NEW LONDON — Speed kills in eight-man football. On Friday night, New London was faster on offense and defense in a 38-0 homecoming win over Winfield-Mt. Union.
Blaise Porter had a huge night, The sophomore speedster stepped into the starting quarterback spot in place of the injured Ethan Streeter, and he ran wild, collecting just under 300 yards of total offense.
Porter’s first touchdown came in the opening quarter when he cashed in a drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was good, and it was 8-0 after the first period.
The Tigers would score twice more in the first half. Porter hit Bohen Glaha on a 27-yard touchdown pass wit 5:34 left in the second quarter, and then dashed 56-yards to the end zone to help the Tigers make it 23-0. For good measure, he picked a pass off on defense right before the halftime buzzer.
“Porter is a really nice athlete,” said W-MU head coach Scott McCarty. “You can never stop a kid like that, you just hope to contain him.”
W-MU threatened to score a handful of times in the second half, but the Tigers kept answering the call on defense, and put two more touchdowns on the board before the night was over. Porter scored on a 27-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Torren Riley punched in a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
Porter ended up with 216 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and also went a perfect 8-for-8 for 78 yards and a touchdown through the air.
“It’s hard to judge speed until you’re down on the field,” said Tiger head coach Mark McSorley. “He’s a special player.”
Glaha finished the night with 51 yards and a touchdown receiving. Caydin Wahls had a nice game on the ground, going for 69 yards.
The Tiger defense was led by Carter Allen, who had 12 tackles on the night. Porter’s pick was the only take-away.
Although they didn’t score, W-MU ran for 183 yards in the loss. Cam Buffington rumbled for 89 yards, and Andrew Brady ran for 89. Quarterback Abram Edwards was 2-for-8 for 29 yards and an interception. Caleb Faler led the receiving core with 23 yards.
Buffington’s eight tackles paced the W-MU defense. Seth Schurr had the Wolves’ only take-away on a fumble recovery.
New London (4-1, 4-1) is scheduled to host Tri-County this week. W-MU (3-2, 2-2) will host English Valleys.