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Grand Valley returns to winning ways

Orgovan leads Mustangs over Blue Jays, 30-15

September 8, 2012
By JON HALL - Special to Tribune Chronicle ( , Underthelights

ORWELL - The Mustangs made it a memorable evening on the gridiron as they caged the Jackson-Milton Blue Jays, 30-15.

Led quarterback Kyle Orgovan, who threw touchdown passes of 39 and 23 yards while gaining 106 yards and touchdown on 16 carries, the Mustangs (2-1) were in total control from start to finish. GV outgained Jackson-Milton, 302 to 62 on the ground.

"They just settled into Kyle and his strengths of running that option, running that team, and quarterback traps. He has been banged up but did a great job. We spent the entire preseason and the first two games on the road. The kids couldn't wait to play in front of their parents and fans. With it being Hall of Fame night, there was a lot of energy."

Stanley Sirrine was the top Mustang ball carrier with 109 yards on 19 carries. Sean Szitas also scored on a 6-yard run.

Jackson-Milton (1-2) now trails the all-time series, 3-2, and could only muster 140 yards in the air with Tyler Shaffer the only Blue Jay to gain 87 positive yards rushing on 19 attempts.

"The boys were a little upset after last week (a loss at Fairport), but they came out here and their mindset was to protect their house," GV coach John Glavickas said. "We had been preaching that all week and they did it.

"The effort was there the whole entire night and the seniors did not let us down with their job and some of the younger kids showed up, as well.

It was a complete team effort. The defense had a great game (limiting JM to just 62 yards rushing on 23 attempts)."

Grand Valley scored the first 18 points of the contest in the second quarter. The Mustangs put together an outstanding 10-play, 79 yard drive with Orgovan's 13 yard keeper with 10:15 remaining in the first stanza.

The Mustangs then marched 67 yards on 13 plays on an option pitch to the left from Orgovan to Jake Vormelker for a 7-yard run with 2:13 left as the capper.

The Mustangs' defense then went to work after a Vormelker 24-yard interception return to the JM 39. Orgovan hit a wide-open Nathan Pilarczyk on the very next play for a 39-yard strike with 1:18 left.

The Blue Jays were able to come right back and finally get on the scoreboard on a heave from Jeremy Fitzpatrick to Chuckie Anderson for a 41-yard touchdown. Adam Jeffries tacked on the extra point try as the Blue Jays trailed 18-7 at intermission.

The Mustangs fumbled on back-to-back series to start the third quarter, but JM could not capitalize. With 3:16 to go on fourth and 12 at the JM 23, Gabe Kovats hauled in a scoring strike from Orgovan to make it 24-7 in favor of the Mustangs.

Sean Szitas then scored on a run to make it 30-7.

Jackson-Milton closed out the scoring with 5:30 left in the game with Jeffries catching an 18-yard throw from Fitzpatrick.