Craig rolls Parker in rivalry game
JANESVILLE—Even when lightning in the area halted Friday's crosstown rivalry football game, Nick Moore was on the move.
Janesville Craig's senior fullback spent the 110-minute halftime break bouncing around between four Craig stations.
“We had a rotation going,” Moore said. “We had music in the far-right locker room, people sitting in the other one, people standing on the track, and the party was out back (behind the grandstand.
“I stopped at each spot at least three times.”
All the lightning did was delay the inevitable.
Moore scored two first-half touchdowns before the delay and finished with 147 rushing yards, and Craig's defense pitched a shutout, topping Janesville Parker 35-0 to retain the coveted Monterey Rock. The Cougars have won three straight games in the series.
“The best thing about it is our guys aren't acting like they won the Super Bowl,” Craig coach Ben McCormick said. “They go out and truly expect to win. I don't think it's cockyness; it's confidence.”
Craig's offense was confident from the get-go in tossing the ball to Moore on a sweep play to the right side of an experienced offensive line.
The Cougars grabbed a seven-point lead less than three minutes in, capitalizing on Justin Filter's interception with Moore's 4-yard plunge. They went up 14-0 on Dan Ouimet's 3-yard burst with 3:34 left in the first quarter.
Then Craig broke the game open on the first play of a drive late in the first half, tossing the ball to Moore for a 58-yard breakaway.
“I've got to give it to Dan Ouimet; he made some great blocks out on the edge,” said Moore, who needed just 10 carries to get to 147 yards. “And the entire offensive line was great. It was a team effort.”
Parker suffered from a couple of missed opportunities.
Trailing 14-0, Sandy Toyer intercepted a pass down the right sideline that lifted the Vikings' spirits. But Parker managed just one first down before turning the ball over on downs.
The Vikings also had a shot to seize momentum coming out of the long halftime break. Craig muffed the opening kickoff to start the half. Parker recovered, only to fumble the ball back on its second play from scrimmage.
“We have to take advantage when the opportunity presents itself,” Parker coach Eric Skrzypchak said. “We improved on (ball security). But we've got to capitalize and get some drives together. We got some first downs, now we've got to sustain a full drive and put it all together.”
Craig extended its lead in the second half on a 36-yard option keeper by senior quarterback Shayne Ellis and a 4-yard pass from Filter to Dan Gabower.
Craig finished with 287 yards rushing on 35 carries, while Parker handed off 46 times for 132 yards.
Jovanni Sanchez was Parker's workhorse, carrying 27 times for 105 yards.
Craig will take its 2-0 record on the road to winless Verona on Friday. Parker hosts Beloit Memorial at Monterey Stadium.
CRAIG 35, PARKER 0
Janesville Craig 14 7 7 7—35
Janesville Parker 0 0 0 0—0
Scoring summary: C—Nick Moore 4 run (Joe Glowacki kick). C—Dan Ouimet 3 run (Glowacki kick). C—Moore 58 run (Glowacki kick). C—Shayne Ellis 36 run (Glowacki kick). C—Dan Gabower 4 pass from Justin Filter (Glowacki kick).
Statistics: First downs—C 13, P 10. Rushing—C 35-287, P 46-132. Passing yards—C 17, P 16. Passing—C 4-2-1, P 12-3-1. Fumbles—C 4-2, P 1-1. Penalties—C 0-0, P 6-37.