Cavaliers looking to take it to the Mountaineers

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 06:02 AM

East Rutherford football is averaging 35 points per game through the first two weeks of the season, however, those points haven’t translated to wins for the Cavaliers.

Last week the Cavaliers relinquished a 14-point lead in the final three minutes to North Gaston in a 43-42 loss. East Rutherford hopes this week against Tuscola (1-1) is a different story.

“Last week we didn’t have a great week of practice but this week was a different story. The kids were focused and prepared,” East Rutherford head coach Clint Bland said. “After a heartbreaking loss it was nice to have a good week.”

Tuscola runs a triple option offense much like that of North Gaston’s, unfortunately, the Cavaliers allowed 373 total yards last Friday night — 292 of which came on the ground.

“Preparing this week was very similar to last week. Hopefully this time we can stop it this time,” Bland said.

Senior quarterback has been a pleasant surprise for Bland and the Cavaliers as he threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns last week at North Gaston while adding 51 rushing yards.

“Austin has played extremely well,” Bland said of his first-year signal caller. “Aside from his two picks last week he threw the ball really well. He spread the ball around, he’s progressing and doing well. I’m pleasantly surprised with his play, now only if we can get a win.”

The Cavaliers will look to continue their successful ground attack by continuing to put the ball in the arms of sophomore tailback Kameron Garrison who accounted for 141 of East Rutherford’s 274 rushing yards in last week’s loss.

“We’re still looking to give Kameron Garrison the bulk of the carries but we also like giving DJ Miller a few touches,” Bland said. “They’re both doing a tremendous job.”

But more important than the yards and the scores, Bland wants to get into the win column.

“A win would be huge for the players, the coaches, the community and anyone else involved,” he said. “A win cures a lot of things.”

And with an 0-2 record, Bland doesn’t mind a few less points per game if the Cavaliers bring home their first victory.

“You never want to say you want an ugly win but right now an ugly win would do,” Bland said. “We have a two-hour bus ride up there and we’d like to ride back down that mountain with a win.”

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Tuscola High School.