They came. They saw. They conquered.
The grudge match of the IVC ended with a lopsided scoreboard and one clear-cut leader in the conference, with a hungry underdog still nipping at their heels.
Elsewhere, two powerhouses are looking for a spark to return to winning ways after coming up short against formidable opponents.
With Week 3 of high school football action from the Tuscarawas Valley now wrapped up with the smoke clearing, check out all the action below.
Weekly Roundup presented by Parkway Quick Lane
Ridgewood 42, Sandy Valley 7
In what was deemed the Game of the Week, there is no question left when it comes to who keeps the crown in the IVC to this point.
Ridgewood hammered away at Sandy Valley early and often, racing out to a 21-0 halftime lead thanks to a trio of touchdown runs from junior quarterback Gabe Tingle.
The Generals offensive line dictated everything about Friday night’s drubbing. Tingle’s fancy footwork didn’t hurt either.
Pair those facts with his lockdown defense of Sandy Valley star wide receiver Demetrius Evans, and you have the recipe for one spectacular performance.
Tingle finished with 327 total yards, picking up a pair of passing scores to Ethan Stroup and Dalton Patterson for 78 and 69 yards, respectively. It was a frightening look for other teams still on the Ridgewood schedule as to what the team can do when they’re running on all cylinders.
The lone score on the night for the Cardinals finally came late in the second half with quarterback Cam Blair connecting with Evans on a 45-yard pass.
Who can stop the Generals? If you take the last three weeks into consideration, that’s not an easy question to get an answer to.
The Generals meet up with Indian Valley when they return home to West Lafayette, while Sandy Valley travels to Uhrichsville to face Claymont.
Garaway 34, Indian Valley 19
Comparing the two teams on the stat sheet does not tell the whole story of Garaway’s sound win over Indian Valley.
Both sides had nearly the same amount of plays and yards, while the Braves found 63 more yards on the ground. But three turnovers can stifle even the best teams.
Garaway walked away as the second IVC squad still undefeated Friday, powered by a solid night from quarterback Garrett Newsome. Although he was under 50 percent passing, he still accounted for 127 yards and a touchdown, along with 27 carries for 164 yards and two scores.
Ethan Miller nabbed a rushing touchdown as well, while special teams were dominated by the Pirates, who found the end zone again on a Logan Yoder kickoff return for 87 yards.
Against arguably their most stiff competition, Garaway came to play and soundly defeated one of the top three teams in the conference over the past few years.
Defensively, Brady Starner, Zach Bickford, and Alex Roden had interceptions, while Garrett Hershberger amassed 12.5 tackles, along with J.D. Young’s 3.5 tackles for loss.
Garaway hopes to ride the momentum on their way to Tusky Valley next week, while Indian Valley aims to regroup against Ridgewood.
TCC 20, Newcomerstown 6
Stopping a run-oriented team can be daunting for the best programs, but Tuscarawas Central Catholic was up to the task.
The Saints held the Trojans to just over three yards per carry, while enjoying their best rushing attack in recent memory. All told, five ball carriers picked up over 170 yards on 27 carries.
The normally potent passing attack for TCC was mostly quiet, although sophomore quarterback Drew Lakota did find the end zone with around 100 yards through the air.
Fellow sophomore Chase Ciekanski picked up that lone touchdown on a beautiful 33-yard strike.
Ryan Dick was the bellcow time and time again, going for 71 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Ben Martin averaged a ridiculous 42 yards per carry, earning just two touches but scoring once.
Newcomerstown was guilty of two poorly-timed giveaways, and found little success passing, with Logan Hursey going just 4-for-13 for 23 yards, still picking up a score but also forfeiting a pick.
Trenton Newkirk, Ryan Miller, and Bladon Garland combined for 142 yards on 44 carries, with no one crossing the goal line.
TCC faces East Canton next, while the Trojans test their luck against the Hornets of Malvern.
Tusky Valley 14, Claymont 13
In a battle to see who can get their first win of the season, Tusky Valley and coach Greg Dickerhoof had the edge in a tight contest.
The Trojans picked up 154 yards on the ground, led by quarterback Tanner Phillips with 101 and two touchdowns. He wasn’t contributing solely on the ground, as he added 84 through the air, hauling in a single catch for eight yards, pulling in an interception on defense.
Mustangs quarterback Kaedin Presutti went 11-for-30 for 142 yards with a pick while running back Brody Rauch brought home a score on 12 carries for 50 yards. Adrian Holmes gave Claymont their second score.
Swiss Army Knife Tristan Tesch was all over the field for Tusky Valley, picking up 13 total tackles, one for loss, along with a completion in his lone pass attempt, rushing 17 times for 49 yards and catching three passes for 25 yards.
The biggest pressing issue following the win is a third-down conversion rate at just over 18 percent, with successful attempts on just four of 22 chances.
There will be a chance to correct that problem at home against Garaway, while Claymont now has to deal with Sandy Valley at home.
Canfield 31, New Philadelphia 24
It was a case of too little, too late for the Quakers, who rebounded from a poor first half but came up just short in the end against the Cardinals.
Trailing 31-14 at halftime, New Phila allowed 262 first-half yards to the run-heavy offense of Canfield. All told, they ended up with 400 total yards, almost all of which came on the ground.
