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September 1, 2012For the second straight week the Sycamore Aviators won in convincing fashion behind another stifling defensive effort to defeat an overmatched and beaten up East Central Trojans team.
Sycamore (2-0) held East Central out of the end zone and limited them to 144 total yards of offense, including 95 yards on 32 rushes. Alex Malone came up with a pick and Donnie Everett recovered the fumble to pace the defense, a unit that has now allowed just seven points through eighth quarters of play.
The Aviators offense started slowly as they scored their first touchdown with 2:18 to go in the first half as quarterback Greg Simpson scored on an 18-yard run. It provided Sycamore a 13-0 halftime advantage.
The special teams unit also came up with big plays. The Aves' took a 20-0 lead as they recovered a blocked punt in the end zone in the third quarter and place kicker Sam Cogan drilled two first-half field goals.
Simpson led all rushers with 134 yards on 15 carries and added 80 more yards and a score through the air as he connected wide receiver Caleb Coletts on a 39-yard scoring strike to finish out a 14-point second-half output by Sycamore.
East Central (2-1) lost despite owning 26:35 to 21:25 advantage in time of possession. Cade Knueven managed 78 yards on 14 carries, but 20 of that came on one run. Payton Stonefield, who rushed for 124 yards a week ago in a pinch, was held to 13 yards on nine carries. There were simply few holes to find as the Aviators possessed a huge advantage up front.
Sycamore welcomes Springboro to Bud Acus Alumni Field next Friday in their third and final non-conference matchup. East Central returns to the Hoosier State after back-to-back games in Ohio as they welcome Franklin County to the friendly confines of Trojan Field.