Other Week 10 area football games
Thursday, October 31st
Newark Catholic at Utica
Newark Catholic (8-1, 3-0) picked off seven passes and held pass-happy Granville to 32 passing yards in Week 9’s 25-8 win. The Green Wave forced eight turnovers overall, and only had a safety and kickoff return TD against them. NC had only 180 total yards and were 5-of-21 passing for 73 yards against a fine Blue Aces defense, but score 19 fourth quarter points to earn the win. Utica does not throw the ball like Granville, but the Green Wave also did well against Granville’s running game, allowing just 138 yards.
Utica (3-6, 2-1) has been at its best when RB Travis Baldwin has been let loose, and Friday’s 52-18 win over Northridge was no exception. Baldwin, who two weeks earlier set a team record of 471 rushing yards, finished the game with 273 yards, which is now the second-highest total in Redskin history. Utica’s defense was also good, holding the Vikings to 194 total yards. Newark Catholic is a much better team than Northridge, so Baldwin and his offensive line will have to perform at their peak.
Ridgedale at Fredericktown
Ridgedale (1-8, 0-5) couldn’t stop the Northmor offense on Friday, falling 55-21. The Rockets gave up 257 rushing yards, nearly seven yards per carry, and 112 yards and one TD on 3-of-3 passing. Ridgedale has its own star running back, Zach Stayner, who ran for 208 yards and scored all three of the team’s TDs. But the Rockets defense has had a hard time getting off the field without the other team scoring. With Fredericktown weapons, that should repeat itself in this game.
Fredericktown (5-4, 4-1) is still in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championship picture after downing Mount Gilead, 56-18, on Friday. RB Tyler Ruhl ran for 175 yards on 15 carries, and QB Austin Hathaway combined for 157 yards. The Freddie defense allowed the Indians Joe Elson to rush for 262 yards, but picked off two passes. Fredericktown possesses more and higher-quality weapons than Ridgedale, but need the help of a Highland win over Centerburg to earn a share of the MOAC title.
Editor’s note: The Danville vs. East Knox preview will appear in Friday’s edition of the News.
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