ZANESVILLE — There was a good chance on Friday night that if an East Knox player ran the ball, it would be for a touchdown.
Kadden Lester scored on five of his seven carries, and Caleb Gallwitz ran for a score on his only run of the night to lead the Bulldogs to a season-opening 55-2 victory over West Muskingum.
Despite facing a team that hadn’t won a game in its last 27 chances, East Knox (1-0) did not take the game lightly, scoring seven touchdowns in the first half alone. Krownapple scored five of them, the first on an 8-yard carry just 16 seconds into the game.
Less than seven minutes later, Gallwitz hauled in a 50-yard scoring pass from Kadden Lester, and Krownapple added a conversion run to make it 14-0. Krownapple ended the first quarter with a 31-yard TD scamper and another conversion for a 22-0 lead.
Krownapple continued his scoring binge in the second quarter with TD runs of 13 and 17 yards to lift the lead to 36-0. Gallwitz ran once in the game, but it turned into a 74-yard TD at the 7:41 mark of the period to take the lead to 43-0. Braden Kannady hauled in a 12-yard toss from Lester to close the half with a 49-0 lead.
A running clock meant a quick second half, but Krownapple had time for a 79-yard scoring run with 33 seconds off the second-half clock to give the Bulldogs a 55-0 lead. Only a safety in the final minutes of the fourth quarter gave the Tornadoes their points.
Krownapple scored 30 points on touchdowns, three on extra-points and four on conversion runs, and ran for 164 yards on just seven carries. He also caught a pass for 29 yards. Gallwitz grabbed four passes for 78 yards, and Kannady had two catches for 43 yards. Lester completed 7 of 9 passes for 150 yards and two scores.
East Knox held West Muskingum to eight yards on 39 carries, and just 88 yards overall. QB Hunter Fox was 2 of 4 for 80 yards, and led the team with six yards on five carries.
East Knox will play at Utica next Friday, starting at 7 p.m.