UTICA — The Utica Redskins tried their best to give the visiting Grandview Heights Bobcats a new look. In the end, it was a more potent mix of last year’s vintage of Redskins that beat the Bobcats, 32-7, on Friday night.
The Redskins started out with a bang. Guard Will Sturm recovered the opening kickoff of the game after the Bobcats coughed it up at their own 27. Utica senior quarterback Jason Hoar (12-for-22, 264 yards, 3 TDs, 1 interception) found junior flanker Artie Douglas on a touchdown pass to give the Redskins a 7-0 lead with only 12 seconds burned off the game clock.
“One big play and we had a touchdown,” said Hoar. “Then, it was our defense that came through real well and big plays are part of the game, too.”
Granville muscled up inside defensively, eventually forcing Hoar to go back to old habits. He hit his favorite target, senior Scott Cline in the second and third quarters for touchdown passes of 65 and 77 yards.
“They stuffed the middle with seven guys,” said Utica coach Randy Felumlee. “They didn’t give us much choice but to run. We made them pay a few times for having seven in the box. We also had some untimely penalties and some costly turnovers. Scott made some great plays and some great catches.”
Despite a running game that appeared to sputter at times, the Redskins managed 108 yards on 27 carries. Hoar, however, accounted for half of those totals. Utica senior running back Justin Newsome had seven carries for 35 yards. Felumlee and the rest of the team continue to work at improving this part of the game.
“It wasn’t a sharp game or a sharp effort,” said Felumlee. “Our passing game was pretty good, but our run game wasn’t what we needed it to be.”