Truckers run all over Whippets in 49-0 rout

Mark Hazelwood • Sep 21, 2018 at 11:47 PM

NORWALK — As a two-way interior lineman, there was a lot to be prideful about for Norwalk’s Kaleb Bauman.

But the junior said the Truckers are hoping to just be getting started following Friday’s 49-0 thrashing of visiting Shelby at Whitney Field in Norwalk.

Norwalk improved to 4-1 as it ran for over 300 yards and six touchdowns — and the defense shut out an opponent for a second straight week following a Sept. 14 win vs. Edison (35-0).

Overall, Norwalk hasn’t allowed any points in 10-plus quarters — and Trevon Raymore totaled 294 yards and five touchdowns on 30 attempts.

“It gives us some pride, but it’s mostly from us just working hard,” Bauman said. “And we’re always looking to go out and get better each week. It’s a new era for us, but we can’t sit on this. We have to get back to practice on Monday and keep on working.

“It feels good, but no one player does it — we all work together to reach our goals each week,” he added. “I think keeping our focus will do a lot for us.”

Norwalk set the tone immediately, like it also did the week before against Edison. The Truckers took the opening kickoff and had just one negative play in a 13-play, 71-yard scoring drive capped by a 4-yard scoring run by Raymore.

The first of seven Garrison Smith PATs gave Norwalk the early 7-0 lead at the 6:55 mark of the first quarter.

Kaden Livingston then blocked a Shelby (3-2) punt attempts on the Whippets’ first possession, setting up the Truckers at the Shelby 19-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Raymore covered that distance on the next play for a 14-0 lead at the 4:22 mark of the first.

Brandon Ehrenberg recovered a Shelby fumble at the Whippets’ 44 on the ensuing possession — and it was Raymore again scoring on a 32-yard run on a third-and-9 to extend the lead to 21-0 on the first play of the second quarter.

Norwalk closed the first half scoring with a 78-yard drive that needed just six plays, with quarterback Garrett Chapin finding Livingston on a 21-yard strike with 3:09 left in the half to make it 28-0.

Livingston nearly returned an interception 77 yards for a TD in the third quarter, but it was called back to the Shelby 37 because of an illegal block on the return. Still, Norwalk moved 37 yards in in seven plays, with Raymore scoring on a third-and-3 from the 6 with 9:09 left in the third for a 35-0 lead.

“I think you have to start with our defense,” Norwalk coach Todd Fox said. “We’ve given up one touchdown in three weeks, and that was in the second quarter at Port Clinton three weeks ago.

“And we’re forcing a lot of turnovers, (Ryan) Sowders and Livingston have a lot of interceptions over the last few weeks — and if our kids weren’t so over aggressive on returns we may have had a couple defensive scores tonight. They’ve been doing a phenomenal job for us.”

Raymore closed out his monster night after a Sowders interception gave Norwalk the ball at the Shelby 35. He carried the ball five straight times to cover that distance, the last from four yards out to put Norwalk up 42-0 with 7:20 left.

With the reserves in the game, the Truckers’ Evan Stumpf added a 34-yard TD run with 3:18 left to close out the scoring.

Fox was pleased most with his team’s ability to convert the turnovers into points.

“I think it’s a sign of a team that’s improving,” he said. “There are things we want to maximize and get better with, and one of our focuses was to eliminate our turnovers and be able to score off our opponents turnovers.

“Those are things we’re doing,” Fox added. “We have a lot of areas to get better there, but I see improvement each week, and that’s what we’re excited about.”

Chapin was 6-of-10 passing for 49 yards, with Livingston catching three passes for 39 yards.

Fox also talked about Raymore’s big night, as the senior running back has over 900 yards and 12 TDs midway through the season.

“Garret has been doing a great job, but when you have horses like Livingston and Raymore — and our offensive line as all underclassmen and we rush for 300 yards — we’re pretty excited about that,” Fox said.

“Trevon is physical, but he tries to run like a small back,” he added. “He sees a little hole and goes through it because he sees things very well. He’s able to make those cuts in small spaces, but he opens those spaces up because he’s so big and physical.”

Friday’s game was currently the last scheduled game between Norwalk and Shelby, ending 92 consecutive years of meetings in a series that dates back to 1899. Shelby leads the all-time series 70-25-3.

Norwalk entertains Bellevue (2-3) next Friday in the SBC Lake opener for both teams.

Shelby 0 0 0 0 — 0

Norwalk 14 14 7 14 — 49


N — Trevon Raymore 4 run (Garrison Smith kick)

N — Raymore 19 run (Smith kick)

N — Raymore 32 run (Smith kick)

N — Kaden Livingston 21 pass from Garrett Chapin (Smith kick)

N — Raymore 6 run (Smith kick)

N — Raymore 4 run (Smith kick)

N — Evan Stumpf 34 run (Smith kick)

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