The Quakers turned to senior Logan Ortt, who returned a kickoff return nearly 100 yards for a score, and rushed for 55 yards while adding a plethora of tackles. He also found the end zone on a short red zone pass.
Running back Reise Meechan ran the ball 21 times for 69 yards. Senior quarterback Caden O’Neill had an up-and-down evening, going 15-for-28 for 160 and two touchdowns and two picks. Caden Richmond was the game’s leading receiver, catching 11 of O’Neill’s passes for 124 yards and one score.
The tone was set early on a Canfield touchdown run of 65 yards from quarterback Ethan Fletcher. Ultimately, the last score for the Cardinals, a 5-yard strike from Broc Lowry to Drew Carrocce, was too much to overcome.
New Philadelphia hopes to regroup during a short week before taking on Steubenville on Thursday.
Wooster 38, West Holmes 14
The hot start for West Holmes hit a roadblock against powerhouse Wooster, as a prime Ohio Cardinal Conference matchup went in favor of the Generals.
Quarterback Noah Clark continued his streak of quality starts, accounting for 217 passing yards and two touchdowns, but defensively, the Knights could not slow down their counterpart when it really counted.
Wooster senior fullback Joey Lyons was a real problem on short runs, utilizing his massive size to push through the scrum on multiple occasions. He added an interception to boot.
Quarterback Owen Roach launched a handful of short-yardage strikes for scores, complemented by a bruising running attack. He would prove to be a problem with his legs as well, rushing for a few scores and getting out of trouble quickly.
Clark found Brady Taylor for a 34-yard strike in the first with an acrobatic reception at the goal line, before connecting with Garret Eastep in the back corner of the end zone.
Tucker Kaufman added an interception on a tip-drill in his own end zone.
West Holmes has Lexington away next, hoping to recapture some of their swagger on defense against the 0-3 Minutemen.
Salem 29, Carrollton 28
No player knows true heartbreak until they’ve watched a last-second field goal miss the uprights.
Carrollton found themselves up 28-14 with under six minutes to go, but squandered their late lead, giving up a 24-yard touchdown before a successful onside kick set up the game’s final score.
The Quakers elected to go for the win, converting on a two-point conversion for the slim lead.
Carrollton drove down the field and lined up for a 29-yard kick, which failed to make it across the crossbar.
Quarterback Luke Warner rushed for two scores, while sophomore Chase Oehlstrom showed off his wheels again with a 78-yard rush setting up one of Warner’s touchdowns, adding a 38-yard score himself.
Warner added a first-quarter touchdown to Austin Haney as well.
The Warriors face West Branch at home next Friday.
South Fayette Township [Pa.] 42, Dover 14
Any team touting Division I college football recruits at nearly every position is going to be a problem.
Dover found that out the hard way Friday, falling to the star-studded offense of the South Fayette Lions 42-14.
Quarterback Naman Alemada was a force, finding the end zone four times. He finished the night without a turnover, going 19-for-24 with 260 yards.
Overshadowed during much of the pregame talk was running back Shay Aitken, who added 168 yards on the ground with a score.
Ayden Hall rebounded a bit from a rough first half to finish the game 16-for-25 with just north of 200 yards and a pick. His top target, receiver Nathan Ravine, struggled with an injury, with Evan Klar stepping up, hauling in six passes for over 100 yards.
Running back Jacob Hostetler rounded out his evening with 60 yards and a touchdown, while Connor McGarry put out 64 yards and a touchdown.
Dover’s season continues down a tough stretch, with Canfield coming into Crater Stadium at 3-0.
Strasburg 28, East Canton 6
It’s been a long time coming, but Strasburg found their way back into the win column.
The Tigers forced four Hornet turnovers, in addition to two fumbles they were unable to recover. East Canton quarterback Brennan Betz was forced into mistakes all evening, as Strasburg picked off three of his 18 attempts.
Head coach Curtis Metzger was pleased with the play of his defense and quarterback Kape Schupbach, who went 10-for-19 through the air for 179 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to last year’s quarterback Tayshaun Curtis.
Curtis added two interceptions on defense while running back Lucas Lindsay ground out 53 yards and a score.
The Tigers held a slim 8-6 lead at the break, before Curtis turned on the jets for a 41-yard score out of the break, later icing the game away on a 20-yard connection in the fourth.
Perhaps the biggest moment of the night came by way of the Tigers’ jerseys, which were supplied by the Ohio National Guard in remembrance of 9/11. The digital camo will be used by other teams throughout the year as well.
Strasburg travels to Lore City to take on Buckeye Trail next.
Conotton Valley 34, Steubenville Catholic Central 13
A final from Thursday, the Rockets improved to 2-1 with a statement victory.
Rushing for nearly 300 yards as a team, Conotton Valley was powered by Maddux Walter with 199 yards on 32 attempts and three touchdowns.
It marks the first time in six games the Rockets got the edge on the Crusaders.
Quarterback Evan Rice added a touchdown in the winning effort as well.
Conotton Valley pulled away after entering halftime leading 10-7, outscoring SCC 16-0 in the third.
The Crusaders earned 151 yards on the ground, nearly all of which came from running back Isaiah Mullins.
The Rockets have the chance to avenge their 14-14 tie that kept them out of the playoffs last year when they face Weirton-Madonna next Friday.
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