PEPPER PIKE—Independence executed on both sides of the ball in a convincing 28-0 non-conference win at Orange on Friday.
Playing with confidence and energy throughout, the Blue Devils executed their game plan on both sides of the ball but were especially impressive on defense where Luke Pascarella recorded a pick-six on Orange’s first snap of the game.
“Defense stepped up big time,” said Independence head coach Rick Adams. “We saw on film Orange ran that bubble screen a lot, Pascarella read the play perfectly and that set the tone for the rest of the game. When you throw up a goose egg to the opposing team, you know you’re doing something right.”
Independence’s offense wasn’t too shabby either.
“Our offensive line really stepped up this week, as well as Kyle Zygmunt coming in and playing quarterback for us,” Adams said.
Despite a few penalties in the second quarter that went against the Blue Devils, running back Rory Corrigan was still able to take it up the gut and into the end zone late in the first half to push the Independence lead to 14-0 at the break.
Zygmunt was firing on all cylinders, both offensively and defensively.
Late in the third quarter, he rolled to his left and threw a dart to junior Evan Beacher in the corner of the end zone for a 21-0 advantage.
Zygmunt closed out the game with a fourth-quarter touchdown run.
“Me being able to be moved around to any position really helped, and going through the motions in practice helped us out as well,” said Zygmunt, who also picked off a pass late in the game.
With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 1-1 and now will play their home opener against East Tech on Sept. 3 with a lot of confidence.
“It was an all-around team effort,” Adams said.
Orange dropped to 0-2. The Lions host John Hay on Friday.