In a game of inches, it takes mere moments to have a season changed for the better or the worse. There was a mix of that in Week 4. From a heartbreaker at home to a thriller near state lines, Friday night was full of action. Want to know more? You know where to look…

Nick McWilliams reporting – 

Indian Valley 42, Sandy Valley 21

The Braves had every right to lose this game, and you read that right. Dealing with injuries to Zach and Mason Love, along with Kape Schupbach, the Indian Valley offense had all the excuses to use if things went south. But they didn’t. Thanks to the coming-out party of Shane Thorton, who accounted for 31 carries, 205 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, along with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Pair that with a Braves defense that might have forfeited a few points but took everything the Cardinals had in the bag, and this one got ugly near the end. Speaking of defense, Trevor Myers had two interceptions, and his brother Ty added a few solid plays at quarterback. Indian Valley has a little less daunting of a task next week against Buckeye Trail, at least it would seem. The Warriors are actually off to one heck of a start, going 3-1 and falling to a good Barnesville team. But after that, the Ridgewood Generals await…

New Philadelphia 28, Steubenville 21

All the Quakers did was walk into the Big Red’s house, play one of their worst halves, just to rattle off a second-half comeback, thanks to the cool head of Baron May and the eventual game-tying touchdown for Reece Meechan. May would capitalize off a Lewis Fiek fumble recovery, with May cashing in from close range. New Philadelphia is establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. May had 210 yards through the air and 101 on the ground with three total touchdowns, while Meechan punched through the final score. Big Red running back Tayveon Crawford gave New Philadelphia all they could handle with 176 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, but the Quakers buckled down in the second half, keeping their opponent out of the endzone. Only question is now, where do they put the big red horse?

Akron East 19, Dover 17

A disclaimer upfront with this only; Dover is not a team that lost to a poor 0-3 Akron East team. The Tornadoes knew what was in front of them against a Dragons squad that could easily have come into this one at 2-1. There wasn’t much to speak of in terms of a rushing attack here, but quarterback Ayden Hall did link up for two touchdown passes, one to OShea Williams and the other to Nathan Ravine. Ravine has established himself as a favorite target of Hall’s, but the duo managed a paltry 55 yards on their connections. A late turnover with a 17-13 lead swung the momentum like a hammer into a gong. The reverberations that came out? The need to regroup against Buffalo, New York’s, Bishop Timon-St. Jude. The Tigers are winless this year, so a rebound could easily be in order.

Garaway 49, Strasburg 0

No one seems to be able to mess with the Pirates this year. Garaway held a strong 21-0 lead heading into halftime after the Tigers hung around with the score close at the beginning. It just was not Strasburg’s night all around. The offense was limited to 104 total yards to Garaway’s 426. Quarterback Garrett Newsome was on fire again, even in a bit more limited fashion than some fans are used to, scoring a total of three times with almost 200 yards through the air and tacking on 116 on the ground on six carries. As for Strasburg, the fact they were only penalized once and were 7-for-8 passing shows building blocks. The Tigers are home against Newcomerstown next week, with the Pirates meeting a playoff team from last year in East Canton, who beat Newcomerstown 7-0 on Friday night.


East Canton 7, Newcomerstown 0

Speaking of those Hornets, one touchdown is almost never enough to earn a win. Sometimes, though, Lady Luck smiles your way. East Canton’s lone score came on a 91-yard touchdown run from quarterback Nathanael Suntheimer. He finished the night with over 200 yards on the ground but held very much in check through the air. Newcomerstown earned a 16 carry, 71-yard night from Wyatt Conner on the ground, but turned the ball over twice and averaged less than three yards per carry. East Canton was a playoff team last year, which puts into perspective how hard Newcomerstown fought. Strasburg is up next, with an interesting matchup between two teams that have shown growth from last year.


