Greene Vs. Whitney Point
September 28, 2009

GREENE -- On a Friday night which saw a pair of unbeaten teams christen the new artificial turf at George G. Raymond Field, Greene quarterback Scott Gorton proved to be the difference-maker.

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Gorton shook off a potential game-changing interception at the end of the first half, to pass for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the Trojans' 26-14 victory over Whitney Point in a Section 4 Division V contest.

Gorton tossed touchdown passes to Nick Wilcox, Kevin Gilroy and Brendan Kinne, the touchdown to Kinne a 44-yarder with 2:09 left in the third quarter that gave the Trojans (3-0, 4-0) a 26-14 lead.

The victory gave Greene sole possession of the first place in Division V, while the Golden Eagles (1-1, 3-1) lost for the first time.

Greene had a comfortable 14-0 lead -- scoring twice in the second quarter as Gorton hit Wilcox for a 6-yard score with 11:23 left and Gilroy on a 20-yard pass with 3:32 remaining -- and the ball with just 2.3 seconds remaining in the first half.

But the Trojans wanted more. Gorton attempted a screen pass to running back Tyler Beckwith. Instead, Whitney Point's Tyler Donnelly picked off the pass and returned it 48 yards for an touchdown as the Golden Eagles went into halftime down just 14-8.

"I wish I could have eaten the ball, but it happens sometimes," Gorton said. "It fired us up a little bit. We realized they were for real and we had to come out and play.

"We came out ready in the second half."

Especially Gorton, who completed his first six passes of the second half to lead a pair of scoring drives.

Gorton's 13-yard completion to Kinne on a third-and-8 play at the Greene 39 kept the Trojans' opening drive of the second half alive, the drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Kurt Shear with 5:26 remaining in the third to put Greene up 20-8.

After Whitney Point responded with a 23-yard touchdown run by Donnelly to cut the deficit to 20-14, Greene answered with a quick four-play, 54-yard drive which culminated in Gorton's 44-yard touchdown pass to Kinne.

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Whitney Point got no closer than the Greene 28-yard line the rest of the game.

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"It was tough to end the first half that way," Greene coach Tim Paske said of the interception. "As seniors you have to deal with adversity, and Scott's one of them. We told him to forget about it and come out and execute in the second half."

WP did a reasonable job of slowing Greene's running attack, but the Golden Eagles committed five turnovers and were flagged for three personal fouls.

"We made too many mistakes (Friday)," Whitney Point coach Mike Hakes said. "Greene's a good football team, and when you make the amount of mistakes we made, they will get you.

"The effort was there, but the execution was lacking a little bit."

Defensively, it was another strong game by Greene, which had allowed just seven points over its previous three games.

The Trojans limited WP to 186 total yards, including 131 yards on the ground.

"Our defense is awesome, we've been doing well the last couple of years," said Kinne, who had two interceptions. "One of our goals is to have one of the best defenses in Section 4. That's what we're working towards and we just have to keep it up."



It was tough to end the first half that way," Greene coach Tim Paske said of the interception. "As seniors you have to deal with adversity, and Scott's one of them. We told him to forget about it and come out and execute in the second half."

WP did a reasonable job of slowing Greene's running attack, but the Golden Eagles committed five turnovers and were flagged for three personal fouls.

"We made too many mistakes (Friday)," Whitney Point coach Mike Hakes said. "Greene's a good football team, and when you make the amount of mistakes we made, they will get you.

"The effort was there, but the execution was lacking a little bit."

Defensively, it was another strong game by Greene, which had allowed just seven points over its previous three games.

The Trojans limited WP to 186 total yards, including 131 yards on the ground.

"Our defense is awesome, we've been doing well the last couple of years," said Kinne, who had two interceptions. "One of our goals is to have one of the best defenses in Section 4. That's what we're working towards and we just have to keep it up."

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Greene Vs. Whitney Point
September 28, 2009

GREENE -- On a Friday night which saw a pair of unbeaten teams christen the new artificial turf at George G. Raymond Field, Greene quarterback Scott Gorton proved to be the difference-maker.

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