”

Kicker Cody Pickard was instrumental in helping to set up the Genoa defense, often pinning the Rockets (1-0) deep in their own territory and actually notching a few touchbacks. And when Gose got his hands on the ball, either on punts or kick returns, his blockers set him up nicely.

“Our blocks were phenomenal (tonight),” Gose said. “Our blocking is great.”

He was also glad to be part of the first group of Comets to win six straight in the Celestial Bowl series.

“It feels great because it's the first time Genoa has even done that,” he said. “It's great to make some history.”

Genoa controlled the game throughout, taking a 7-0 lead on Gose's punt return and then pushing the lead to 14-0 at the 7:15 mark when Scott ran it in from two yards out. Ryan Espinoza scored from 14 yards out with 3:07 to play and Gose scored on a 12-yard run with 21 seconds remaining to make it 28-0 after one quarter.

On the ground, senior David Nutter led the way, rushing 23 times for 154 yards and a touchdown and Jake Wojciechowski had five carries for 91 yards and two scores.

Scott did a nice job throwing the ball, connecting on all five of his passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Oak Harbor's lone touchdown came midway thru the fourth quarter when Kalob Vargas ran it in from three yards out. Andrew Heberling had nine carries for 50 yards and Cobi Brough carried the ball seven times for 41 yards to help pace the Rockets.

This Friday, Oak Harbor travels to Pemberville to face Eastwood. The Eagles, who are 1-1 on the year, lost a hard-fought contest to Clyde, 17-13, last week, but defeated powerhouse Patrick Henry, 40-21, in Week 1.

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