UTICA — Back in the days of the old Mid-Buckeye Conference (a few months ago), nothing could be taken for granted.
Former MBC foes East Knox and Utica clashed in Friday night’s nonconference football game and proved the spirit of that rivalry still lives. It all came down to a few mistakes, however, as the Utica Redskins upended the East Knox Bulldogs, 38-30.
“Our guys got better this week,” said Utica coach Charlie Smith, who earned his first win as Utica’s coach. “They put in the work and you could tell we were ready to go. Last week was the first varsity game for a lot of our guys. You could tell that they were prepared this week and they were more relaxed.”
The Redskins (1-1) came out moving the ball almost at will. Travis Baldwin and Zack Edmister, who combined for nearly 100 yards on the ground in the first half, each scored a touchdown in the first quarter to give the Redskins an early 16-0 lead. The second of those TDs was the result of an East Knox fumble on the kickoff that followed the first Utica score.
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