Portage ran all over Rockwood Saturday in a 48-14 week five football contest.
The Mustangs (4-1) young running backs of sophomore Caleb Kephart and freshman Luke Dividock rushed for 120 and 130 yards respectively. Five other ball carriers combined for another 173 yards rushing.
“All the backs carried the ball well,” Portage veteran head coach Gary Gouse said. “Luke is filling in for the injured Scott Giles. He’s a freshman fullback and you would think he is a senior as poised as he is. He’s a great athlete.”
Portage scored five times on seven first half possessions, while limiting the Rockets to two first downs on eight first half possessions.
Quarterback Evan Price opened the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run up the middle after a 19-yard completion and a 60-yard run, both by Dividock. The PAT was no good.
Shane Baker intercepted Rockwood quarterback Matt Seifert (4 of 14 for 57 yards) on the Rocket’s next possession. That set up a three-play scoring drive for the Mustangs. Kephart rushed off right tackle and in from 22 yards out. Older brother Cody Kephart scored on the two-point play for a 14-0 lead.
Portage scored three times in the second quarter. Dividock bullied his way straight up the middle and in from seven yards out. Cody Kephart charged in from two yards out and Baker caught a 22-yard pass from Price (4 of 6 for 67 yards) while well-defended in the end zone after a Rockwood fumble. All three PATs were good for a 35-0 advantage and a running clock in the second half.
One bright spot defensively for the Rockets in the first half was a Spencer Peary fumble recovery.
The Mustangs opened the half with the ball and Devin Brown took the kickoff 75 yards to the house. Nick Lutz’s kick was no good for a 41-0 lead.
Cody Kephart completed the Portage scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run on the ensuing Mustang possession. The PAT set the score to 48-0 with 7:46 left in the third quarter.