Ridgewood 39, Malvern 6

There was a glimpse of the adversity and challenges teams need to grow and prepare for as the season wears on for the Ridgewood Generals on Friday. With the score noted at 0-0 at the end of the first, coach John Slusser turned up the heat a bit, as the Generals jumped out to a 32-0 halftime lead. It was uncommon ground to see Ridgewood without a point in the first, but things finally came around for them. Gabe Tingle, Isaiah Lamneck and the rest of the offense hope to remain on a roll heading into their matchup with Tuscarawas Central Catholic next Friday.


Buckeye Trail 55, Claymont 21

The Mustangs found some success on offense so that’s some welcome news for Claymont fans. Quarterback Kadin Prusetti deserves some major respect in this one, producing three passing touchdowns, albeit with two picks. Those turnovers proved costly, along with over 400 yards given up on the ground. Warriors quarterback Isaac Hickman was a man on a mission, going 7-for-9 passing with for 103 yards and a touchdown, along with 149 and two scores rushing. Frankie Rome, Conner Puskarich and Ronnie Rominger added into that mix with touchdowns as well. Claymont must find a way to strong together solid performances from all units. Sandy Valley is next, kicking off a trio of tough matchups that will see a road trip to Magnolia before visiting Sugarcreek for Garaway before returning home against Tusky Valley. 

Salem 24, Carrollton 22

It’s easy to look back on a game decided by two points and point out one or two moments that decided it. The moment in this instance will likely be the Niko Walter pass to Anthony DiMuzio for 54 yards, which setup their 12-yard conversion for the deciding score. That was of course followed by a Cade Campolito two-point conversion that ended it. The Warriors saw improved okay from quarterback Austin Colleti, who collected 83 yards passing and a score. His lone interception came with just 0:25 left on the clock with the ball at midfield. Colleti ran in a score with Hunter Henry adding a tally as well, but the bellcow was Joe Beard, who just missed out on a 100 yard day toting the rock. Walter proved to be too much, throwing for 187 yards and two scores with 82 yards and a score on the ground. Good things will come to Carrollton, as long as they can build off what ended up being a decent night overall. Austin Haney nabbed 7.5 tackles, three of them for a loss, with Colby Moore adding 5.5 and a sack. All the little pieces will fall into place, with Marlington up next.


Mansfield Sr. 42, West Holmes 7

Mansfield had not allowed a touchdown all year long. West Holmes was missing it’s starting quarterback Peyton McKinney. It was going to be an uphill climb against a staunch defense. The Knights earned just 137 yards, and felt the sting of another lopsided score at the end of the night. Noah Clark helped put together a second half drive which ended in a 26-yard touchdown pass to Braden Myers, but it was all West Holmes would put on the board. Half of the Tygers points came on long plays, a point the Knights will likely focus on. Quarterback Cameron Todd, who was ultra-efficient with 251 yards and two touchdowns, connected with future Division I college player Angelo Grose multiple times, resulting in 127 yards and a touchdown. Running back Terrance Flickinger had 133 yards and a score. For a young team, losses by wide margins can be scarring, but those scars can almost bolster resiliency. West Holmes is up against Madison Comprehensive who has struggled to put points on the board against tough opponents, falling 54-21 to Wooster Friday. 

Tusky Valley 46, TCC 14

The Trojans were feeling the Love … Noah Love that is. 203 yards on the ground with four touchdowns, he led the way in every way for Tusky Valley in their 46-14 drubbing. Defensively, the Trojans harrassed Saints quarterback Alex Price, who did account for two touchdowns and 256 yards, but threw three picks. Central Catholic was forced into 14 third downs, converting just two. Quarterback Tanner Phillips had a big night on the defensive side, picking off two passes, with Byron Maurer adding another. Of their 46 points, 32 came in the second half for Tuscarawas Valley. This was a great sign for new head coach Greg Dickerhoof, picking up his first win in Zoarville. MAlvern is up next, while TCC will face their toughest opponent all year in Ridgewood.

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