COSHOCTON — East Knox turnovers led directly to four touchdowns for Coshocton on Friday, as the Bulldogs dropped their 2009 season opener, 55-9.
Football fans will have to wait another day for some of their favorite high school teams to finish up their opening day games from Friday. Lightning forced the postponements of three local game on the schedule. The rescheduled games are set for today at the following times:
Highland at Fredericktown, 7 p.m.
Lexington at Mount Vernon, 7 p.m.
Utica at Grandview Heights, 3 p.m.
The Redskins (1-0) scored five times on plays 60 yards or longer, including a kickoff return and two interception returns. Without return yardage, Coshocton had just 288 yards to the Bulldogs’ 225. But East Knox had five fumble losses and two interceptions to three lost fumbles for the home team.
On their first possession, the Redskins’ J.J. McCay launched a halfback pass to Jobey Henry, who took the ball 60 yards for a 6-0 lead. East Knox (0-1) pinned Coshocton to its own goal line later in the half, and with 9:49 to go in the half Alan Christian sacked Logan Huebner in the end zone for a 6-2 score. The Bulldogs got the ball back, and took the lead on Tyler Clement’s 26-yard scoring pass to Dakota Anderson, 9-6, with 4:15 to play.
But then came the collapse. McCay took the ensuing kickoff 74 yards to give Coshocton the lead, 13-9. A fumble gave the Redskins the ball again, and Marcus Johnson ran 37 yards for a score at the 2:23 mark for a 20-9 advantage. Coshocton recovered another fumble on East Knox’s next drive, and Huebner found Austin Colbert for a 27-yard TD pass with 1:27 left in the half. The Bulldogs tried to find the end zone again as time ran out, but the Redskins’ Zach Shaw picked off a Clement pass at his own 23-yard line and took it home to give Coshocton a 35-9 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, Huebner hooked up with Nate Lonsinger for a 77-yard touchdown toss with 7:34 to play in the third quarter, and Johnson ran in his second touchdown of the game at the 4:19 mark. East Knox had another scoring chance go awry in the fourth quarter, as Coshocton’s Calvin McClusky ended the scoring with a 98-yard interception return. The game was called with three minutes left due to lightning.
Clement ran nine times for 63 yards for East Knox, and also completed 4-of-10 passes for 77 yards. Devin Wears rushed 15 times for 35 yards for the Bulldogs.