Genoa-Kingston's Justin Peters lunges forward through a group of Byron defenders on Friday in Byron.
Genoa-Kingston's Justin Peters lunges forward through a group of Byron defenders on Friday in Byron. — Sam Buckner for Shaw Media

BYRON – Byron handed Genoa-Kingston its first loss of the season in dominating fashion, 42-13, Friday night.

“Obviously we’ve been on the other end of this and this time we were on the receiving end of what you can do with the Wing T (offense),” Cogs coach Chad Wilmarth said. “We just need to regroup and reevaluate and get ready for next week.”

The Tigers (7-1, 7-1 Big Northern Conference) came out charging to start the game, scoring 14 points in the first five minutes to put the Cogs (7-1, 7-1) in an early hole.

The Tigers took four plays to score, going 41 yards to the end zone to open the game. Drake Snodgrass punched it in from 11 yards out to put the Tigers up, 7-0.

The Cogs then fumbled on their first play from scrimmage, setting up another short field for the Tigers. Byron scored five plays later on a 9-yard run into the end zone by Isaac Stickler.

“That’s definitely on us, on me,” Cogs quarterback Justin Peters said. “We can’t be doing that.  They came out and punched us in the mouth, but I think we battled.”

The Cogs tried to make it a game to start the second half. Down, 21-7, G-K quarterback Justin Peters broke through the line on the second play from scrimmage and sped down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown run to cut the Tigers’ lead to eight points. 

“Peters is a great player,” Tigers coach Jeff Boyer said. “We felt going into the game that he was going to get loose.”

The Tigers shut the door on a comeback on the very next play. Snodgrass took the kickoff from about the 10-yard line, broke a few tackles and dashed into the end zone to put the Tigers up, 28-13.

The Tigers grinded out the rest of the game. The Cogs punted on the last play of the third quarter and didn’t get the ball back until there was only 2:44 remaining in the game.

“That’s what we do when we can play with the lead,” Boyer said. “Teams have a tough time getting the ball away from us and that’s what happened tonight. I’m happy with the way the kids performed on that tonight.”