Week 1 of the high school football season has come to a close. For some, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor. For others, it’s back to the drawing board. It’s time for the Big Z Sports Weekly Roundup, brought to you by Pretorius Insurance Agency. When it comes to financial decisions, nothing is more important or personal than insurance.
New Phila 49, Maysville 0
Baron May reminded Quaker fans why he’s a commit to Eastern Michigan. The senior signal-caller was electric in both the pass and the run games, notching three touchdowns through the air and one by land. Maysville had no answer for the speed of New Phila, who had four different players score. A test early with a disappointing season in the rearview showed the Quakers have some firepower on both sides of the ball. John Sciarretti accounted for a pair of scores, including the opening 32-yard scamper.
Northwest 48, Claymont 7
The second tenure of Eric Henry at the helm of the Mustangs did not go quite to plan. Claymont was outplayed in just about every aspect on Friday night, tallying 19 yards in the first half and allowing over 250, unable to capitalize on three Indians turnovers. Brody Rauch was able to find the endzone near the end of this one, after the team went back to their old offense, switching away from the Air Raid. Things might get a little better down the road, with Coshocton up next, who was just thumped by Indian Valley, 42-7.
Indian Valley 42, Coshocton 7
The Braves lost more dynamic playmakers than some teams see in multiple years. You wouldn’t be able to tell if you watched their 42-7 drubbing of the Redskins. To no one’s surprise, it was running back Zach Love leading the charge, flashing speed and strength on multiple touchdown runs. Things could get interesting in Week 2 against Manchester after the Panthers fell in Week 1. Did we mention Daniel Miller was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra points?
Garaway 49, Harrison Central 13
No one player ever wins games by himself, but Dover-transfer Garrett Newsome sure did his best. Accounting for seven touchdowns by himself, Newsome might have earned himself some new friends around Sugarcreek. The Pirates are off to a fast start once again and will be tested against Bellaire in Week 2, who just picked up a win over River. But Garaway will be a lot to handle, especially if they stretch out to a 42-7 lead again by halftime and slow it down late.
Ridgewood 49, Northwestern 15
Keeping to the theme of dominating quarterbacks, sophomore Gabe Tingle can still sling it. The Generals won comfortably, leading 49-8 at halftime. Accounting for over 150 yards himself in the first quarter, Tingle didn’t take all the glory for himself, as the Generals offense ran efficiently. Head coach John Slusser is once again off to a fast start. Turns out he might have just been pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes when he says the team. “Isn’t that good.”
Newcomerstown 41, Fairfield Christian 0
High school football has all kinds of feel-good stories, and the Trojans win Friday night was one of them. Third-year head coach Dirk Gadd and a host of seniors picked up their first win in three years, snapping a 24-game losing streak. Wyatt Conner pounded in two touchdowns, with Trenton Newkirk, Ryan Miller, Gavin Little and Coltin Meek all finding paydirt. In terms of yards, the Trojans earned 390 (378 on the ground alone), and allowed just 45. It might be one win, but it’s one that will make Newcomerstown faithful smile from ear-to-ear.
Strasburg 20, Conotton Valley 0
Head coach Curtis Metzger kicked off last year with a win over the Rockets, and his Tigers got to play spoiler this year, topping Conotton Valley, 20-0. Sophomore running back Lucas Lindsay accounted for all of the orange and black’s points, tallying three scores on the ground. Next week will be one of their toughest tests of the entire year, facing a playoff Rootstown Rovers team from last year.
West Holmes 31, Triway 24
It took some time for the Knights offense to find its footing against the Titans, much to the chagrin of head coach Zach Gardner. After trailing 13-3, West Holmes opened up a 31-13 lead but saw Triway muscle their way back to within striking distance. The Knights found some success in the passing game, with Peyton McKinney accounting for three touchdowns and 241 yards. Even with those positives, Gardner will likely hope to sure up their defense, after allowing over 300 yards. Next up is a playoff opponent from last year in Tuslaw.
Waynedale 34, Tusky Valley 28
Tusky Valley fought tooth and nail with Waynedale, but a last-minute score from the Golden Bears was the final uppercut that put the Trojans down. A gritty game all night, quarterback Tanner Phillips connected on a 40-yard touchdown pass and on a keeper, but it was the duo of Peyton Lemon and Zach Geiser for Waynedale with 20 seconds left that stole the show. The Trojans draw an interesting opponent in Fairless at home next week.
St. Clairsville 28, Carrollton 6
There were few answers on Friday night for the St. Clairsville offense, even with an electric kick return by sophomore Dom Speedman for Carrollton. The Red Devils pounded the rock most of the night, nearly tripling the Warriors in total yards in the first half. A pair of quarterback runs gave St. Clairsville the lead before Speedman scampered through. The Warriors will look to improve next week with recently unretired coach Jim Tsilimos, facing the Coventry Comets.
Struthers 36, Lakeside 6
Massillion 44, Akron St. Vincent St. Mary 14
Bellaire 28, River 6
Manchester 21, Columbiana 14
Canfield 24, Louisville 21
Dover 44, Lorne Park 6 (Thurs.)
Sandy Valley 28, Fairless 10 (Thurs.)
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