Gibsonburg shuts out injured, depleted Danbury

BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR

GIBSONBURG — It’s hard enough trying to beat Gibsonburg.

But with a depleted roster, it’s that much more difficult.

Danbury found out just how good the Golden Bears are, losing to them, 63-0.

Gibsonburg (5-0, 2-0 SBC River) scored five touchdowns in the first quarter, and had six different players score touchdowns.

Jesse Arriaga caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Tille to open the scoring, and John Auld scored on a 22-yard run to push the lead to 12 points.

Theo Hernandez scored on a 31-yard touchdown run to make it 19-0, and Hunter Smith scored on a 6-yard run to make it 26-0, putting the game away.

“They’re a really, really good football team that runs a tough offense (to defend). They’re running the perfect offense. They are a very good version of the Wing-T,” said Danbury coach Keith Mora. “Mike Lee is a good coach, and he’s got them playing well. I’ve been playing them for a while now. We’ve seen them play since we were both in the TAAC. They continue to have the guys that they need offensively and defensively. Their defense is maybe the best we’ve seen in the last few years. They’ve got it put together very well.”

The Lakers (0-5, 0-2) were without four starters, including two key players, QB Kaden Conrade and RB Cole Shortridge.

“We got a few guys back last week. Going into the Margaretta game, we had seven starters out. Going into this week, I think we had four starters still out,” said Mora. “We were without our starting running back and quarterback, and that’s tough to replace. We have to put freshmen and sophomore into those spots.”

On Friday, Danbury travels to Fremont to take on St. Joseph Central Catholic, which is 1-4 and 0-1 in the SBC River Division. The Crimson Streaks are coming off a 40-21 loss to Tiffin Calvert.

“They pose some difficulties. They’re a strong team, and they’re well-coached. They do some things offensively that can be difficult on you if you’re not sound (defensively). They played well against Tiffin Calvert,” said Mora. “I think they do a lot of things pretty well, they’re a gap-sound football team. Offensively, they’re going to stretch our defense horizontally. They do a nice job getting No. 10 and 20 into some tough spots. It’s going to be a challenge for us, hopefully we’ll have some guys back

“Obviously, it’s been a tough couple of weeks with us not being at full strength. But it seems like things are starting to get better (in terms of injuries).”

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