Grygla-Goodridge balance knocks off Sacred Heart
Tyler Schulz started as quarterback, played at running back, returned kicks and punted for Grygla-Goodridge. That was the kind of versatility that gave East Grand Forks Sacred Heart trouble on Friday night, as visiting Grygla-Goodridge beat the E...
Tyler Schulz started as quarterback, played at running back, returned kicks and punted for Grygla-Goodridge. That was the kind of versatility that gave East Grand Forks Sacred Heart trouble on Friday night, as visiting Grygla-Goodridge beat the Eagles 30-14 in Minnesota 9-man football.
Grygla-Goodridge has a four-way threat offensively.
Dillon Olson rushed for 156 yards on 30 carries to lead the Blue Devils. Ethan Schulz had three catches for 54 yards and rushed for another 21; Tyler Schulz finished with 36 yards rushing and 30 passing; and Robbie Miller rushed for 31 yards while being the leading blocker for Olson.
"Early in the year, we were missing a lot of kids with injuries, and we were pretty predictable then," Grygla-Goodridge coach John Wilebski said. "Now we've got four different players they have to watch out for."
The Blue Devils grabbed the momentum early and racked up 208 first-half yards to Sacred Heart's 69. Olson had 100 yards on 17 attempts in the first half.
"Our line came off the ball and Miller's key blocks opened things up for Dillon," Wilebski said. "Our line really came to play today. That really made the difference."
Grygla-Goodridge scored on its first drive of the game on a four-yard run by Olson. Olson was handed the ball on six of the drive's seven plays.
The Blue Devils forced a three-and-out, and then put together an 11-play, 59-yard scoring drive capped by a Tyler Schulz 25-yard screen pass to Ethan Schulz.
Sacred Heart, which didn't get a first down until about the 10-minute mark of the second quarter, trailed 30-0 at halftime.
"They got the momentum, and in high school football, it's so hard to stop momentum," Sacred Heart coach Tim Everett said.
Olson had another two-yard score midway through the second quarter and Bret Johnson replaced Schulz at quarterback for Grygla-Goodridge and rushed for a 1-yard touchdown run with just less than two minutes remaining in the first half.
Sacred Heart had an opportunity to get on the board before halftime, but Tyler Schulz picked off a Nick Anderson pass at the Blue Devils' 24.
"We didn't execute offensively or defensively," Everett said. "And defensively, we couldn't stop them."
Sacred Heart was able to get some offense going in the third quarter after Mike Pietruszewski intercepted a Johnson pass and returned it inside the Grygla-Goodridge 10. That set up quarterback Nick Anderson's 1-yard score.
"We came out and turned things around in the second half, but we were just too far down to begin with," Everett said.
Olson picked up 56 more yards in the second half.
"We kind of spread it around, but he's kind of our main carrier," Wilebski said of Olson. "And Tyler, he started playing as a freshman, so he knows the offense and he's very versatile.
"We have a lot of different kids at a lot of different positions."
Sacred Heart, which dropped to 1-2, was led by Anderson's 8-for-13 passing for 71 yards. Anderson picked up another 35 on the ground and Christian Pagnac-Jundt had 58 yards rushing on 14 carries, including a three-yard touchdown run late in the game.