Robotic. Methodical. Disciplined.
Whatever you want to call Greenwood football, one of the words used has to be consistent.
It’s the exact thing Northside lacked Friday.
Greenwood stretched its winning streak to 42 games with a 41-14 dismantling of the Grizzlies in both teams’ 7A/6A-Central opener at Mayo-Thompson Stadium.
The Bulldogs weren’t perfect. They were close.
Running, passing, defense. The only thing Greenwood (4-0, 1-0) didn’t do spectacularly well is special teams. A small misstep in an otherwise immaculate game. Even then, they blocked a Northside punt.
A 98-yard touchdown drive on the game’s opening series set the tone.
"I was so proud of our offense on that drive," Greenwood coach Rick Jones said. "They gave us a different front than what we expected. We had to make some adjustments on the run."
Northside (0-3-1, 0-1) dropped into coverage most of the game, trying to slow down University of Tulsa commitment Jabe Burgess and the Bulldogs passing game. Hoyt Smith took advantage of the lessened front time and again.
The senior running back ran for 233 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. He was stopped for negative yardage just once.
"They put five in the box, played two-deep almost all night and made it hard for us to throw the football," Jones said. "Hoyt had a busy night. If people want to play five-box on us, we’re going to have tailbacks that are going to be busy."
Northside’s defense forced Greenwood into more punts than the Grizzlies and were only outgained by 10 yards on offense. A slow start combined with a quick one by the Bulldogs sealed their fate.
The Grizzlies put together a 95-yard drive on their second series and could have tied the score at 7 late in the first quarter. But Justin Curry, who’d made three defenders miss on the play, fumbled trying to evade one more at the Greenwood 2. The Bulldogs took over and scored on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Burgess to Ryan Padilla five minutes later.
"You can’t do what we did," Falleur said. "You can’t drive to the one and fumble. You can’t have three unsportsmanlike penalties reacting to what they’re doing. You can’t have a holding penalty on a touchdown play. We aided them in every way we could aid them."
Greenwood’s calling card is what Northside has lacked through four games: Stability.
Northside looked like it might sneak back into the game in the third quarter when Ryan Jones went 22 yards for a score. The ensuing onside kick failed, though, and Smith went 41 yards three plays later as the Grizzlies were back where they began the half.
Burgess was 10-of-20 passing for 241 yards and two touchdowns, both in the first half, as Smith saw the lion’s share of the work in the final 24 minutes. Greenwood only attempted seven passes in the second half against 17 runs.
"Jabe did a good job with what they gave us," Rick Jones said. "People talk about throwing or running, as long as we’re moving the ball, we’re happy."
Ryan Jones had 224 yards of total offense for Northside, eclipsing the 100-yard mark both rushing and receiving and accounted for both Grizzlies’ scores. He caught an 80-yard pass from Grant Hood late in the third quarter to pull Northside within two touchdowns.
Burgess countered with a 53-yard strike to Kevin Jones to start the fourth quarter.
Rick Jones suggested the final margin was closer than it appeared. Falleur wished it was the case.
"You cannot put yourself in a hole like we did," Falleur said. "That’s probably been our biggest nemesis of the whole deal. To be a good football team, you don’t do that."
SUMMARY — Hoyt Smith and big plays from Jabe Burgess kept Greenwood rolling in rout.
TURNING POINT — Greenwood recovered Northside’s onside kick with 2:48 left in the third quarter to stifle any chance of a Grizzlies comeback.
STAT — Smith ran for 241 yards and three touchdowns to pace Greenwood.
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Greenwood 41, Northside 14
Greenwood 7 14 7 13 — 41
Northside 0 0 14 0 — 14
Gre — Green 7 run (Jones kick), 8:38.
Gre — Padilla 68 pass from Burgess (Jones kick), 8:32.
Gre — Smith 14 run (Jones kick), :59.
Nor — R. Jones 22 run (Hernandez kick), 2:48.
Gre — Smith 41 run (Jones kick), 2:10
Nor — R. Jones 80 pass from Hood (Hernandez kick), 1:35
Gre — Jones 53 pass from Burgess (Kick blocked), 11:52
Gre — Smith 6 run (Jones kick), 3:59.
First Downs 20 21
Rushes-Yards 40-259 48-332
Passing Yards 242 148
Comp-Att-Int 10-21-0 9-15-1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 5-47 9-80
Punts-Avg. 5-35.8 4-29.8
RUSHING — Greenwood, Smith 24-241, Green 11-25, Palmer 2-(minus 2), Burgess 3-(minus 5); Northside, R. Jones 8-122, Curry 19-70, Hood 13-31, Chitwood 2-30, Phatthong 1-25, Thomas 1-25, S. Jones 2-18, Bolton 2-11.
PASSING — Greenwood, Burgess 10-20-0 242, Wheeler 0-1-0 0; Northside, Hood 9-18-1 148.
RECEIVING — Greenwood, Padilla 4-122, Jones 3-88, Moore 1-22, Green 1-6, Smith 1-4; Northside, R. Jones 2-102, S. Jones 4-30, Curry 3-16.
MISSED FIELD GOALS — Greenwood, Jones 42 yards.