By: John Raffel
Domination: Ithaca now 5-0 after thumping Merrill
A 54-7 victory for Ithaca against Merrill last Friday makes one wonder.
Can anyone stop the Yellowjackets?
Coach Terry Hessbrook's Jackets improved to 4-0 and will go for the automatic playoff spot this weekend when it plays Michigan Lutheran Seminary.
After five weeks, Ithaca has outscored its opponents 243-41.
Against Merrill, Ithaca led 20-0 after the first quarter and 47-0 at halftime.
Travis Smith was 9-of-13 for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Smith also led the team in rushing for 73 yards while Jacob Barnes gained 46 yards on two attempts including a 41-yard run. Jared Evers caught four passes for 81 yards including a 48-yarder.
Defensively, Garrett Miniard led Ithaca with 13 tackles. Lucas Slater added 11 tackles.
Slater leads the team for the season with 41 tackles. Luke Bunting has four interceptions.