Wolverines fall to Smethport in opener
After a tumultuous offseason, the Sheffield Wolverines, under the leadership of new head coach Chris Korbar, were geared up for their season opener Saturday against visiting Smethport. However, enthusiasm proved not to be enough to stop the Hubbers, as Sheffield suffered their first loss of the season, 54-6.
Smethport didn’t waste any time capitalizing on an interception just minutes into the Wolverines’ first drive of the game, as senior quarterback Grant Ognen connected with Bryent Johnson for a 45-yard catch and run into the end zone to take the early 7-0 lead.
The Wolverines, now without starting quarterback Matt Dunham who left the game during the Hubbers’ first drive, were forced to punt on their second series, which set up Smethport with excellent field position at the Sheffield 16-yard line. Blake Kinner skated past the Wolverine defense to add to the Hubber lead.
The Hubbers defense continued to pour it on, as they recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown, and recovered a fumble 16-yards for another, which would be Kinner’s second to last touchdown of the day.
Kinner finished with four scores total, the second being his lone reception of the night, a 49-yard catch from Ognen early on in the second quarter, as well as a 41-yard run in the third. The senior running back finished with 119 total offensive yards.
Of Grant Ognen’s four completions, three were touchdowns. Ognen finished with 127 yards, before backup quarterback Noah Lent entered the game to continue the success with a five-yard touchdown pass with under five minutes to play in the second. Junior Bryent Johnson lead the Hubbers’ receivers with 80-yards on three receptions and two touchdowns.
For the Wolverines, their lone score came late in the fourth quarter, as Kevin Marfink broke out a 27-yard run down to the Hubber one, where he would punch it in to avoid the home field shutout.
“It’s all about the family concept,” said Korbar. “There is no more I in team, it is we. We are a team. We are a family. They lost a little bit early on, but they were able to reel it back into what we’ve been teaching throughout camp. It’s all on these kids right now. They’re the ones who rallied around each other and did what they needed to do.”
Marfink led Sheffield in total yards, all of which were on the ground, with 52.
“He’s been needing to see that more in it of himself,” Korbar said of Marfink’s late surge. “He’s that type of capable runner. Him and (Tyler) Ordiway split the time back there and they’re going to be the guys to put the offense on their shoulders.”
The Wolverines will hit the road to face off with Union/AC Valley next Friday.
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Smethport 28 20 6 0 — 54
Sheffield 0 0 0 6 — 6
Scoring Summ ary
SM– Bryent Johnson 45 pass from Grand Ognen, (Noah Costa kick), 9:33.
SM–Blake Kinner 16 run, (Costa kick), 8:02.
SM–Travis Cooney block punt recovery, (Costa kick), 6:23.
SM–Bryent Johnson 30 pass from Ognen, (Costa kick), 2:04.
SM–Kinner 49 pass from Ognen, (Carpenter kick), 9:26.
SM–Richard McDowell 5 pass from Noah Lent, (kick failed), 4:39.
SM–Kinner 16 fumble recovery, (Costa kick), 2:47.
SM–Kinner 41 run, (kick blocked), 9:20.
SH–Kevin Marfink 1 run, (Conversion failed), 4:43.
Offensive plays 36 38
First downs 11 4
Total Net Yards 296 75
Rushes-yards 29-159 32-69
Passing 137 6
Comp-Att-Int 6-7-0 1-6-1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-3
Penalties-Yards 5-35 5-40
RUSHING–Smethport, Kinner 4-66-2TD, Hollowell 6-54, Braedon Johnson 4-21, Lent 4-10, Kameron Rounsville 7-9, Ognen 4-0, Lucas Fowler 1-(-5); Sheffield, Marfink 9-52-TD, Tyler Ordiway 11-35, Christian Richetti 3-5, Matt Dunham 1-0, Walker Kyler 2-(-4), Steve Lojewski 6-(-19).
PASSING–Smethport, Ognen 4-5-127-3TD, Lent 2-2-10-TD; Sheffield, Lojewski 1-5-6, Dunham 0-1-INT.
RECEIVING–Smethport, Bryent Johnson 3-84-2TD, Kinner 1-49-TD, McDowell 1-5-TD, Hollowell 1-3; Sheffield, Jakob Vinopal 1-6.