**ARTICLE BY JOSH LONGSTRETH**
If you’re a football team that has outscored your opponents 118-0 through two games, you would say that’s a pretty good start to a year. The Flying G’s have been cooking on both sides of the ball and are playing truly flawless football. They would welcome in a Shepherd team on Friday night who has played some competitive football early in the year.
Gladwin would get things rolling early in this one when Logan Kokotovich would open the scoring on a 49-yard touchdown run. The point after from Anna Seebeck would give Gladwin the lead, 7-0. Kokotovich would find his way into the end zone again in the 1st. He would pound it in on a 1-yard run to give his team a 14-0 lead after a successful Seebeck PAT.
The home team would grab all the momentum in the 2nd when Earl Esiline scored on a 1-yard run. Seebeck would add the PAT, and it’s 21-0, Gladwin. Nick Wheeler would help Gladwin get going through the air shortly after the Esiline score, when he would connect with Jhace Massey on a 13-yard pass. The Flying G’s would give themselves a 34-0 lead on another pass from Wheeler to Massey, this time from 22-yards out. It was the same show, but a different week. Gladwin rolled into the half with a comfortable lead.
Jhace Massey would find himself in the end zone for the third time on the night. This time, the junior would head in on a 60-yard run to give Gladwin 41-0 lead after another Seebeck point after. The gears would continue to work perfectly. Esiline would break free and take one all the way to paydirt on a 55-yard run. Gladwin would lead 48-0, after 3.
Things would slow down in the 4th, but Gladwin punch in another from 5 yards out. They would not be the most hospitable of hosts, as they go on to win this one over the Bluejays 54-0. Logan Kokotovich led Gladwin with 120 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns on the ground, adding a 59 yard catch, and tallying 1 sack on the defensive side. He led the defense with 7 total tackles. Nick Wheeler passed for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns, while going 10/13 with just 1 pick through the air. Earl Esiline accounted for 91 yards of total offense to go with 2 touchdowns. The Gladwin offense would account for 498 total yards as a team while holding Shepherd to just 104.
Gladwin will move to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play on the year. They have now outscored their opponents 172-0 through 3 games. They will face a Clare team who has momentum heading into next week. Clare comes in at 2-1 overall and 2-0 in JPC play. It will stand to see if Gladwin can dominate another week or if the stingy Pioneers have something to say about that. Shepherd will move to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the JPC. They will look to bounce back when they head out on the road again to face Beaverton next week.