UTICA — Turnovers cost Utica in a disastrous first half on Friday, as Newark Catholic scored four touchdowns in each of the first two periods to win the Licking County League game, 56-6.

The Green Wave (4-2, 2-0) used the run almost exclusively, gaining 208 yards on 38 carries while passing only three times. Derek Hawk scored three touchdowns and finished with 10 carries for 87 yards, and QB Matt Carlisle completed two passes for 59 yards, one for a touchdown.

Hawk provided the first two scores for Newark Catholic, on first-quarter runs of 1 and 2 yards. Carlisle had a 14-yard TD run later in the period for a 21-0 lead, and his 38-yard pass to Drew Hess left the score at 28-0 after one.

The Redskins (0-6, 0-2), who finished with 135 total yards, left the Green Wave with great field position all night, and the result was four more touchdowns in the second quarter. Hawk scored on a 3-yard run, the Kyle Langenbrunner ran in from 9 yards out. Tristan Gorius had a for-yard TD, and Brenden Sheehan made it 56-0 on his 14-yard run.

Utica’s only score came during the running game clock, which was in effect the entire second half, as QB Collin McCullough ran in from 11 yards out in the fourth quarter.

Utica will be home again next Friday, hosting Heath at 7 p.m.

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