Other area Week 8 matchups
Thursday, October 17th
Johnstown at Utica
Johnstown (3-4) has had a tough first season in the Licking County League, including last week’s 42-21 loss to Newark Catholic. The Johnnies were tied with the Green Wave at 21 after three quarters, but gave up 21 fourth-quarter points. Johnstown had almost as many yards as Newark Catholic (391-334), but turned the ball over three times. Utica has to find a way to shut down both QB Josh Kirkpatrick and RB Cody Farley.
Utica (2-5, 1-3) won just its second game of the season in record-breaking fashion, putting up 647 yards and getting 471 yards and six TDs from RB Travis Baldwin. Baldwin had five TDs of 53 or more yards in setting the new school standard. However, the Redskins allowed 473 total yards (250 rushing yards to Jaison Greshem), and Bobby Kazar had four TD catches. Utica faces a good running team in Johnstown this week, and will look to repeat last week’s heroics.
Centerburg at Mount Gilead
Centerburg (7-0, 4-0) was nothing if not efficient in last Friday’s 49-0 win at Cardington. The Trojans averaged almost 5 yards per carry, with Austin Glasscock running 11 times for 111 yards, and Tyler Stoyle leading a passing game that totaled 12-of-17 for 276 yards. The team also held the ball for 33:35 of the 48 minutes. The Pirates had nothing to show on offense, gaining 12 yards rushing and 26 yards on 4-of-12 passing. The No. 9 team in Division VI will look for another big game against Mount Gilead.
Mount Gilead (3-4, 3-1) has won three of its last four games after Week 7’s 28-20 win over Northmor. The Indians scored one touchdown in every quarter, and the Knights scored two late TDs to make the game closer than it really was. QB Kolby Fisher threw two TD passes, and Joe Elson scored twice, one on a run and one on an interception return. Although Mount Gilead has three wins, they have all come against the lower ranks of the MOAC, and Centerburg is definitely not one of those.
Danville at Loudonville
Danville (6-1) had another big defensive effort in last week’s 26-6 win over Crooksville. The Ceramics managed just 44 yards on 31 carries, and went 7-of-17 passing with two interceptions. Ridge Durbin was the offensive leader with 277 yards on 18-of-28 passing, and Austin Morehouse caught five passes for 137 yards. The Blue Devils will have to have another slalwart effort on defense, as Loudonville has the runners to keep its offense on the field for a long time.
Loudonville (7-0) showed East Knox just what a powerful offense can do in Week 7’s 62-22 victory. The No. 5 team in Division V, the Redbirds scored seven TDs in the first half and nine through the first three quarters. Eight of the TDs were on runs, as the team averaged nearly 9.5 yards per carry, led by QB Kolton Edmondson’s 241 yards on 14 carries. Loudonville also forced four turnovers and held the Bulldogs to 5 passing yards, and will need to have a similar game against Danville’s pass-happy offense.
Lucas at East Knox
Lucas (3-4), like Mount Gilead, has won three of its last four contests, with its only loss coming in a 50-0 shutout against Loudonville in Week 6. The Cubs downed Upper Scioto Valley 28-6 last week, and have averaged 41 points in its victories. In losses, however, against teams like Northmor, Centerburg and Loudonville, Lucas has averaged 11 points. Against East Knox, the Cubs will have to stop Dylan Wears; if they can’t, another loss could be heading their way.
East Knox (2-5) faced a perfect storm in Loudonville in Week 7, allowing six unanswered touchdowns from the first through the third quarters in a 62-22 loss. The Bulldogs running game was held to a 3-yard average, and the passing game managed just 5 yards. East Knox was also minus-2 on turnovers. Dylan Wears was held under 100 yards for the second straight game (12-89), so he is poised to make a big comeback in this contest.
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