JAMAICA – Football teams that can throw the ball effectively normally have success at the high school level. Salt Fork is no exception.
The Storm has rebounded from a 1-2 start behind one of the area's most lethal aerial attacks, extending its Vermilion Valley Conference win streak to four with a 34-0 win against Georgetown-Ridge Farm on homecoming Friday night.
Storm quarterback J.D. Learnard completed 13 of 20 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. The junior completed passes to five different receivers including senior Bryn Eakle, who snared three for 110 yards and a touchdown. Jon Knoll hauled in five passes for 66 yards and a score, and Brock Bodine caught a 15-yard touchdown pass and finished with 70 yards on three catches.
"I think a lot of it is the fact that our O-line has stepped up so much," Learnard said. "I have a lot of time back there. I have time to look over the defense and that's due to the job they do. And our receivers don't drop a whole lot. If I don't throw it over their heads they catch it."
The progress of Learnard and the offense since a Week 3 loss to state-ranked Westville has surprised even the Storm coaching staff.
"We were excited about his (Learnard) potential, and we thought he was going to develop into a very good quarterback, but to say that we expected him to be as good as he's been and to have the type of season he's had so far – this is probably above and beyond what we expected," Salt Fork coach Brian Plotner said.
Aaron Williams led the Buffaloes with 65 yards rushing.
"We just have to keep building," G-RF coach Jason Baccadutre said. "We have a long way to go, and obviously we aren't there yet."