Big plays by Brad Lissy and Billy Komons help lead "GN" to a 28-16 win over Rockville.
WINSTED: They have been playing together for so long that "GN" standouts, Billy Komons (WR/RB) and Brad Lissy (QB) have developed a sort of silent communication that has proven to be invaluable and it paid off again on Saturday afternoon.
The duo accounted for all four of the Yellowjackets scores in a 28-16 win over Rockville and twice combined to make game changing plays when their team really needed it.
After the home team had jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the strength of a pair of clock chewing, yardage eating drives the first two times they possessed the ball, the Rams responded with touchdown of their own.
Junior quarterback Benjamin Ambro found fellow junior Nick Foley from 14-yards out (the pair would be very effective all afternoon) and the lead was cut to 14-6.
On their ensuing possession, the Rams defense forced a fourth and six from the "GN" 48-yard line.
In need of a big play, the seniors made eye contact on a pass play and Lissy found Komons on a post route that went for 45 yards, leading to their third straight score when Komons bulled in from a yard out, giving the home team a 21-6 lead.
"I used to tap on the side of my helmet," Komons said. "But we have gotten it to the point that we just have to make eye contact."
Three drives, three scores with the first two covering 65 and 54 yards respectfully. Their third drive was the longest but thanks to the big play, covered 76 total yards.
The Rams tried to shake things up in the second half by attempting an on-side kick to start the third quarter but the home team recovered at their own 45.
When Lissy was sacked, losing 20 yards, it looked as if Rockville might get the ball back quickly with the 'Jackets facing a third and 30 from their own 35.
Lissy to Komons for 51-yards did the trick.
On the next play, Lissy took the handoff, was corralled at the eight-yard line but showed his toughness by refusing to go down until he found the end zone for a 28-6 lead.
The "GN" defense had their moment in the hot sun on the Rams next possession.
After driving to the home teams one-foot line off the strength of the arm of Ambro and the pass catching ability of Foley, the defense pushed the visitors backwards on consecutive plays before eventually turning the Rams over on downs.
If there was one fly in the ointment for the Yellowjackets it came over the next quarter and a half when the home team had opportunities to put the game on ice but struggled to do so.
Showing the leadership that makes him the player that he is, Komons let his team know after the game as they awaited head coach Scott Salius and the coaches in the far end zone.
"We have to play better than that," Komons said. "That second half wasn't good."
The Rams climbed to within twelve early in the fourth quarter and "GN" didn't put this one away until the final possession of the game that started at the 2:04 mark.
Komons, who else, ran for eight yards on third and seven to seal the victory which knots the 'Jackets record at 1-1 with a big home game on tap next week against Stafford at 1 p.m.
The talented running back/receiver/defensive back accounted for over 200 total yards of offense with three big, game changing plays along the way.