By Keith Harrington
Things didn't get off to a good start for the newly formed Granville-Whitehall football merger. G-W lost their first four games of the season by a combined score of 163-7. Since then the team has improved, the schedule has eased up and things have swung in a more positive direction.
Granville-Whitehall won their second game in a row last night, defeating Rensselaer 33-6 on the road. G-W is 3-1 over their last four contests.
Granville-Whitehall raced out to a 13-0 first quarter lead. Matthew Barlow scored on a five-yard run less than three minutes into the contest to make it 6-0. The extra point kick was no good.
Alex Torres extended the G-W advantage with 4:37 to go in the stanza with a six-yard run. Brent Perry's extra point kick made it 13-0. In the second quarter Tommy Barber caught a one yard touchdown pass from RJ Monger to give G-W a 20-0 lead at the half. Perry nailed the conversion kick.
Granville-Whitehall again scored on their first drive of the second half. Troy Austin opened the third quarter with a one yard scoring run to increase the lead to 27-0. Perry again added the extra point kick.
CJ Monty rounded out the scoring for G-W with a four yard run with 11:17 to go in the game.
The Rams scored with 30 seconds left in the game to avoid the shutout.
Barlow finished with 92 yards on 11 carries for G-W.
Monty ran eight times for 75 yards and Austin 74 yards on six carries.
Monger was 10 of 18 for 119 yards through the air.
Granville-Whitehall will now look to climb to the .500 mark in a pair of crossover games.
Granville-Whitehall moves to 3-4, 3-5 on the season. Rensselaer is 0-7, 0-7.