Norwalk was simply too strong for Vermilion on Friday night at Whitney Field in non-league action, topping the Sailors 62-6.
The Truckers improved to 7-1 on the season, while Vermilion fell to 2-6.
Norwalk junior Breck Turner turned in another record-breaking performance.
Turner carried the ball 11 times for 310 yards and four touchdowns — all in the first half.
The 310 yards breaks the school record Turner set a week ago against Bellevue.
The four rushing TDs gives Turner 24 on the season, breaking John McCarty’s former mark of 21 set in 1974.
“It’s my line,” Turner said after the game. “The line does wonders for all of us.”
Turner said having senior Jordan Johnson at quarterback makes is tough for defenses to only key on him.
“And our receivers really block well and Jordan and I are able to cut off those blocks,” Turner said.
Turner said he doesn’t worry about individual records.
“We’re a team,” he said. “We do this for the community. These fans, they are always behind us, even when we have rough times.”
Norwalk coach Chris MacFarland liked his team’s execution.
“That’s what we wanted to see — the execution and the fundamentals,” the coach said.
MacFarland said good leadership keeps the team focused on the task at hand.
“We never forget where we’ve been,” he said.
MacFarland said Turner’s success is the result of good teamwork and the junior’s work ethic.
“Breck gets what he deserves through hard work,” he said.
Norwalk travels to Shelby on Friday for a Northern Ohio League contest.
“We respect Shelby very much,” MacFarland said. “We have not won down at Shelby very often. That is a tough place to play and it will be a big NOL game.”
Norwalk scored touchdowns on its first two offensive plays Friday night.
Johnson bolted 65 yards to paydirt 17 seconds into the game. Grant Hull added the first of eight extra points and Norwalk was up, 7-0.
Johnson connected with Hinckley on a 63-yard TD pass just 70 seconds later and it was 14-0.
Johnson added a 39-yard touchdown scramble three minutes after that.
Vermilion’s lone score on the night came at the 6:23 mark of the first when Seth Konrad snuck in from the 1-yard line.
Turner added a 15-yard scoring run and Johnson hooked up with junior Seth Staley on a 24-yard TD pass, propelling Norwalk to a 35-6 lead after one quarter.
In the second, Turner added TD runs of 92, 47 and 62 yards, with the final scoring run being on the last play of the first half, putting the hosts up 56-6 at the break.
Grant Hull made a 29-yard field goal in the third and Sampson Slack connected on a 31-yard field goal in the fourth to complete the scoring.
Johnson finished the evening 5-of-6 passing for 145 yards and two TDs. The senior added 104 yards rushing on two attempts and two scores.
Each team’s reserve players played the final two quarters. Mike Repko paced Vermilion with 96 yards on 11 carries.
Konrad hit 5-of-17 passes for 101 yards, with two interceptions.
Turner and Slack each grabbed interceptions for Norwalk.
Vermilion coach Robert Duray knew his team faced a tall task Friday.
“Norwalk is a very special team that is very well-coached,” he said. “That 33 (Turner) is a special kid — a great kid.
“That 11 (Johnson) is an outstanding player and their offensive and defensive lines are physical,” Duray added. “Physically, we couldn’t tackle very well tonight.”
Duray said his kids battled through the entire night.
“We have 13 or 14 seniors who have gone through a hell of a lot in the past four years,” he said. “We have two games left and we want to make sure we give them the chance to play to the best of their ability in those last two games. We just need to keep focusing on the fundamentals.”
Vermilion makes the 148-mile trip to Spencerville on Friday.
Score by quarters
Vermilion 6 0 0 0 — 6
Norwalk 35 21 3 3 — 62
NOR — Johnson 65 run (Hull kick)
NOR — Hinckley 63 pass from Johnson (Hull kick)
NOR — Johnson 39 run (Hull kick)
VER — Konrad 1 run (kick failed)
NOR — Turner 15 run (Hull kick)
NOR — Staley 24 pass from Johnson (Hull kick)
NOR — Turner 92 run (Hull kick)
NOR — Turner 47 run (Hull kick)
NOR — Turner 62 run (Hull kick)
NOR — Hull 29 field goal
NOR — Slack 31 field goal