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Sigsby scores 5 TDs in Cards’ rout

August 31, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY-There wasn't a whole lot the Rogers City football team could do to stop Jason Sigsby on Thursday night.

Onaway's senior running back torched the Hurons for five touchdowns, including four on ground, as the Cardinals rolled to a 50-12 victory over Rogers City at Gilpin Field.

Sigsby finished with 176 yards on 18 carries with three scores and added a receiving score as the Cardinals (2-0) built a 31-12 lead at halftime and never looked back.

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Onaway running back Jason Sigsby runs the ball during a football game on Thursday at Gilpin Field in Rogers City. Sigsby scored five touchdowns in Onaway’s 50-12 win.

"The kid, you catch him in the backfield and you think you've got him 10 yards deep in the backfield and he spins out of it for a 20-yard gain," Onaway coach Brian Whitsitt said. "He's just a special back and he's a special kid."

Matt Tollini was 10-for-17 for three touchdowns and two inteceptions for Onaway and Tommy Auger had touchdown catches of 46 and 33 yards.

After fumbling on their first drive, the Cardinals got the ball back on Rogers City's ensuing drive after Frankie Ramos recovered a fumble at the Hurons' 12 yard line.

Three plays later, Chae Whitsitt ran it in from two yards out and Carlos Bautista added a PAT for a 7-0 Onaway lead.

After the Hurons punted on their next drive, Sigsby put Onaway up 13-0 on the next drive, finding the end zone on a 24-yard run.

Much like its opener against Alcona, Rogers City (0-1) moved the ball well at times offensively, but was undone by penalties and the ability to get a big play when it counted. One bright spot game with just over seven minutes to play in the first half when freshman quarterback Quintin Kelly threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Chris Lopez to make the score 19-6.

Sigsby ran for a 22-yard score before that to put Onaway ahead 19-0 and added a receiving touchdown on Onaway's next drive. After Tollini bobbled the snap, he recovered and rolled to his left, finding Sigsby open in the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown with 56 seconds left in the first half.

Rogers City's Chris Lopez helped his own cause on the ensuing return, racing down the field 72 yards. A few plays later, Lopez found paydirt from three yards out to make it 31-12.

In between Sigsby's scores, Tollini found Auger for a 46-yard strike to put Onaway ahead 25-6 with 5:47 left in the first half.

Onaway kept up the offensive fireworks in the second half, scoring on three of its five drives. After punting on their first drive, the Cardinals pulled ahead 37-12 on a six-yard run by Sigsby.

"It was a good game. We came in wanting to mix it up and I felt we did," Whitsitt said. "In the second half, I kind of just went to the ground game and used a little bit of the clock, but we were clicking today."

On the next drive, Tollini found Auger for a 34-yard score to put Onaway ahead 44-12 in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter.

Late in the third quarter, Rogers City coach Tim Nagy was ejected from the game after a pass interference call on Onaway. Kelly lofted a pass for Lopez that was broken up, but a hit on Lopez knocked his helmet off and left him dazed. Nagy came out on the field to argue the play and was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. After he protested again, he was ejected from the game.

Sigsby added another running touchdown from one yard out on the Cardinals next drive with 5:10 left in the game.

Lopez had 49 yards rushing in the first half and came up with two inteceptions defensively, picking off Tollini at the end of the first quarter and near the end of the third period.

"I knew we were going to have a fast team, I knew other teams were going to have a hard time keeping up with us. What I'm most proud of is the play of my offensive line," Whitsitt said. "That was a question mark coming in and man, they've stepped up big these last two games against two tough teams."



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