UTICA — The visiting Johnstown Johnnies were not going to let Utica running back Travis Baldwin get loose and run for nearly a season’s worth of yards the way he did in last week’s victory against Heath.
The Johnnies’ defense bottled up Baldwin (25 carries, 51 yards) and the rest of the Redskins, crushing them, 49-16, in Licking County League football action on Friday.
The Redskins knew it would be a different game when Zack Edmister (nine carries, 37 yards) coughed up the football on the third play of the game. Although the Johnnies didn’t capitalize on that one, they later took advantage of a Cody Rayburn interception. With the ball at the Utica 18, Johnstown running back Alex Workman ran it in to give his team a 6-0 first quarter lead.
“We knew what they were going to do and we know what they did,” said Utica head coach Charlie Smith. “We were going to get smacked. We came out in that first series and that fumble kind of killed us a little bit. We have a young team that learns really quick. At least we kept fighting.”
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