Thursday, April 18, 2024

Rus runs Hornet win streak to 45

Mason Rus ran for 192 yards and scored three touchdowns in leading Kirtland to a 37-7 win at Geneva on Friday.

With the win, the Hornets improved to 4-0 overall and extended their winning streak to 45 straight games.

“The offensive line was getting a great push all night,” Rus said. “Our downfield blocking allowed me to find lanes downfield.”

Tommy Gogolin ran for a 45-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter to give Kirtland the early 7-0 lead.

Geneva responded four minutes later with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Wyatt Fuduric to Luke Smith that tied the game at 7-7.

It was all Hornets after that.

“We just needed to bring more intensity from the start and not blow any plays off,” Rus said. “It was a nice wake-up call for all of the guys.”

Rus ran for a 32-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and Gage Sullivan broke off a 32-yard touchdown run to push the Kirtland lead to 20-7 with 6:53 left in the second quarter.

Johnny Raguz added a 36-yard field goal with three seconds left in the half to push the Kirtland lead to 23-7 at the break.

Rus scored on touchdown runs of 16 and 45 yards in the third quarter to close out the scoring.

Gogolin finished the night with 65 rushing yards on just three carries and Sullivan added 48 yards on three rushes. He also caught two passes for 23 yards.

Fuduric completed 6-of-11 passes for 53 yards and Brady Peet led the Eagles with 49 yards on seven carries.

Geneva (1-4) hosts Orange on Friday while the Hornets will look to push their streak to 46 straight wins against visiting Chagrin Falls.

“Having such a big streak is a huge accomplishment, yet it is our torch to carry this year and it motivates everyone week after week to get after it in the weight room and play for those who gave us this opportunity,” Rus said.

Steve Hare
Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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