DURHAM — Two teams that lost their starting quarterback to injury and their season-opening game have hit that proverbial fork in the schedule.
Green Hopes has rebounded with a second straight win as junior quarterback Luke Massei threw three touchdown passes to lead his Falcons (2-1) to a 46-8 victory over Durham Jordan Friday night on the Jordan Falcons’ field.
Meanwhile, Jordan (1-2) is struggling to find its way on offense since starter Matt Gampe was injured. He tried to return to the lineup against Green Hope in a relief role, but he injured his shoulder again in the second quarter. He gave way to starter Jordan Simmons the rest of the night.
“Massei has done a great job for us,” Green Hope coach Kwame Dixon said. “We didn’t pare down the offense for him. He’s been with me at Green Hope since I’ve been here playing JV quarterback. Jordan’s defense made it a tough for us to run the ball and we had to be able to throw.”
Massei completed 10 of 13 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns before the Falcons shut down the passing game in the second half with a comfortable lead.
Green Hope was only leading 3-0 after the first quarter before Massei’s three TD passes, all in the second period, of 13 and 6 yards to Daniel Gretsch and 22 yards to John Nassif for 25-0 halftime lead.
Elijah Murrane caught six balls for 127 yards for the night. Gretsch’s two receptions for 19 yards were both TDs and Nassif’s only catch of 22 yards was a TD.
“I’m embracing the offense and the team is gathering around me,” Massei said. “The offensive line has been doing great.”
The game turned into a rout early in the third quarter when Green Hope running back Demetrice Massenburg returned the second half kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. Massenburg finished the night with 11 carries for 84 yards.
Three plays later Green Hope’s Troy Maslowski intercepted a pass and returned it 41 yards to the end zone. Green Hope led 39-0 with less than a minute elapsed in the second half.
Maslowski’s other big play of the night was saving a touchdown on a kickoff return at the end of the first half. Green Hope had scored with 9.6 seconds left in the game when Jordan’s Chris Francis returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards until Maslowski caught him at the 10-yard line as time expired.
Jordan managed its touchdown in the fourth quarter against Green Hope’s backups. Simmons finished an 15-play, 61-yard drive with a 1-yard TD dive. Rahim Winston ran in the 2-point conversion.