Plum City routs winless Cornell 49-3PLUM CITY -- The Blue Devils entered the game undefeated and seated atop the South Lakeland Conference while Cornell owned the last spot in the league and a winless record -- both were evident Thursday night.
By: Eric Lear, The Republican Eagle
PLUM CITY -- The Blue Devils entered the game undefeated and seated atop the South Lakeland Conference while Cornell owned the last spot in the league and a winless record -- both were evident Thursday night.
Plum City put up 34 points in the first quarter alone en route to a 49-3 drubbing of the Chiefs. The Blue Devils have now won 51 straight regular-season games.
"We wanted to try to work on some things ... and not have any letdowns, and for the most part we did that," Plum City coach Troy Ingli said.
After holding Cornell scoreless on the first possession of the game, Plum City struck quickly. Tyler Churchill snagged a 13-yard pass from Alex Gilles for the game's first score.
Cornell followed with a three-and-out and the ensuing punt was returned 49 yards for a score by Chase Luebker.
Plum City would add three more scores in the opening frame -- a 3-yard run by Bryan Larson, a 25-yard interception return by Gabe Rodriguez and a 30-yard pass from Gilles to Luebker.
The game was all but over.
"It was alright," a soft-spoken and humble Gilles said. "We did OK. We'll do better next week."
The Blue Devils play host Thursday to Clayton. The Bears are 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference entering today's game against Lake Holcombe.
Gilles connected on all seven passes he threw. He tallied 165 yards and two scores.
"He's just very good at everything he does," Ingli said.
For more on Gilles and the Blue Devils, pick up Saturday's paper. Also check back Friday for a photo gallery.